I've been working on an ongoing photography series about inventors and their inspirations, accomplishments, and setbacks. I recently decided to add a video component to the project, putting together a short film about each inventor I shoot. This is my first video for the project. (More inventors in the series can be seen at dfpblog.com/inventors)
I'm brand new to shooting and editing video, so I'm still learning a lot as I go. Editing this piece, I realized there were other shots I should have gotten, questions I should have asked, lights I should have brought, microphone I should have used, etc. I think it's a decent first video. The next one will be better!
Jason Bannister, chief artist and scientist of Mechanimal, a robotics company in Pittsburgh, designs, sketches and builds robots. In this episode he shows how inventors can start with a basic pencil on paper sketch and eventually wind up with a truly amazing creation.
Prototype Online: Inventive Voices is a podcast series from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The series is primarily based on lectures, demonstrations, and interviews by and of renowned inventors and innovators sponsored by the Lemelson Center since 1995. It reveals the stories behind the inventions — motivations, successes, and disappointments — and highlights the persevering spirit shared by all who call themselves “inventor.” For more information about the Lemelson Center and this podcast, please visit the Center’s website at invention.smithsonian.org.