BRINGING A HOBBY TO WORK
A while back, I started making homemade films just for fun. I built a shooting table, made stories out of anything I could find for inspiration, and taught myself enough Final Cut to stitch the footage together. Fast forward a few years, and I’d have an opportunity to make these videos at work.
After BrightHouse’s new blog launched, I floated the idea of creating a video series to help others find personal purpose based on the methods we use for companies. The problem was, our internal resources were always tied up with daily client work, which didn’t leave much time for projects like this.
I believe the projects done in order to try new things and grow skills are just as important in the long run as paid client work. And since I knew how to make videos, I could bring this project to life by offering to write, shoot, and edit them. I put in some late nights, but it was worth it to make the company’s first teaching module, its first real-time social media challenge, and most of all, help our participants think about what fires them up. The intro is above.
HOMEMADE, HANDMADE, AND HARDCORE
I love the process of making these videos, running on all cylinders to write the script, come up with the look, and make the props. It’s a reminder that for all the technology allowing videos to be shot, edited, and shared, the best part is giving the original digital devices — the hands — space to play.
Three of my early videos are here. The table I shot this video on is described below in the Blacksmithing project. For more on building BrightHouse’s digital presence, which gave this video a home, see the BrightHouse project.