Video production

Spotlight on the arts: T-Falls graduate considers career in video production


Paradise Center’s “Spotlight on the Arts” honors and encourages arts students by showcasing their talent and recognizing the support they receive from their schools and teachers.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Caelen McBride. McBride is 19 and has lived in Thompson Falls since kindergarten. He has just completed his senior year at Thompson Falls High School and was trained in the visual arts by Professor Micah Grossberg.

When McBride was quite young he had no interest in art, but as he was increasingly exposed to others who did, especially other students at school , the inspiration to pursue the art began to emerge. McBride brought many files and notebooks of his work to our visit. Each piece (out of hundreds) demonstrated his developing skills in both painting and sketching: faces, hands, animals, insects, intricate doodles, fantastical creatures, and a wide array of cartoon characters and storytelling graphics.

McBride devotes her attention to a variety of visual art mediums including: watercolor and acrylic painting; ceramic; pottery; and pencil drawing.

Although working and experimenting with watercolor was his favorite medium, he discovered the field of stop animation – an art form that incorporates a multifaceted understanding of many skills and techniques, such as: sketching to create storyboards; photography; understand software for creating audiovisual productions; video montage; animation; decor; digital graphics; and modeling. He has worked with Stop Animation for eight years.

McBride shared several of her video creations. One was a 4 1/2 minute production, which took him two months to create. Each second of video contains up to 15 individual frames (15 different photos of carefully staged still sets) – overall, the video contains thousands of still images pasted together in a continuous stream of motion.

The video was a cartoonish animation containing many special effects, sound effects, and dialogue elements. Character dialogue was provided by recording the voices of other online friends who collaborated with him. Using Lego figures and Lego building sets, McBride has created an environment in which he unfolds an episode of “The Batman” – filled with lightning bolts, a variety of shadows and fade techniques, several chase scenes that culminate in detailed fight exchanges – and amidst all the drama there was also the inclusion of well-executed comedic elements.

Considering a platform to share his work, McBride started reaching out to others with a similar interest on the internet. He forged new friendships with creators from all over the continent. He discovered chat rooms, blogs, websites and an artistic community of like-minded creators. There he developed relationships through which he was able to communicate, critically evaluate, and exchange many ideas, helping him develop and refine his skills and techniques in creating short films.

Not only does he find other people interested in helping him with his project, but also finds himself invited to help him with their projects: for example, by providing dialogue voiceovers and character voice impersonations (e.g. Bugs Bunny). McBride eventually created his own YouTube channel called “Orbital Snapshots”, which now features many examples of his stop animation creations.

McBride took the time to develop his technique to create effects such as fire, flash, shadow and even flight. Each step is painstakingly slow – and the variety of techniques for creating such effects seems endless – but so is her enthusiasm and interest. It was evident that McBride is both dedicated and patient with his designs. He sees his future work not as an opportunity to be “better than”, but rather as a commitment to perform at his very best – diving deep into the process that authentic expression and artistry require – to be uniquely authentic and find your “voice”. ”

After graduating, McBride hopes to enter a college education by pursuing areas of film production, animation, and taking additional courses focused on the various computer software and applications he will need to further develop his skills. .

He however states that this is a big step into a bigger world and that he feels a little nervous about the application process as it will take him to a new level of skill and requirement. and unknown.

McBride plans to investigate a variety of colleges, including the curriculum courses each makes available.

He hopes his future will develop financially lucrative opportunities not only in video production, but also in print graphic novels (an extended format for cartoon illustration and storytelling). McBride is a gifted artist, illustrator, and animator, with a promising future in which there is so much more to “see” than “tell.”