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Art and motion were apparently the combined theme for a couple of pieces finessed out at the end of last year and published in February-March 2011.
Had fun interviews with two very big personalities, Herbie Fletcher of old-school surfing and Andrea Torres of Samadhi Hawaii. Both high-energy creative talents.
No hard copies yet–must remember to ask for copies. Or really a PDF of the printed page would be fine these days.
At least we’re online :~j
Art in Motion with the pretty URL http://www.hiluxury.com/art-motion/ Hawaii Luxury February – March 2011
Then with some awesome photography you can’t really see here Artists of the Floating World, Hana Hou Hawaiian Airlines inflight, February-March 2011
Wrote about Grammy-winning artist Daniel Ho for the new Halekulani in-room magazine that came out a couple months ago. Only later I noticed: there is also a version of the story in Japanese! I’m officially translated!
Check out the articles (PDF).
Only slightly dampening my enthusiasm is the way they transliterated my first name.
Just call me Gee-la, I’m used to it. =\
Got to do a fun story for Mālamalama about University of Hawaiʻi locations featured on the TV show LOST, as the show heads into the series finale. The story was a photo-driven feature in the print issue and a narrated slide show online.
Here is the slide show:
Art Director Rowen Tabusa did both the slide show and the print layout. I especially love the print version for looking Lost-y with the bamboo grove background and for being smack in the center of the magazine. heh. It’s quite the popular story online, too, with two thirds of our total visitors taking a look at it.
Tho it doesn’t seem like it would be, this was actually a challenging piece. I was dealing with lots of different people—from ABC and each of the locations; trolling LOST fan sites for information; and trying to verify everything I was getting. Which isn’t so different from what I always do, but was a lot for such a short story. Unfortunately one major mistake crept into the print version, but it was corrected in the slide show (quite cleverly, I thought).
Modest as it is, the story feels like another deliberate baby step forward in the integration of print and online storytelling for Mālamalama magazine.
Since I last updated the links in my list of published articles, HI Luxury posted all their content online. Nicely done! View my author archive. Will have a new story listed there in the April/May 2010 issue. :~j
UPDATE: Here is my story about the Trump Tower lounge Waiʻolu.
Short video feature we did for the January issue of Mālamalama magazine, below. I did the interview with Paxton, oversaw the editing of that portion (i.e. chose the quotes—what is that job called?), wrote the narration and am the narrator.
Is that really my voice? It sounds so deep and sluggish. Can that be adjusted to sound perkier? yeesh.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I just noticed that YouTube now has an automatic captioning based on Google voice recognition! How long has that been there?? that’s AWESOME!! Tho it looks like you need to view the video on the YouTube site to get that option (look for the CC button in the control bar).
That is the answer to many an accessibility prayer… Never mind that “University of Hawaiʻi” is alternately transcribed as “university of havana” and “university of why,” those both sound like great schools, too. LoL.
Hmm… so I see another month is about to slip by without me clocking in on this blog. Can’t have that. Without any ado, here are a few things I been up to:
- Handed in my MA project to the committee that will decide if I am good to grad—or not! *cross fingers*
- Accepted my first freelance assignment in a year-and-a-half. Now that the bulk of the MA work is done, I can do this again!
- Published a story on Second Life, with web extra.
- Got a killer URL and am building a site which I hope to monetize. Will it (soft) launch next week? No promises…
- BONUS: July 2009 Atelier Hawai’i web extra production about a summer painting course. Helped conceptualize the video, conduct and edit the interviews (content) and write the script. This came together well.
This three minute, 50 second video was featured as a web extra to accompany a story about seahorses in the January 2009 issue of Mālamalama online.
My job was to coordinate the production, do the interviews, edit the spoken audio and when we didn’t have all of what we needed, to do some narrative voice-over. The decision to add the voice-over was last-minute and it ended up being recorded in an empty office with leftover fake Xmas snow used as sound insulation(?!).
This web extra has had over 400 views on Vimeo so far; that’s the version embedded into the story, but you have to go to Vimeo to see the glorious HD version. We used Vimeo because we were having some problems uploading to our Mālamalama YouTube channel. Now YouTube is cooperating, so I’ve embedded the HD version here.
Splitting our views between different video hosts is obviously not ideal. YouTube is less elegant than Vimeo, but it has a *much* larger community. Vimeo looks awesome, and for a small fee, we’d be allowed to embed HD video on our site, but no decision has been made yet.
I welcome any feedback and opinions on the issue of video hosting and playback.
Malamalama, the magazine where I have been a writer and online editor (content manager) for the past several years, is being cut back from three to two print issues per year.
However, they’re adding 4 web-only issues to the production schedule–in addition to weekly updates–which means more online content is needed, especially audio and video. As a feature journalist and content producer the chance to work with an enthusiastic team on new media projects is super fun, even with the increased workload(!).
So far we’ve taken a collaborative approach to the producer’s role of these web extras and are improvising and learning with every assignment. I’ve mostly been the one to collect and edit the interviews (with sound help as needed) while magazine art director Rowen Tabusa and photographer R. David Beales handle the visual content and editing. Then I write the meta data or descriptions, upload the content and often do some online promotion.
Links to our web extras with a few notes on productions are below.
Feedback is very welcome!
- Bamboo Ridge: Celebrating 30 years of local writing and writers written by me, picture by Cory Lum, audio and video work by Rowen Tabusa. The Bamboo Ridge package was for the first online issue in the new magazine layout–why yes, it *is* built on WordPress heh–a whole other accomplishment of which I am proud and enjoyed working on.
- From Page to Stage, a behind-the-scenes look at The Little Snow Fox and Other Tales of the North Pacific. This was put together in lightening speed with almost no advance planning — whew!
- Homecoming 2008 cute slideshow put together by David and Rowen.
- Our best work came next, the Writing with Thread feature about a world-class textile show in the art gallery. This one hit a minor chord with YouTube commenters.
- Most recently, Newcomer Butterfly has a Light Footprint is one I wrote and did an audio extra recorded over the telephone (photographs by lepidopterist Jim Snyder). This is my most self-contained web extra and even includes my voice sounding goofy as usual. I do like that Yahoo audio player that comes out.
Eating cheesecake and sampling cocktails, yeah, I know, I make it look easy. But the painstaking hours of research paid off because both these articles look good enough to eat. And drink.
A Sergio Goes photo takes full page in the Hana Hou piece and the four (count em, 4!) pages in HI Luxury include a shot of my girl Chia making a sour face while muddling limes. haha.
- “Otto von Cheesecake.” Photo by Sergio Goes.
- “Mixing it up! Get a lesson behind the bar at E&O Trading Company.” Photos by Ryan Ohara.
Wrote about a great spot that Rowen has been telling me about for over a year, The Dragon Upstairs. The piece came out okay. But the place itself is very cool and a must-do in Honolulu, if you appreciate jazz even a little bit.
I submitted one more story to HI Luxury, and I’ve enjoyed working with them. The staff I’ve talked to seem like fun, intelligent people. Hopefully someone as sparkly-prosed, literate and in-the-know as myself ;~j takes the nightlife entertainment writer position and that door will close for me.
I’m also resigning quadmag.com, my pet project of the last ten years. I will always represent for that site, but I’m officially retired. (I’m living the dream! retire by 30 haha.) We’d love to see it keep going, but with TeN in San Francisco and Lance in Portland, it’s been hard to keep the momentum and these technical lumps are demoralizing. I’m just done.
Updated the list of articles for December and January to include a New Year’s Eve piece for HI Luxury and a story on UH summer programs in historical preservation and archeology on the Big Island of Hawaii for Malamalama.
Also added is the list of my Malamalama stories from Feb. 04 – Jan. 07. These are on subjects I usually wouldnt even think to write about (except the one on KTUH radio). I learn a lot writing about such diverse topics in history, the environment, tourism and the arts, as well as the interests of the institution behind the curtain.
The layout on the website doesnt do much justice to the photos and illustrations. The PDFs of Malamalama that are available for download are much better.
Finally, managed to get together links for some early Hana Hou stories. That’s the inflight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines. I need to write more for them, they do a really good job.
Updated the list of articles to include the October/November issue of HI Luxury magazine, which has a piece by yours truly called “Get Up & Get Down: Happy hour and more at the Hanohano Room.”
This magazine impresses me more and more with each issue. Unfortunately the band was not correctly identified in the caption; Maria Ramos and Deshannon Higa of grOOve.imProV.arTiSts are decidedly not Son Caribe(!). I’ll have to try to make that up to them. The photos again are by Chris McDonough, and those are my unmanicured fingers holding the electric blue cocktail on the main page.