So when do you take a leap? That’s the perennial question in business and in life. And it always comes down to finding the right person.
We’ve just made the leap to “Journeyman 2.0″…by hiring Nic Fieldsend as Business Development Manager and Producer. Nic has all the qualities of a classic British sports car, like a vintage Jaguar. He’s sporty, smart, refined. Under the hood, there’s horse power, speed, intelligence and experience. And after driving for many years on the other side of the road, he brings new perspective. Go for a ride with Nic and you’re in safe hands.
So where are we going on this leap? That’s what we’re working out. It’s the first time I’ve had another person in addition to myself, taking the wheel to help build the business. And we’re looking at offering more services, better client relations, expanding production capacity and building the team. If you’re a small business person, it’s intimidating to make such a decision alone. If you’re thinking about taking a leap, I say go for it, but do your homework and get the right advice…and stay open to the gifts that serendipity brings… (more…)
I’ve been enjoying a trend I’m seeing in some video content online: the return of theatre and performance and real “reality” to the screen as demonstrated by the one-take phenomenon. The one-take wonder that makes you curious about how they did it, and how long can they can sustain it. (more…)
I have a couple of worn pairs of Fluevog shoes, along with a crappy old pair from Aldo, and all desperately need new soles. They’re so worn they look like flat tires — I hang onto shoes as long as most guys hang on to their underwear. You wear them till they fall off, right? (more…)
Do you have a personal style, and do you think it comes from your DNA?
I get lots of feedback on the work that we’ve done in the past year, especially for the TV spots we did for Nova Scotia Come to life, and the short doc we shot in The Gambia. (more…)
Some stories need to be told…and this is a bit of a rambling, sort of pedantic one.
I got back in touch last week with my friend and filmmaker, Giuseppe Petitto from Rome. It got me thinking about the last time I saw him in 2004 when I spent Christmas and New Years in Italy, thanks to his surprise all-expenses-paid invitation to participate in a documentary film event in his hometown of Catanzaro in the south. (more…)
Working in media production, sometimes I feel like a bit of a parasite — using the camera to gaze and feed upon the stories of others. I’ve produced documentaries and current affairs segments, and have relied always on the energy and good will of subjects to share their stories and to give their time — and often, to lay their souls bare — so that I can produce whatever bit of media I’m working on and deliver it to an audience. It’s how I make a living. And the more I “get” from my subjects, the better “my” product is going to be. And I’ve had at least one subject feel uneasy about me “making a living off” his story. (more…)
End of summer. Back to school. Back to work.
Transitions are tough.
In the edit suite, we’re always talking about transitions. How to get from one idea or feeling to something completely different. (more…)
Last month we had a young production assistant working with us, and we got him for a song. Literally. You see, we bartered music for work. I love it when barter functions in the modern world… (more…)
So there’s a neat story to tell about directly benefiting, sort of, from the TV campaign we produced for Nova Scotia Come to life. We needed another editor for all the work we’ve got on the go, so we put an ad in The Coast. Got lots of replies. Met with this young guy named Khanhthuan Tran (he pronounces it “Can-toon”) who spent a year at the Canadian Film Centre’s edit lab in Toronto. He had returned home to be close to family in Dartmouth, and to explore his options here. He’d been working as a cook at the Star Anise restaurant on Barrington, and had been working a bit on indie projects at the Centre for Art Tapes, but hadn’t really gotten many paid editing gigs locally. He had been thinking about the idea of heading back to Toronto to try his luck getting some editing work. As he says “I just love cutting, ya know?” (more…)
I wondered when the lessons from our West Africa shoot would take hold. Didn’t take long at all for me to see where in Canada we are poor, and where they are rich. (more…)