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what an amazing week it’s been!

the KNOW Field Guide went to print.
our Livecast was broadcast with over 1000 international viewers.
the Big Shorts challenge winners were announced.
SMAPP, stillmoton’s educational app was birthed to the world.

we’ve gotten a lot of feedback, questions, and overall comments about everything and we’re extremely grateful for everyone taking the time to participate and give back.

when planning SMAPP, it’s tools, and its tutorials, we knew we wanted to create something that simply does not yet exist in this world. we didn’t just want to make something “better”. it was really important to us that we be involved in something that is unique in its own right, that challenges people to think in new ways, and that goes into far more depth than what’s already out there. thus came the blueprint for SMAPP. we launched with the Lens Selection Tool, Get Creative, Shot List Tool, and Gear Up!, and we feel that’s already an incredible value at the price of SMAPP. but rest assured, we’ve got plenty of updates for our current tools as well as new ones lined up and in development that you’ll see pop up in SMAPP very shortly…

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we’ve already announced the BEST OF category winners and the Hobbyist winners, and today, here we are proud to announce the Pro category winners!

for those who are just finding out about Big Shorts, here’s some background: the challenge had two categories, one for hobbyists and one for pros.

hobbyists were to use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the theme of family, and only ambient / nat sounds to create a 55 – 60 second film.

pros were to use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme of home, ambient / natural sounds and voice over or dialogue, including the line “my heart is” to create a 115 – 120 second film.

tonight at our livecast, in conjunction with the official release of SMAPP, we announced the winners! and we’re doing that here on the blog as well…

thursday:  we announced the BEST OF category winners
friday:  hobbyist winners
today:  pro winners

so onto the PRO winners…

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yesterday we posted the BEST OF category winners, and today, here we are proud to announce the Hobbyist category winners!

for those who are just finding out about Big Shorts, here’s some background: the challenge had two categories, one for hobbyists and one for pros.

hobbyists were to use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the theme of family, and only ambient / nat sounds to create a 55 – 60 second film.

pros were to use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme of home, ambient / natural sounds and voice over or dialogue, including the line “my heart is” to create a 115 – 120 second film.

tonight at our livecast, in conjunction with the official release of SMAPP, we announced the winners! and we’re doing that here on the blog as well…

yesterday:  we announced the BEST OF category winners.
today:  hobbyist winners
monday:  pro winners

so onto the HOBBYIST winners…

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we created the Big Shorts challenge because we wanted to push other storytellers to get out there and create. it can be scary at times, but taking that extra step is often followed by another, and another, and before you know it, you’re off to the races. it’s inspiring to see so many entries and so many valuable stories told and we’re honoured to have been a part of something so incredible.

the challenge had two categories, one for hobbyists and one for pros.

hobbyists were to use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the theme of family, and only ambient / nat sounds to create a 55 – 60 second film.

pros were to use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme of home, ambient / natural sounds and voice over or dialogue, including the line “my heart is” to create a 115 – 120 second film.

tonight at our livecast, in conjunction with the official release of SMAPP, we announced the winners! and we’re doing that here on the blog as well…

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jets scream overhead as I try to get focused. clutching a Red Epic in my hands and a tripod under my arm I take off in a run while the deafening sound of military personal screaming commands is all I can hear. as I pick up speed I try to eye ball people specifically to get a read on them, I’m seeing Privates, Sergeants, Seamen, Lieutenants, Captains, Colonels, even Generals. I put my eyes back on the prize as I near my destination and begin to slow down when suddenly a hole rips through the crowd and even more troops pour in! there must have been 200-300 of them and this time they were in a very calculated and tight formation, there’s no way I’m getting through that, I’m going to have to recalculate and find another way and it’s got to be fast because I’m getting new instructions over my headset.

am I in a war zone? no, I’m at my very first shoot for stillmotion and what would become the most memorable – the final game for A Game Of Honor.

but let’s take a step back, my journey actually began the day before. I touched down in Washington D.C. fresh from Toronto not knowing what to expect, after all everyone else had worked on this doc for 127 days. me? zero. in fact, I had only worked at stillmotion for 4 weeks and 4 days at this point! I checked in, met up with everyone and took possession of the Epic and after a quick dinner I set out on my way. I was brought in as tech manager because with all that was going on as well as the size and scope of the film at this point handling gear was a job in itself! a job no one else had time for, they had a lot of planning to do and an entirely different headspace to get into.