Director/Cinematographer Vancouver BC Canada
I’ve never appreciated the sport of cycling. The only two things that I associated with cycling, before this, were Lance Armstrong and spandex. However, I was assigned to follow & film this local racer for a whole day. In between interviews and filming… we were just shooting the shit, and I myself was trying to take in this interesting culture. If I had to sum up the experience in one word, it would be perseverance… tremendous effort is put into everything they do. Training, diet, fitness, mentality… they take it into crucial consideration and that’s what translates into their performance. That’s it.
If you know me, I’ll attend a house party over clubbing any day. Was lucky enough to hang with some friends over the weekend and just lounge after a long week. My friend John hosted the first night & Carlos the second. Both hosts knew how to treat their guests well… see it for yourself in the video.
I’m surrounded by people who are in the midst of making it. And when I say midst, still a hell of a long way to go but going on the right path. One wants to open his own restaurant, the other… their own boutique. Having to listen to their stories, their struggles, and their accomplishments only puts more wood onto my fire of ambition.
I got called out at a party I was at last night for saying such a stupid answer. My girlfriend asks, “What did you do today at the office?” I responded with, “I made videos.” My boss comes from behind and says dude you make videos everyday… what you said doesn’t mean shit.”
Which is true.
I don’t mind sharing what I did verbally but with my line of work I’d just rather show than tell.
Here it is…
PS. I give major props to the youtubers and youtube channels that have thousands, if not, millions of views and subscribers… Only because my job is not only to make the videos but also to build up the channel as well. It’s a slow start, and it’s getting there… but I could definitely use your support. I never though I would say this, only because I had no intention in the past of doing this… but, It would mean a lot if you could subscribe to the channel and if you like any of the videos….share it! Thanks
“STR/KE MOVEMENT celebrate motion and mobility. Our community strives to be healthy, fit and productive.”
After shooting with them… the only thing I wanted to do is workout. I definitely wanted to set that tone with the videos I was assigned to do.
Also, I got to work along side Jeremy Jude Lee, a photographer like no other. It’s a given he takes tremendous photos; very talented individual. But, what I admired the most while working beside him was his attitude. The creative’s attitude determines the quality of work being produced. Jeremy’s work flow is awesome and what weaved it to execute to a high caliber was just him simply being positive. Hopefully, we can work together on a project in the near future
Feeling pretty blessed these days…
There are so many creatives doing tremendous things in your city. The majority of the time you have toe seek them yourselves, go out of your way, and really prove that you are more than suited for the certain collaborative project that is within the works. But, oh so rarely, the creatives with the projects that scream your name to be apart of it…. find you. Thanks Russ, Marc, & Dominique.
PS. you can find Jeremy’s photos from the shoot on hypebeast.
Find someone… ANYONE other than yourself… to talk to.VIA phone, skype, text, but preferably in person. But this time cut the bullshit updates that you know about already, only because you saw his/her twitter/facebook/instagram on the feed this past week. Put aside the bitching of the little things that you encountered throughout the week. Converse in a matter as if you were talking to your own conscious… with that said, let the insecurities fade, let the truth be preached, and let the best ideas collaborate and conform. Whether be minuscule or groundbreaking, there will always be something positive coming out of these conversations . I was lucky enough to have one today with Donnel … and what I got out of the short duration was this… don’t be a ball hog.
I’m glad I have two cameras. It can benefit me for the majority of my shoots but more importantly I have no excuse to take out my camera and film…. anything. Here’s a quick cut of what happened on the day of the autumn apparel shoot. Val shares her definition of what style is.
My latest project
I have this habit… it can be perceived as good or bad, but right after a shoot that I’m passionate about, the first thing i want to do is convert that footage and get straight to the editing. Then edit until I have to force myself to sleep, which is usually around 4-5am, because of work the next day . And, you probably ask yourself why it’s bad? Well, video editing can be considered a craft that requires a lot of time because it’s so intricate and if you rush it, you have a huge chance of not making the video to its full potential. There’s many things to consider: what footage to add, what footage not to add, colouring (setting mood/tone of the whole video), sounds, etc. However, once i’m going on a project that I”M EXCITED about then there really is no stopping me.
That’s thee thing: excitement. And when i say thee thing… I mean the source of creativity. The gas for burning the midnight oil. The incentive for your passions. and simply, love.
When was the last time you were excited for a project, a job, or anything you were working on? Keep that ish consistent.
When I was in school I was afraid of being perceived as stupid. I let grades and percentages of subjects I had no interest in, put me in a place of discouragement… I let them lead me to believe that I wasn’t capable of producing anything creative. I used to determine my quality of work through how many likes I got from my videos. I would put it out into the sea of the internet and wait for a catch. Casting the line, pulling back on the littlest nibbles not realizing that there is bigger fish to fry.I would stress out if I didn’t get that amount of views or shares that I was hoping to get. I simply had no faith.
Back then,I never saw my potential. Back then, I didn’t count my accomplishments. Back then, I never gave my interests a shot because I was too busy pleasing others. Just because my brother is in medical school, or my friend got his mba, or that guy got that promotion… doesn’t mean you have to go on the same route. There are many avenues that you can choose in this world, especially at this day and age.. and it’s a matter of you exploring and tapping into them. Don’t let it come to you and sure as hell don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Get it yourself
That’s why so many people say that they’re “in a rut” or ” have a mental block” or “If only…”. You’re more than capable of producing with the time that is given to you. Graced with 24 hours a day, use it to aid yourself… and start with SELF. Making yourself better will only transition organically to helping others.
PS. These three are ones of the few that told me that I am capable. I wouldn’t be the same person I am today, without em. Thank you.
Who would have thought that I would be here, in this position today. & with that said, i feel obliged to pay homage to the people I work with and the projects I’m working on. Thus, from here on out I’m here to tell stories behind the scenes, shed some light on Vancouver ,introduce you to some friends of mine that I highly respect, and bring you in for the ride.