San Diego Sessions
San Diego Sessions
San Diego Sessions is all about exposing the largely untapped musical talent within San Diego. Spanning all genres, we interview talent
San Diego Sessions is all about exposing the largely untapped musical talent within San Diego. Spanning all genres, we interview talent Read more
About this project
San Diego Sessions is all about exposing the largely untapped musical talent within San Diego. Spanning all genres, we interview talented musicians who have a compelling personal story, and also capture them in a live performance, then marry the two segments together. Each artists video will be presented online on the Sessions website as part of a web series. Eventually the artists' video mini-documentaries will be pitched to network television for fan viewing. One of the big reasons why we launched the Sessions KickStarter Campaign is to take Sessions to the next level. We now need your support more than ever, to be able to purchase more sound, lighting, and camera equipment to create better mini-documentaries of the local San Diego talented music artists. Also we want to be able to purchase studio time locally to increase the amount of artists to present to our fan base.
San Diego Sessions is all about exposing the largely untapped musical talent within San Diego. Spanning all genres, we interview talented musicians who have a compelling personal story. Each artists video will be presented online on the Sessions site as part of a web series.
These are the amazing hosts of the Sessions Webseries, L-R Jazmine Allen/Actress, Kenneth Jenkins/Actor, Patricia Williams/Actress, Mark Henry/Actor, and Flora Sofia/Actress-Model.
Jackie Bainto: Assistant Director
L-R Monika Drabik: Art Director, Brittany Lindsay: Social Media Director/Art Director and Sessions Host
L-R Ryan Pearson: Editor, Brian Bridwell: Web Development/3D Animation
L-R Marcia Corenman: Costume Designer, Kayla Warren (Not Shown): Editor
Kellina Nesbeth: Graphic Designer, Researcher, Content Creation, 3D Animation & Modeling
Ethan Leonard II - Director of Photography
By Kellina Nesbeth
Ethan Leonard II hands me a blank white sheet of paper and asks, “Can you sit over there and hold this up for me?” That may seem like an odd request, but Leonard is the Director of Photography for Mental Scope Productions and he requires it to white balance his camera. After that he adjusts the many other camera settings and directs the placement of the cameras the crew are using. He’s responsible for, along with many other things, making sure our shots are set up perfectly so when our director, Melvin Graham calls out “cameras?” our camera crew can respond “cameras rolling” and we’ll capture excellent footage. Leonard was born and raised in Oregon and has always had a passion for “every aspect of...video production.” In high school he had an internship with a news studio and now attends Platt College where he is almost finished with a B.S. degree in Media Arts, with a focus in video production. “I’ve always loved video... I enjoy it. That’s why I’m pursuing a career [in it].” He has an exceptional amount of experience for a 20-year-old student just finishing college. Mental Scope Production’s executive producer Darryl Vickers says, “Once I... started talking to Ethan then I found out how much skill level he has on cameras for as young as he is. [He] probably has at least 6-7 years’ experience, easily. You would think somebody normally would be 30 or 40 [to have] that kind of experience but Ethan already has it.” Being very mature for his age, and always dressed very sharp, one might think Leonard’s all business, but he does get a joke in every now and then. “Ethan likes to joke around, so sometimes you don’t know when the joke is going to be flying out,” says Vickers. “He always seems serious,” Graham chimes in. Vickers agrees, “Yeah ...then once in a while he fools me. He’ll ask a question or say something and it’s like, ‘Are you serious?’ And he’ll say, ‘No, I’m just joking.’ He’s pretty good at that.” But you can always be sure his jokes are never mean. A picture of Leonard taken at one of his college’s event was captioned, ’Ethan is one of the nicest Platt people!’ and it’s doubtful anyone would disagree with that. One of his classmates says, “Ethan”
Risks and challenges
In order for the project to be successful, we'll have to attract enough viewership. To overcome this challenge we will be promoting the series through social media, hosting events at clubs and lounges, and by placing fliers near music venues throughout San Diego.
Another challenge which presents itself to us is doing justice to each musician's personal story and journey as an artist. Each episode not only show cases an example of the artist performing, but it's also our goal to talk about their personal life's story. We want to bring insight into how and why they've become the person they are today. But because the production crew of Sessions itself comes from such a wide range of backgrounds, as a group we possess the interpersonal skills to relate to any type of person that comes our way and bring their story to light.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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