Here’s the second in a series of portraits of artists and creatives. Jordan Wolfson is a painter who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
I had a great time speaking with Jordan. We both had intense experiences to share about living in Israel and working on Kibbutzim as young men. I also started my artistic career painting and drawing, so Jordan’s experiences resonate with me.
In terms of a project, I arranged to meet and interview Jordan via a cold call. He was very friendly and supportive. We met at his studio and talked for awhile as I picked up audio of the interview with my shotgun mic mounted on a stand, piped into a Marantz 661 digital audio recorder. After we spoke, I wandered around his studio taking stills as he worked and we chatted. In retrospect I wish I had used my macro lens on the small pictures of roses that Jordan discusses in the film. During post production I wanted a better visual illustration to Jordan’s voice when he says, “You can see the brushstrokes and the viscosity of the paint.” I think I could also have picked up some different types of shots — 20/20 hindsight. On the whole I’m pleased with the piece. It captures our conversation (sans mention of Israel), and it includes a sense of Jordan’s anxiety as he pushes his painting forward.
The only thing I don’t like is how YouTube froze an image in the middle of the film and automatically used that as the “thumbnail” for display purposes. More accurately, YouTube’s capture distorts the color of that image. I can’t find a way to override the auto-select/auto-correct of that image. Yuck.