It turns out that Matt Longmire of Northwest Films, aside from being a talented filmmaker, is a genuinely nice human being.Matt set me at ease from the get-go, and I could tell that I was in the hands of an artist who would be a pleasure to work with. So many artists have the tech quotient without the emotional quotient to bring out the best in their subjects. Matt has both and then some, which is a gift to those of us fortunate enough to work with him. If you’re in the market to create a commercial, documentary, PSA, or other video project, I highly recommend connecting with Matt.
Matt understood the challenge of capturing the essence of the property and conveying the story of the home in a two and a half minute video. He gave us a wonderful product that we not only used in the marketing and sale of the waterfront house but continue to use as a sample of marketing that could be offered for potential clients.Matt was a pleasure to work with and was receptive to the collaborative input and suggestions we offered during the filming and post-production. I would recommend him without reservation and would be happy to discuss details further with any of his clients.
We show this film to new members as part of an orientation, but I’ll never forget that first time when we ran it just before the Ignite Bainbridge performance, in front of more than 200 people. It created a huge reaction of support, obviously resonating with the crowd in a big way. This short film is so successful because it captures the sense of connection and support that many of our members feel, which is a benefit that most people don’t think about when they are first considering becoming members. It’s also a benefit that is hard to put in words without sounding corny, but Matt was able to capture that sense from a number of different angles, through different motivations, based on the people he interviewed. The short stories that he got members to tell on film were moving and genuine.His filmmaking captured emotion beautifully, not just from people’s faces, but from their hands and voices and activities. He artfully wove in so many rich details that helped to tell the story. My favorite moment is watching one of our members Dave, during a voice-over, chatting with someone, and then breaking out into a sly grin right at the end as he raises a finger to his eye. We’ll never know what made him smile that one time, and that cut ended on just the perfect high note. I also loved the way that he was able to quickly and easily work with our members, to get them to talk with a camera pointed at them, about what membership meant to them. It was very low-impact on the rest of our operations, and he put everyone at ease. He really does work quickly and efficiently. But most of all, Matt was are simply a joy to work with. He is talented with huge integrity and leadership. Confident, calm, and a firm sense of where he is going… with whatever he’s setting out to accomplish. I hope that we will get many chances to work together again.
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