NSI_Aboriginal_Documentary-Ian_McCausland-1 NSI_Aboriginal_Documentary-Ian_McCausland-2 NSI_Aboriginal_Documentary-Ian_McCausland-3 NSI_Aboriginal_Documentary-Ian_McCausland-4Once again I have the wonderful opportunity to meet some interesting film makers at http://www.nsi-canada.ca. This time I got to meet the participants of the NSI Aboriginal Documentary program. Here’s the description from the webiste:

NSI Aboriginal Documentary is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary. Teams are paired with an industry mentor to help with the final development and production of a 10 minute documentary.

One thing I always ask when initially meeting people at these shoots is “What is your project?” and then listen to each of their elevator pitches. If you don’t know what an elevator pitch is, it’s the short summation of your project, the kind of explanation you might give in the time it takes to ride an elevator, which in Winnipeg can be anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes! ALL creative professionals should have their elevator pitch at the ready, it just brings clarity and focus in explaining what you’re all about, to anyone. You never know where an opportunity might present itself! Each of these teams had amazing elevator pitches. I could have spent way more time learning more about each of their projects. I look forward to seeing their work in the future.