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Benefit Concert

Edit SuiteFurman Pictures will be open late, along with other downtown Camas businesses, to support a benefit concert for Camas schools at the newly reopened historic Liberty Theatre March 19. The event takes place from 4  to 10 PM. Furman Pictures will be open from 6 to 8 PM.

Featured musical artist at the theatre will include The Go Project, Jon Hecox, James Kerridge, Social Gravy, Julia’s Misfortune and Storm Runner. Admission is $5 per person. You can buy tickets online or at The Uncommon Gift, Naturally Healthy Pet, Riverview Bank, 360 Threads and Camas Bike & Sport in downtown Camas.

A benefit raffle will also be held at the event for items or offers from Furman Pictures, Logitec, Camas Bikes and various downtown businesses.

Stop by Furman Pictures during the event and receive a $200 OFF coupon for your next commercial, corporate or creative High Definition motion picture project.

Using Online Video to Market Effectively

Nikia FurmanSome business owners post a video on their website and wonder why they aren’t getting results. There are a number of factors that one can change in order to see improved results.

First of all, trust your producer. If you hired someone to produce a video, you likely appreciate some aspect of their work. Say you sell insurance, you may know a lot about insurance, but there’s a good chance that your judgment is less accurate when it comes to presenting yourself or your company with sound and motion pictures. To use another example, there’s a reason why most of us hire someone to cut our hair, rather than trying to do it ourselves. We need that outside perspective. The same is true when hiring a motion picture professional. It’s important to say exactly what you like and how you want your project to turn out. However, it’s equally important to be open to new ideas from an outside perspective.

Secondly, have you made a call to action in your video? Is there special deal mentioned, or at least a link to a special offer? If not you are missing one of the most important steps in marketing.

Finally, repetition is important. If you expect results from just one post, video or otherwise, you likely won’t see much. We are creatures of habit, but we also want to see new things. It’s about story really. In a story, we first have to get to know the main character and then secondly find out what will happen to them. Each new post is part of your story unfolding. It’s up to you whether your story is droll and boring or fresh and captivating.

If you find this article helpful, leave a comment below or call Furman Pictures. Mention this article when you call and you’ll get a 20% discount on your first commercial, corporate or creative project. This offer is not valid in combination with other discounts or offers and is limited to services offered by Furman Pictures, LLC.

Open House

Local artwork will be featured during Furman Pictures’s open house tonight March 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Three-dimensional art by three artist will be on display.  Gabrielle Curtis’ “Octopus Shushi Chef”, Ernest D’Angelo’s “Tiger Shark” and Hoah Shannon’s “The Might Butterfrog” will be shown.

Tonight’s open house is in participation with First Friday in Downtown Camas. Art created by students from Camas High School and local authors will be featured at other participated business. To find a list of all participating business, visit www.downtowncamas.com or stop by Furman Pictures

Furman Pictures is located at upstairs at 307 NE Birch Street Suite 202, Camas, WA 98607.

New Edition of Camas Video Magazine

In this edition of Camas Video Magazine, Twilight Pizza Bistro has delicious new items on the menu, iQ Credit Union talks about local money the Birch Street Uptown Lounge opens with a pre-prohibition theme. Camas Video Magazine is a service for local merchants in Camas, Washington produced by Furman Pictures, LLC.

Featured Non Profit

More than one in 100 adults in America are behind bars, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trust. That’s more people in prison per-capita than any other country in the world. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” our national anthem’s first verse asks. Does the star-spangled banner wave over the land of the free? Perhaps a different kind of slavery has taken us unawares.

The truth is, most people who are in jail have done something to be there and none of us want dangerous criminals running around our streets. Perhaps that’s why it is so easy to look past the dark monster that is our prison system.

American’s from all parties- conservative, liberal and everything beyond and in-between- need to take an interest in this topic for two reasons. First, it is unjust that we have a system that perpetuates violence, at most, training first offenders how to be more deviant and, at least, does little to nothing to teach them how to change their behavior. Time out in a corner may work for a child, but many offenders have a more developed set of challenges. Secondly, such a massive prison system is a huge arm of the government that is rapidly growing, unchecked, seriously draining on our economy, and even a developing market for privately run prisons.

It doesn’t have to be like this. There are rehabilitation programs that are proven to work. It’s time we took notice for our own sake and for the sake of our fellow man.

That’s why the Insight Prison Project is Furman Pictures’ featured non-profit. The Insight Prison Project emphasis is small and narrow-sighted in comparison to the scale of what needs to be accomplished. Still, it is one of only a handful of projects dedicated to prisoner rehabilitation. Look into for yourself. See how big the problem really is and how hard it is to find someone doing something about. Start talking about it with friends and your government representatives. Take responsibility for making your neighborhood a better place.

To read more about why Furman Pictures features non profit organizations and how to get involved, visit furmanpictures.com/community.

Full House

There were few seats remaining open in the Portland REI community room for the screening of On the Verge, a fifty five minute documentary about a climbing team that visits Nepal and experiences first hand the dire need for better health services for local residents. The film was received well and followed by a question and answer period led by Les Zollbrecht, the film’s Executive Producer and Executive Director of Mountain Leadership Institute.

For more about future showings of On the Verge, visit Mountain Leadership Institute online.

On the Verge Screening at REI, Portland

On the Verge will screen Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM at the downtown Portland REI.

On the Verge is a documentary about climbers on an 18 day trek to summit Island Peak, Nepal. Along the way, they see first hand some of the pressing health care needs of the region.

The film is a production of of Mountain Leadership Institute and Fessler Media Productions. Editing for the film was completed by Furman Pictures, LLC. For more information visit www.mountainleadershipinstitute.com or www.climbingforhealthcare.com.

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Current Projects

Pre-production for a book trailer and local video magazine as well as production on a private school promotional are currently underway at Furman Pictures. The book trailer stands out because there’s room for creativity. Unfortunately many book trailers are done poorly because of budget constraints. The challenge is to raise the bar while keeping on budget.

Book Trailer

Furman Pictures will develop another book trailer for Sandy Zaugg. Based on her personal story, “Surviving Grief” is available in paper back or on Kindle at Amazon.com.

It’s That Time of The Year

It’s that time of the year- the time when spam starts leaking through onto the old blog and you know that it is definitely time to update software.