Stumptown 'Make A Video Project' - (Flash Mob Style)

Would you like to help shoot a video? How about something like a 'Flash Mob Video'?

We can use both additional camera persons and assisting crew persons in this endeavor. Experience and/or your own equipment is Not Required, but could be helpful. We want to capture both performers and spectators alike at the 'National Train Day' event held at Portland's Union Station. We will be creating a short video which will be posted on our Stumptown Vimeo Web Site … as well as potentially be used by the performing dance team, and perhaps by AMTRAK or related organizations.

While there are an abundance of activities and displays which will be ongoing throughout the day-long event, the particular activity which is intended to be the primary focal point of this particular film making project is a dance performance, scheduled for 12:15 pm. In spite of the fact that the dance activity (including about 45 professional dancers) is scheduled 'on the event calendar', we expect it will catch most visitors by surprise, especially as the dancers activity will 'evolve from within the crowd', and attempt to encourage spectators to join in with the activity.

The dance group is “Le Grand Continental,” part of the well-known White Bird Dance Company. (They had a MAJOR write-up in the Oregonian a few weeks ago … a full front page of the A&E section.

Also performing will be the Mudtown Dixieland Jazz Band at 3:00 pm., (and we might try to catch a little video and sound of this performance too).

Among the many other exhibits and displays will be ... live Steam Locomotive #700, walk through tours of a caboose and one or more historic rail cars, model live steam rail exhibits, 2 diesel electric locomotives, and the Rose Festival Clown Corps! Expected are day long crowds of 6,000 to 10,000 visitors, based upon past attendance counts.

Please consider being a part of our 'Stumptown contribution to the cause' and join in with the fun ... And practice your video making skills at this free public event! Sign-up (so we know your coming to help) and show-up!

Full Event: This coming Saturday, May 11th
10 am – 4 pm
Portland's Union Station
800 NW 6th Avenue, Portland.

A Free Event, open to the public.

Shoot times: Meet and pre-shoot prep …...... 11:30 – 11:50
Shoot ….................................... 12:00 – 12.30 ??
Video-crew, meet after shoot for short discussion?
Then ... Do your own exploring &/or shooting and have some fun …

Email or call me with your questions ... or for additional information.
Larry McFarling

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Stumptown Movie Makers,

    I have set up an ftp program on my Bluehost server so you can upload and download video.

    The login information is:

    User: [masked]
    Password: stumptown

    I am uploading my footage and the account is active are working.

    I hope this makes life easier for you. It should.


    May 12, 2013

    • Elly

      I'm not able to log in to the web site. I don't know what's wrong? Please help me. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

      May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Larry - You were talking about figuring out the best way to get everyone's video delivered to one place so it could be edited. If you want I could create an FTP account on my server (I have a huge amount of bandwidth) and people could upload and download their video from there. Let me know if you would like me to set it up.

    May 12, 2013

    • Larry M.

      Thanks, Gary! I'd very much like to try that option. It might not work for everybody's video (or available up-load connection speeds), but I'd like to try it out and test the process if it's not too much work for you.

      May 12, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Great Shoot! Great fun with a Great Group of Stumptown'ers ... Exciting, active and energetic subject matter, with super enthusiastic spectators included. But sorry we missed those who wanted to attend and couldn't make it! We captured some creative shots from about 6 different locations simultaneously, with at least 7 different cameras ... this should make for an interesting editing job with potentially stellar results! Thanks for working with me on this project everyone!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time.

    May 11, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Mimi asked an excellent question about whether we can use her assistance even though she has limited experience with a camera ... The following is my answer, and it applies to other volunteers as well! :

    May 10, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Hi Michele!

    I believe we can still use your assistance, with or without camera experience. And that's also how we learn the craft, jumping in, watching and trying out "new stuff".

    I'd like, if possible, to have two or three person teams working with each camera. A camera operator can't focus on everything that is going on around her/him, and may well miss valuable/excellent shots that an assistant might be aware of ... to the side or behind the camera's point of view. It's also a bit more safe for the camera person. The additional crew may also help with carrying a camera bag, monopod, etc. And it can be better when moving through the crowd, especially if you happen to be trying a moving shot!

    So, as you can see ... we'd be very happy to have you come and assist if possible. It's a team effort! We all learn something each time we tackle a new project, and you might make a new friend too ...

    Thanks for asking!

    May 10, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Today (Thursday) I met with a co-founder of the White Bird Dance Group which we will be filming -- He was at the Union Station to plan some of the details, including the likely routes for a couple of Conga-Lines through the station during the initial stages. The dancers will step out of the crowd and attempt to get surprised spectators to join-in & participate. He has 50 dancers signed-up to perform now. Some of their dance routine will be in the central waiting room area, inside the station.

    I also met with the head Rose Festival Clown who has enlisted a sizable group of Clowns for the event! They will also be a good group of subjects to cover in our footage as they interact with the dancers and spectators.

    Security is being tightened for the event and I'll be attending a security briefing before the event. Our participants may have badges issued in that regard.

    Please update and advise me as to your attendance plans and whether you expect to bring a camera ...

    May 9, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Good question, Laurie! The Dance Group is well aware of our intentions to film. In fact I expect to meet-up with a few of them tomorrow as they visit the Union Station to plan some of the logistics, participant locations, and dancer-movements for the event. As an open public event, advertised to the community, a great many individuals will be expected to be snapping photos and taking video of the crowds and displays. Our Stumptown M. M. Group was, in fact, invited to participate with our "movie making" efforts by members of the group, "AORTA", who are in charge of setting this whole thing up. (My brother Dan is the individual in that organization who is "in charge of this events planning," and it was his idea and invitation that got us involved to participate in this way). Also, this filming is in part an effort to publicize the event and volunteer participants, and thus benefit them, as well as to publicize our Stumptown Group and our efforts to benefit our community.

    May 9, 2013

  • Laurie

    Larry, Is the dance group aware we're filming or is this guerrilla style? Do we need a permit or public image release forms? Please get back to me asap. Thank you.

    May 8, 2013

  • Antonio b.

    Excited to meet more filmmakers in Portland.

    May 8, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Who (if any) is planning to attend and bring a video camera?
    If possible, can you email me the details/info on basic camera recording format specification and camera capabilities?

    May 8, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Probably the best place to check in will be the AORTA booth in the station during this event. The AORTA booth will be located next to the gift shop in the south waiting room (it is a wing, the only wing, off the main waiting room. The booth will be the first booth on the right as one enters the south waiting room. You should see a blue table skirt with on the front of it. We, or people who know our group should be at or behind this table during our scheduled meet-up time!

    May 8, 2013

  • Larry M.

    Additional Detail Information about Parking and Public Transit Options ...

    PARKING: There is a parking garage, Station Place Parking, very nearby. You can reach it by driving north on NW Sixth Avenue, driving past the front of the train station. Keep going straight on Sixth Avenue, which becomes NW Station Way as it goes past The Station and under the Broadway Street ramp and under the Lovejoy ramp. This road is next to the tracks which you will see behind the iron fence on the right. Immediately after passing under the bridge ramps, you will see the parking garage on your left. All-day parking is available for $4.

    PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS: As an alternative to driving, you may wish to consider TriMet's MAX light rail. The Yellow and Green lines both serve the Union Station area (NW Hoyt & 6th Ave stop or NW Glisan & 5th, depending on direction of travel). From Beaverton, you would need to transfer from the Blue Line (or Red Line) to the Yellow or Green Line near Pioneer Square.

    May 8, 2013

  • Larry M.

    MAX and/or Streetcar may be advisable on this occasion as parking spaces may be pretty busy. But for people who do choose to drive, there is an excellent parking structure about a block away just North, North-West of the station (If you travel along the road in front of the station, go under the bridge on-ramp, just past the overhead bridge structure) ... Parking rates there are usually pretty reasonable on weekends. I'm still working on an answer to your 'suggested meeting point' question. I've several possibilities which may work well. For those attending who email me directly (use our web sites email links) offering your personal (private) email address, I can respond with my cell phone number (and email address), which may assist in locating each other in the crowd (preferably not to be used while were filming!) .

    If you click on the "Portland Union Station" link-header above, you will get a map of the event location!

    Hope that helps ...
    Larry McFarling

    May 7, 2013

  • David Arv B.

    Is there a specific meeting point at Union Station? Is parking decent, or should I take MAX? I'm new to PDX.

    May 6, 2013

  • Kris D.

    We'll be at Oxbow, viewing the deer and wild flowers.

    May 6, 2013

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