What Not to Wear: Save-A-Pet Edition

In brainstorming new and viral content for Save-A-Pet, I developed this parody reality show concept. This is the first video in that vein and dependent on the feedback, could be a direction we are going to explore more. I think this concept really told this specific story very well and am hoping it is well received. Any thoughts or comments? Let me know!


Tuxedos for Tails Recap

A year ago and change, my relationship with local animal adoption center Save-A-Pet began. One of the first events I covered for them was their last year’s Tuxedos for Tails fundraising event. It is quite an event, media wise, filled with slideshows, a presentation video, and of course the desire to have to recapped for all those who weren’t able to be there that night. Last year, I did the recap. This year, I did it all. In a year that has been a bit slower in terms of development and big news moments for Cooperland, this is one spot of growth that is a highlight. While 2 out of 3 aren’t prepped for internet release, I can share this year’s recap video. Features our very own SAP alum Kado “Potato” up front there, who is always in his tuxedo.

Tadashi / Tonight, The City Skyline / Cats!

Last week, taping at The Oasis was like a blast from the past. A few guys I knew back from high school are playing in a new band called Tadashi. I was able to tape most of their set and here is the link to the video playlist:

Tadashi Live at The Oasis

The first band that I caught that night was called Tonight, The City Skyline. They said that they were usually an acoustic band and this was an experiment in a fuller electric sound. Here is a bit of video from that:

And I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the return of cat video here at Cooperland Productions. Delving through the video that volunteer Andi so graciously took for me (being allergic to cats can have its problems when you work with an animal shelter), I was able to edit and put together three more cat videos that are now up on the Save-A-Pet youtube page. Here is one of those:

Long week of post production this week and now onto a little more production this weekend. Looking forward to working with some new people and moving forward with some videos that are ready to move out of preproduction.

The internet is filled with videos of cats…

Working with Save-A-Pet, I’ve been making countless adoption videos featuring an individual cat or dog and telling their story in an attempt to reach out to the greater community. I, by nature, am a dog person. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I am allergic to cats. But alas, video does not wait on my running nose. My first attempt at cat videos proved to be a bit unsuccessful – the big old camera rig was a bit off putting to most of the cats and these cats weren’t doing all the cute and entertaining things that cats do on the internet. I went back to the drawing board and ended up deciding to let a cat person work with the cats. Leasing out a handheld camera, with the help of Save-A-Pet volunteer Andi, she was able to capture the unique and maybe even a bit precious moments of the SAP cat room that my running nose wouldn’t allow me. With this new footage in tote, we have started wave two of SAP cat videos. Fewer words, more cuteness, and maybe even a little bit of viral-ability. Here is one of the first, more to come soon:

Hello, welcome, this is what I do.

Since moving back home to the Grayslake area last July, I’ve begun exploring the work of freelance video. With a degree in media arts with a concentration in video production from Butler University 2008 (Go Dawgs!), a poor economic situation and a bit of luck in regards to my savings account, I bought myself a camera rig. Thus far I’ve been volunteering my time to a local animal shelter, Save-A-Pet, building them a youtube channel featuring adoption videos and event recaps.

Here is one of my current favorites in regards to the work I’ve been doing for them:

This site will be used as a source to update everyone on what I’m working on and act as a live and working reel of my work. I’ll also share a bit of work out there that inspires me. I’m really up for exploring any opportunity and would love for you to contact me if you have any video needs that you think I might be able to help you actualize.