• Films,  News

    Roqué’s First Friday Films: Für Elise (Interpretations Series) 09/02/22

    Today is the first Friday of September, and it’s time for another new film to unveil to the world. This month, I present to you my own interpretation of the popular classical music piece by Ludwig Van Beethoven called “Für Elise.”

    My rendition is actually more of a remix and re-imagining of the piece. I wanted to make it more whimsical and brooding, and I am very happy with the result. It starts off traditionally enough with the original melody, but things get a bit awry very soon.

    I also had fun with motion graphics when I edited this film. You see my hands and I literally swirling all over the place. Piano playing is generally a sedentary phenomenon, and as such, I wanted to give this a little bit of fun and pizzaz. I also went for a vintage look with the footage adding noise and all kinds of scratches.

    I hope you enjoy this super fun rendition of one of Beethoven’s most played musical gems. Just press “Play” above to watch it all unfold.

    I’ll see you next month with another brand new film.

    —Roqué

  • News

    Roqué’s First Friday Films: Like a Virgin (Interpretations Series) 08/04/22

    Today is the first Friday of the month! Soon, virgo season will begin, and to acknowledge this wonderful time of the year, I decided to film my cover of the 80’s Madonna classic Like a Virgin for today’s release. My version is stripped down to the vocals to showcase the vulnerability and pure sweetness of this song. I went out into the woods (and “through the wilderness,” so to speak) to film and record this. You can hear the crickets and birds singing along in the background!

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    Watch it all at the video player above!

    —Roqué

  • Creativity,  Films

    Roqué’s First Friday Films: Building Benches at Chinkapin Craftstead (07/01/22)

    Today is the first Friday of July. It is time to share a new short film that I have made!

    As of this past spring, I have worked as the Director of Programs at Chinkapin Craftstead Land Project. It is a nonprofit organization based in Woodbury, TN, that cares for over 300 acres of forest and builds community through arts and craft-related events and programming. There is already a community of people working together to build hiking trails, care for a vegetable garden, and help with events.

    Back in April, several folks came together at Chinkapin to build a few Leopold benches that would be distributed to different groups and households in the local area. I was on hand to film the entire process from cutting the wood to piecing together all of the different parts. You will see all of that in this short film and hear a new song that I wrote and recorded for this project.

    Chinkapin Crafstead is a unique organization that incorporates land preservation and the advancement of the arts in its mission statement. I am proud to be able to help carry out its intentions as a staff member. Watch these beautiful Leopold benches come together by pressing the “Play” button above.