RubyNation 2010 Interview With Gray Herter

RubyNation 2010 Interview With Gray Herter

Gray Herter, Chief Organizer of the RubyNation Conference, being interviewed by David Keener in the studio at Arlington Independent Media. This interview was part of a series of interviews scheduled during the making of the documentary, "RubyNation: The Making of a Conference." Photo by Johnny Nguyen.


Filming at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Filming at the Cherry Blossom Festival

There's a strong connection between Japan and the Ruby programming language. First, Ruby was invented in Japan. Similarly, the cherry blossoms were a gift from Japan to the United States. Second, the RubyNation 2010 Conference was, coincidentally, scheduled for April 9 - 10, where it overlapped with Washington DC's Cherry Blossom Festival. Based on the Japanese connection and the timing of the conference, we had already chosen cherry blossoms to be a major element of the conference graphics. Next, we decided that the documentary needed some footage that explained this Japanese connection and that included real-life cherry blossoms in the background. Therefore, at 7:00 AM on April 1st, Don Anderson was shooting video of me at the Tidal Basin. This was followed by a photo shoot as we captured some nice views of the scene.


Interview With Gray Herter

David Keener, Filming at RubyNation 2010

David Keener mans a camera at RubyNation 2010. Dave functioned as the video producer for the conference, arranging to borrow camera equipment from Arlington Independent Media (a local television station) and leading a team of volunteers to record footage such as conference talks, interviews, etc. Photo by Don Anderson.


Filming at Conference

David Keener Filming at the Conference

David Keener films a speaker from a position near the back of the main conference room at RubyNation 2010. (Actually, he's doing a white balance on the camera to adjust its recorded colors based on the lighting conditions in the room, and the speaker will be up in about two minutes). Photo by Don Anderson.