All Photographs by Michael Flanagan. all rights reserved.
This is the outcome when I shoot with two cameras, manage the audio, conduct the interview, and edit the final piece… all by myself. Sorta proud about this one.
I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet… probably because I’ve been neglecting said blog… probably cause I’m busy all the time… and probably cause I’m on the road all the time. But… despite all that busy-ness I’ve started working with the city of St. Petersburg, Fla with a new approach to their digital content which is a long winded way of saying I’ll be providing them with photographs and videos to promote the city and the things going on in it.
Having a chance to develop and work on original creative content for the city I grew up in has been an amazing experience thus far… to be part of the heart of the city and to meet so many different kinds of people while along the journey is beyond rewarding. I’ll share some content I produce for them over here from time to time. It’s fair to say if this sorta content interests you, you should follow me on twitter and instagram to see more of a behind the scenes angle.
This past Saturday our mayor had the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball game vs the Boston Red Sox. Not only did he get the ball over the plate but the Rays also beat the Red Sox… a huge divisional series as we begin to climb our way out of the cellar. If we win today we’re back at .500 and on a hot streak with October looming in the distance.
I’m on the board of trustees with this organization… I like how fancy that makes me sound. Here’s a little promo video I put together for them ahead of a full feature on the project in the days to come.
If you ever had an idea and just felt like you needed the financial help to make that idea a reality then checkout facebook.com/awesometampabay and see how we can help.
Here’s a quick :30 video I put together to drum up conversation to save the Bro Bowl Skate Park in Tampa, Fl… See my post from yesterday for a longer different version with a little description of our mission… if you’re so compelled to save a unique part of Tampa’s history visit the URL at the end of the video and sign the petition.
Save The Bro Bowl PSA
The Bro Bowl Skate Park is a historical landmark in Tampa, Florida and is in danger of being demolished by the city to make way for high rise residential space and a new park. The skate park has been around for three generations at this point and has served as a meeting place for people of all ages, genders, and race helping keep kids and teenagers out of trouble.
There is a way to integrate the current Bro Bowl within the layout of the new residential space and park… it’s a thinly shrouded excuse for the mayor and city hall to get rid of a space you can only speculate they can’t stand.
Please, watch this PSA I put together, and if you’re compelled follow the URL at the end to sign the petition to keep this part of Tampa’s history around for generations to come.
The Complete Square
Written/Directed/Edited by Michael Flanagan
Camera: Chase Bowman/Michael Flanagan
Sometimes doing what you love for a living means you have an opportunity to tell a story that moves you… there is no better example that this story I had the fortune of telling. The Heart Gallery is a national organization with offices located all over the U.S. Their purpose is to help link foster children and parents looking for adoptions with each other through events, photography, and video.
The power of the HG can be seen here with parents who opened their home and the hearts and adopted four siblings, changing everyone’s life involved. Please check out their website or their facebook page. Even if you’re not looking to adopt perhaps there’s something you can volunteer to such a great organization.