Best Buddies 25th Anniversary

Best Buddies International is an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and used this video as part of the entertainment for their gala.

I provided editorial services for this project, as well as some shooting. The video was produced & directed by Matt Mays of Mays Entertainment.

Learn more about Best Buddies.

“The Greatest Return” Selected for Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has accepted a film we worked on, The Greatest Return, for their 2011 festival as an Official Selection, Short Documentary category. The Greatest Return tells the story of some of the most legendary conservationists of our time – Heroes for the natural world, gathered to discuss their views on past, present, and future issues that threaten the livelihoods of all living creatures, including us.

Directed by Matt Mays of Mays Entertainment, the film stars Elephant Biologist, Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Cheetah Conservationist, Dr. Laurie Marker, Snow Leopard Expert, Dr. Rodney Jackson, Ocean Ecologist, Dr. Carl Safina, and Landscape Preservationist, Dr. Gerardo Ceballos. We travel to Kenya, Nepal, Namibia, Mexico, and across the oceans to see these conservationists at work.

I’m proud to have contributed to this film as both a Director of Photography and as part of a team of editors. The majority of editorial was by Cory Fisher, with additional work by Tim Wilsbach and myself. Jason Roney was our field sound recordist. Color correction and finishing of the film was completed by Marc Wellington at Creative Media Group International, with audio mix by Brice Bowman at Earshot Audio Post.

For our screening times and more information about the Heartland Film Festival –

2010 Indianapolis Prize Films

On September 25, 2010, the awarding of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize was celebrated at a black tie gala. The majority of the evening’s entertainment consisted of 6 short films, one on each of the finalists nominated for the Prize. The films were produced, written & directed by Matt Mays of Mays Entertainment. I had the pleasure of shooting all of them, with field sound recording by Jason Roney . The video above was used to open the evening.

This was an amazing project, to say the least. It consisted of travel to six different locations in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Namibia and Kenya. It was my first trip to Africa, and those two locations made a lasting impression. We only had the opportunity to spend three to five days with each finalist, but we covered a wealth of material on each shoot. We came away with some wonderful footage, and Matt turned it into great stories with editorial by Cory Fischer at Edit Pointe.

The short film below is the profile of Iain Douglas-Hamilton, winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize.

The other five films, including profiles of Carl Safina, Laurie Marker, Gerardo Ceballos, Amanda Vincent and Rodney Jackson, can be found here.

ABOUT The Indianapolis Prize: – “The $100,000 biennial award is given to an individual animal conservationist who has made significant achievements in advancing sustainability of an animal species or group of species. It represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen recipient.”

ABOUT Iain Douglas-Hamilton, winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize:

“Relentless in his lifelong devotion to the elephants’ survival, Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., has been named the 2010 recipient of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. In recognition for his lifetime achievements, Dr. Douglas-Hamilton will receive $100,000 and the Lilly Medal at a gala ceremony presented by Cummins Inc. on Sept. 25, 2010, at The Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.” (

The Importance of Customer Service

I don’t make a lot of random posts on this blog, but this one really struck me this week. In the past few days I have experienced two really great instances of customer service. The first was with the phone company. I know … who thinks the phone company could have good service? We’re moving our office, changing service, porting numbers, and several other maneuvers which seem to be complex things for the phone company to do. I spent an hour and a half on the phone with two different ladies who listened to what I wanted, explained several options of what I could do, and then clearly explained what was going to happen in the next few days with my phone service. One of them even gave me her direct phone number so that I can call her with any questions and avoid the dreaded automated attendant.

The second was an online service that facilitates logo design contests. We’re working on a new logo for Hi Def Pictures. Anyway, a couple of days after we started up our contest, a representative from the company actually called me. That’s right … on the phone. It was simply a quick call to thank me for my order, see if I had any questions, etc. There was no up-sell, just a merchant checking on a customer and saying thank you.

I suppose you could take it as disheartening that it takes so little to stand out. I mean, all these merchants had to do was communicate with their customer in a meaningful way. That’s it. Pretty simple. But I think it points to the fact that there are some companies who are trying their best to get it right. And now that they have, I’ve formed a solid positive impression of both of them.

So what does this mean for a video production company like Hi Def Pictures? It means if we’ve done business together in the recent past, you should expect a call from me. Want to go to lunch? I promise I won’t try to sell you anything.

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