Back at it again with this year's Jhalak lineup! As usual, dance teams from all around the nation from California to Chicago come once a year to Austin to compete! And here's this year's teams!
Jhalak 2024 Dance Competiton
Here is another year of a Jhalak hype video! I really am starting to lean in to 2D animation and creating imaginary worlds to build stories in, making sure the character design makes sense with the background elements, and so on. Yeehaw!
TXI x PBS Austin's Space Shapers Demo
January 2022 - June 2023 This project took TWO whole years. First a User Interaction Designer then the Art Director, I got the privilege to work with UT's Texas Innovation Center, Texas Immersive Institute, and PBS Austin to conceptualize and design two interactive digital storybooks and a deck of cards with AR functionalities. The goal was to cater to young families with children that grew up during a post-COVID world. This demo is PBS Austin's first step towards educating the Austin community on media literacy and encouraging parents to take an active role in teaching their kids healthy digital practices.
Jhalak 2023 Lineup Video
This Bollywood fusion national dance competition took place on October 15, 2022, where 8 teams around the nation came to Austin, Texas to compete.
Jhalak 2023 Dance Competiton
July - October 2022 This hype video was made for a nationwide dance competition based in Austin!
Inside Broadway's Aladdin
November 2022 - February 2023 Through the Daily Texan, an Austin-based newspaper I got to work for about 2 years, I had the super cool opportunity to cover the traveling Broadway show, starring Disney's Aladdin. Talking to both the performer playing Aladdin and a stage manager, I got to peek behind the curtain of this show and how it all comes together.
UT's Swim and Dive Team take a splash
My first time trying out sports videography! It was definitely super interesting trying to navigate high-speed moving subjects and slippery pool floors.
UT's Women's Soccer
Like I said with the swim and dive team highlights, this was my first time dipping a toe into sports videography, and these players were zooming. I sat on the field for two hours with a 18-135 mm lens and tried to figure out how I could scrap together a highlight video with shaky footage and a dream, but I managed. There's definitely a lot of room for improvement but I hope you enjoy!
Emerald City Band
July - August 2021 Emerald City Band While I was shooting an event video for a party, I had the pleasure of meeting Emerald City Band, a Dallas based live party band. Soon after, I got the opportunity to create short ad spots for their corporate and wedding event clients. I was able to learn so much from this project, the most outstanding being cutting and blending audio tracks. I really had to get creative with their show recordings to find something with enough explosive energy to emulate their brand within the seven second ad.
May - July 2021 Redmorph cyberprivacy This entire animation was drawn frame by frame on an app called Procreate, which in retrospect was probably the worst application to use for this project. This essentially became a full time job for me, working from 9-5 for two weeks straight just to draw out the animation and convey the cyberprivacy company's vision. I now use Adobe After Effects.
A Masquerade Ball
April 2021 Tanya's 40th Birthday This was the most fun I have ever had on a project. A couple approached me to shoot a 40th birthday video and essentially told me to do whatever, only giving me the word "masquerade." I learned a lot, including being quick on my feet in an unpredictable environment and changing up the script on the fly around moving parts.
August 2020-present Shipra Creations jewelry company The concept for this was "For the Bold, For the Beautiful," featuring a new line of jewelry Shipra Creations was releasing. Since I had done a couple of projects in fashion and jewelry at this point, it was a little easier to imagine how the ad would look like shot by shot. Working with the models was also amazing since they could see the vision right from the start. I say this very rarely, but releasing these videos were as smooth as butter.
The Social Setup
December 2020 The Social Setup event planning company Paint-and-sip was an absolutely adorable local event that featured painting and hot chocolate. An intimate event like this especially helped me overcome my anxiety of shooting at other larger events. I learned how to establish a certain level of trust before I intrude in a space to capture the most authentic moments on camera.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
November 2020 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The name of the game for this project was smooth and slow. At this point in time I was still using an Android and an old gimbal to shoot for my projects, so using a steady hand, I tried to replicate the cinematic smoothness of an HGTV show. Working with a real estate agent on the project was also a new and exciting experience for me, both of us passionate about the job at hand.
Pink Chiffon and Diya Clothing Company
October 2020 Dabbling in fashion and modeling is a lot harder than it seems. This shoot was in collaboration with a range of local businesses and talent, including Social Setup (event planning company), Pink Chiffon and Diya Clothing company (both Indian clothing companies), Shipra Creations (jewelry company), makeup artists, and several social media influencers and models. With so many working parts, it was chaos on set for the first hour with people fixing lighting and decor, models getting styled, makeup artists setting up, and me, trying to get my bearings with a camera in hand. That shoot taught me a lot that day, the main thing being your legs will spontaneously fall off if you stand and shoot for 9 consecutive hours.
St. Phillips Episcopal Church
May 2018 St. Phillips Episcopal Church This is one of my oldest projects, and one that felt the most daunting. The church wanted to revitalize their message and post a recap of their year on their social platforms. Working with their marketing team, I shot at several end of the year events. I felt awkward and intrusive at many different moments. Even though I had permission to do so, I experienced a lot of anxiety capturing intimate moments such as people in prayer and taking up space in church-related activities. This was definitely a crucial moment for me where I forced myself out of my comfort zone. I learned to be more comfortable in my skin while shooting, know how to respectfully work a camera in spaces I may not be familiar with, and maintain a comfortable dynamic with the church goers.
Victoria Gardens Nursing Home
October 2018 Victoria Gardens Nursing Home The nursing home wanted to put together an end of the year video for the residents, so one by one I asked the residents what were their favorite moments from that year. It was so sweet seeing each of them expressing their heartfelt responses in their own way. Being able to capture the residents’ bond between themselves and their family and having the privilege to capture that set me on a journey to create more for local businesses such as Victoria Garden.