STORIES IN MOTION
As a communicator, it's hard not to love the powerful impact that video can have as a medium. Yes, it definitely takes more time and energy to produce a video than it does to create a graphic or write an article, but it's so worth it!
The videos below are an eclectic mix of journalism, corporate work and passion projects. Each of them tells a story in a way that only the rich medium of video could do justice.
CALGARY PARKS PROFILE
READER ROCK GARDEN
This video profile of Calgary's Reader Rock Garden was filmed over the period of a year, showing the changing face of the park from autumn, through the winter and into spring. Reader Rock Garden is one of Calgary’s most beautiful hidden gems and well worth a visit.
MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY
Who’s Frank was an initiative that began within Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts. It aimed to change hearts and minds through the power of stories and to inspire action against bullying. This video highlights the activities of Who's Frank organizers and participants with a series of interviews and event footage.
CALGARY MUSIC COLLECTORS SHOW
I love music and am an avid collector of vinyl records (junk) so reporting on the Calgary Music Collectors Show was a real treat. This video features an interview with the Show's DJ combined with b-roll shots of customers searching for deals. The ambient music being played at the event provided a nice soundtrack for the video and because it falls under fair use rules, no royalties were required.
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This video vignette highlights Calfrac's process of developing and testing new products and fluid systems that help improve efficiency, minimize risk to the environment and ultimately improve well production. Lab work helps improve efficiency, minimize risk to the environment.
COLLABORATION & KNOWLEDGE SHARING
This video vignette captured the flavour and mood of a Calfrac Customer School session. The Customer School is one way Calfrac keeps in tune with the specific requirements of its customers. Documenting the Customer School showcases Calfra's commitment to achieving a high level of customer satisfaction, which requires an ongoing collaboration and knowledge sharing.
SAFETY & TRAINING
ENSURING EMPLOYEE SAFETY
Ensuring new employees are ready for work is a top priority for Calfrac. This video vignette highlights the Calfrac Pump School, which is designed to create the well-trained and qualified workforce Calfrac customers expect.
PUTT FORE CHARITY
RAISING MONEY FOR CHILDREN
In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Calfrac, along with a group of valued partners and the Birdies for Kids program, raised over $150,000 for Alberta-based children and youth charities.
This video vignette highlights the activities of the day, with contestants taking their shots at sinking a 150 ft putt on Calgary's Stephen Avenue.
THE RESILIENCE PROJECT
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
This video features interviews with two Resilience Project leaders as well as a narrated step-by-step overview of the .b system. A combination of stock images, and iconography provide visual aids which reinforce the messaging.
Development & Testing
FLUID TECHNOLOGIES LAB
AWARD-WINNING REPORTING ON CANCER TREATMENT
The Choosing Treatment videos (shown left) were produced as part of a larger reporting project that included a number of written stories and multimedia graphics aimed at uncovering the difficult decisions patients make when diagnosed with cancer. The report was hosted on a stand-alone WordPress website (seen below)
Together with journalist Amara McLaughlin, and the support of the Calgary Journal, I was extremely honoured to have received the
Canadian Association of Journalists award of excellence finalists for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2016.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
In this video, I interviewed CPO's Michael Hope about the wonders of being a musician and the importance of donors, sponsors and other philanthropy to the arts in Calgary. I was extremely impressed with Mr. Hope's passion for the CPO as well as his incredible articulation of music's benefits.
Along with the "talking head "portion of the video, I included a series of still images I photographed during CPO rehearsals. This is an example of how a very simple setup, using natural light and ambient sound can result in a professional end product.
In this video, I interviewed TradeLife's co-founder Ely Ryan about his experiences as a tradesperson with a focus on his time volunteering in Africa.
Along with the "talking head" portion of the video, I included b-roll footage of Ely at work, as well as a series of still photos he provided from his time in Africa.
In this video, I interviewed Chris Stutz, a professional photographer working in Calgary, Alberta. I followed Chris on a real estate photo shoot, capturing him in action. The video also features a two-camera set up for the main interview allowing for close-up shots during important moments in the interview.
THE ART OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
In this mini documentary, I explore the medium of film photography, interviewing several notable film photographers in Calgary, Alberta. This project is very close to my heart because of my passion for old cameras and film. This video has been viewed over 6,000 times and was featured on the popular photography website PetaPixel.
BEHIND THE SCENES
I founded and operated Calgary ProPhoto as a side business while I was completing my Bachelor of Communication at Mount Royal University. As a way to promote the business, fellow photographer Jose Soriano and I, organized a fruit-themed photo shoot. I filmed and edited a fast-paced, energetic BTS video showing the process.