Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Year in Review

The fact that I haven't written an entry in a long time is a good sign. Year three of running my own company has been busy and productive.  There were a lot of highlights and I'm not writing to brag. I'm hoping that if you found your way to this site you're looking for hope. 

In 2016, I've had some epic adventures and made some great work with amazing clients. Here are a few of the highlights.

I made a commercial with Tom Brady. I wrote the script and the checks. The spot received more than 1 million views on social media and energized the client. Amazing. There were about 10,000 ways this project could have died. I believed in the idea and did my best to will it into existence.

 I wrote and directed a film in Sydney, Australia. This was an amazing adventure and it was a thrill and an honor. To make a film on the other side of the world, what a life changing experience.  

I wrote the script, directed the film, and shot the stills for a blue chip client. This was a great experience and it changed the way I think about creating work.

I wrote and shot a feature for Sailing World, the Bible of the sport. In my opinion, if you can write and shoot for a national magazine you can sure as hell write and shoot for a commercial client.

Most importantly, I changed my mindset and my business charter to be a content creation company. 
Purchasing a camera, a Canon 70D was a good start. Fortunately, it broke on a tech scout. Then I rigged up next to Pulitzer Prize winner David L. Ryan at a Laser regatta and he insisted I buy a Canon 1DX mark II, the best pro body in the world.

I was nervous that the investment wouldn't pay for itself. My wife listened to the facts and said, "Shut up and buy it."  Soon enough, the 1DX mark II went to work shooting stills on the blue chip client assignment and was B camera on two video shoots. 

The next step was to train with the best professionals in the world. Onne van der Wal is the greatest nautical photographer of all time and Peter Hurley is the number one headshot photographer in the world. Both are both Canon Explorers of Light.  If you want to up your game as a shooter, take a seminar from either of them.

For me, 2016 was an epic year because I believed in myself, had the support of my spouse, focused on the positive and ignored the critics. I hope you do the same. 

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