Joining Third Son Laserworks!

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I am happy to announce that I have joined my friend Jesse Kaunisviita in his new business, Third Son. Third Son specializes in handmade lasercut products for you and your home. Jesse and I met while we both worked at MediaStyle, a digital public affairs company here in Ottawa, Ontario. When I decided to take the leap to leave the team at MediaStyle so I could focus on my filmmaking, I turned to Jesse for advice, as I knew he had made a similar jump a few months before me. I admired his dedication to his passion and was thrilled by his supportive attitude. During our chat, we realized that I would be a good fit for Third Son. I wanted to focus most of my time on filmmaking, but didn’t want to lose the skills I had acquired during my time at MediaStyle. I now have the opportunity to practice my communications and marketing skills with Third Son, while still having the time to pursue filmmaking.

My role within Third Son is to manage and produce our online content, from video production to social media. The small nature of our team also means that I get to be involved in many aspects of the business, from brainstorming designs, to attending craft shows and even lending my seamstress skills to textile productions.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Jesse and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Third Son! As my first project with Jesse, I produced a video about his vision behind his business, and the process that goes into the production of his merchandise. Enjoy!

And you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Go West, Young Women

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Last month, my good friend Melissa and I went on a cross-country adventure. She was moving to BC, I wanted to accompany her, and we both really like the movie Thelma and Louise. So we set off, leaving from Ottawa and arriving in Vancouver 2 weeks later. We were equipped with a tent, 3 iPods full of music and podcasts, a huge thermos for coffee and high spirits. I brought my trusty camera along on the trip, not really knowing what I intended to do with the footage. Once I came back and went through the weeks of footage I had, I discovered a story. A story of a friendship growing and changing with the landscape. It’s hard to explain what makes a great friendship, and I’m lucky enough to have more than one. Through the crazy amazing adventure we had, I have come to realize how much this person means to me. So this short film is dedicated to you, Melissa, my road warrior partner in crime.

 

And here are some photos I managed to snap while I wasn’t filming!

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The Cutting Room Floor

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A few weekends ago, the MediaStyle team ran the on-site communications hub at the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit. In three days, we created some pretty killer content. As the lead on the A/V team, I shot, edited and uploaded all the keynote speeches, a handful of the panel discussions and some of the interviews we lead in the MediaStyle cube. Once the last keynote speech ended, I wrapped up the edit of the weekend’s roundup video so the Broadbent Institute could share it across their network.

I then managed to take some shots of the team working away in our custom cube in the lobby of the Delta Hotel. I think my film production teammates from Concordia would appreciate the DIY dolly solution we came up with to get the tracking shots for the video: me sitting in the hotel luggage cart being pushed around the lobby. It wasn’t as smooth as our wheelchair dolly, but I think it worked out pretty well.

After the craziness died down and we were back to our normal workload, I was faced with the inevitable conundrum of having too much content. Between the video and graphic material that we created over the weekend, I had no idea where to start. I wanted to properly showcase the quality of the content we produced, without overwhelming the viewer. I was browsing through possible music I could use, and once I found it, all the pieces came together. Editing to music is a style I really enjoy, as you can see in the web series I produced for local boutique, Victoire.

After a few different versions, a fun audio recording session with the team (the blooper reel from this is particularly pleasant), I finally finished it! I think it’s a great way to capture what we were able to accomplish over the weekend. I must admit, I’m quite proud. Proud to have been the only woman on the A/V team at the convention, proud to have witnessed the great ideas shared amongst the attendees, and proud to have been part of the team that hustled to the end to produce some really great content.

Check out the video below. You can also see our photos from the event here, courtesy of Benjamin Dickerson. Lastly, you can find the full handout infographic featured in the video here.