Up-dated Reel

Just updated the demo reel to include the new Demo Scene I filmed.

Working with Non-Profits, tipping the scales in their favor.

Sean D Brown Cinematography has been doing a lot of work for Non-Profits over the last year. A few of the jobs are to create fund-raising videos, so that these amazing programs can continue.  I’m all for supporting these organizations! On the reverse side, they usually don’t have a budget to pay for a video to make them money.  Well, money isn’t everything! It’s good to keep that in mind in your business ventures.

Right now I am making a video with the Madison Ave Collective where I’m a member, and we are doing this fund-raising video for the Jackson St. Youth Shelter to open a house for the youth in Albany.  (Side note) If you can help donate to this cause or any other listed in this blog that would be great. Today we had a shoot and the stories the kids told where amazing. They had quite the hard life and have had to overcome a lot to be where they are now.

Here is a still frame from today’s shoot.

Another Non-Profit I’m making a video for it the Corvallis Boys & Girls Club.

I visited their building to scout the location and it is quite a nice facility. The kids that attend this club have a lot of opportunity. Again, supporting them is important to make sure they can continue the great services they offer the community.

They can’t pay much for these videos but I’m still going to put my heart and passion into them, because I believe in helping people who give back to the community.

Hope you can go out and give back to the people who have helped you in life. In this case the B&G and JSYS did not help me directly in my life but they help lots of kids here in Corvallis, and I hope to help them to keep helping others for years to come.

Thanks for reading,
Sean D Brown

Edit: A list of a few more Non-Profits I have worked with and need support.

CASA Corvallis

Freshwaters Illustrated

Corvallis Youth Symphony

Conservation Biology Institute

Knowledge is power

I am a strong believer in the never ending journey of learning your craft. I never went to film school but have learned a lot about film making and directing,  by reading books, making films, being on sets, watching online tutorials, videos,podcast, and teaching.

I believe that the books you might read in school are just as valuable or more so to be read on your own. School is not for everyone. Film making is something you have to get out there and do. The more you do it,and practice the craft the better you’ll get. Also the more passion you have for it the better it will be. (That one is true for anything you set your mind and heart into).

A book I enjoyed for my particular field was “Directing Actors” by Judith Weston. In this book, Judith shares her wisdom with us about “Creating memorable performance for film and television.”  I got a lot from this book about how to work with actors and how to get the most out of them without forcing your own view of the scene upon them. Directing is an art form of it’s own. I am not sure that it is something that can be studied and mastered, like how to aim a light.  We all can calculate the fall off in candles of a light, and what light modifiers do to it. It’s more of a science and math.  Directing is not like that for me. It’s something you feel and have a natural talent at. Some people have it and some people don’t. That doesn’t mean they are bad directors. It  just means that might not be the best place for them, and they have not found that out yet.(Side note :I love lighting and it also is an art)

Another book I enjoyed and found very useful was The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap. A must read for any indy filmmaker that is making an action movie on the cheap. This book really makes you think about why each shot is in the movie and what it means and what is the best way to get the shot on the cheap.

Now I also follow some online blogs and have read the RED forms daily for the last 4 years.  These and many other sites help gain insigh into what’s going on in the industry and keeps me up-to-date with new technology.

Well, that’s all for now. Let me know if I can help you on your way to greatness. (sounds sort of like the sorting hat in HP book one…)

Sean D Brown