My first Short Doc Attempt from 2015

2015 was my first time visiting the Collingwood Elvis Festival. As an aspiring documentary filmmaker, I wanted to go out and film the madness and just see what came out of it.

At the time I was shooting on a Nikon DSLR without any stabilization or ND filters which are really good at cutting down the amount of light so really bright things like the sky don’t get completely washed out. I had borrowed a really cheap shoulder rig from a friend and it really didn’t seem to help much. I did have a decent microphone but it is meant to pick up pretty much everything and it certainly did.

The result was a 5min short that I cut together shortly after but never posted or showed to anyone. I wasn’t thrilled with the shaky footage, the blown out exposure, nor the audio challenges that I had faced as well.

In the 2 years since filming this I’ve learned a whole lot more, and spent a lot of money on equipment that could do a much better job today.

However, the most important thing I’ve learned is this: If you can’t tell a good story with cheap equipment, all the money in the world cannot fix your film. And that is something I really believe. Clean beautiful shots are important, don’t get me wrong, but the absolute best quality footage will only take you so far. What will keep viewers engaged is the story that you tell.

I’ve seen a lot of great documentary films and every now and again I see that shot that’s just out of focus, or a little shaky or hard to hear and it solidifies my belief. Knowing that this film maker chose to use a bad shot because it was integral to the story they were trying to tell, is something I find very honest and comforting.

So watching my first attempt at a short doc again as the 2017 Elvis Festival kicks off, I figured what the hell, it was fun to make and the story is not half bad, but I will let you be the judge.

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Free Headshot Friday

Is your professional headshot over 2 years old? Maybe it was shot on a mobile phone, or perhaps still from the 90’s and you’re just waiting for that fashion trend to come back?  I hate to break it to you but Hypercolor shirts are not making a comeback… and more importantly, those old or unprofessional headshots don’t make you or your business look good. That’s where BFresh.Media comes in.

One day only, this special event will be at the studio with a few limitations. So here are the details, please read carefully:

Day:  Friday August 4th, 2017

Time: 11am-4pm

Location:  Bfresh.Studio @ 1 First St. suite 206-B Collingwood

This professional headshot package includes a 15min studio shoot with a white or flat grey backdrop. Following the shoot we will send you 2-3 of the best pics.

Note that touchups are not included but available for a small fee. Everything from digital makeup, to teeth whitening can be done in photoshop. It will look so good you won’t want to update it for years… but you still should.

check out some samples below… and we’ll see you at the studio!

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Open Casting Call – No Acting Required

So here’s the deal: I’m working on a new passion project, a pilot for a television series. I don’t want to give away too much other than it is a documentary style show which does not require acting. So real people, real experiences. We are looking for 2 people to host the show and interested more in personality than anything. Oh ya, and it’s sort of important that you like to travel… and beer. Actually it’s really important that you like beer.

As a passion project, I need to be up front and say there is no budget currently BUT it will only require 2 days to shoot, and I promise it will be a blast. For the shoot, you need to be in Collingwood Ontario for pickup as we will be traveling around the Simcoe, Bruce, and Grey county area. Meals,  refreshments, and travel during production, will be provided on both days. The shoot is scheduled to take place August 8th and 13th from 10am to approximately 8pm. Long I know, but I promise it will be almost 12 hrs of nothing but pure fun.

I will also add that the idea of a pilot is to sell to networks in the hopes that the show will get picked up and then there will be a budget to create something much larger and ongoing. So this bus is leaving the station… are you getting on?

Here’s how to audition:

  1. Shoot a video of yourself 1 min long or less. We want to see personality! Tell us why you should get to host your own show. It might also be good to mention how much you like beer… responsibly (We don’t want to see anyone doing a keg stand).
  2. Upload said video to Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #beerfreshmedia so that we can find it.
  3. Feel good knowing you could be a part of something awesome. 🙂

A decision will be made by Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 so get your audition up before then, otherwise you will miss the bus. And don’t worry, if we pick you, you will get all the details about what the show is about (nothing weird or overly physical, I promise).

It should go without saying but you must be 19 years or older to audition.

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