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Journeys end, editing begins.

April 1, 2010

Phew, what a journey! Both Hy and I have each travelled over 10,000 miles in the two week period capturing the footage for this project. Planes, Trains, Cars and Ferries. The most intensive part was the 1500 mile train journey from Miami to New York. Over 30 hours onboard travelling through 11 states. Lights, Cameras, Action! Or maybe more appropriately Tripods, Batteries and Memory Cards.

The drama began before we even stepped onboard when a newsflash came on the TV in New Port Richie where we were staying. A Tornado! The sky opened, thunder, lightning, flash floods, we drove at speed to avoid the tornado behind us and reach Miami in one piece. More drama at the end of the train journey when a paranoid, ill informed conductor had two police officers waiting for us in New York for questioning. Although security became noticeably more prominent the further north we travelled we were on the whole treated exceptionally well by Amtrak staff and officials.

We captured some great videos, thousands of photographs, interviews with the people we encountered. Infact we have 190 Gigabytes of footage, an enormous volume of quality footage. So please be patient if your waiting to see how you look and sound. We are currently working intensely on some of the New York shoot that is being used for a music video for a song called Wait for me by Moby. We are also looking at ways of converting and managing some of the High definition recordings. Please stay tuned. In the meantime we are putting up some simple little YouTube videos to give you a flavour of things to come. Thank you to all the people we met along the way and helped to make this a not so ordinary journey.

If your new to MiamiToNewYork here’s some background. Hy Mayerson and Sean Corcoran stepped onboard an Amtrak train in Miami on the 12th of March. They travelled for 30 hours through 11 states covering a distance of over 1500 miles until it reaches New York. The entire journey was captured on camera.

Hy is an experienced videographer and Sean is an Artist who uses photography as a tool of his trade. They have created what they call Drive by Shootings of the zooming landscape and there will be a series of themed interviews with the people they encountered. With the footage they created they intend to produce a series of videos, an exhibition and maybe a short film.

They are currently collaborating with several recording artists, musicians, a songwriter, a cartoonist, an editor, a web designer and a technician. They use Skype video calls to fine tune their plans.

Hy is a well respected attorney with a practice in Spring City. He is a prolific videographer with a huge archive of video footage that he has created down through the decades. He embraces technology, is a huge music fan and has a great You Tube Channel that showcases his video work under the nom de plume RedKruzer.

Sean is an Artist based in Waterford, Ireland.  He has worked in many different media, from Stained Glass to Sculpture and was the artistic director of The Salvage Shop. Digital Art, Video and Photography are currently central to his practice.

Hy and Sean met in 2005 when Sean was exhibiting his Photo Distortions in Waterford and Hy and his wife Colleen were in Ireland on tour with singer Sean Tyrell. They have kept in touch since then and have collaborated on several videos. Over the past year Hy and Sean have been discussing the idea of creating what would be called the ImaginAIRium based in a large Meeting House on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Hy is 72 and Sean is 40 so between them they claim to have 112 years of wisdom!

The production didn’t end in New York, they travelled back to Ireland on March 17th and filmed the St. Patricks day parade from onboard the Harley Davidson float in Waterford. They continued shooting along the west coast and over to Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands.

Hy Mayerson, Videographer, USA.

Sean Corcoran, Artist, Ireland.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. AAR permalink
    April 1, 2010 5:42 pm

    Very interesting summary of the trip. You’ve made us feel like we know you both personally.
    Anxiously awaiting your next posts or better yet, your next great adventure.

    • April 24, 2010 5:49 am

      AAR- You are too kind. I have been watching you follow us. I too feel as if I know you. I wish you the best.
      In fact I will add a new AJ Croce video tonight, a Beyond : MiamiToNewYork. It goes out, as they used to say (may still do) for you AAR.

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