Trilix welcomed Kyle Stoutenberg and Josh De Lanoit as producers and editors to our talented, in-demand Video Department in February.
The two have a lot of similarities. Both Kyle and Josh lived in Des Moines as children before graduating from Johnston High School. Each attended college in Eastern Iowa — Josh at the University of Iowa and Kyle at the University of Northern Iowa — and wanted to move back to the Des Moines metro after graduating. Kyle and Josh fell in love with the lens at an early age, but because of their different experiences, each brings unique skills and perspectives to our team.
Kyle originally wanted to study music production at UNI until the day he got a camera and photographed a local band performing in Cedar Falls. Then, photography and marketing became his focus, but he was still interested in sound production. It wasn’t until Kyle was working at a production company in Cedar Falls that he realized video production combined his love for sound production and photography.
“Lighting, color and sound are my three favorite things, and video is kind of mixing those together,” Kyle said. “That’s really what draws me into it.”
Josh, however, has been interested in video production since he was young. As YouTube became more popular in the early 2000s, Josh and his friends started experimenting with shooting parodies and other sketches. He fine-tuned the techniques of shooting and editing video while working at the university’s Iowa Memorial Union. It was after graduation that he flexed more creative muscles shooting video in his apartment. Eventually, a musician friend asked him to shoot a music video for her.
“I didn’t have money to go out and get equipment, so I was just trying to see what crazy stuff I could do with my camera and my computer,” Josh said. “I just had her singing, and I had to make it look cool.”
Josh said he loves the challenge of using music and film production to create a cohesive and compelling video.
“I love the intersectionality of film because it’s a medium that combines sound and video and writing. There is a lot you can do with it,” he said.
For Kyle, the driving factor in video production is the chance to craft a story.
“Within the past two years, instead of ‘what do you want people to see,’ I started to focus on ‘what do you want them to feel?’” he said. “That’s what makes it memorable for people and grabs their attention.”
Kyle and Josh said they’ve already learned a lot about editing from our team. Trilix is already benefitting from Kyle’s color grading abilities, and Josh’s expertise in music. For future projects, Kyle said he hopes to work with an outdoor brand, while Josh hopes to learn more about motion graphics.
When not shooting video, find Kyle at a local stream or pond angling for catfish and capturing images of the Milky Way on camera. Josh loves to spend time cooking new recipes, listening to music, reading and playing video games.
Fast Facts about Kyle
If you didn’t work in this industry, what career path would you choose?
I would probably be a park ranger or something else outdoors.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would visit Italy to go see the Dolomites. There’s something about being in the mountains that gives me a weird energy that I’ve never felt anywhere else in my life.
Which fictional character would be the most fun to meet in real life?
Michael Scott from “The Office.” I rewatch “The Office” until I realize I have a problem and should probably watch a different show.
You can only watch two movies the rest of your life. What are they?
“Superbad” and “Shaun of the Dead.”
Fast Facts about Josh
Favorite type of food or restaurant in Des Moines?
My favorite food is probably sushi, and my favorite restaurant is Fong’s Pizza.
Any unique hobbies?
When I have time to work on personal projects, I like to make experimental music videos.
Cats or dogs?
If you would have asked me last year, dogs. But, after being a cat owner for a while now...
Favorite summer vacation spot?
My friends and I have been going to a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the past few summers, so probably that.