Collaboration: The Mailroom Barber

I first met Rob when I was 20 years old. I was told through mutual friends that I had to meet this young, talented musician. After meeting one afternoon at a Starbuck’s I knew Rob was someone that I wanted to collaborate with as much as possible. Our friendship really grew through the music that we created together in the years to follow. When The Mailroom Barber was created, it was obvious that Rob was destined for success. Aside from possessing a natural talent for his craft, the heart behind The Mailroom Barber was something that I knew that I could stand behind fully. Around this time, I was just beginning to dive into professional videography work. Knowing that we worked well together creatively, Rob and I decided to combine both of our talents and create what became one of my favorite video projects yet: the Trail Tin promotional. Working together is something that comes naturally for the two of us. 

Recently Rob and I worked together to create a new video for The Mailroom Barber in which Rob showcases how to use his signature pomade. While editing, I was met with a few new challenges. This video not only had to possess clear, concise images, but it also had to convey a clear, informative message within one minute. It was pretty exciting for me to deliver on a few editing techniques that I don’t get to work with very often. For example, Rob’s marketing materials use a particular color scheme that we always work to match when creating his promotional videos. This means lower saturation, colder temperatures (more blues than oranges) and lower contrast. Rob’s content tends to respond better to this combination of color correction and always looks professional/clean. Color correction comes a bit easier than some of the more technical details of editing. With the opening title shots, I keyframed a blur effect that was synchronized with the titles. Keyframing is you setting when a certain effect begins and ends. This allowed me to better control the blur effect to give the organic opening look that we were shooting for. Another fun challenge was working to stabilize some of the shots that came out a little bit too shaky. I don’t typically use premiere pro’s warp stabilizer effect, but with one shot in particular, it was necessary. Since we chose not to use a tripod to film there was no doubt that some of the shots were going to need a little bit of work. The handheld effect that we were shooting for gave off more of an organic feel rather than commercial, whereas the Trail Tin video was shot with a tripod for the entirety of the promotion. This gave off more of a stable, commercial feel that highlighted a specific product. It was very interesting to see the difference in two completely different styles of video for the same person.  After utilizing the warp stabilizer effect, the shot came out nice and smooth.  

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Working with Rob is always a blast. Along with getting to try out new, fun editing techniques, I also get the opportunity to work and spend time with a friend. I’ve been able to watch Rob grow over the years in his business and his personal life. It’s been an honor and a privilege to walk alongside him as he continues to succeed. My goal when working with my clients is to never view them as just a client. I believe that building strong relational foundations with them helps me get a better understanding of what they need and wants when beginning a project. I never want my clients to feel as though they are working with a stranger, so I guarantee that they don’t. Do you enjoy working with someone you’re more familiar with or do you prefer to stay strictly professional?