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Ep017 - Inland Film Co.'s Mitch Williams & Sam McGhee | Director & Cinematographer

The first blended episode for our respective podcasts!

2019! First blog post and first new episode – not to mention with two guests. We also used another podcast’s recording setup. Once again, met Sam for the first time right before we recorded – but I’m no longer new to that. Mitch and I had crossed paths already but never really got time to chat. How a dual podcast episode came to be is a long story, and this blog is a perfect platform to tell it. I’ve decided that the new year will bring a couple changes for the podcast, and as we’ve already purchased new recording equipment, minor tweaks in a few areas are due. We’ll get to Sam & Mitch’s story shortly, I promise.

Over the course of 2018, I struggled to find a solid purpose to write for. Once I became comfortable with meeting new people and interviewing them on the spot, my focus became better interview questions. That’s improved, but at the expense of the blog – I feel the written component has fallen off slightly. It would help to structure the blog with pre-publishing insights then write the second half once the episode is up and graphics are complete.

Another update is the website homepage. It could stand a little more pep. Videos for header backgrounds are an option – Amalgam themed motion graphics are a good fit, and I’d be curious about the audience’s feedback.

That’s it, my two changes for 2019. Let’s get them done! I mean, I’d also like to buy a iMac… but we gotta walk before we crawl baby! 

As for the guests of the latest episode, we have Mitch & Sam - storyteller/director & cinematographer, respectively. They’re fantastic guys to work with. It doesn’t seem like work in the end, but when first asking potential guests to publish content with you, it’s very formal. I put a lot of focus and energy into my correspondence. We connected through a mutual friend; Josh Jensen founder/master-maker of Jensen Handcrafted was on the podcast and Sam started following Amalgam. Sometime in 2018 Josh and I had coffee where he mentioned Inland Film Co and Cinetherapy, the company and podcast his buddies Sam & Mitch started.

If a friend of mine is involved in a podcast, I listen as much as I can. Aaron, Jonathan and others have their own as well so check it out when you have time, definitely worth a listen. After absorbing a few episodes of Cinetherapy, I really liked the dynamic and delivery. The subject matter and their personalities lent itself to the formation of a great ‘cast. I kept listening and eventually got the courage to reach out via Instagram messenger (of all places) and start dialog.

Sam was great. He hit me back and after starting an email thread like the adults we are, soon him, myself and Mitch were discussing what a dual-podcast episode might look like. Or sound like, I suppose. We all had our own ideas and after very little deliberation, consensus was among us. I couldn’t be happier with the output.

These guys use the same audio editing software, Adobe’s Audition. Their studio was completely ready to roll as I walked in the door. They knocked out portions of the podcast they like to include and we hit the floor running. Again, I got to know people while simultaneously recording, which applies an odd amount of pressure to the conversation. They’ve had some guests before me, so that made for comfortability on my end. 

I was exempt from worrying about mics, recording, or providing them with the audio. But the coolest part was seeing how another podcast produces their content. What mics they use, how they introduce themselves, what software is used, the processing of audio post recording, how they conduct themselves with guests or each other. It gave me plenty of perspective of what it will be like with Trevor. Sports podcast coming soon! 

It was a great experience. I hope as they edit their audio, they find the content as exciting as I do. Not more than a few days later, Mitch let me know of possible motion graphics work around town, so these guys are already lining me up to get paid. That’s the type of guest we’re dealing with here folks, the nicest possible people, with a very cool business and accompanying podcast.

I’m a huge fan of this pair of bro-in-laws. Be sure to check out their Instagram pages too, both for IFC and Cinetherapy. After editing the audio completely, I found myself laughing and smiling because I was reminded of how much fun we had. I hope they don’t mind how much of the organic conversation I left in, but I felt that the audience would benefit from the real deal.

Cheers to you all in your 2019 endeavors!

-CM

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Ep014 - Briana Malmquist, photographer, blogger, & social media guru

Bringing you one of my favorite photographers and an episode full of resources.

Briana has been our family photographer for the last few years. Every encounter she captures those special shots, ones you get as canvas prints that end up proudly displayed for all who visit. We first took photos in downtown Spokane on the bridges near the river. My daughter was at the age where she couldn’t sit still no matter what, but somehow, Briana captured some of the best pictures we’ve ever taken. Now that I’m writing this, I remember we were some of the first families to pose for Briana. She used us for practice sessions and we got some of the best stuff we could imagine! When she delivered the photos to us essentially the same day, it was an incredible gift that we’ve appreciated ever since.

Her ability to compose a shot then further the emotion of it post-production is top freaking notch. I mean top shelf, thousand dollar a bottle, crazy good. I’ve seen some serious editing and I have great respect for all photographers. Briana’s work is special beyond what you already expect from a serious photog. There’s emotion and atmosphere pouring from every shot. Nothing feels overly staged and the candidness helps bring the audience into the scene with the subject. You feel like you’re standing with Briana as she shoots when you look at her albums.

After recording this episode and further learning what makes her tick as a creative, you can see the wholesomeness in her motivation. We discussed her philosophy on using social media for your projects or business and it reiterated some of the comments other guests have had. Briana has a very helpful and sharing mindset. She offers the keys to the kingdom during this episode and does so like she owes it to the world. That’s something others can work towards emulating, eliminating the ego and competitiveness. Aaron from the Cascadian Beer podcast does so as well. They don’t flinch at the idea of a competition or challenge, they just want to help people!

I learned a fair amount myself this episode. We talked significant shop and I walked away with new ideas and directions to implement changes to my brand immediately. The idea that Briana wants a story to be told or an emotion evoked each time she posts is something that I didn't really consider. I’m almost checking off boxes with the posts and there should be more of a connection to the audience other than simply being an announcement and a pretty graphic. An immediate change will be the switching of styles for the audio previews and we’ll have more of them. It doesn’t hurt that the photos Briana provided for my graphics are in the mix as well. Did I mention she takes good photos?

This episode is exactly what the podcast needed - jump start the fall and the looming holiday season. Briana mentioned how nervous she was to record and how little she desires to be captured on video or audio, and I am forever grateful she stepped out of her comfort zone. There has been a guest or two that showed slight initial hesitance and I will never blame them for it. I still get nervous each time I record and my job is easier than the guests!

We have lines out to a few more potential guests so hopefully I can make up some of the missed time for the end of summer. I’d like to get the new segments launched in October so we can hit the ground running in 2019. Is it weird that I’m already discussing events months from now? That’s how fast time moves these days.

You can check out Briana Shae Photography and also Piper’s Zoo for her photography and blog. Please visit her Instagram pages for her photography business and Piper’s Zoo as well and give her a follow!

Peace!

-CM