So you don’t work on a contingency basis?

NO, MONEY DOWN!

Haha! I was thinking of getting some new business cards soon, and this popped into my head, from the Simpsons. I know it’s an ad and not a business card, but haven’t you ever seen someone correct ‘errors’ on hundreds or thousands of printed documents before?

It’s important to check your work and make sure you’re not offering more than you are able to.

This is especially applicable to those who are in business for themselves, such as graphic designers, who can easily get swept up in a project that is larger than they originally anticipated.

Anyhow, I now know what I’m watching tonight!

Since Game of Thrones is top of mind…

I completely forgot about these videos I shot in 2012! George R.R. Martin (creator of Game of Thrones) and Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark) stopped by Newstalk 1010 to chat with Ryan Doyle about the first season of the TV series.

George also talked about the process of turning his novels into a TV series and the challenges he faced. He explained that it was vital to spend as much time as possible with each novel rather than try to compress the content into a two hour feature film.

WATCH BELOW!

A few new updates

I am working on another media coverage highlight reel — this time for CSA. It’s looking pretty good so far, in this last round of changes and edits.

The reel features coverage from North America, Europe and Asia. The latter two segments include content in languages I do not understand, so it’s been an interesting edit, for sure.

For fun, I’ve been working on some Toronto Mayoral campaign posters that feature the top running candidates as junkies — before you say anything — let me finish — the candidates are not running for mayor, but running for Rob Ford. Get it? Hmm?? Rob Ford has lowered the bar so much, why not just promise to do a half-ass job as a blue-collar junkie (Ford has a net-worth in the millions) instead of rallying support with professionalism?

I thought it might generate some laughs.

I’ve also started working on a new script. Realizing that I may not be able to shoot a motion picture this summer that I’ve been planning for some time, I still feel that itch to do something. So I’m writing a story that can be shot entirely within my apartment building, and in only 3-4 nights.

Sixty Days of Son and Sizzles

Okay, sixty days may be inaccurate — but for all it’s worth, the past two months have been INSANE. Mostly in a good way.

My wife and I welcomed a cute little boy into this world! Harrison James Dunlop (born November 28). He smiles a lot, especially when he’s pooping. But all around, he is such a happy kid.

Here are a few pics Kathryn Palmateer took. Kathryn is a great photographer. Please check out her website and hire her! You will be immeasurably pleased with her work.

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And because I don’t think I’m busy enough with a newborn at home, in the past two months I have taken on a few video projects, all of which have been sizzle reels, or highlight reels of news and media coverage for individual clients. Below are a few samples.

A collection of 3M’s coverage in the press in 2013. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2014.

I was asked to produce a sizzle highlight reel of Virgin Mobile’s press coverage over a period of 10 years by PR firm Hill + Knowlton. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2013.

A sizzle reel that highlights the video component of Newstalk1010.com. This particular video was made in only a few hours, so it is a little bit rough around the edges. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2014.

Sleep. I’ll also be getting some sleep soon. I hope.

NEW VIDEO: John Tory Tours the New Toronto Aquarium

John Tory receives an exclusive tour of the new world-class Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada from President Jim Pattison Jr and General Manager Peter Doyle. © 2013

 
 

These wasps are like “Oh no you f***ing didn’t!”

"New Baby" Announcement: My wife and I came up with the idea, figuring I drink coffee like a maniac, she adores DavidsTea and our baby will likely be jonesin’ for milk.
 
 

"New Baby" Announcement: My wife and I came up with the idea, figuring I drink coffee like a maniac, she adores DavidsTea and our baby will likely be jonesin’ for milk.

 
 

View the photoset on Flickr.

I Should Paint More

Sunshine, acrylic on canvas

Robert and Jim: YOU’RE NEXT.

So I seem to be on a roll shooting videos with the stars of CBC’s Dragon’s Den. Which is odd.

With two down and two to go (come on, we KNOW the others don’t count) I look forward to collecting Robert Herjavec and Jim Treliving like pogs (or like The Collector).

John Tory chats with Kevin O’Leary about his new book, “The Cold, Hard Truth on Men, Money and Women.” Kevin elaborates on dating, marriage and pets. © 2013.

Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den does a PSA for The Breakfast Clubs of Canada. © 2013. Additional footage and images from the Breakfast Clubs of Canada.