The Modern Day Motion Picture Camera

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The Modern Day Motion Picture Camera

This is an awesome overview of the motion picture camera in the last 100 years.

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In today's world we have never seen such an advance in the motion picture industry than since the first time they started putting moving pictures on the silver screen.

I'm not sure if all the advances are necessarily good or bad for the industry, but I do know that it means just about anyone can have their mini-studio set-up with low costs.

More than ever now, content becomes more important. If you don’t have a story there’s no reason for people to buy into what you’ve created.

How do you feel about the advances in the motion picture camera?

Good? Bad?

Where do you see the future of movie studios going?

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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Upcoming: ShinShawk

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Upcoming: ShinShawk

I talk a lot about stupid videos I want to make on my own.

I get so caught up on doing client work. Paid work. And I push my own ideas/projects to the side, thinking that one day I'll get my own stuff done.

That 'one day' never comes.

Until now.

In January I started meeting with a personal coach (a separate post about that is on it's way) and laid out my professional and personal goals for 2014. I've been working towards all of them, but the personal ones have really started to take shape.

In April I'll be launching two personal projects, the first of those upcoming projects is one I have decided to call ShinShawk. 

Why ShinShawk?
Good question. I wanted to have a name for my videos to fall under, that had the name 'Hawk' in it. Select nicknames that friends have given me didn't seem to fit too well... HawkBalls, among others, just don't seem to work for what I'm doing with these new videos. I came across the bird, the shin hawk or sharp-shinned hawk, and turned into something for my own use: ShinShawk. I conveniently took a shot block at hockey a few weeks later (see pic).

These videos are going to be various characters myself and friends have created, GoPro videos and other crazy ideas I have been sitting on for two long.

So get ready, ShinShawk is coming soon!

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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The Stories We Tell

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The Stories We Tell

A while ago I learned an invaluable lesson when it comes to filming, everybody has a story to tell. The difficulty with filming is trying to convey that story to your audience. I recently came across these first two clips that are great references to how to tell your story. 

I love Andrew Stanton's talk about sharing/writing about what you know. If we have a story to tell. Tell it. Tell it your way. That's what I love with filming, there is no right or wrong way to do it, do it the way that tells your story best. 

A few years ago I watched this following TED talk and still remember it. It's a talk that's left an impression and some inspiration in me. JJ Abrams one of the best modern day storyteller's and he shares where his passion for storytelling comes from. 

And if you want just a little proof of JJ's story abilities (other than Super 8, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Alias, etc.) just check out this teaser trailer for his book 'S':

For me, there are various stories I want to tell. The stories of others in my community, stories of friends and family, the crazy stories inside my head. Those first two clips I found last night have helped inspire me to push to be a better storyteller and to write from my experience, not try to be anyone else but me. So let the story telling continue. 

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Old Man Rant: Technology Faux Pas

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Old Man Rant: Technology Faux Pas

On occasion, well probably a lot more than that but I'm not willing to admit it, I have what I call 'Old Man Rants'. These are rants where I complain about what the kids are doing these days, the fact that movies aren't as good as they used to be, music doesn't have the same meaning as it did 20 years ago and so on.

Here are a few tech faux pas that drive me nuts and that I wish would change:

1. Saying W W W before the website you're sharing with someone. If it ends with .CA, .COM, .TV, DOT ANYTHING!!!! People these days should know you are talking about a website - if they don't, I'm pretty sure they won't be visiting your WWW DOT WEBSITE DOT COM.

2. Mobile devices that are glued to people's hands or ears. Put it away. Some of the worst situations I've seen are when people go to the coffee shop or bank and won't stop talking on their phone. Smart phones have the ability to make people dumber. Engage with society.

3. Voicemail messages. If you leave a personal voicemail message and then have your generic follow up voicemail message, leaving people with more options on what they can do, what was the point of your message? Get rid of the provided one and leave your beautiful voice on the message for people to hear.

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4. People with tablets that attend kids concerts or events, hold the tablet in the air and record/take pictures of the event are absolutely annoying. We all know that your shaky, bad audio video will be unhappily watched by all your relatives and in the mean time you will annoy every person sitting behind you at the concert. Also, why is it that people record their kids stuff with their tablets are always able to sit in the front rows?!

5. Social media and smartphones seem to give people a channel to ask stupid questions. We have this incredible resource called 'The Internet' that you can access through incredible search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. You can literally ask any question you want on a search engine (chances are of the BILLIONS of people on this planet, someone else has already asked the same question) and you will find an answer, part of it or get pointed in the right direction. You can even ask the dumbest questions on there and not get made fun of like you would on Facebook or Twitter. 

What technology based old man rants do you have?!
I can't be the only one that has any.

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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Most Anticipated 2014 Movies

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Most Anticipated 2014 Movies

A little bit ago I shared my Upcoming Must Not Watch Movies list, now I'll share some movies I'm looking forward to watching this year (and no Transformers will not be on this list):

Muppets Most Wanted - How can you not want to see the Muppets WITH TINA FEY, RICKY GERVAIS, and TY BURRELL!!!

Tammy - I love Melissa McCarthy, she cracks me up and this teaser trailer is no exception:

Monuments Men - with a cast of the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and others, how can you not want to see this? Not to mention it's also an interesting perspective of what Hitler was doing to arts and culture during WWII.

Transcendence - I know little about this movie, other than what's in the trailer and that Johnny Depp looks like he pulls off another great performance. The new Matrix perhaps?!

I'm also looking forward to Jersey Boys directed by Clint Eastwood, Gone Girl by David Fincher, Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn and lastly... Interstellar by Chistopher Nolan.

What movie/film do you want to see this year?

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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Hockey Weirdness

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Hockey Weirdness

If you're a hockey fan, you'll know what this is about.

If you're a hockey fan, you'll know what this is about.

If you and I have spent anytime hanging out online or in person, chances are you know there are few things in life I love watching and doing... aside from fishing, there's hockey. 

Hockey lives in my blood. It's an obsession that has been a part of my life since Trevor Linden and KVOS Kids had a Canucks fan club. Those were the days.

Now-a-days you can find me at the rink once or twice a night, watching most TV broadcasts of Canucks games (or having it on in the background, since they've been less than desirable to watch this season) or playing the odd game of NHL 14. Thankfully my wife doesn't mind it, much.

When I play hockey, I have some strange traditions/rituals/superstitions that I follow. Why? I have no idea, but it's all part of enjoying a night out at the rink.

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I have a weird pre-game list of things I go through: I pack my gear in my hockey bag a certain way. Gloves have to be on one side of the bag, helmet the other, shin pads get stacked on top of each other, etc. After that I make sure tape on my sticks are perfect. Any blemishes and I rip it off, UNLESS, the last game was a win and I happened to get a couple points. Then the tape stays. Before the game I sometimes will have the Gatorade Prime (basically a sack of water and sugar and Gatorade goodness) but lately it's been fruit - mostly oranges. 

When I get dressed for hockey I have weird rituals too. I wear my socks a certain way and put my gear on right to left. Why? I have no idea. My mouth guard gets tucked into my left glove when I head out to the ice. After the game, gear comes off left to right. Most cases a beer after the game is consumed, a beer after a hockey game is the best kind of beer.

Do you have any sports related rituals/superstitions that you follow? Any particular reason why?

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