An Evening in the Life of a Poi Spinner: The Video Shoot

One of the projects that I’ve been working on is a promo video for spinning poi; two talented videographer friends of mine—Chuck Heffner and Shawn Buckenmeyer—offered to lead the project by shooting and editing the video. Today, we headed out to the original location of the video to add some more footage. Together with my tribal sister, Dex, we met at my house at 6:00 and headed out to East Fork Lake (you may remember another time I wrote about this space, when Dante’s went to the beach).

Video Shoot for Poi Spinning at East Fork Lake, Ohio
Shawn, Chuck and Dex

When we arrived, a herd of deer greeted us in the parking lot. After watching them watch us for a few respectful moments, Chuck and Shawn set up the cameras. Dex came to be my fire safety, as tonight I was using my fire poi and fire snakes for additional video footage. To be consistent, I wore the same clothes and jewelry, and fixed my hair the same way as the first time. Only difference? It’s flipping 50 degrees and overcast today (not to mention the wind coming off of the lake), compared to the balmy evening when we first set up the video shoot. But you do what you must, for art. I shed my extra layer of clothes and stepped into the visual range for the cameras in my cami and bare feet. Burrrrrr!

East Fork Lake, Ohio
The scene was beautiful tonight: deer, ducks, geese, gulls, earth and sky, fire and water.

Something funny happens when you’re about to manipulate fire though; you don’t notice things like being cold. You tap into a meditative mindset that leaves everything else out. It’s one of the reasons I love it so much.

After one set of spinning my fire poi followed by one set with my fire snakes, we were able to call it a night and head back to the warmth of my car.

East Fork Lake, Ohio, poi spinners
Dex and me. The sleeve says it all. 🙂

I have to say that it’s very humbling to have such strong support from friends. A passerby at the first shoot said something like, “you must be really good to have a group of people willing to do this for you.” Whoa…the kindness of strangers combined with these friends of mine who believe in me (not to mention the additional support of dear friends who are letting me use their music for the video – I’m saving this for a surprise!), is incredible. For this, I love them and thank them.

‘Til next time,
Cherie Dawn

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