How to go from novice to professional video producer: Andy Coon int. pt. 1

Web video is truly a powerful medium. It has helped me build business, and professional relationships over the years, which is why I encourage everyone that I meet to start telling their own stories through video.

One of the colleagues that I’ve met during my online travels is Andy Coon. In 2007, he reached out to me because he was organizing a film festival called, ConvergeSouth.

Though I really don’t consider myself to be a filmmaker per se, I’ve shared numerous stories via video over the years.

One of these videos is a mini-documentary that I produced in memory of my first-born twin boys who were born prematurely in 2006.

I decided to submit that video called, “My Boys” to Coon’s festival, and the piece ended up winning in the non-fiction category. The audience even made a donation to our annual March of Dimes fundraiser!

That’s the power of the web and video. Coon and I have stayed in touch over the years. He’s produced a number of web series, and worked on independent films including, Dogs of Chinatown, “The Corporate Assassin”, and one that will inspire you called, “Often Awesome.”

Though Coon is professional cameraman, and editor, he has really humble beginnings. He truly learned from the video production school of hard knocks.

In part one of our interview, we talk about how he got started in video production, and he shares some great production tips for beginners. In part 2, we talk about Often Awesome and he shares other production secrets.

Coon is a great pro, colleague, and friend, and I’m glad we had this great opportunity to chat. I think you’ll learn something from his story.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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