Boulder video editor empowers movement of Social Emotional Learning

Boulder Video Editor empowers audience with stories

Here is what the happy client had to say to the Boulder video editor.

“I just want to say that I really enjoyed working with you on this video. You did a remarkable job of capturing, selecting and most of all understanding the heart of this story. I was very impressed. And now people know a little more about all the good that is going on in Atlanta–it gives us all hope.”

Gary Dixon, President of Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and Foundation for a Better Life.

Video empowers audience with social emotional learning stories

This video captures a movement occurring across America’s educational landscape. It almost didn’t happen in a timely manner.   Michael Conti Video Productions became contacted by Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.  The end-result of the 5 minute video came from 10 hours of video captured of both students, administrators, teachers and parents from the Atlanta Public Schools.  We visited over two shoots into inner city schools there.  Those videos were then transcribed professionally to help with narrowing the video editing process by the Boulder Video Editor, Michael Conti.

The stories in the video were authentically captured in classrooms or wherever there was room for the 2-person crew to set up.  We had natural lighting and practical florescent lighting along with a well-placed mic for the majority of the interviews caught with Canon XF100.  B-roll was captured with a Canon 6D.

Besides color correction and audio sweetening by our support contractors, the magic happened again when we went into Coupe Studios, a local Boulder award-winning recording studio, to do the final mix after receiving an original score by Los Angeles based composer Chris Piorkowski.


The end result is a video that moves people.  Let’s us know otherwise.

Since the Atlanta Public Schools hadn’t yet complied all the data on the metrics of the one year test implementation of SEL into some of their schools.  What we captured on the video became the anecdotal research results.  They were impressed with what they heard and saw!

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Filmmakers who aren’t afraid to break new ground

Adobe Premiere Pro was used to edit 21 films that will appear at the Sundance Film Festival this year, up from only 9 in 2014. After pairing up with Adobe After Effects CC, Premiere’s capabilities and ease of use noticeably improved, attracting more and more devoted users.

Case in point:

Gone Girl is the first Hollywood feature-length film cut entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

This final tidbit of news was a welcome surprise to the independent film community.

While our inspirational documentary film, The Unruly Mystic, indie budget pales in comparison to a Hollywood film, Boulder Colorado based Michael Conti Productions decision to use an integrated Adobe workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro CC at the hub, was a given for this tech-savvy and budget conscious producer, director and editor, Michael M. Conti.

Much of the visual effects work was done in-house, which allowed the team to work iteratively, in parallel with the editing. For example, Michael Conti could edit in Premiere Pro while others worked on shots in After Effects. The saved compositions would automatically update in Conti’s timeline thanks to Adobe Dynamic Link. This integrated and interactive workflow kept shots looking cleaner and eliminated distracting back-and-forth discussions so the entire team could focus on the story as it took shape in the edit bay. This streamlined workflow was one of the main advantages for “The Unruly Mystic.”

The process of editing this 105 minute movie with Premiere Pro C from the ingest of assets (originally shot on a CANON XF100), to individual scene editing (taking advantage of sub-clip and bin folders), to combining the multiple scenes in a single timeline (flatten) will be a subject of another post.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 22 – February 1, 2015 in Park City Utah. Check the Sundance Film Festival website for the schedule and theatre listings.

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The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard – Available on Amazon

The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard von Bingen ~ An inspirational documentary of how the filmmaker reaffirms his life’s work when he fell in love with a 12th century Saint.

Saint Hildegard

Poster of The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard

Discover why Saint Hildegard von Bingen is considered to be the patron saint of creativity, and about her continued impact today. This 12th-century abbess became famous as a Christian Mystic and visionary, as well as a musical composer and writer, and whose natural medicine is still practiced in Europe today

People ask me how I came to make a documentary about Saint Hildegard of Bingen. It all started two years ago when I decided to take my first ever pilgrimage to the Rhineland. I took a 10 day retreat which was billed as a Birthing Vision, coinciding with spring equinox in the Rhineland, and the opportunity to immerse into the Light and Greening Power of Hildegard. The result of that retreat was for me the start of a film entitled The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard which is a prescriptive documentary of how I as the filmmaker reaffirms my life’s work when I fell in love with a 12th century Saint.  It is a journey that has now taken me to Germany several more times, and given me to the opportunity to meet artists, writers, musicians, theologians and doctors around the world that have found their life changed by Saint Hildegard.

Included are other insightful interviews with Benedictine Sr. Lydia from the Abbey of St. Hildegard, Germany; Professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle at the Harvard Divinity School; Lynn Maxwell, a world-class mezzo soprano on her one-woman Hildegard show; Doctor Wighard Strelow’s healing work at the Hildegard Center in Allen Bach, Germany; and American Episcopal priest and theologian Matthew Fox.

For me, Saint Hildegard of Bingen evokes a calling, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in, which is also spiritual in nature. The film reveals how she is still venerated for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, doctors and educators.

She is indeed the unruly mystic. Her story, invites us all to embrace the connection between God, Nature and Art. This is the story of a powerful muse who invites us to create magic in our own lives by letting the ordinary touch the divine.

It has been an amazing birthing process these past two years when I first took that pilgrimage, and now with the film’s birth, there is another journey about to begin for me in screening and promoting the film’s message.

Available on Amazon:
The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard of Bingen