Meet the Big Dog at Road Dog Media…

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Welcome to the web blog of Shaun C. Roemich, a Vancouver based promotional videographer, webcaster, multi camera live switched (IMAG) expert and owner of Road Dog Media.

I’ve been a working videographer since 1999.  I have started two visual production companies in that time and worked as a freelancer as well as in-house at two health care facilities.

Broadcast, industrial, corporate and webcast…  I’ve done it all.

One thing I’m not is a filmmaker in a city of filmmakers.

Since moving to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada I’ve come to realize that what I do is a bit of an enigma out here in Hollywood North.  I’ve struggled with that identity for the past 3 years.  Now I think I’ll use this space to work through that journey and share a bit of what I’ve learned in the past 14 years.

I intend to celebrate what makes a videographer different from a filmmaker, at least from where I stand.

This is my little corner of the internet where I actually give myself an active voice.

Let me know what you think.

– Shaun

11 comments on “Meet the Big Dog at Road Dog Media…

  1. Hi Shaun
    May your travels be blessed with all the beauty it has to offer and the people who live within it. Greetings from the Blood Reserve from William, Lori & our dog Zorro. Hope to cross paths soon.

  2. Now that’s interesting. I have worked in the film and music industry (from the camera side as producer) and I don’t know how you would differentiate what you do as a videographer, since you do or have done broadcast and corporate? And what is industrial?

    • I think the overly simplified version has to do with INTENT…

      Cinematography is, in its purest form, about creating art whereas what I do is more founded in knowledge translation and communication. To use an analogy: what I do is more “trade” than “craft”.

      The reference to “industrial” shows how long I’ve been in the game…

      Industrial video production has its roots in workplace safety, training and other knowledge and best practices information: How to drive a forklift… WHMIS in the workplace… Using the all new Crushomatic 7000… whereas CORPORATE video production historically had more to do with “office side” items like Meet our new CEO or Why should you hire Crushers Inc. to do your industrial crushing…

      Clear as mud yet?

      Thanks for your input!

    • One of the coolest parts of Blogging is the interaction with others. Previously, Web Forums were my outlet but now I get to control the conversation! 😉

      Thanks for your input! Any background on your days in production?

    • We basically worked in the entertainment sector so music vids, A bit of corporate and then crossed into independent film. I loved production because it corralled tons of skills: people management (i.e ego’s!), money management, planning, organization, stress management (for everyone else) – yeah, good times!

    • I hear you. On exceptionally big jobs I have a colleague I routinely hire on as an assistant, although I tell clients she’s actually a “Shaun Wrangler”!

      I’m great in Crisis Mode, coming from broadcast and live production so sometimes it helps to have a little buffer between me and clients who aren’t used to the yelling that broadcast camera ops see as part of the gig. (wink)

    • 🙂 – yeah I’m a crisis mode person. In one of the companies I worked in someone once said ‘ you have no sense of …’ can’t remember the exact word now but similar to ‘urgency’ or ‘panic’.
      Because running around like a headless chicken is the way to get things done…efficiently. And this was just before they dropped all their photocopies on the floor in their panic-for-show mode!

    • You can’t live on edge constantly but a manageable level of stress in the moment during production is exhilarating if you’ve got the coping mechanisms.

      As a technical director/switcher for live events like professional wrestling or pro hockey, I don’t know if the show could go on in a laid back environment when things get crazy with play stoppages, paid advertisements and sponsored on-ice events that never go entirely according to plan.

      The key is knowing when you’re getting TOO worked up.

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