About

Filmmaker and Photographer

billings, montana, filmmaker and video editorMy name is Eric Warren, and I tell stories through film and photography.

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 an organization. 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 public service announcement, or a two-hour feature film, story is what makes it memorable. A memorable film is a powerful film.

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Services

Life’s Fast’s mission is centered on telling your organization’s stories. In addition to video and photography, I also offer consulting services to help your organization figure out how to get the most impact from your media campaigns as well as training when your organization is ready to create its own content. Below is a basic rundown of the services I provide.

Video Production

Video is one of the most impactful ways to get your message across. Video not only tells, but shows. It has the power to fully immerse your audience into the story you’re trying to tell, creating outstanding engagement. In 2014, nonprofit videos were viewed 670 million times, and that number has gone up every year. YouTube, alone, reaches more 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the US.

Many organizations have found that video creates an excellent connection to donors, fundraisers, and grant committees through emotion. Seeing your organization’s passion and impact can move someone to support your mission or causes. Life’s Fast specializes in establishing and growing the connection with your audience that is critical to your organization’s success.

Photography

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Arts Without Boundaries – Poetry

One thing that most organizations don’t have enough of is photography. In today’s image-driven media and social media landscape, not-for-profits need a constant flow of fresh, high-quality photos to tell their stories. Your field organizers and board members are great at talking to people about your mission, but their phone pictures may leave you a little wanting for images that generate impact. I have over two decades of experience in commercial, journalistic, and nonprofit photography. Whatever your message is, I can capture images to help you tell it.

Consulting and Training

I often talk to organizations that know they need to do more video, but they aren’t sure what they need, or how to use it. This is a really common problem. Video in the nonprofit world works differently than it does in the commercial world. Because budgets are tight, organizations need to make sure they tell the right stories the first time, whether it’s to educate the world on an issue, energize their donors to do more, or simply say thank you for much-needed support.

Throughout my time as a filmmaker, I have researched best practices in getting the most impact out of video projects. I can train your media team to understand how video creates social awareness, calls to action, and generates membership. I can also help them use that knowledge to choose what type of video will fit best into a certain campaign, or craft a video campaign around the organizations particular needs. I also offer training in videography and editing when organizations decide they need to make their videos in-house.

Call me and we can discuss your specific needs and how I can help address them.

Films

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

-Richard Saiz


Demo Reel


 

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


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


Western Native Voice – Get Out the Vote

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


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


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


 

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.

Blog

Stillwater Creek #WaterIsLife

I took a trip up the Stillwater drainage in the Beartooth Mountains earlier this spring to do some camera tests. The Stillwater is one of those clear,  still-pristine creeks that flows out of the mountains–the kind that reminds you how important water really is. Never take it for granted. Music by the esteemed Chris Zabriskie.