Video Production

VIDEOS BY KATHERINE AMY VEGA

Kataklizmic Design offers professional video services to bands, artists, small and large businesses.

Projects have included promotional videos, live concert music videos, EPK videos, b-roll videography, editing-only freelance, and contest entries.



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Video Editing Contest Entry:
Imagine Dragons "Believer"

The Adobe Premiere Pro 25th Anniversary “Make the Cut” video editing contest for Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” supplied contestants with music video footage, audio, Adobe stock footage, and NewBlueFX filters. The animations in the original video were not included in the download, nor was all of the footage that you see in the original. Contestants were required to use only the content provided in the download per the Official Rules.

Editor Commentary by Katherine Amy Vega

About the Edits

In contrast to the official “Believer” video, I made my edit into a cleaner and linear storyline. It’s from a slightly different angle than the official version, but staying true to the theme of overcoming emotional and physical pain to arrive at a place of self-confidence. I believe that my interpretation is along the same lines as what the band and director intended, but a little more spelled out for the viewer.

I incorporated a lot of color psychology and storytelling into my edit. Also, I love making the footage follow along with the lyrics, while keeping the cuts punchy to the drum & bass, and using the edit styling for further psychological suggestions. I’m one that’s more for subtlety, tasteful edits and boldness in my art projects; with edits that serve a purpose, rather than edits just for the sake of flashy edits or special effects. Even the type of transitions I used have meaning behind them. I used longer cuts than the official video, because I felt they were more impactful in telling a story, and allow the audience to soak more in.

While some consecutive cuts match the original, I made those choices unaware of this. I made a special point not to watch the original before I started working, and for it to have VERY little influence on my choices.

I chose to change the amount of usage of the band member (instrumental) footage for each iteration of the chorus, going from most inclusive to least. I think it’s an effective way establish the rock, to let each band member shine, and then transition focus as the story comes to a climax. The band really rocks it in the first chorus, and then with the slow-mo clips in the 2nd it adds to the drama of the crescendo up to the climax.

My Story & Message

Over the course of the video, it is somewhat unclear which Dan is present-day Dan. It starts off with Dan’s younger, vulnerable self, who is dealing with intense feelings. With the pressure boys face to hide their feelings, he uses catharsis as an outlet… drawing and imagining his grown self who has overcome these pressures. But then, you also see the young adult Dan drawing, which could serve as an indication that he is working to nurture his inner child.

As Dan is imagining his stronger, superhero-like grown self, the man is still shrouded in a blue sadness, because it’s hard for young and naive Dan to fully picture and comprehend a well-adjusted self that he does not yet know. But that healthier, adjusted adult Dan flashes in from time to time, and he displays confidence and has a strong voice… This is the ideal Dan. Meanwhile, we see the sad and unassured self who is compensating and posturing, with hints of self-doubt.

Then, the storyline progresses and the natural result of this psychological timeline takes shape - sadness becomes anger. Cue the angry middle-aged version of Dan. He has been stuffing down his feelings, and succumbing to pressure for far too long. He looks down upon the young adult version of himself, while the young adult version wants to resist becoming that angry man.

Dan battles with himself in an inner struggle, which we witness a physical representation in the form of a boxing match. As young adult (sad) Dan takes hits from mid-aged (angry) Dan, the anger grows harder to resist. As he starts to gives into anger, nearing the point of being consumed by it, he checks himself and finds the voice to set a boundary to stop it… But angry-Dan, who is too set in his ways at this point and convinced he cannot allow himself to be vulnerable, tells him they can’t stop. The anger rises back up in the young adult Dan.

The anger overcomes him. Darkened and fueled by it, he nearly kills his middle-aged self. At that point, young adult Dan remembers who the child self wanted him to be, as the child flickers into his mind. In getting punched out by his young adult self, the middle-aged Dan finally seems to express remorse at losing sight of himself. And the young adult Dan starts to realize what he has done... finally he is able to feel and cry.

At the end, there’s a quick cut of the confident and well-adjusted (natural color) Dan raising his arms as the word “Believer”, written by the child, fills the screen. That cut wasn’t part of my original ending, but I was inspired to add it while writing up the commentary. I felt like it tied in more with the “arriving at a place of self-confidence”. Following the word, it’s a sort of bittersweet ending as a somber young adult Dan stares blankly, still kind of working it out. It’s almost like a challenge to catch yourself before you reach this point… you have thought about the options, and now it’s up to you to decide which path you choose.

I think that this video also sends a message that through art and music, you can find a healthy way to cope; and that’s really important during this time when a lot of our arts have been politically threatened.

In Closing

I work in Adobe Premiere on a regular basis, but I don’t always have the chance to experiment and get creative with it because my projects will have specific budget limitations with the clients. I learned about this contest late; with about half a month left to create my version. It was an amazing opportunity to be able play around, teach myself and discover new things, to work with such beautiful footage, to work with a story that has great meaning to me, and to work with such a great dramatic song that I didn’t get sick of despite hearing it repeatedly! Regardless of the outcome of the contest, I’m proud to have this as part of my portfolio. Although I was on a time crunch, I am very happy with my version, which I think is worthy of being an official version, despite not being selected as one of the Top 25. This has definitely made me a bigger fan of Imagine Dragons, and I look forward to an opportunity to photograph them in concert!


Nate Ruess "Let's Go Crazy" (Prince Tribute)

Client Request: HD Wide Still Frame, Synced 4-Channel Audio


The Audition -
A Unique Competitive Dance Event


Startup Grind Phoenix
(Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs)

Video Production (Video, Audio, & Editing)

Christie KernerChristie Kerner (Director, Phoenix Chapter, Startup Grind)

LinkedIn Recommendation


"I hired Kat to produce a business video for me and was extremely pleased with the outcome. Not only did she capture high quality footage, but with little direction on my part she produced a well thought out "commercial" of sorts for my company.

She was also very professional in her communication, demonstrated excellent follow-up and always maintained attention to detail. Sometimes it can be a challenge to work with creative artists because they behave in a less-than-organized way. So not the case with Kat - she balances the business end well along with her high level of creativity. I highly recommend her!"

Year first hired: 2014
Top Qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative


- August 2014

Concert Videography & Video Editing

Kataklizmic Design offers tiers of services, depending on your project's needs and budget. You may opt for raw and basic, or fully edited and mastered, video and audio recording.

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Radiofix - "Way Outta Line" Live

Basic Edited Footage (1 Camera) with Pro Audio (Stereo Mic)



Vial of Sound Concert

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Fully Produced - Edited Footage (2 Cameras) & Pro Audio (Soundboard)

"Kat is great to work with! Vial Of Sound commissioned Kataklizmic Design to shoot video of our live performance and she did a great job. My vision was to have our visuals the focus of the video and she kept that in mind the whole time. It's frustrating to work with some people because they ignore what you want, but Kat wants to make sure that if you hire her, you will be pleased with the product. Kat actually gave us a product that was better than what we were expecting. The sound quality was great because we used an external device rather that just the camera on the microphone which makes the live sound not of great quality. She also took pictures at our release show, and they were of great quality as well. I feel more than comfortable recommending Kataklizmic Design for any video and photography needs you have!"
- Josh Gooday,
Vial of Sound


Daniel Martin - "Nevermind" Live

Basic Edited Footage (1 Camera) with 4-Ch Audio (Soundboard & Mic)


Grindhouse

Raw (Unedited) Video (2 Cameras) with Pro Audio (Stereo Mic)

"I'm a *very* picky customer. Very. I want to know what my provider is doing, when they are doing it, how it's being done and I want to know it at all times. Kataklizmic Design provided all that, in spades! Her communication was perfect: detailed, timely and the right mix of professionalism, friendliness and graciousness.

As for her work? I can't praise it enough. Hands down the best audio and video we've ever had. The quality was fantastic and the footage had the "feel" of actually being at our show! Truly, truly brilliant work! I can't recommend her services enough!"
- David Patterson of GrindHouse - The Zombie Experience


Hush - 3 Songs

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Raw (Unedited) Video with Raw Stereo Camera Audio

Promotional Video Production

Kickstarter Promo Video

"Professional, Talented, Personable! I have been a fan of Katherine Vega's work ever since first having my photo taken by her at an anime convention photo booth! She has a keen eye for capturing the perfect shot and is a perfectionist when it comes to detail. Her approach to projects is low stress, to-the-point, and always professional. Working with Katherine was a fantastic experience and it was a great feeling when our ideas "clicked." Quick to adapt and open to change, Katherine has amazed me with her recent work on a video for my Kickstarter campaign. Her quick turn around time and dedication to providing a quality product are a plus! I look forward to working with Katherine more in the future and recommend her highly for all of your project needs!"
- Mary Cakes (Photographer, Model, Artist)

Behind-The-Scenes Photography

Photos by Kataklizmic Design

On the Set of
Fairy Bones' "Notes from Wonderland"
Music Video Shoot

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Day 1 Album

Day 2 Album

Footage Used in Band Videos

Defibrillator (Angelspit) - Official Music Video
Shot live during the ALL THE RAGE North America Tour, 2011.

Directed by The Liar & Angelspit

Footage Provided by:
Luke Haughwout @Regen Magazine (Allentown, PA)
Tommy Wilde @The Rave (Milwaukee, WI)
Aaron Saye (Denver, CA)
Katherine Vega @Kataklizmic Design (Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ)

Graphics by:
Chris McCard (Noblerot)
Walt Watts (Creative Distortion)
Bunny Design by Jessii Addiction
Japanese translation by Briony Mamo


Hardwire System Shock Music Video (LIVE)
Including footage by Kataklizmic Design and George A. Gifford. Editeing by Mike Marsh (band member & video professional.


GrindHouse "Dragula" Music Video (LIVE)
Footage by Kataklizmic Design.
Editing by David Patterson (band member).

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