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Lou D.

Film, Video, Photography, Writing, Production, Post-Production

Stockton, CA (95203)

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I'm a serial entrepreneur of sorts. Most of my career has been spent helping others to tell their story - whether it's a documentary film on humpback whales or a corporate identity film or web content, or strategic branding efforts ... the thing that tends to keep me in orbit is Story.

I'm intimately acquainted with risk - which means I lose almost as often as I win, I'm wrong on the same day that I'm right. What matters in the end tends to be measured in overall satisfactions as opposed to remembering only the greatest moments of all time ...

I've been writing, producing and directing films and videos for around 30 years. I've traveled to more than 20 countries with crews of all sizes and have done everything from camera work to producing and everything in between. My films have won awards and aired on national television ... but the thing that matters most is the journey along the way. If it's not enjoyable and filled with good planning, spontaneous problem solving and authenticity, you might want to try something a little less fulfilling. There are things they'll never teach you in film school that I'm happy to tell you.

As for post-production, I am steeped in FinalCut, Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects and Photoshop. I've mentored many interns and students and have a zeal for relationships. I'd welcome a conversation to get started.

All the best!

Lou D.
Writer • Producer • Director • Photographer

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Sales of digital SLR's (Single Lens Reflex Cameras) have gone wild. They are a fast, instant gratification tool in today's photography. But with the speed and storage allowed in the digital domain, something has been lost. Discipline.

Photographers used to be very thoughtful before snapping off the next picture, or roll of film. The process of waiting for the prints was so painful that everything was thought out ahead of time. Not anymore. With the ability to see and adjust the settings in an instant, often young photographers are snapping along willy-nilly to call whatever they shoot "art". This photographer can teach a photo enthusiast what to think about long and hard and bring discipline back to the art. It makes for more thoughtful work, and arguably more interesting photographs.

Video Production

Thirty years of producing short corporate documentaries, music videos, documentaries, spots and a host of other videos means I've made a LOT of mistakes.

Sometimes it's in the way I asked the questions during the interview. Other times it was not preparing the proper visas or carne's before entering a communist country. There have been dramatic wastes of money on a scene that should have never been shot, and brief brushes with brilliance because the only choice was to start rolling film as the sun had already set ... and magically the best shot of the day made the final cut of the program.

I can teach everything from developing the story (no matter how short or long) to building a light kit from a hardware store to editing the rough through final cut of the show. I've had enough feedback from clients to know what is likely to be thrown out with the bathwater, before the baby makes his first splash.

And ... I'm still learning. That is to say, you're only as smart as your last shoot, because that was when your most recent mistakes were made. Smarts and improvisation, flexibility and good planning and a commitment to enjoying your work are just some of the tools that make a difference when producing a video.

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