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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Why I’m Installing Theater Seats In The Studio

I’ve always been service oriented. To me it is important to make sure clients and customers are comfortable and well looked after. I feel like there are very few jobs and professions where this should not or does not apply. Maybe that’s my nature but I believe that this approach has helped me succeed not only as an employee but even more so as an entrepreneur.

In my agency days, the client was king. We would wine and dine clients like it was their birthday. We would jump through hoops to make them feel special and want to work with us. Now for the record, I’m not a fan of trying to make people like me by throwing money at them. That’s not the point. I actually did forge some great relationships because we just had a lot of fun together.

Now I’m at a point in my life where wining and dining and especially late night partying on a Wednesday is not really my thing. But there are still ways to go above and beyond to make clients feel extra special and welcome.

Here’s where the Theater Seats come in. When I was originally planning my studio, the concept was just a couch and and a TV. Somewhere to comfortably screen client videos that was not on my tablet or computer screen.

Well my Wife went searching and found these theater seats which seemed too perfect. And just like that, the simple and modest client screening area snowballed into a mini theater with authentic seating and a projector screen.

Currently I have most of the platform built. It is also on wheels so that I can move it around by myself and turn it to face whatever wall necessary. I have a few more boards to cut and lay down for the flooring and then I need to permanently bolt the seats to the boards. Like some of my projects in the studio, it is still a work in progress but I wanted to show it off and see what people think. is it too much? A little over the top? you be the judge.

Stay tuned for more progress as I finish it off and install the the projector in the next few weeks.

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Why We Don’t Shoot Weddings, And Other Life Advice

Yes, I know there’s money to be made from weddings… but not by me. I feel the need to answer this question as it comes up often. Especially after producing a promotional video for Around the Bay Wedding Show in Wasaga Beach this past spring.

… in case you missed it…

Most people are perplexed that I don’t do wedding videos or photography and insist that I should because it’s “easy money”. Well, here’s the short answer; it’s not in the business plan. If you’re a fellow entrepreneur, I hope that should suffice. for everyone else, please continue reading.

You see, one very important lesson I learned while trying to pursue fine art as a career was this:

EVERYONE has an opinion of “what you should focus on”… but only YOU know what is best for you and your business.

I wish I had been better at ignoring that advice in my youth or rather, developing and sticking to a plan. Who knows, I might have been a successful contemporary artist by now, but instead I fell victim to pursuing the creative advice from random people, focused on easy money. Some call that being a “jack of all trades” or “selling out” and I guess I was a bit of a sellout but at least i drew the line at Pet Portraits… well damn, there was this one.

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Without going into a big long rant, the bottom line is that I don’t have experience producing wedding videos. I do have over 10 years of experience in marketing communications, and video production. I don’t even have a desire to start shooting weddings. I do have a desire to create professional advertising and documentary films. When it comes to bfresh.media, anything outside of that is simply a waste of time.

So that’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it. Because as much as I wish there was, there is no such thing as “easy money”.

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Happy Holidays!

Having just launched bfresh.media, we wanted to do something fun to just wish everyone a Merry HoHo… or whatever. It took a few takes but I finally got it right, just in time for the holidays. Check out the video below:

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When writing your New Year’s Resolutions, consider adding “be fresh, stay fresh”

Happy Holidays!

 

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