Philly plays host to a a huge array of people and local filmmaker Michael Zolomij is dedicated to spotlighting those lesser known Philadelphians and their spirited pursuits. He has created the web site Unsung Philly, which features short video documentaries on people that have followed their heart and pursue their passions.
Some of his previous subjects include Greg Gillsepie of Port Richmond Books and Dustin Dellinger and Jim Haas of Gashouse Radio.
We chatted a bit with Zolomij about Unsung Philly.
Why short videos? Is that your preferred medium?
Michael: For me, right now, short documentaries are the way to go. I wanted UnsungPhilly.com to be something that people could stop by and spend 5 or 10 minutes and be inspired. With that shorter format, I thought people would be able to watch it anywhere when they had a couple minutes to spare and the technology allows UnsungPhilly to do that – phone, tablet or computer.
What is your criteria for Unsung? What kind of people are you looking to show off in our fair city?
Michael: UnsungPhilly.com is looking for people with passion. People that do what they do because they love it and have chosen the road of heart instead of money. In my experience, these people are rich beyond any conventional scale.
If anyone knows an unsung hero, please contact me at UnsungPhilly@gmail.com
What equipment do you use to film Unsung? Preferred Editing program?
Michael: Right now, I shoot everything with a Canon 7D and have a few lenses (Canon 18-135mm, 50mm, and two converted Nikon lenses – a 28mm and a 100mm). To create some movement, I use a small Glidetrack on my tripod and a Pico Dolly. Sometimes, I will travel with a small Canon scanner for pictures.
For audio, I use a Zoom H4n and an attenuator cable that allows audio to be recorded directly to the camera but I still record on the Zoom as back up. I edit on Final Cut Pro 7 and some After Effects but I am attempting to move over to Premiere Pro.
By design, it is a pretty simple set up. Typically, it is just me so I wanted to keep the number of cases and weight to a minimum.
Very cool, thanks Michael!
So be sure to head over to UnsungPhilly.com and check out Michael’s latest installment which features Rob Paine and Willyum of Worship Recordings, who produce a monthly house music party at The Barbary called Shakedown (and just featured living legend Josh Wink)!