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Jackie Russell Steals Her Own Show

Added on by Skyler Fike.

My dear friend Jackie Russell will be leaving for Israel in less than a month. Eager to celebrate with her in this departure, I asked her if I could shoot video of her playing some songs on one of her last nights in Dallas, Texas. Here, Jackie covers the 1945 classic '(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons' by Deek Watson and Pat Best.

This was shot in studio A at WELD in Dallas, Texas. ( www.weld.co )

Shot and edited by Skyler Fike ( www.skylerfike.com )

A Train Comes To Dallas

Added on by Skyler Fike.

This a 15-second short I shot, edited, and uploaded from my iPhone 5s. I was taking a walk yesterday at sunset at the Trinity River and wanted to try and capture the sunset over the tracks, with downtown Dallas at my back to the east. Right as I was going to take the picture, I saw a train coming toward the city where I was standing and so I started shooting the train instead. Inspired by films from the late 1800's and early 1900's, I decided to shoot just a short clip of the train passing by, just 10 or 15 seconds, and add some ragtime music and a title scene to it. The goal was simply to shoot in the same fashion as 1895 film A Train Arrives at the Station ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgLEDdFddk ) one of the first original films to ever be recorded. The purpose of it being 15 seconds long was simply so I could post it to Instagram. I will probably be shooting more and longer versions of these style shorts on my phone.

Original footage shot from native camera app on my iPhone 5s. I used the apps 8mm and CinemaFXV for IOS to apply the filters, and ReelDirector and Splice for IOS for the editing, text, and music. Start to finish---that is, getting out of my car to walk to the tracks, recording, buying some ragtime music from pianist Scott Joplin, and editing and exporting---it took about an hour or two. I imagine it will go quicker next time, but this was my first experiment in iPhone shooting and editing.

Music: "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin, ca. 1906

Also below are some shots from the train approaching and passing. Edited in vscocam.