Shoot By Daylight

We as humanity sit down today in America reflecting on blessings, while also re-learning historical truths thanks to the humongous reference book that is “the internet“. I am completely content knowing *that* internet, hyper-evolving technology, and a love for changing paradigms led me to the startup wave that emerged after the Great Recession. After discovering entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Chris Sacca, Nick Campbell, Chase Jarvis and Kevin Rose, I was inspired to follow a similar path. Freelancing in and of itself is a small business. You have to bootstrap your gear, your brand, your marketing, your payroll department. Many times, you wear all those hats (and more).

Four years later, I had the wonderful opportunity to work for the best tech blog in the world, TechCrunch.

It all happened quite fast. I was already a “jack of all trades” in the Film/TV world at that point. You had to be adaptable in the post-Recession landscape. When some Huffington Post Live colleagues recommended me for the job of Video Producer at a blog I already followed intensely, I was beside myself. I will always be thankful for Jon Orlin, John Biggs, and Jordan Crook for seeing the potential of what we could do together in New York City. Hundreds of videos and 3 years later, I can say TechCrunch Video is the strongest it’s ever been.

I always felt grateful that TC hired people with real personalities and deep opinions. Because who the hell wants to watch a wishy-washy take on a piece of tech or a hot new app? From CES to TC Meetups to the infamous Disrupt Conferences a small, fierce team managed to create content at a pace I haven’t seen in my career. Today, that team has a firm grasp on shareable social media content, web series, feature videos, breaking news, talk shows and daily rundowns with ease. They are in really good hands.

I say this because before I left for Nepal with Rashmi, I had made the tough decision to leave TechCrunch in search of new opportunities. As many tech journalists can tell you, news is a grind. Many times, I have watched in awe as our team would hunker down in a Skype or Slack room, divvy out coverage, and just slay an Apple announcement WHILE being all-hands-on-deck for Disrupt. Insane. They are absolutely the hardest working, most intelligent, savvy, and tight-knit tech blog in the world (read about TC’s history here). If you have heard the rumors of our post-Disrupt karaoke, you know it is epic — and *usually* alcohol fueled.

<3 Look at these bad asses <3

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So you’re asking yourself, why leave? To this day I still have that entrepreneurial spirit alive. I’m about to launch a podcast about musical guilty pleasures called The Guilty Mixtape. I have a steaming music show idea I’d like to develop. And I’ve become very taken with Virtual Reality (VR) video. Aside from that, I’d like to tell stories of startups, nature conservation, musicians, microbreweries, art, organic food, DIY-culture, green homes, activist causes, and all the other things I love. Just outside the news cycle.

The Freedom 360 Explorer VR video rig in use in Kathmandu this past month.

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My vacation in Boulder, Colorado this past April also reignited a kinship I grew up with: being deeply connected to nature. I spent time in a yurt in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and just shot photos and video for the love of creation. I ate delicious bacon and guacamole soft tacos. And I hung out with an over-zealous blue bird. Which culminated in this meditative video.

It reiterated what I needed to be doing. Also around that time, my wife’s family experienced the horror of debilitating earthquakes near Kathmandu. All of this was a wake up call that I needed to put into motion my own family, while ensuring I am building a future for us going forward.

                                                                             My family in Ohio.                                                                        

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My extended family in Nepal.

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This new start is a part of that.

Oh… PLUS a group of us finally finished a fiction short film called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Zombies” which got into the Nitehawk Shorts Festival in Williamsburg (and hopefully more, fingers crossed). I worked with a great team and hope for many more film projects like it.

As for right now? I am currently booking, and looking to collaborate with YOU. I do travel, and I have an active passport. I love New York City, but won’t say no to a gig in Costa Rica, Morocco or the Pacific Northwest this winter either 😉 If you know anyone who needs their story told effectively through video or photos, or would make good collaborators for me, please reach out – steve@shootbyd.co or call me 201.618.2642

As for my day of thanks, I have made lifelong friendships at TC, and amongst the startup community we reported on and championed. I look at the caliber of people I was able to interface with daily, as we rode that wave with (relative) ease and just feel happy that I got to spend the last 3 years as part of their quirky, nerdy tribe of geekdom.

Thank you all.

“After a week of inflamed outrage I am quite pleased my Earthly death has lit hearts afire. Make no mistake, anger can be a catalyst for change. But a finger pointed outward at a common enemy en masse is not the lesson of my disrespectful murder. One must always look within at their own sickness, their own darkness and the small levels of disrespect we harbor for our families, to our planet, and even yes towards our enemies.

Many of you merely plug your ears and close your eyes to all forms of utter contempt, atrocity and murder *unless* it deals with my fellow animal tribe. Some of you only scream from the rooftops when an oil tanker spills. Others have carried the flag against police brutality or for transgender rights. Trust me, there is plenty to be outraged about.

To that end: We are all ONE.

When you begin to deal with your own apathy, your own forms of small daily disrespect, and your own anger something wonderful happens – gratitude and empathy emerges. A gracious and empathetic person understands the term solidarity. Solidarity breeds community, learning, understanding and sharing.

With the coming planetary changes, you’ll need each other now more than ever. For every cause you have championed, for every angry outburst you’ve exhibited, wasn’t it all about YOU?

Look around at what you may have ignored: the downtrodden friend who has been victimized by a bank, the neighbor who has been marginalized, the stranger on the street who’s rights were erased as you walked on by. All forms of disrespect create a butterfly effect that offloads like a pressure valve in the form of our ‘viral outrage’ that culminates in events like the response to my death.

Let’s celebrate the death of apathy. This isn’t a contest over who’s outrage is more righteous. Let’s now move forward and solve these problems, piece by piece, together.

– Cecil the LionHearted”

‪#‎CecilTheLion‬

I’ve had some problems getting PGP just right in the past but Mailvelope, specifically their Firefox Plugin makes it super easy as it works within your current webmail.

PGP is essentially an encrypted Public Key + encrypted Private Key you create and another user creates to communicate privately. You write an email, encrypt it according to your distinct Private Key and the recipient’s Public Key. The recipient can only decrypt it by allowing their Private key plus their secure password to do so.

Mailvelope Step-by-Step

1. First, head to https://www.mailvelope.com/

2. Depending on your browser – Firefox or Chrome, download the extension and install.

3. Watch this setting up Mailvelope video tutorial:



4. Once you plug in your email and a highly secure password, you can then upload your Public Key to MIT’s Public Key Server (this isn’t essential, but nearly everyone does it for easier sharing). https://pgp.mit.edu/

 **YOUR PUBLIC KEY**

The public key looks like this:

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: SKS 1.1.5
Comment: Hostname: pgp.mit.edu

And ends with:

-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

 

5. After uploading, to get your shareable MIT link, you need to go back to https://pgp.mit.edu and search your Key ID.

6. To find that, go back into the Mailvelope Settings, I’ve highlighted with the red arrow.

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Then find that tab that says Key ID as illustrated below.
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Then, on the MIT site, plug into the search bar:
0x______________ and then your Key ID.

7. Use a domain shortener like bit.ly or subdomain forwarding if you want to easily share your PGP Public Key. I used subdomain forwarding in my instance -> pgp.shootbyd.co

Your light has grown dark.
Lies have been told.
Trust has been misplaced.
Fear has separated us.
The fate of your future is in jeopardy.
The People desire truth in a world of deceit.
You have been divided and conquered.
Your mindset was shifted.
Becoming defined by division.
Against War
Against Poverty
Against Hate
Against Lies
The time has come to change direction.
To alter your position.
To redefine the Human mindset.
For there is a better way..
To be divided no more.
To come together once again.
Each of you has a choice..
To identify with what you’re against
Or proclaim what you are 4..
4 Peace
4 Prosperity
4 Love
4 Truth
Join us in a revelation of thought.
Where Love and Light are the guiding principles.
You will languish in the darkness no more!
What you are against, NO LONGER.

WHAT ARE YOU 4?

We were inspired, among other things, by
wearethe99percent.tumblr.com
The way they’ve managed to be a voice and outlet for the middle class & OWS proves the empowerment of sharing one’s story.
What Are You 4? is a project started by an entrepreneur who wanted to turn the focus from what one is against to what one is for. A shift in thinking for a shift in goal. He is joined by two friends/colleagues in bringing his vision to life.

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If you were online at all last week, chances are someone in your professional filmmaker network shared the brilliant parody video by Vancouver-based viral hitmakers “I F*cking Hate That!“. Over the course of 3 and a half minutes, with the help of YouTube up-and-comers Stacey Roy and Hoodwinked Films, they manage to skewer a bunch of filmmaker tropes and then char them to a crisp. Even the star wipe makes an appearance. It quickly spread amongst video pros and also jumped to the top of r/Filmmakers for good reason.
One of the bits that got the biggest laugh out of me was Step 3: Build DIY equipment.

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There’s nothing funnier than seeing a follow focus made out of LEGO or a homemade camera cage outfitted with utility banana attached via ziptie.
Another meme revisited on many steps was the over-glorification of our craft via bragging on social media. Notably:
Step 4: Make a gear grid… and then post it to Instagram
Step 9: Take a picture of every RED you encounter
Step 13: Let everyone know you’re a filmmaker by holding a camera in your profile picture

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Hashtag #SetLife has more than a few times garnered eye rolls amongst working professionals. But in a world of “what have you done lately” it also becomes a way to broadcast, “Hey! I’m working. You better rush to hire me on the next one.” I can attest I’ve seen far too many RED rigs in my Instagram feed. And how many of you just walked up to an ARRI Alexa and played “cinematographer” behind the eyepiece? C’mon I know many of you are guilty…

I can’t wait to see more from this team. They also were behind the hilarious parody song “Turn Your Phone 90 Degrees” which got over 800k views. As an added bonus, Kessler Crane was a strategic partner on the video and provided a bunch of gear and technical help. They put up a behind-the-scenes post here that you can check out.