WOW! What an exhillarating last couple of weeks! On Monday March 16th, I went to Boston, MA and gave a presentation to the National Professional Videographer’s Association of New England. I had such a great time and Joe and Denise Goldsberry of Media Concepts were great hosts and took me sight-seeing and opened their home to me during my stay there. Time got away from us, and they even packed up the 5 posters I shipped there to send back to me! Thanks again Joe and Denise!
At the end of the presentation (I kind of ran over in time a little) Whit Wales asked me to sit in a chair as he wanted to acknowledge me for the presentation… I was thinking something like a certificate of appreciation or something when he told me that. BUT FIRST, he wanted to show an “Event DV Promo”. You see, the 2008 Event DV Top 25 awards was to be announced the next day on EventDV-TV. So, I was getting a little more curious as I saw Steve-Nathans Kelley talking about this and that for the Top25 awards… I thought, “Nah, they’re just wanting to announce to the PVA so they can all log on the next morning to watch. Then BAM, he went right into announcing one of the winners… IT WAS ME! I’m still in shock over it. So, a HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THAT VOTED FOR ME!!!
This award is basically the “hottest and most influential in the world” and is voted by peers–other videographers and not by clients, etc. I feel very honored to be on this list amongst some of the greatest of people I know in the industry. Though there are MANY more people/companies that I feel should be on the list that isn’t, I’m sure they will some day. The biggest part of this is being “influential”. The votes I casted were for people that that inspired ME… not just if they do great movies, films or videos. There are other awards for judging works of art, but this is kind of both.
It was great to see many new faces on this year’s list… Again, I feel honored to be on this list with them! If you would like to see the video announcements of the winners, visit EventDV-TV and watch Part 1, 2 and 3. My announcement is in Part 1 at 4:24.
More good news will follow in a couple days… its a BIG suprise!
Here’s the 2008 EventDV 25 ALL-STAR TEAM (alphabetically):
Lee Bakogiannakis, 2dg, Thessaloniki, Greece
Roy Chapman, WEVA International, Sarasota, Florida
Walter S. Chelliah, definitive projx, Edmonton, Alberta
Jerome Cloninger, JC/DV Productions, Rogersville, Tennessee
Ron Dawson, Dare Dreamer Media, Atlanta, Georgia
Matthew Ebenezer, Shadowplay Photo & Video, Toowoomba, Australia
Glen Elliott, Gm Elliott Videography, Williamstown, New Jersey
Steve Fowler, Steven Fowler Films, East Windsor, Connecticut
William Gaff, human story, Midlothian, Virginia
Julie & Alex Hill, Elysium Productions, Irvine, California
Philip Hinkle, Frogman Productions, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Kristen*, Bliss Productions, San Francisco, California
Jason Magbanua, Wedding Videographer, Makati City, The Philippines
Steve & Laura Moses, Vantage Point Productions, San Dimas, California
Patrick Moreau, StillMotion, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Maurice O’Carroll, Velvetine Productions, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Bruce Patterson, Cloud Nine Creative and WedLuxe Magazine, Vancouver, Canada
David Robin, david robin | films, Encino, California
Joe Simon, Joe Simon Productions, Austin, Texas
Joshua Smith, Cinematic Bride, Monroe, Louisiana
Terry & Joe Taravella and Julian St. Pierre, Studio Vieux Carre, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mark & Trisha Von Lanken, Von Wedding Films, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dave Williams, DVideography, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jeff & Andee Wright, Blue Skies Cinema, Corona, California