BRIGET GANSKE

I am a Virginia-based photographer and filmmaker.

I create visual stories for publications, organizations, and individuals.

What drives my work is the desire to create meaningful stories that educate, inspire, and connect us to one another.

bganske@gmail.com
804.221.8329

New Year, New Adventures

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

Big news: I started working full-time this week as a videographer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!

I wasn’t really looking for a full-time job, honestly, and would not have pursued a job from just any organization. The VMFA videographer position was enticing because I know (from doing previous contract work with the museum) that there is a treasure trove of stories here.

Working in freelance, I’ve gotten a broad view of many organizations which do all kinds of amazing work. Now at VMFA, I get to dive deep into one place and hopefully use a greater variety of techniques and styles of storytelling.

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What are my hopes? I simply hope to create videos that people love to watch and want to share. Videos that inspire people want to visit the museum and keep coming back. Videos that make people proud that the VMFA is here in Richmond. Videos that get people excited to engage with art. Videos that help tell a larger story of an artist or a work of art. Videos that personalize the museum, that tell that story of people behind-the-scenes. Videos that are beautifully shot and creatively produced.

celebrating winter

Posted on Dec 28, 2014

Here is another fun video I produced for Sabot at Stony Point school:

Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 18, 2014

Meditation

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

How to do show young people what mediation is? Here’s a video I made for St. Stephen’s youth program that demonstrates in a humorous way the experience of meditation–recognizing the storm inside us and then, hopefully, watching it pass.

Community

Posted on Nov 12, 2014

Here is the fourth in a series of four videos I’ve filmed and produced for Sabot at Stony Point, an independent school for students in preschool through eighth grade. (See other Sabot videos here.)

It’s been a real honor and pleasure documenting the classrooms and the community at Sabot. I’ve been reminded how each person comes to the learning in his or her own way, how everyone has distinct talents and strengths, and how much we can accomplish if we work together. From this, I feel especially  inspired to explore and experiment with new ways of filming and editing and to collaborate more with other people.

Thank you, Sabot, for embracing me into your community!

Upcoming Screenings

Posted on Oct 28, 2014

Last fall I spent a lot of time filming students in the Teen Stylin’ program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)–a unique program in which teen designers create their own one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art.

And from that footage, I created a 25 minute documentary film, called “NEW-FASHIONED”.

“NEW-FASHIONED” will be screened at this fall’s Teen Stylin’ runway exhibitions at VMFA, November 15 at 5:30 pm and November 22 at 2 pm and 5:30 pm.

Due to the popularity of the event, tickets sold out immediately! But you can watch the trailer and also the full-length film here:

Republica Dominicana

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

This summer I was a chaperone with St. Stephen’s Youth Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. What did we do? Why did we go? What was the point? Watch this video:

I also created this fun, joyful video highlighting a 2 year-old Dominican girl, Jesuani, who mesmerized us. She showed us (for better or for worse) how to be unstoppable, how to believe in yourself.

Learning for Understanding

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

Here is the third video in a series of four for Sabot at Stony Point, an independent school in Richmond for students in preschool through eighth grade.

I loved documenting the learning process in the classrooms, especially watching the fourth graders explore light. A main element of Sabot’s philosophy is social constructivism–where small groups construct knowledge for one another, collaboratively, building on each other’s meanings to create more complex understandings.

Blessing of the Animals

Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Each year St. Stephen’s commemorates the Feast of St. Francis with a service blessing the animals.

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Music Video!

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Last week Richmond celebrated Active Aging Week–a national initiative of the International Council on Aging (ICA) encouraging persons 50 and older to actively age in their communities.

For the closing event celebration, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, along with Senior Connections, United Way, VCU Department of Gerontology, Greater Richmond Age Wave Readiness Coalition, and CATCH Health Habits, commissioned this remake of “Happy” by Pharell Williams.