Through a series of very fortunate events, I was able to spend the entire month of March with two dear friends, former yoga students and out of this world award-winning filmmakers: Tess and Thom of Tiny Town Media.
Tess came to my studio a couple of years ago after taking a sabbatical from her pressure cooker life in the film industry to travel and restore some sense of balance. Thom was still working distance on the web series, Guidestones. It was actually during their time with me in Korea Thom won his Emmy for excellence in editing for said project. Yes, an EMMY!
It was hard to see them go but the world is round and I knew our paths would make their way in time. Since their time in Korea, Tess and Thom founded Tiny Town Media, a video production company based in east coast Canada focusing on small town, personal, character-driven stories through both narrative fiction and documentary. Work and family had taken them England; and that's where best laid plans began to shift. As they say: life is what happens when you're making other plans. Lucky for me, with their newly unscripted planner, my Mexican retreat in the works and another friend further south, they made their way to Tulum.
I needed to capitalize on the golden gem that had fallen into my lap: we got to work.
No two people are more talented at crafting a story full of heart, expression, and emotion through both still and moving pictures than Tess and Thom. Sure, many people can paint pretty pictures. Others have the digital game down pat. Tess and Thom are the purest listeners I've met. Not only in work; it is what drives them. They have a sincere curiosity that brings them into the heart of a story. This sense compels their travel and interactions with local members of whatever community they temporarily join.
This is more than a cliche travel technique. This is how they approached my sister, my best friend's husband, the cenote kids, the local coconut vendor, the women of the retreat and me both as a client and a friend.
They produced three stunning videos: Diafano, spotlighting AcroYoga, Elucidate, a keepsake and overview of the week-long retreat, and Buscando Lugar, a highlight reel of yours truly.
Working with T & T was the perfect mix of working with a friend and top notch professional. They took my piecemeal wishlist ("I want to look hot, and strong, and interesting, and sincere....blah....blah...blah....") and crafted a visual narrative with depth and heart. It was my story but with elevated vocabulary and technique. During the shoot, they kept me comfortable (as one can be standing on one leg in the hot Mexican sun) and pretty (as one can be melting the hot Mexican sun) and knew how to talk me into giving them what I would want to see. And it was nothing like I could've ever imagined.
Thank you so much for all of the work, Tess and Thom. You are as talented as you are hardworking. This work far superceded like or dislike: I feel each and everyone of these vignettes.
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Promote your work as a yoga teacher, musician, etc, let them capture your wedding memories, your festival, event... they can do it all!!! Check out their latest work, Coastal Stories and other projects.
AcroYoga is an ongoing mental and physical exploration and collaboration. Our first time working together in nearly half a year, AcroYoga isn't like riding a bike. We continue to develop from minute to minute, and coming into partnership requires continuous calibration and care. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. And every now and again, there is there that perfect synchronicity: being in the moment together.
This is my favorite place in the whole world and I was determine to share my loves: yoga and Tulum with others. Thank you everyone that make Elucidate so magical! I'm looking forward to doing it again, February, 2017!!!
When we started shooting, I was looking for a glory reel. I wanted to look pretty doing pretty things in a pretty place. Watching this, Tess and Thom captured a longing, a searching, for a place where I felt connected that I didn't realize I was seeking until far into this process. Thank you for capturing this part of the journey. Your insight is nothing less than brilliant.