My month in Virginia has been terrific! It’s been a jam-packed blur of dinner parties and date nights, Sunday church services and Wednesday night Bible studies, MLB baseball games and movie theaters, job interviews and networking events — not to mention my new wife duties such as cooking elaborate dinners and making homemade ice cream!
I have also had some creative work experiences that I thought I would share:
#1) A painting instruction TV show that I shot and produced was pitched to PBS this month, and PBS loved it! PBS wants to run 13 episodes of this new show we pitched to them, with ME shooting all 13 (yippee!). The only catch is that we have to fundraise ourselves and then PBS will buy it (Check out our Indiegogo here). The TV show stars Raney Rogers, who is based in the mountains of North Carolina. The local newspaper in West Jefferson, NC, featured an article about our journey and recent success with PBS. Read it by clicking here. Basically, the story starts before I came into the picture when Raney submitted a 30-minute TV episode to PBS, which she refers to as a “sleeper.” PBS came back and told her they wanted her personality to shine more and wanted her to submit another, shorter video to see if they still liked the concept. That’s when Raney hooked up with me and we shot this fun “sizzle reel” on very short notice in her friend’s kitchen. I cut the video in half and produced and submitted this new version to PBS. PBS called Raney back three days later raving that they loved it! Raney is quite a character, and we hit it off at our “art party” that I filmed. Check it out, below, to get a sneak peak of the soon-to-be PBS TV show “Painting With Raney,” filmed and produced by yours truly — Cassie Butler Timpy!
Here’s a little piece of the article that ran in the Jefferson Post on July 19th:
While attending a women’s conference in Pinehurst, [Raney Rogers] made a connection with Denise Baddour, who was on the management team that developed The Discovery Channel.
Baddour suggested that while in Pinehurst, Rogers give the instruction portion of the show another shot. And Rogers did.
Videographer Cassie Butler Timpy was at the conference, and Rogers enlisted her help.
The next day, in the kitchen of a home in Pinehurst, Rogers was filmed, using a sheet-draped ladder as an easel, the instruction portion of the 30-minute show with Baddour as a student.
“I made it like an art party. We poured a little champagne, started the camera and I started the instruction,” said Rogers.
The outcome was exactly what she wanted.
“I was told by Baddour it was authentic with lots of sizzle,” said Rogers.
On July 6, she received a call from the PBS executive.
“They loved it,” said Rogers. She said the PBS board had a chance to watch the sizzle reel and they “loved the energy, the instruction and the entertainment.”
At that point, Rogers said they wanted 13 episodes of the show. If she already had 13 shows in the can, they told her, they would take care of the marketing.
#2) I’m a freelance photographer for the Loudoun Times-Mirror newspaper and I had my first photoshoot this past weekend! Loudoun County is beautiful, and I had an awesome time covering the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival on Saturday. The drive out to Purcellville was incredible, with rolling hills used for both horse and wine country. When I arrived to the festival in the middle of 21st Street, I was greeted by a crowd of thousands including a clown named M.R. Jones, a mime on stilts, the mayor, live music and fun. Here is a screenshot of the story they ran with my photos, along with a few other photos from the shoot that I thought I’d share.
#3) A friendly dinner led to a styled shoot with not one but TWO brides, which led to a networking night, which led to a wedding planner who is writing a blog about my surprise wedding! I know, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but here’s some pictures from the styled shoot.