Mouse in Thirty Seconds

It’s offbeat edits that make me love working with Round Table Companies. Sure, most of the editing I do for them is centered on author support, on love, community and human bonding, but there’s so much more than that. For example: there was Floyd.

I’ll leave the storytelling to Corey, as he’s taken the time to write an article about how Floyd entered and exited his life. Well after Floyd had made his exit, Corey sent me three cell phone video clips and asked me to come up with something short and quick to enrich his article about the experience.

This was a fantastic distraction from my daily life and typical work. The 34-second edit took me 45 minutes, and it wasn’t until about 40 minutes in that my fiancee looked up and asked: “Wait, are they talking to a mouse the whole time?”

Yup. This is RTC, after all.

Read Corey’s article: What is Love?

P.S. — I’ve had words with Corey about this vertical video nonsense. There will no more going forward. :p

EasyMax for Chemists

As a videographer and photographer, I wear many hats. Sometimes I operate as a one-man-band, putting together everything in a piece from start to finish. More often now I come in right at the end, being handed all of the assets and instructed to execute a specific vision. This piece was in a middle ground for me; one I’m not wholly comfortable with yet.

This video was shot and edited solely by me, and the set was mostly dressed by me, with plenty of help from the most knowledgeable friends. However the overall vision and script were in someone else’s hands, and I merely executed their needs. The piece carries a lot of weight for me because I literally shed blood, sweat, and tears to put it together under a tight timeline and ever-changing vision. We published in early May and only now can I think about the experience without becoming emotional.

In the end, there were no real thanks or acknowledgement of efforts from any side, as I think we were relieved to finish this project and move on to a new one. That situation frustrates me, and I should work to change it, since I don’t truly know how anyone else felt about their role in bringing this idea to life.

For my part, I love video editing. I LOVE editing. Shooting is great, though I lose patience while shooting more quickly than I used to. Editing is it for me, matching angles and motion, mixing audio, finding exactly the right clip to match your needs; I love it. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than the epiphany of finding the path forward from a jumbled timeline. That AH-HA moment of “This is where the footage is trying to lead me!” If I can get that one beautiful moment, the whole process is worth it.

Super Art Fight!

Matthew and I have been fans of Baltimore-based Super Art Fight for quite some time. While I attended Ohio University I often timed my trips home to Super Art Fight shows at the Ottobar. It’s a fabulous mix of art, nerd references, ridiculous costumes and yelling. Basically it’s everything I love all in one.

In December 2012, when Super Art Fight put out a call for Video Production teams, I sent them a tiny e-mail about my love for web video and their show and general happiness. In December 2013, they replied asking if I was still game. I was. One very warm Saturday in March several Super Art Fight-ers, myself, and our significant others crammed into an office in DC and did what we do best. They art-fought and I filmed. It was glorious.

The end result of that day is four episodes of a web show that have yet to be published, and several promos for a then-upcoming show in May. My original plan was to wait until the web show had aired to share these with you, but I’m so in love with the motion graphics they added to the promos that I really can’t contain myself any longer.

Baron Von Sexyful Sets His Sights on The Black Cat!:

The Commando and The Dudeler To Bring The Ruckus:

Mekonga Has A Lot To Say

El Russo Rojo, Looking For Love AND Victory

…and my absolute-absolute favorite,

Red Erin is OUT FOR BLOOD (we think):

I believe we are filming again this summer, so rest assured those web episodes are coming, and they will be epic.

Together We Are Love

After spending the week with RTC in Joshua Tree in March, they’ve kept me pretty busy. I’ve done quite a bit of editing for their Love Cancer Movement, none of which has been released to the public yet. What I can share, was by far the most fun morning of the trip.


We were three videographers and one photographer, split up among groups each day, scarfing down our food together in order to keep shooting the magic happening around camp. On the final full day of the trip, while eating breakfast so fast my mother would be ashamed, another videographer and I were grabbed to shoot a quick walk and talk about Love Cancer. When I thought I might be able to run and brush my teeth before going out for the day, all three of us were asked to just shoot a quick music video.

That’s not something you often hear — just shoot a quick music video. Even in this run-and-gun camping situation I would have liked an hour to plan, but we had mere minutes, and somehow magic still happened. This talented young singer-songwriter is Matt Haslett and the song, Together We Are Love, was written specifically for RTC. We did this in one take with three shooters and someone else running around camp asking everyone to join in.

Magic, I tell you. I edited this in just a few hours. There’s wasn’t a whole lot of footage, but everything felt right on the first pass. This is also the first edit in my life where the Bossman looked at the first draft and said yes, let’s run with this. Magic.


Edit June 30, 2014 — Round Table Companies published my little write-up of the experience on their community site. Hooray!


Right before the new year, Corey from Round Table Companies (RTC) sent me a suspiciously polite e-mail, asking if I’d be interested in editing videos for RTC’s community website. I say “suspiciously polite” because most potential clients are very matter-of-fact, hard-line and borderline demanding. Corey approached me like a person to work with, not a service to purchase.

We started with a project that was pretty standard for my clients: uninspired footage leading me to an uninspired edit that technically satisfied the job requirements. Only, for the first time, we both realized that neither of us were happy. Corey pushed, I pushed back. I complained, Corey listened. This lead us not to part ways, but to start fresh with a new project. A better project; an amazing project. A project about Carmen.

As an avowed news junkie, I had heard Carmen Tartleton’s story. If you’re unfamiliar, The New York Times’ story is a great overview: For Victim of Ghastly Crime, a New Face, a New Beginning.

RTC sent a videographer & photographer to interview Carmen and shoot the cover of her book (Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed) in 2012. Corey handed over this footage and allowed me to create with very little oversight. Through Carmen’s interview I discovered a story line that hadn’t really been published before. Specific quotes jumped out at me, begging to heard; it seemed completely obvious.

After a year of freelancing for clients who are happy with what I consider to be mediocre-at-best video, I felt refreshed, alive, creative.

View We Can Overcome Completely – Unseen Video Footage From Before Carmen’s Face Transplant on RTC’s site.

After I completed the video, Corey asked me to spend a week in Joshua Tree, CA on an Adventure Trip with RTC. I said no. He pushed, I pushed back, and in March I’ll be shooting quite a lot of footage to edit for RTC this year. Wait for it… this is going to be good.

Multimedia Bootcamp

Several weeks ago I attended UNC’s Multimedia Bootcamp. As the most fantastic business trip I could have imagined, I spent five intensive days talking about video, shooting video and editing video. Basically, it was a magical vacation.

UNC has a fantastic reputation in the world of multimedia. As a recent grad of OU that might pain me to say, but after almost a year in Marketing & Communications this was a refreshing kick in the butt.

The staff reminded me that all stories are character-driven, but that not all characters are people. As viewers we remember (anecdotally) 25% of what we see, 50% of what we hear, and 100% of what we feel. In Marketing, I often forget about emotion; experience with a product can be more important than ROI.

We learned primarily about storytelling, rounding that information out with presentations on interactive web habits, eye track & usability, and more storytelling. I highly recommend the week-long bootcamp to any working professional looking to gain or increase their multimedia skillset.

Our multimedia assignment for the week was to profile a business near campus and give viewers a sort of behind-the-scenes access they couldn’t experience on their own. We got together in pairs to find a story Monday evening and shoot said story Tuesday afternoon. Julie and I spent four hours on Rosemary St at the cash-only parking garage talking with Delano, the parking attendant. During the remainder of the week we edited (in FCP7, how strange was that coming back from Premiere!?) our footage individually without seeing the other’s work.

In this edit, I think my OU training is still painfully obvious. When I showed both versions to my Marketing colleagues they spoke to my story arc and character development, but never mentioned whether it was something they’d watch on their own…


Products of a Product Launch

Only six months into my corporate career I have experienced two major product launches. The first, equipment and the second, software. Now, we probably all have an idea of how to introduce a new piece of equipment to it’s potential users and in this case my role was simply the photographer. The magic of editing such sleek photos doesn’t even fall to me (this is a good thing).


Our software product launch required more of my involvement, because honestly, how do you introduce a software? Have you ever heard about a new piece of software directly from the company? Okay, possibly but I definitely haven’t; it’s always literal word of mouth or social media. And our product isn’t 100% self-explanatory. We created two multimedia pieces, for which I filmed, gathered audio, edited, and had some input towards pre- & post-production.

Here’s the formal product launch video–very clean and corporate–but to an outsider, does it tell the right story?

Watching that, are you more or less confused? I’ve seen the footage so many times that the message becomes increasingly confusing as I watch it now. Almost at the last minute, we created our very first whiteboard video. As a friend described it, “It’s cute, but…” But do you understand the software now?

Is it abstraction or realism that you connect with? Which narration style/narrator do you prefer?


I thought I was trying something new, looking for freelance work online. A couple of tries with Craigslist were enough to send me searching for a more reliable way to find trustworthy clients and secure payment. After a little bit of Google I found Elance, which wouldn’t let me sign up for an account because… apparently I already had one. Me from late 2009 must have given it a half-hearted try (according to my account settings but not my memories). Me in early 2013 threw myself into looking for side jobs with my photography/videography/editing skillset, and landed a couple of jobs really quickly.

It’s interesting doing all of this work remotely. Earth Divas accepted my bid to do product photography and mailed me a box of their product. I did the work, mailed the product back, and sent my edited files via Dropbox. The internet is a miraculous thing.

ghetto photoshoot

makeshift photo shoot

Video editing is more my passion, and I managed to find a few small projects doing that as well. When people ask why I got into my profession, my truly honest answer (that I’m not sure everyone believes) is that its like not choosing a profession — I get to meet new people, learn new topics, visit new places that I would not have license to do without my profession.

So, at least for now, I’m enjoying myself.

Carrie & Sean

My coworkers asked me to do a quick video of their wedding, and who was I to say no? Seeing Carrie fold paper cranes during every meeting since my first day at the office, I knew she had fantastic attention to detail and that the ceremony would be awesome. We celebrated at Mr Rain’s Funhouse, the restaurant inside the American Visionary Arts Museum.

Beautiful view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with audio interruptions from Baltimore’s busy Inner Harbor. Overall the ceremony and reception were phenomenal. And if you’ve never seen lion dancers before, they’re absolutely worth watching.

Carrie & Sean: A Chinese-American Wedding from Heather Haynes on Vimeo.

Modern Old-Time Fiddling

After 11 days of shooting spread out through last June – October, and nearly nine months of editing this school year, need I preface any further?

Modern Old-Time Fiddling: A Master’s Project Documentary

This project was produced in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in 2012.

Julie Elman, chair, Rebecca Sell and Terry Eiler

This project is for educational purposes only. Not for resale.

Copyright © 2012 Heather Haynes and Ohio University.

Featuring and special thanks to: The Amundsen Family/Jubal’s Kin, Ammon Bowen, Bob Borcherding, Buck Mountain Band, Shona Carr, Marcy Cochran, Samantha Cooper, Pete Easton, Fox n Hounds, Lynn Garren, Alys Horne, Alan Jabbour, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, The Marchi family, Harold Maurer, Rob O’Connor, Jenny Leigh Obert, Kevin Samuels, Liz Shaw, Roger Sprung, Fred Swedberg, Chris Via, Charlie Walden and Andrew Zinn

Update // This project has been accepted into the Blue Ridge Film and Music Festival, Virginia Film Festival, and 15 Minutes of Fame Festival this fall!