Evolve, revise and repeat (100-day vlog challenge)

A few weeks back, my day job cut me loose. Frankly, my performance was struggling and it felt like my skills as an engineer drafter were exponentially dissipating, while my skills with my camera were rapidly expanding. This was not some overnight switch, this was 6-years of small steps to get where I'm at today.

Where am I today? Well I'm ready to be a professional videographer and photographer.  Can I tell you how or why I know I'm ready, nope, nor does that really matter to me anymore. The fact is, I believe it. The key word is, "I", for that a long time I kept thinking that somebody was going to come along and tell me, "hey you are ready, you have value, go do what you love". After waiting for this magic-gatekeeper to come along and set me free, I learned that I'm the gate-keeper. I never needed permission, I only needed confidence.

You are what you do, and what I do is point my camera at everything, and tell stories with the what I capture. So I'm going to do that, and I'm going to it constantly.

The other thing I do with great love and pride is parent. For financial reasons we have pulled Logan out of day-care and I will be a stay-at-home parent. I will spend my day with Logan, we will go on great adventures and document much of it on camera, and my nights/weekends are available for me to booked for paid gigs.

Right now, those paid gigs are spares, which will change, but I will not bide my time,  instead I will vlog (vlog is essentially like a video journal). I have two-episodes finished (see below) and a third one coming soon, these 3 span about 2.5-weeks. I like the content, I had fun making them, but I think I will change the format. I had been stretching days of footage into one lengthy consumable video, thinking, "I don't want to annoy people with a video to watch everyday", but now I'm thinking that was a negative point-of-view, and in actuality I should be cutting one vlog video a day. Some other changes is that I will not be making them with the iOS app Cameo anymore, I love the ease and connivence of their platform (especially the mobility of editing on my iphone 6+), but I need to be cutting on the tools I will use for my professional work, I need to constantly hone my craft. Quality, efficiency and consistency, is the hallmark of a great story-teller, and I intend to be nothing less.

Starting today, I will make 100 vlogs, in 100 days. Strap-in, get a snack and enjoy the show.



Vimeo Weekend Challenge: 5X5 Neon Lights

Created for the Weekend Challenge

Rules (from vimeo.com):

For this Weekend Challenge, we’d like you to explore a popular theme, but approach it in a new (electrifying!) light: it’s 5x5s, all dolled up in neon. The 5x5 format is very straightforward: a 25-second video composed of five five-second clips, using only natural sound.

Neon lights add an interesting — dare I say, illuminating — visual element that complements and contrasts with this otherwise simple concept.

There is an additional behind the scenes of this little shoot that is linked at the ending of the video, enjoy!

I will be trying to do as many weekend challenges as possible, so stay tuned for more to come.

Extreme Shots II - Sweaty Sunday

The Vimeo Weekend Challenge

The Rules:

+ Film a narrative using only (or mostly) EWSs and ECUs. Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ Keep your film under 3 minutes.

My Approach:

Diane, Logan and I had a long weekend filled with some sweaty hard-labour. On Sunday I pointed the camera at us and made a fun video of it all. Enjoy...

 
Source: https://vimeo.com/107461329

Summer of Snaps

This weeks Vimeo challenge I decided to use my snapchat footage from this summer. Some great memories and low-resolution, enjoy.

The Rules:

+ Create a video summing up your summer. Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered (although you can definitely use old footage for this one).

+ Keep your video under 3 minutes long.

+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from the Vimeo Music Store ! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.

Here are some of my favorite video Snapchats this summer. Follow me on snapchat: Shawnpboyle Music: "So Long, Sundays" by The Sun (http://www.myspace.com/thesun) Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge
Source: https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/624/w...

POV - Frisbee

Vimeo Weekend Challenge

The Rules:

+ Film a video from a unique point of view, using Sports (be it Baseball or just human motion) as a theme. Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from the Vimeo Music Store! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.

My Approach:

For this challenge I had a simple idea, "iPhone+frisbee+duct-tape", Results...

Thanks for watching.