From Idea to Reality - Growing Up
Amie and I have learned so much over the last several years. We have matured a lot as puppy
raisers, as well as learned an awful lot about the video business. Moreover, what it is going to take
to make Growing Up Guide Pup viable long term. Still in the interum of progress, I felt the need to
write a new blog on Growing Up Guide Pup as its been several months. As of how we got to where
we are today. I hope our fans enjoy and thanks to all for your continued support.
Back in 2009, I was creating how-to videos released under my moniker “ChappyShowcase” which
were videos about low budget film making. Although I released all kinds of videos in different
genres, the how-to film making seemed to resonate more than any other types of videos I
made. The economy had collapsed, video creators had no money, and low budget film making
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spoke to that. Consistently I found good feedback and people offering to pay me to make my “$30
Steadicam” for them; named after a how-to video of the same subject. I was not interested in doing
this, but found it a pleasant experience to get so much feedback. It was amazing making a video
rendition of a recycled design I had learned about nearly 7 years earlier back in the dial modem days
of the internet. This single video got me more serious about doing more although I had already put
out a few dozen videos scattered over a few months.
After a few years of freelancing as a cinematographer/editor, as well as producing an exhausting
amount of wedding videos with my production company, I was deeply affected by the crash of my
video business in late 2007. I lost nearly all my clients, however took the opportunity to look for
other avenues to do video. I recently had