Most of you don’t know that I enrolled as a part-time student at North Seattle Community College this fall. I’m in the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program with the hopes of growing my freelance career and eventually expanding it into a real business. I’ve got enough experience and artsy friends to know that business skills are NOT intuitive for us creative-types. The Intro to Entrepreneurship class I’m taking helps you define where you want to go with your career (self-employed? business owner? franchisee?), develop a feasibility analysis (a gut-wrenching but necessary process), and begin writing your business plan. By the end of the program, you’ll have great leadership and management skills, acquire complimentary business skills like Project Management and Accounting, and be armed with a business plan to start your own business. It’s been a great experience so far and I even got a gig out of it! The school hired me to produce a thirty-second and three-minute spot promoting the Entrepreneurship program! Education and work? A winning combination for sure. I got signed off on the :30 spot yesterday (see below), and since I’m not getting paid to blog about it, you can trust that I sincerely recommend anyone thinking about striking out on their own to consider enrolling – you can read more about the program HERE.
Monthly Archives: November 2011
Just got an email today from BBN3 (my freelance client) that a web video I shot a couple of weeks ago is finished. The shoot was at Quest Metrology in Kent, just outside Seattle. They have a new robotic machine they wanted to feature (way too complicated to describe – check out their website to learn more). It was a bit of a challenging shoot – closet-sized room, fluorescent lights, a machine up against white walls that moved verrrryy slowly. I seized on the cool shiny thread parts and tried to make it look as sexy as I could. Lots of close-ups, rack focusing, and shallow depth of field. It’s all you can do to draw attention away from a drab environment. Overall I was pleased with the final product.
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I spent the morning on campus at North Seattle Community College taking pics for a video I’m producing for them. I’ve heard people comment that this is one of the prettiest falls in years. I haven’t lived here for years so I can’t judge, but I do agree the colors are spectacular. Here are some of my favorite shots I took this morning – while the people and buildings are nice, nature always makes the best canvas.
I love Josh’s GoPro camera. I find myself having so much more fun shooting with it than my Canon 7D. I break composition rules, forget about settings (not hard since there aren’t any) and basically treat it like a really cool toy – it’s supposed to be played with. There’s no viewfinder so you have no idea what the video looks like until you transfer it onto the computer – Ironically, kind of like my old Super 8mm film camera. The element of discovery tends to be the best part. I’m always surprised how good the footage looks. Honestly, without the casing these cameras look like something that would come out of a gumball machine but the technology behind them is amazing. This video is from our hike at Wallace Falls state park last weekend.
Tonight I had two video events that both featured important issues. The first event was the Washington Wilderness Coalition’s Wild Night Out annual fundraiser. I produced a video for the event, and it was well received. The organization is absolutely wonderful and works tirelessly to save Washington state’s wild lands and wilderness areas. The video sums up their importance:
After the fundraising event I got ready to film the Anything is Possible 5k run at University of Washington. The race takes place all over the country at 1:50am and the deal is you race against time (due to clocks being turned back at 2am). I thought it was a cool concept and the money raised goes to Wear Blue, Run to Remember, a local charity that serves as a living memorial to the Service and Sacrifice of the American Military. I was impressed with the turnout and dedication to honoring our veterans and fallen soldiers. I’ll post the final video when it’s up on the web.