Ross Karre works as an event documentarist for numerous ensembles and venues around the country. His knowledge of music, film, intermedia, and video art make him an asset at any concert, art event, or behind-the-scenes shoot. He is completely fluent in modern HD and 4K camera technology and specializes in run-and-gun, fly-on-the-wall shooting as well as multi-camera concert documentation. He collaborates with experienced assistant camera operators who have similar aesthetic interests. His workflow is efficient, reliable, and fast and includes audio services which are perfectly synchronized and mixed in post-production. From concert documents, web-based promotional videos, or DVD releases (such as those he produced for Mode and New Focus Records), Ross pushes standard event documentation to a new level of musical awareness and video expertise.
Ross’s training as a contemporary percussionist and video artist (with terminal degrees in both from UCSD) help him to quickly analyze and understand the aesthetic foundations of a piece of temporal art. As a result, Ross carefully calibrates his shooting style, equipment, and editing techniques to match the vision of the creators and performers.
Digital video is a moving target. At the moment, everything from lenses, sensors, software, and distribution is in a state of flux. Ross takes advantage of a few exciting features of today’s digital video capture methods: DSLR sensors and photo lenses. Currently, Ross uses Panasonic Lumix GH-4 cameras to capture 4K and HD. These cameras enable up to 3.5 hours of continuous capture for events that last longer than other DSLRs will accommodate. The final product is perfectly suited for Vimeo, YouTube, and other online distribution methods. Depending on the shoot, Ross also has significant experience working with Sony EX-1, EX-3, and Z1U, Canon Cinema Series, and Black Magic Cinema Cameras which can be rented for shoots which require them.
On the software level, Ross is fluent in the entire Apple and Adobe suites of professional video editing software from Final Cut Pro, Compressor, and DVD Studio Pro as well as Premiere Pro and After Effects. As an experienced recording musician, Ross also has a keen awareness for microphone selection, audio interfaces, and editing software.
”opt for the DVD package over the CD-only version. Artfully captured on video and masterfully performed by 3CP, the sophomore album deserves an emphatic water-gong crash of approval.“
”Sensitive and persuasive documentation is always an issue in the performing arts, but as intermedial explorations grow in number, complexity, and frequency, it – documentation that can capture not only the events but their feel – becomes not only useful but essential. Without such documentation, dissemination and understanding of much important new work is impossible. Ross Karre knows how to make this magic: to capture through digital media the essential flavors of a complex experience, to recreate in a new and easily managed form a record that is dimensional and beguiling. Karre has shown his remarkable capacities in my evening-long Sanctuary (2004-7), and also by restoring my 1968 intermedia work, Ping. I have begun to think he can do anything.“
”The recordings alone are of exceedingly high quality and satisfying in and of themselves, and the DVD adds another layer of depth, personality, and—quite literally—color to the music that is well worth the investment.“
”Third Coast Percussion has a superb new disc of the percussion works on the Mode label, whose Cage Edition now runs to forty-five volumes. “