Carson-area video creator focusing on dance, business |

Carson-area video creator focusing on dance, business

John Barrette

Dane Christian Eiteneier, who goes professionally by D. Christian, is refocusing his business goals much as he might refocus his camera lens during documentary work.

He and a partner ran Lasting Touch LLC for two years, but it is winding down. He is raising funds as he records and produces two documentaries for which he has done trailers. The trailers, short teasers that provide the flavor of each documentary, are for “One Night of Dance” and “Desiree.”

Both deal with dance and events or activities associated with Yaples Ballroom, a dance studio in Carson City.

“I have a crew of about five people,” said Christian, preferring to use his professional name to help promote his efforts. He not only produces but directs the work, noting documentaries require some direction to help narrative flow for viewing ease.

His new business interest is in its infancy, with the old limited-liability company dissolving in December, but he looks ahead to possibly forging another company when he makes a new connection with the right business-oriented person. His crew consists of volunteers right now, but he is raising money for the projects.

With Lasting Touch LLC, he said, the focus was on recording special events such as weddings or others commissioned by those involved, but his partner no longer has sufficient time. Via the crowd-funding Internet-based technique, however, he has combined with other fundraising methods to drive toward his goal of finishing the two documentaries with $20,000 slated for one, $6,000 for the other.

“Desiree,” which follows the competitive goals of Desiree McKean in ballroom dance, has the $20,000 budget. “One Night of Dance,” which follows ballroom dancers in an evening of tripping the light fantastic at the Virginia City Piper’s Opera House, has the $6,000 expenditure blueprint.

The plan for each project is a feature-length documentary of about 90 minutes, and Christian said much of that is “in the can” and headed toward editing for completion.

Christian, 33, graduated from Douglas High School and said he learned details of his video craft while in the military. He lives in Carson City, and his day job is with Northsails Nevada in Minden, a sail-making firm.

He has longer-term creative goals as well. Those include turning three screenplays into feature-length productions. He wrote them with working titles “Lipstick Lost,” “West Heights” and “All Things Big and Small.” The first is a twisted “Alice in Wonderland,” the second is a horror film and the third a comedy.