I was going over a few of my older projects and I came across this one I did a couple of years ago. It deals with mental health and the need for support within our communities. This video was shot for an event that was held at the Arden Theatre in St Albert and was put on by Rivers Edge Counseling Centre. I created this video for the event to help as an introduction to the silent auction being held, as well as a talk by Olympian, Clara Hughes.
In all honesty, the budget available for this project wasn’t much and wasn’t enough to do anything substantial, but I felt it was important and would help our community so I did most of the work for free.
I am blessed to be able to create videos for a living. I know it’s my calling and I am good at what I do and it has always been about being of service and being a productive member of society. The fact that I am able to put food on the table and a roof over my head is a bonus. But it has never been about the money. In fact, it used to be ego-driven and I loved the attention my work received. Early in my career, I was one of the most sought out wedding videographers and won international awards and recognition for my work. I had a signature style and peers around the world referred to it as ‘dmb style’. I won’t lie, I did enjoy the spotlight, but as I matured, it became less important to me. Today, I am fine in the shadows and not making it about me at all.
Today, I don’t try to overdo any of it anymore. Each video I create has a purpose, and it’s the purpose that defines the direction I take when creating any video that I am involved with. Over the years, the work has become more about the content and making the message as clear as possible, in a way that can hold the targeted viewer’s attention. Most of the work I do now isn’t meant to get everyone’s attention, just the right one’s attention. Don’t get me wrong, my work is still creative, and presentable, and even cutting edge, but I don’t replace substance with eye candy, I use eye candy now to only enhance it the way spices are meant to bring out the flavor of the meal, and not cover it up.
With most of the work I do, I am not reinventing the wheel, I just make sure I got the right wheel for the job. I won’t sell you an 18 wheeler when a wheel barrel will do the trick. I also don’t mind giving more than I take and helping where I can especially for causes I believe in.
If you are a non-profit with a smaller budget, and you need videography or social media help, feel free to contact me and If I can help I will. At the least, I can help guide you down the right path.