Videography

Austin, Points of Interest

A Day in Tutankhamun’s Tomb!


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Tutankhamun Artifacts

This has been reblogged from The Starlit Path.

I was recently at an iconic exhibition held at The Texas Museum of Science & Technology... “Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb”.

Skybok produced this 1-minute video profile of it! (see below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UmLULKnIsU

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. (There’s a great documentary on Netflix now, search for “Egypt” by BBC Films). Here are some more photos from the museum’s exhibition showcasing exact replicas of the artifacts discovered in his tomb. (A nice website on the exhibition with historical questions answered here). Also, check out 8 surprising facts about Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun Artifacts

Atlanta, Blog, Daily Blog, Points of Interest

10 Facts About The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia!


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The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

Skybok recently shot “The Swan House” in Atlanta, Georgia – Wow! What a remarkable testiment to history. The Atlanta Historical Society aquired the house in 1966 and has made the experience for visitors exceptionally interactive, with actors portraying the characters who once lived in this iconic home.

Fun Facts About Swan House

  1. The house is an example of a classic 1928 mansion
  2. It was built at the end of the jazz age
  3. It was built by a noted architect, Philip T. Shutze, who designed Swan House and its gardens, as well as many other important buildings in the city of Atlanta
  4. It lies in Atlanta’s “Buckhead” neighbourhood
  5. It is part of the Atlanta History Centre
  6. It was a filming location for “The Hunger Games”
  7. Its original owners Edward and Emily Inman. The Inmans had accumulated wealth from cotton brokerage and investments on transportation, banking and real estate
  8. The house combines Renaissance revival styles with a Classical approach on the main facade
  9. Edward Inman died in 1931, but Emily collected her family into the house and lived there until 1965. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. See the Atlanta History Center’s website at: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/
  10. Many of the furnishings are the Inmans’ original furnishings

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia Stairwell 1928

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

Blog, Daily Blog, People

A Musical Act


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A Video Profile Shot on a local singer here in Austin.

A cool experience! I always learn more + more with every job. This is my second music video type shoot (the first was for a band Leopold + His Fiction for their debut album).

Argyll wanted something more personal, to showcase an intimate setting; a more behind-the-scenes feel that allowed him to connect more personally with his fan base.

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Social Media Marketing

The 10 Commandments For Entrepreneurs Everywhere


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1. Seven days thou shalt labour + do all thy work, for the startup life knows no sabbath.

That includes holy days. All-night coding sessions, missed meals + triple espressos are the order of the day.

2. Thou shalt not torture thy customers with an endless beta.

To a customer, the “beta testing” label doesn’t mean much. If you keep making mistakes + your buttons don’t work + their password gets leaked, saying that you were “in beta” isn’t going to make them feel better – or stick around.

3. Thou shalt not take thy competitors’ names in vain.

Badmouthing competitors sounds a little too much like gossip. “We’re very careful: we don’t talk about competitors, we don’t slag them, we don’t throw them under the bus,” says Dave Olson, VP Community at HootSuite. The point is to focus on building a better product. “We don’t compete against people; we compete against ourselves,” he explains.

4. Thou shalt practice humility + not compare thyself to Mark Zuckerberg.

If you have to compare yourself to Mark Zuckerberg, you probably shouldn’t be compared to Mark Zuckerberg. Brian Wong, the 21-year-old founder of Kiip, complains about this phenomenon: “This is giving birth to a generation, unfortunately, of extremely cocky, ego-driven young entrepreneurs that think that just because they’re young, they should be paid attention to,” he says.

“I am my own person, I am my own class of entrepreneur, and I will build a company without anybody asking me how I built it compared to someone else. I’m going to build it my way.”

5. Thou shalt confess thy sins with true contrition + then fix the problem.

Otherwise, your customers will be vengeful rather than forgiving masters. Social media has made business more + more transparent, so it’s hard to get away with apologies that don’t admit wrongdoing – “We are sorry if some were offended” – or apologies that skew the facts.

6. Honour thy investors, that their purse-strings may be loosened.

Zvi Band, the CEO of Contactually, recommends keeping in touch with current investors every 2 weeks + potential investors every week.

And while you may not always follow investors’ advice, show some respect + actually take it seriously. Even if they didn’t create your startup, they are helping it grow.

7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s acquisition.

Holding out your hopes for a $1 billion acquisition like Instagram’s is foolhardy, to say the least. And even profit-hungry investors don’t want to hear about your acquisition fantasies. “If you show me a slide as an early-stage company that mentions your exit opportunities, and in 3 years you’ll sell to Google for that return to me, I’ll just laugh at you – but the laughing means you’re dead,” says Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC.

8. Thou shalt not steal thy startup’s contact list.

In a recent scandal, one of WakeMate’s cofounders used the startup’s email list and Twitter account to promote his new product, MiLife+, and raise funds on Indiegogo. He claimed it was affiliated with WakeMate, but the other cofounder didn’t know anything about it. Here’s the full story. The Indiegogo project was eventually taken down due to the drama.

9. Thou shalt kill thy startup if thy money is gone + thy customers are few + thy website is ugly.

Closing down a startup may be a painful process + an admission of failure, but it frees you up to move on to the next exciting thing. “You got a lot of good guys running companies that are not doing well, when they could be joining forces and building a lot more value,” says Mohan Belani, the founder of Asian tech blog e27. “I call it a zombie. People don’t want to kill themselves.”

10. Thou shalt practice generosity if thou becomest a gazillionaire.

Virtuous choices including being a mentor or investor, opening an accelerator + donating pizzas to hungry entrepreneurs in your  your community.

And that’s the way to startup heaven.

Thanks for this awesome article Tech.Co!

Rotary, Social Outreach

Rotary Club of Algoa Bay Gets Profiled!


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Skybok recently produced a video profile for The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay here in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This is part of our global “Connect Rotary” Initiative.

The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay meets every Tuesday at the Tata Madiba Conference and Function Room at the Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre and Conferencing Venue in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. See their website here and their Facebook page here

Rotary is an International Humanitarian Organisation. For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures and occupations to take action in their communities and worldwide. Clubs are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds.

We bring together leaders to exchange ideas and take action to help empower youth, enhance health, promote peace and eradicate polio.

You can support our work by contributing to The Rotary Foundation atwww.rotary.org/contribute.

Learn how to join a Rotary club at www.rotary.org/join, or find your local Rotary club at www.rotary.org/clublocator

 

Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Chart Farm and Coffee Terrace


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We shot Chart Rose Farm’s video profile over the weekend. It’s a divine coffee terrace and rose picking farm in Constantia, Cape Town. As the only place in the Cape Peninsula where you can select and pick your own roses, Chart Farm offers a unique experience for visitors. The Coffee Terrace serves teas, cakes, breakfasts and lunches. Along with the magnificent views of the Constantia Valley, it’s a great meeting place. Open daily from 9:00am – 4:30pm, the farm stall alongside the terrace offers fresh farm produce (in season), including lemons, limes, grapes, chestnuts and vegetables.

Check out their awesome website here and join them on facebook here.

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Bars & Pubs, Cape Town, Cape Town, Restaurants

Caprice


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Caprice Cape Town Skybok Video Profiling South AfricaCaprice Cape Town Skybok Video Profiling South AfricaLocated along Victoria Road in trendy Camps Bay, Cape Town, lies perhaps one of the most famous beach bars in the city. “Café  Caprice” is a stunning spot along the beachfront if you want a drink or meal with friends and colleagues. Caprice has become a landmark establishment on the famous Camps Bay Stretch in Cape Town – a great venue to host any function you have in mind. (Be warned, Sunday nights get very busy!) Tourists from around the globe rub shoulders with the regular local clientele, all enjoying the gorgeous beach backdrop whilst sipping on eye-catching cocktails and listening to sexy, chilled beats spun by the resident DJ’s as the sun goes down.

The ultimate beach bar and café on Cape Town’s famous Camps Bay stretch, it’s home to a cosmopolitan crowd of locals and internationals 7 days a week.

We were thrilled to shoot their video profile, and filmed it on a very festive, sunny Summer afternoon. Enjoy!  Caprice Cape Town Skybok Video Profiling South Africa

Corporates

Maritime Motors


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This a corporate we did for Maritime Motors. They’re located on the corner of the William Moffat Expressway & Circular Drive in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

I absolutely love beautiful cars, it’s my weakness! So it’s no surprise that shooting this video profile for them was a dream. Enjoy! And you can also see it on their website here.

Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Osumo


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Cape Town in South Africa is bursting with coffee shops & restaurants all over its vibrant city. One brand that is particularly popular in large shopping malls such as Canal Walk, Cavendish & the Da Luz Mall in Seapoint along the beach, is “Osumo“.

Osumo is a small chain of healthy food cafes in cape town. We are a happy, energetic team, dedicated to providing natural, fresh foods that truly support a balanced lifestyle.

We had a lot of fun shooting their video profiles and found all the staff and management teams to be friendly, fun & professional!

We filmed their stores in all 3 malls and can personally recommend their strawberry bliss smoothies, which we drank a lot of while shooting! :)

Points of Interest, Port Elizabeth

SAMREC


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I’ve always had a thing for animals. Especially wild, endangered or hurt ones.

Along the coast in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, lies the “South African Marine Bird Rehabilitation and Education Centre”. It’s also known as SAMREC.

We shot their video profile for them and I just remember thinking what a beautiful home and haven the team at SAMREC has created for these birds they find washed up and hurt on PE’s beaches.

The centre’s purpose isn’t just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different programs.Tour our marine rehab and education centre and experience nature through sight, sound and touch.