Verisign video made from still pics… 15,000 of ’em!

It’s the facility that connects all of us to the internet. Secure… Powerful… State of the art. Who better to tell the story of internet giant Verisign’s new data center, than the brilliant people who built it? I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of telling a single story through the words of many people. I got a chance to put the technique to work here… Hours of audio interviews with eight top managers, lovingly snipped, cut and pasted into a passion-filled tale of technology. But talking-head videos are boring… The coolness of this story demanded a bold visual style impossible to look away from: Still pictures. Thousands of them. Think Ken Burns on speed.

How: Over the course of a two day production, my son Kevin and I shot over 15,000 stills using Nikon digital SLRs. Shooting at up to 6 frames per second, filling up dozens of memory cards, we shot as if the Nikons were motion picture cameras. In post-production, I combined the individual stills into movies, that could be edited as if they were normal video footage, and cut them against the interview soundtrack.

Our client was happy that we were able to take a potentially dry topic and transform it into something exciting to watch.