What I’ve been doing this past month..an update

Just a quick update on what’s been happening in the Video Production life of yours truly this past Month or so.

So, I continue to forge ahead with the freelance hustle and have had a very interesting past couple of weeks with some of the projects I’ve been on.  As always, weddings prove to be a great way to keep the run n’ gun skills sharp and to pull out new toys to experiment with.  I shot 2 weddings for The Photo Studio over the past short while and was able to use my quadcopter to get some really cool aerial video of the bridal parties and some great establishing shots of the different venues.  So…the new toy has a place in professional work, nice!

I have been working on 2 projects for Maritz Canada, both Post-Production projects…one is a Destination Reveal for a contest Rogers is having for their employees and the other is a Motion Graphic video for a convention of some sort.  This one is especially cool because I got to break the routine of me using Apple Motion so much and I dove right back into Adobe After Effects…what a great app!

I also shot a quick internal video for Publicis which was for their client Home Depot for the “Fallidays” (you may have seen commercials about this).  I loved this one too because it was mostly Glidecam based and I happen to be pretty good with a Glidecam (if I do say so myself).   🙂

The last project I worked on was for Virgin Mobile and as I have for the past couple of years, they had me at TIFF shooting red carpets and events with the goal of creating  branded content that captured their presence at TIFF and all of the excitement that is synonymous with the awesome 10 day event and Virgin.

So, now I get ready to try out some GH3s from Panasonic as I prepare to ship off to Niagara Falls with them for my next video production adventure.  Next week, more editing, shooting for Humber College and continuing to try to make the freelance life all it can be. Thanks for reading.

Football Highlights of a future SUPERSTAR!

My youngest brother has followed in the footsteps of my younger brother and is playing NCAA Div 1 football for Northern Illinois Huskies.  This is a video that he and I put together for his recruitment, but the focus of this posting isn’t video related at all…it’s all about my brother.  Watch for Courtney Stephen in the 2014 NFL Draft.  He’s a superstar waiting to happen.  He now plays for NIU, #14

Enjoy the video

Cesar Millan

I had the cool experience of shooting Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer a couple of times this year and since I’m a big fan I got someone to grab one of my cameras and take a picture of me with him.  At this event I was actually shooting Lanny MacDonald from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames (you remember Lanny…”Stash”).  Anyways, both of them are great people and it was really cool to be able to spend a good amount of time with both of them.  I actually met Lanny at an event in Calgary that I shot in February, The Heritage Classic hockey Game at McMahon Stadium (another post), and ever since then I’ve shot him about 3 times.  Again, he’s such a cool guy!

Anyways, like I said, I did a couple of things that involved Cesar, so I have posted some of the work (a photo and a video).  I should be seeing Cesar again soon, and would love to talk dogs with him, but being such a specialist he rarely talks about dogs with people outside of his work (TV).  Who can blame him?! The guy gets bombarded with questions from everyone that owns a dog.  Poor guy,  Oh well, here’s the stuff!

Shoot Straight!

Me and Cesar Milan (oh yeah...and the Stanley Cup)

 

 

Introducing…me!

This is my first blog posting of what will hopefully be a regular thing.  My name is Joseph and I am a freelance video producer/ editor/ shooter turned corporate.  In other words… I got a Full Time job.

I graduated from the Digital Media Technical Production at Seneca College in Toronto back in 2001 and immediately started freelancing to supplement income.  I was lucky because I started getting gigs right away, have worked basically non-stop and have been on tons of really cool and unique projects. I’ve done things like teach at the post-secondary level, edited 3 seasons of 2 TV shows, done tons of corporate video, shot over 300 high end weddings, beta tested software for Adobe, become certified as an Apple Pro, done video sales and done quite a bit of traveling, meeting up with “famous peeps” while running my own business and having a ball doing it!

So why the change to full time corporate video?  Lots of reasons…hope you keep checking back; I’ll talk more about that stuff.

I also love to blab about new video gear and other things video related,  You know, the conversations that make the dinner company’s eyes gloss over…yeah, that’s me. I shoot DSLR and edit FCP.

I guess, to start off, you can check out this short video;  My Demo Reel.

Till next time, shoot straight!