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Throughout my childhood, I was always ‘making up stories and directing my friends’ in some impromptu version of theatrical storytelling. As a Radio, Television & Motion Pictures major at UNC- Chapel Hill in the mid-eighties, I gained a solid base to build my now twenty year career in video production, and I joyfully merged a life-long passion with a rewarding career.
What Captures my Creative Spirit….
So here I was, out of the blue, sitting in a convenience store booth eating a hot dog (Martha’s favorite) sharing with her my passion and vision for her two year in the making film on the manners camp. She listened and took it all in. It was obvious we both clearly saw and shared the treasure of this story. Collaboration… hmm… can be a good thing. Perhaps the timing was right, and re-energized by my excitement, she welcomed me as a documentary partner, gave me courage to buy a fancy camera of my own, and off we went shooting boys and girls at the manners camp this summer .Those shooting days were the absolute all time highlight of my professional career. We could feel our documentary’s story grow stronger, even better than we could have written and hoped for.
But perhaps the greatest silver lining for me as I am working on this project, is the remarkable connection Martha and I share. Way beyond professional respect, inspiration and support, I’d dare to say we could be kindred creative souls, both with the same deep appreciation of a sense of humor, remarkable characters, and not afraid to think and step out side the box. Her energy and positive approach to life and what she does truly motivate and inspire me. The fact that we have a 20 year age difference makes us a pretty dynamic duo, and the fact that we were both Chippewas at Camp Yonahlossee, makes it all make sense.
In 1996, I made a break, ventured on my own, and with little overhead, and a hearty list of exceptional shooters and editors to call on, I started my own company, Paxton Productions, to provide comprehensive video production services. For the past decade, I have had the privilege of producing, writing, and directing videos for colleges, hospitals, businesses and organizations throughout North Carolina. I also work as scriptwriter and director for other production companies. The scope of our projects includes training, recruiting, marketing, public relations, and orientation presentations.
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