Would you believe I had been searching for someone to make my promo video for almost 2 years? I found Whitney Dinneweth sitting in a diner at Eddies cafe on Divisadero St. in San Francisco. I had seen Whit in the cafe about 3 or 4 times and each time I saw him I had a pressing feeling that I needed to talk to him. Somewhat intrigued, I jumped right at the chance to interrupt his quiet breakfast….My first question to him was…” WHO ARE YOU?” I’m sure he thought, “who is this wacky chick” but responded with a very inviting smile, “I’m Whitney, who are you?” He was chatty and friendly and omitted an openness that made him easy to talk to. It was one of the universes funny little coincidences that he was a videographer. We became friends and exchanged work info right away.
When I meet someone for the first time, I sometimes have a physical response, either positive or negative. Meeting Whit felt like an awesome caffeine rush…maybe it had something to with his obsession for drinking copious amounts of coffee and I was picking up on that. haha…. What encouraged me to want to work with him was that I trusted his ideas of what we wanted to convey to the audience. He understood who I was as an artist and how we should deliver that story while keeping it short and to the point. Whitney was on board from the beginning and jumped in with his edgy style allowing me to have control while gently leading me in a beneficial direction. The guy is nothing short of a professional in understanding how to interact with people. He maintained a very relaxed calm energy and remained completely positive and focused. The first day we shot he brought his beautiful girlfriend Gretchen who became a great asset in relaxing me while being in front of camera. There are shots of her in the opening portion of the video.
Whitney Dinneweth is not only an artist but a master editor. I am sure this is why big companies such as Levis and Dockers hire him to create a more stylized upbeat look for their promo videos. “People respond to a more personal approach these days” Whit says….I guess that is why in one day of posting my video, it got almost 200 hits from Facebook alone….I received phone calls, emails and texts saying how much they liked it. My general feeling of the experience overall is I am grateful to have met this kid….a true artist with a true love for what he does. Very inspiring…
I am humbly grateful to you Whit….may the happiness in your success continue to find you. =)
For more of Whitney Dinneweth’s work visit his website at…www.abovethecutfilms.com
Special Thank you to:
Joy Taylor for her home and her gorgeous face. Natalie Aldajani for taking time from work to be in the closing shot. Sarah Shonkwiler for allowing us to use her beautiful apartment with a kick ass view.