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There was more than one Black Friday going on yesterday. Our Hit You Tube Series – Pack Your Kit – surpassed 20,000 hits, even though most Americans were at the mall, shopping. Subscriptions continue to roll in from around the world from pro photographers and wannabes. Recently, folks from Ecuador, Latvia, Poland, Thailand, Canada, U.K., etc. have subscribed to the series.

The Pack Your Kit Evite - Double Click to Enlarge

I conceived this idea after years of asking assistants what other pro photographers packed in their kits when going on the road. I was amazed at how readily Portland pros agreed to take part in my idea.  Documentary filmmaking, I should add, has been at the cornerstone of my career, having started out in the U.K., creating award-winning docos often shown on the BBC. An excerpt from my agi-prop film, “Tolmers, Begining or End?” was recently picked as footage for a BBC documentary on Darwin. It was also included in the Berlin Retrospective on squatting around the world.

Tolmers Poster - Shown on BBC - Featured in Berlin Retrospective on Worldwide Squatting

Thomas Boyd, a photojournalist for the Oregonian, has garnered the most hits, over 4,000.  When we re-edited the title page of all six episodes and trailer, the You Tube counts were lost, but the overall counts remain on our channel page (check it out).

We are very grateful for everyone’s participation, especially Matthew Dae Smith, our host, and for Philip Holahan’s contribution as Director of Photography. Well, let’s not forget the other photographers, Andy Batt, who loaned us his studio for the opening night party, Susan Seubert, Campbell Salgado, Lars Topelmann, and Holland Studios. Video editors, include Mikaela Works, Marshal Serna, and Donna.

Pack Your Kit Logo

The music was done by Steven Argila, an L.A. movie composer, who is appearing on the Tonight Show this week.

Thanks, one and all who have tuned in to make Blackstone Edge Studios’ Pack Your Kit a hit!


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