Finding a Muse


This year I promised myself I would do four things to develop my photography and film. I was deliberately unspecific choosing the await the opportunities before narrowing down my intentions.

I took photo editing Photoshop class which, being truthful, was incredibly wordy and left me a little overwhelmed so I shall be revisiting it a little at a time.

After that I was looking for something a little less technical and a bit more lighthearted. Last month I came across a course on Skillshare called Muse: a Video Portrait Workshop run by Kat Tan-Conte. I don’t think I went into the class with any more expectation than to explore making films about people.

I chose to make a portrait of my friend Jennie who is an illustrator, author and innovator. She has such a bright and boundless energy it’s hard not to feel inspired in her company.

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(here’s the YouTube for those whose devices won’t play Vimeo).

I love how taking this class held me accountable to creating something within a tight time-frame. I loved changing my editing workflow to suit this type of film and I really loved how it turned out.

I have some author interviews to work on in the next few months so I’m looking forward to creating a collection of these portraits.

As my teacher said, level UP!

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  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) March 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Latest at Housewife: Finding a Muse – with thanks to @katerinabonvora and @jenniemaizels

  • Reply Carla & Bekka (@sistersguild) March 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Looking forward to whole lot more like these…. via @thatkat < Its brilliant Kat hat’s off x

  • Reply Kat Goldin March 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

    It is so so good.

  • Reply claire March 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Fantastic, I love Jennie’s illustrations and you’ve done a great job with the video

  • Reply Clare M (@MTJAM) March 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh Kat, this is sensational. You clever girl. I’d love something like this for ChipLitFest – like a promo film.

  • Reply Mariale March 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I love the video Kat, great job, it was a part I could not hear her voice properly because of the background music more at the very end, otherwise everything is well done, and Jennie’s idea of making clothing stickers is brilliant. ;)

  • Reply Kat Conte March 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I am so proud of you Kat! I was truly inspired by Jenni, her work, and the way you portrayed her, absolutely magical. Well done to you both. :) Surely looking forward to more of your videos. Love, Kat

  • Reply Vanessa March 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    A lovely post. Beautifully shot video, well done Kat.

  • Reply Carie March 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    It’s lovely, I really enjoyed it – and now I have to go hunt down some clothes plasters for my collection of little girl stripy tights with holes!

  • Reply Nip it in the bud April 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    what an awesome video (you’re such a fine advert for your shooting stories course!). A nice little insight into the life of an illustrator and Jenni’s clothes plasters .. pure genius :o)

  • Reply Kelly April 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Loved this so much. Very clever indeed.

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