An Under Cover Weekend: Powered By Awesome Songs, Great People, And A Tremendous Amount Of Goodwill

Bryan Sutter and Via Dove - Photo by Jason Stoff

Bryan Sutter and Via Dove - Photo by Jason Stoff

Of all of the secrets that we keep here at AUCW HQ, the amount of goodwill that has been bestowed upon us by the citizens of St. Louis is certainly not one of them. And, despite the fact that we are constantly talking about how much we love the people, places, bands, and organizations that love us, I thought that I’d take a moment to highlight some of the major behind-the-scenes players responsible for making An Under Cover Weekend 6 one of our best yet.

Bryan Sutter

Bryan Sutter - Photo by Jason Stoff

Bryan Sutter - Photo by Jason Stoff

I can’t think of a single time that I’ve sent an email, text, or placed a phone call to Bryan Sutter, about a job or needing a favor, to which he responded with something like “No, I can’t.” Bryan pours his life into taking photos, lots of them, and his ability to coax amazing shots out of the variety of band personalities that we throw his way is incredible. There is no AUCW without Bryan at this point.

Jason Stoff

Jason Stoff - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Jason Stoff - Photo by Bryan Sutter

The same can also be said for Jason Stoff. He is as integral to AUCW as the bands. I’ve been working with Jason on events for years now and have always been in awe of his ability to get any combination of people to look like they belong together in a photo. He also brings a tremendous sense of teamwork to the table, which makes him the perfect other half to our photographic duo.

You can read more about Bryan and Jason and the AUCW photo process, here.

Allison Babka, David Treadway, and Kevin FitzGerald

Allison Babka, David Treadway, and Kevin FitzGerald - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Allison Babka, David Treadway, and Kevin FitzGerald - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Last week I casually sent a text to Allison Babka asking if she would help to produce a quick iPhone video of Mike Cracchiolo and I sitting on my couch talking about AUCW. I had just read her interview with Will Hoge for the RFT and had thought that her questions were well-paced, insightful, and very well researched, which is exactly what this pair of ADD event organizers needs!

Anyway, a couple of hours later, she had somehow arranged for us to have an entire volunteer film crew ready to shoot and told me to book 20 people and a location to interview them in. This was Wednesday. We shot over 10 interviews, with over 20 people, in something like 14 hours time just 3 days later.

And honestly, to say that our crew was “Pro” is the understatement of the century. David Treadway and Kevin FitzGerald were not only early but I don’t think that they stopped moving the entire day. They were very helpful in making everyone feel comfortable on camera and worked incredibly hard to make every single shot exactly perfect. This footage looks incredible.

The trio was also one of the most organized groups I have ever seen. I received no less than 25 pages of planning documents, storyboards, and interview questions from Allison alone, but David and Kevin also had meticulous packets of pre-production photos documenting every possible shooting angle in the entire space. Some truly amazing stuff.

Allison, David, and Kevin’s work is a huge turning point for AUCW and one that we hope will continue to evolve alongside of the event. Documentary-style video has been something that we have been trying to get off of the ground for 6 years now and they somehow pulled it all together for us in less than 3 days. Expect to see a lot more from these folks in the future.

Also, big props to our production assistants, Charles Purnell and Amit Kumar Sood. They gave up an entire Sunday to take notes, hold slates, and get us sandwiches. What seriously cool dudes.

AUCW Slate - Photo by Bryan Sutter

AUCW Slate - Photo by Bryan Sutter

The Cast - Photo by Bryan Sutter

The Cast - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

Shooting AUCW - Photo by Bryan Sutter

We also definitely want to shout out to The Thaxton Speakeasy for hosting our 3-night photography extravaganza and to the Silver Ballroom for letting us completely takeover their bar for a whole day to shoot these amazing AUCW videos. Please look back through our blog for this year’s awesome photographs and stay tuned for us to finish editing our first ever AUCW documentary mini-series. We so excited.


Posted by Mike Tomko on August 23, 2012