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Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu: Profile Video

Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu is locally owned and run dojo in Chilliwack.We were introduced to Steve Hiscoe, owner and main teacher, through a family member who is heavily involved and loving every minute of his time learning Jiu-Jitsu. My wife and I enrolled our oldest son into the HEET program, Hiscoe Evade & Escape Tactics, and he's loved it so much that he's continuing onto his third level with the program.

It's been really interesting watching how my son has learned from Steve. When Steve steps on the mat for class, the kids that were running around in the dojo, all of a sudden become quiet and still. Steve has this ability to focus kids in on what they're supposed to be doing. That's when he'll crack some joke from the front of class and you can feel the awkwardness with the kids as they're trying to figure out what to do, if it's okay to laugh. Next thing you know Steve has the kids doing push-ups, stretches and practicing break falls.

As a parent, I'd recommend you get your kids signed up for at least a few sessions, as Steve mentions in the video, it's really a life skill people should have in their pocket.

Enjoy the video:

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins


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Hart Modular Homes

I've had the privilege of working with Regency Chrysler in Quesnel over the last year.We've had a lot of fun working together, chasing cars in parking lots and making videos from the 80's. Regency is part of a business circle that includes Hart Modular Homes in Prince George, BC. After Hart had seen some of the work I had done with Regency, they wanted to get on board and get something fresh and new done for the company. We had some great phone calls and emails in pre-production. The biggest thing that Hart wanted to make sure we covered was the educate people, in a fun and laid back kind of way, that modular/manufactured homes are much MUCH different than trailers. I had the great idea of showing off the talents of my good friend Jason and his character 'Gasoline Tom'. I pitched the idea that we would have Gasoline Tom, or GT as Hart likes to call him, would show off his trailer and Hart would show off their homes.

We came up with the following:

And we did this ad specifically to play in a number of theatres in the BC Interior:

A Great Employee Prank Cam, part of the Hart Family & Service/Set-up Crew, didn't show up for work one day. The next day, his boss told him to get ready for the part of a redneck in the new Hart commercials that were being shot that week. When I arrived, we told Cam we'd film it on the following day, not that day like he had thought, just to stretch his nerves to the very end. This video is when his boss finally revealed the truth.

Thanks so much to Hart family for all the fun and great ads we got to produce together. I look forward to working with you more in the future. Matt

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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.



The Bookman:: Downtown Chilliwack, BC

I love downtown Chilliwack. Well most of it.There is a lot of misconception and ill perceived ideas of what happens in downtown Chilliwack. Aside from some sketchy neighbours, most of downtown Chilliwack is warm, inviting and quaint. I love to walk around and shop downtown Chilliwack. I wish more people did.

That whole thought of wishing more people would just visit downtown Chilliwack got me thinking about doing something about it. I have this whole plan on how to turn downtown Chilliwack into the next Vegas strip, but we won't go down that covered road... (really I have no plan). The only thing I have is my camera equipment and desire to share the stories of the people who work and own businesses in downtown Chilliwack.

The very first business I wanted to connect with was the Bookman. This one of a kind used book store is one of my favourite places to visit. I like to stop in and take a stroll through various sections OR I love to walk through there with my kids and check out the kids books and comics. We usually come out with at least a few items in hand.

I had a chance to sit down with the owners and some staff from the Bookman and ask some questions about who they are and what they do. I didn't realize how much intriguing info is sitting inside that store. Aside from the half million books waiting for customers to dive into, hearing the story of David "The Bookman" Short was incredibly interesting. I spent a good chunk of my morning just listening to David tell his story of how he went from being a nurse in a hospital to a book store owner. He shared the history of the building, renovation stories and potential mishaps and more. As a small business owner I was completely intrigued in listening to this man speak of his dream and the risks he's taken to maintain it. I wish I could have filmed all of what I learned that day. Here's a brief glimpse into the amazing people that make up this great downtown Chilliwack business.

The Bookman :: On Wellington in Downtown Chilliwack, BC