Jud's videography skills have grown over the years not only because of his interest in process of shooting and editing video, but also because as an ethnomusicologist he saw video production as a great way to give back to the community that he learned so much from over his years of field research in Ecuador. The subject matter of his videos have been mainly music so far, but he has been very influenced by David Lynch and his ability to tell a story without having to use an excessive amount of dialogue or narration, something that is applicable across most genres of video.
Aguas y chonta
In January 2015, teamed up with singer, folklorist, and marimba builder Benjamin Vanegas from Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Jud started a project called "Aguas y Chonta," for the purpose of showcasing musicians from around town. Jud filmed and edited all of the videos for Aguas y Chonta and he and Benjamin worked together in order to record all of the sound live.
Working with the group Taribo, Jud co-produced the album un arrullo pa' rosita, which was based around the idea of re-arranging traditional Afro-Ecuadorian religious songs popularized by one of the region's most renowned singers, Rosa Wila. In order to raise funds to produce the album, Jud produced a video and Kickstarter page, which was successful, raising nearly $11,000 through the online platform, and almost $13,000 total with cash contributions made in Ecuador.
With limited resources (no lights, two cameras, one hard drive) and completely on his own, Jud filmed the recording process of Taribo's album un arrullo pa' rosita all while having to also participate in the recording playing the marimba and singing in the choruses.