Monday, April 30, 2012

Brooks Quinn discusses the making of the Mac’n at the ’Drome documentary

The DVD officially comes out this week

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Videographer Brooks Quinn was on the production team of the Mac Leaphart documentary
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  • Videographer Brooks Quinn was on the production team of the Mac Leaphart documentary
The new documentary Mac’n at the ’Drome: A Concert Film Experience — a full-length movie about Charleston songwriter Mac Leaphart and the benefit concert held in his honor — is set to be released this week. Videographer Brooks Quinn, a media specialist who has worked with the College of Charleston, was part of the production team that put the whole thing together.

Mac’n at the ’Drome took place at the Hippodrome in January. A free outdoor screening of Mac’n at the ’Drome took place on Sun. April 29 at Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant. The event kicked off with live performances by Leaphart and guests, followed by a screening on the inflatable screen. DVD copies of the film go on sale on Mon. April 30. Visit macleaphart.com for more.

City Paper: How and when did you start working with video production for Mac’n at the ’Drome?
Brooks Quinn: I’ve been doing event and commercial video for the past five years now. I originally wanted to be a journalist, but I discovered I was a lot better at visually telling a story than writing one. Video production is something I thoroughly enjoy, from the entire process of creating the idea to shooting it and editing until the final product. I’ve really enjoyed the projects I’ve been a part of, especially the people that I’ve worked with.

City Paper: Have you ever worked on a project like this before?
Brooks Quinn: I’ve worked on documentaries in the past as well as a few currently, but this is a first music documentary for me. I really liked the concept when Joel Frank and Ben Bounds approached me. It was definitely a learning experience and a great collaboration of talented people. The video is reliving the moment of the show that night with some stories in between.

City Paper: What were the biggest challenges involved in shooting and arranging the scenes for the concert event? It seemed like you all hustled like mad to get it done.
Brooks Quinn: The biggest issues were mainly just trying to find the time with everyone’s busy schedules to shoot interviews and arrange the story of the show. The arrangement of songs for the video were actually pretty simple; we just kept it basically as the show ran originally. I was blown away at how, as soon as we would let people know what we were shooting and who we were shooting for, they immediately were willing to help out and make as much time as necessary to help out. We had people send videos in from around the country and the world who wanted to be a part of it.

City Paper: What were the most challenging aspects of following up with a feature-length documentary on the event?
Brooks Quinn: Surprisingly, the post production after the show was pretty smooth sailing. Jeff Leonard[of Ocean Industries studio] mixed the audio for the show, David Keller [of Charleston Video Services] shot all of the live footage, and Chad Trujillo [of the USAF] did all of the photography for the event, so even with the mix of putting all of this items together worked amazingly well.

City Paper: What did you learn about the local band scene during this experience?
Brooks Quinn: I learned that the Charleston music scene is an extremely tight-knit group and they look out for each other. This event was a shining example of how many people all sharing the same passion for music can come together to help a fellow musician out.

City Paper: What’s your favorite scene in the final cut?
Brooks Quinn: My favorite scene would definitely have to be the last song when Mac comes up to the stage and plays Ronnie Lane’s [of the Faces] “Ooh La La.” Everyone is on stage, and it really puts the entire show in perspective. There’s a lot of footage that really stands out in my mind but some of it didn’t make the cut because we were still trying to make the video as PG-13 as we could, maybe an outtakes video can come from this but we’ll see.

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