About

Video / Film Editor and Filmmaker

eric warren filming a video - billings, montana, filmmaker and video editorMy name is Eric Warren, and I tell stories through video and film.

Over the last six years, I have worked with both local and national clients to create award-winning videos that educate, inspire, or simply make people fall in love with a brand. Sometimes, I edit a video from footage the client provides. Sometimes, I plan, shoot, and edit a film from start-to-finish. Whatever the method, the whole process revolves around story.

The experiences that set me apart came long before I jumped into film. I went to school for both photography, which gave me a solid foundation in visual communication, and then for creative writing, which helped me understand how story helps us, as human beings, connect. My experience as a professional writer and photographer shaped the way I edit video into stories people can relate to. Whether it’s a fifteen-second commercial, or a two-hour feature film, story is what makes it memorable. A memorable film is a powerful film.

Films

 “There’s nothing more powerful than a true story well told. It’s unvarnished, raw life.”

-Richard Saiz


Demo Reel

2016 Life’s Fast Films Demo from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


 

Mixing Oil and Water (Produced for Northern Plains Resource Council)

Mixing Oil and Water from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


Saving the Stockman (winner: People’s Choice – Magic City Shorts Film Festival)

Saving the Stockman FINAL CUT from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


Western Native Voice – Get Out the Vote

Western Native Voice – Get Out the Vote from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


Arts Without Boundaries (Watch the 30-second PSA version HERE.) – Produced for Arts Without Boundaries

Arts Without Boundaries from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


Art on Wheels – The Story of Art Mobile of Montana – Produced for Art Mobile of Montana

Art on Wheels – The Story of Art Mobile of Montana from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


Dialysis Clinics Inc. – Directed by Ted Kim (collaboration with Furnace Filmworks)

DCI – Purpose Project FINAL-HD from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.


 


The Art of Intrusion – Edited from footage provided by Matador Network

Art of Intrusion from Matador Network on Vimeo.


 

Branded Content

In a world where we are surrounded by a constant flood of information, trust is hard to come by. The authentic storytelling found in branded content is a great way to build that trust, and differentiate your brand from the rest.

video production in billings, montanaBranded content features an experience your prospective customer can connect to. For a grassroots organization, it may be a film featuring people affected by an issue that the organization is trying to highlight, or the feeling of connectedness standing up for an issue together. For a brand, the video usually centers on an experience associated with the product that the product makes possible, or the product makes better. For example, a hospital may choose to feature a marathon runner training for her big race. Even if her disease is never discussed, the viewer knows that her adventure wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent treatment she received from the hospital. Her story will stick with viewers much longer than a traditional commercial.

In the Shadow of Coal

coal video series, montanaOver the last year-and-a-half, I have been working with Northern Plains Resource Council on a series of short films highlighting life in Montana’s coal country. We collected stories from six different people who are affected by coal development from a woman forced to leave her home and business to keep her child safe from coal dust to a Northern Cheyenne activist fighting to keep tribal lands from being confiscated to build a coal-hauling railroad.

Over the course of the year, coal issues evolved. As cleaner sources of energy have come on line and the public’s appetite for the dirtiest fossil fuel wanes, coal mines have closed or failed to open. Companies have filed bankruptcy (often sticking states with massive clean-up costs). Projects have lost battles with regulators for approval.

These changes have led to many revisions to the films, making them more relevant to the fact that while the demand for coal in the US has diminished, it’s still in the ground under our feet. If it becomes economically feasible to mine again, those giant machines will churn to life, threatening livelihoods and health.

I am excited to finally release these six films over the next several days. Enjoy!

Blog

Project in Development – Farming Carbon

Can we sequester all of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the biggest side-effect being healthier soil? My new feature-length documentary project Farming Carbon hopes to answer that question. Trillions of microorganisms live beneath our feet. These bacteria and fungi are the drivers of all life on Earth. Until recently, these microbes were a mystery. New …

In the Shadow of Coal – Some Places Shouldn’t Be Industrialized

The Otter Creek Valley of eastern Montana sits atop the largest coal deposit in the lower forty-eight states. It’s also home to some of Montana’s most productive farms and ranches, as well as some of the last unindustrialized grasslands. Wildlife filmmaker Dawson Dunning shares what makes the Otter Creek region a place worth protecting from …