Dean Vernon is a Batavia High School graduate now attending Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Recently one of his experimental video projects titled Views From Our Town chronicled some of the best aspects of Batavia and popular response has been driving considerable interest in his work.
His video style is fluid yet impactful, informative yet inspiring. As a result, he has already been getting commercial interest in his work. This past summer he produced videos for several local organizations including Batavia United Way, Tri-City Health and Batavia Mainstreet.
In the field, Vernon uses drones to achieve striking new perspectives on familiar places. This is one of the methods that seems to garner such enthusiasm for residents of Batavia. Soaring over the Depot Pond or simply capturing a favorite bike trail from high above brings deeper significance to the beauty and accessibility of such places.
Then Vernon goes to work in the studio using Adobe Premiere and an effects software to produce the attention-focusing zooms and pans that mark his work.
"The most important thing to me is inspiring others," Vernon shared. "I'm largely self-taught after learning the basics of video in a class at Batavia High School. "I learned the stuff like video composition and basic editing from Scott Larson. From there I've kept on learning by doing."
He now majors in Videography and Photography at Michigan State. Some of his lighter work includes takes from travel and other near-term adventures. His goal is to get work as a videographer for musicians and other creative clients. For now, it is Vernon's own creativity that is attracting support and interest in his home town and beyond.
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