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Fishing Guys Startup

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Fishing Guys Startup

This past summer I started helping with making fishing gear review videos. I loved it. A lot.

I got involved with a video review group and started applying both my video and marketing skills. It was amazing to connect my passion for filming with my passion for fishing. I jumped into the service with both feet and immersed myself into a new form of online marketing and saw some small successes.

After a lot of conversations, hitting a few walls and working through some of my own personal issues of starting something up again, I came up with Fishing Guys.

One of my best fishing buddies, Ryan, and I talk a lot about all things 'life' when we hit the river. We talk about our wives, kids, jobs and general non-sense. I told Ryan about my idea of doing a fishing website and getting more video work and general fishing craziness out there.

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I loved Ryan's response to me: 'How much do I need to kick your a$$ to get you to do this?' so with that and my wife saying 'When was the last time you failed at doing something?' (which is her way of saying that I haven't stepped out and tried anything really out there for way too long) I knew what I needed to do. 

We've schemed up video ideas, pictures, potential names and logos. We also talked about doing a podcast, something I knew nothing about and have never tried... until now (as of today we have two recorded). It's been a fantastic couple of months putting together new creative channels. To be honest, I feel invigorated and ready for creating more new work. It's been awesome having my wife and close friends right behind and beside me, pushing me onto building something new.

The other really big help in all of this has been my personal coach I've been seeing. I'll be writing about my sessions with her soon and just how awesome she's been, so stay tuned for that. I never knew how useful and insightful having a personal coach could be. She's also been a big proponent behind all of these new endeavours in my life.

That said, Fishing Guys is happening today!! Our official launch of Fishing Guys is happening. A local group of passionate anglers that love to fish, conserve and enjoy the outdoors. Latest local fishing news, gear reviews, podcasts, and fishing trips. Be sure to check out the new site:

www.fishingguys.ca 

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Awakenings: Trailer

Back in the fall I joined up with the Chilliwack Players Guild. One of my goals for 2011 was to audition for something and it just so happened I auditioned for a small part in Witness for the Prosecution. I got to meet some really cool people that are part of the Guild and had a lot of fun hanging out with them all.When it came time for the Guild to start planning their summer show, Emily (director/co-writer of Awakenings), came to me and asked if I could help make a trailer for the play. This was the first time that the Guild has done something like this. In the fall I was a part of creating a video of the cast and crew to display in the theatre lobby when guests came in, which was also a first. Being able to help with this project was an honor and a chance to try something different. I created two trailers for the play. The first one is the official trailer and the second is the mock trailer I cut together just for fun. Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins

Awakening Trailer (Official) from Matthew Hawkins on Vimeo.

Awakenings Trailer (Mock) from Matthew Hawkins on Vimeo.

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Classic Regency Chrysler

I recently had the chance to dig through some old footage of Regency Chrysler up in Quesnel and I came across some great footage...

Actually what we did was take some windy, crappy sound footage and turned it into something AWESOME. When I had showed up to Regency to film an ad for them to show at Carib Theatres in Quesnel, there was a big wind storm happening outside. My initial thought was 'Crap, this shoot is not going to happen today.' (We had planned to film something completely different that day, which we still ended up filming). My second thought and I'm glad I pushed for it, was 'Let's use the wind. We can muffle the sound by putting the mic under Lisa's jacket and her hair blowing everywhere will look ridiculous'

I filmed everything on the 7D and then went to town in After Effects. I muted colours, added a cheezie star stream from Particular and added some awesome tracking marks to it.

You can take a look at the side by side below and see what the original and faked VHS look like together.

*When I sent this to the production team to add to the pre-show for the Carib Theatres I had forgot to mention it was supposed to look like a really old 80's VHS tape, I got an email back immediately saying that the file looked heavily interlaced and the sound was terribly muffled. We all had a good chuckle once I told them it was supposed to look like this.

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins

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Clearly Modern Hires Four

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New Location Groundbreaking!

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