PHOTOS: If Rick looks concerned in the bottom photo, probably because he was. Mike just asked me to play guitar on camera. Jenn is trying to reassure me. I've been so busy building, I haven't had time to play. What's a C chord again?!
After a few months of attempting to hide from (gently persistent) HIFI Guitar Picks producer Jenn Sunnerton, she drove down from Canada and finally caught me this week. Cornered in the shop by mics and camera, I had no choice but to answer her questions.
It wasn't so bad, actually.
At first it felt like a trip to the dentist (or Gitmo). Blinding light in your face. Technicians adjusting equipment on and around you. Rapid tech jargon between the crew: "Position him a little more camera right. Need to adjust the white balance. Can you move the sticks."
But suddenly things quieted. Producer sunglasses pushed up. Eye contact. And we began to make a human connection. The camera receded into soft focus.
PHOTOS: Filmed the first half of the day at Townsend Machine, where we followed one TOONE & TOWNSEND headless tuner component from raw material, through CNC machining, to inspection. Many thanks to Bart Townsend & Bill Goldy for adjusting the shop schedule, and to Monster for his photography.
Jenn was smart, funny, respectful, and highly responsive to suggestions regarding what I (personally) thought was important and relevant...rolling with tangents like introducing deer bones, walking in the creek with my dog Josie...and expanding the scope of the project by adding additional travel and filming time at Townsend Machine — because the hardware components are so integral to these instruments.
The final tone of the segment will be determined by post-production editing and script so can't predict that in advance, however the filming process itself was honest and accurate. Producer Jenn Sunnerton and cameraman Michael Davidson captured this moment in my life as it is lived. Thank you both.
HIFI Guitar Picks segment will air sometime during the 2012-2013 Fall/Winter TV season.
PHOTOS: Highlight of the day for me was definitely reversing roles and turning the camera on Mike. He got to explore Dirty Blonde Orchid bass and Al Shaffer's T2 Buckskin guitar as well. Check out Mike's band Ravenscode.