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If you wanna read this later, why not watch our 2015 sizzle reel NOW!

At Door Knocker Media we’ve made a habit out of celebrating the success of our clients. Each view, each sale, each triumph serves as a testament to our passion for making kick-ass video content.   From the weighty to the whimsical, we are thankful for each production that filled our days (and nights) over the past year.

Campaigns for Kodiak Boots, RBC, 3DLightFX, Lilydale, Age Off, Vaughan Mills and Me to We, garnered millions of views online.   And keeping the pizza delivery place busy, the Door Knocker team also produced the first ever U.S. We Day special for the ABC Television Network. Spend a few minutes and check out the work that has kept us working.

hotkid

Our year began in the beautiful, Haliburton Highlands where we filmed HotKid’s ‘Here4U’ video.  Trudging through snow that was often waist deep, the process was both arduous and completely rewarding. With curious onlookers at every step, we handmade an igloo out of hundreds of frozen blocks and lit it up to be featured in the videos final shots. (fun fact – milk cartons make for a wonderful mold). With a great track and breathtaking visuals, the video got airplay on Much Music and several of Canada’s top music blogs including Exclaim! and Ride The Tempo.  The fantastic crew and talented band braved the coldest day in 2015 to make this video such a success and we can’t thank them enough.

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We spent the next 6 months in full WE Day mode, working one-on-one with celebrities like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese Gibson in the first EVER U.S. primetime broadcast special.  The show was inspiring, heartfelt, uplifting and a mega success—even trending globally on Twitter.  After a herculean team effort to produce the broadcast, seeing the DKM logo appear in HD on ABC was the best reward the team could have asked for!

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Concept Art and Frames from Star Wars: The Ultimate Collector |  3DLightFX

Next, we worked with talented Big Brother Canada costume designers to create incredibly detailed R2D2 and Admiral Akbar outfits for our 3DLightFX: Star Wars – The Ultimate Collector short film (shot with true anamorphic lenses-yes we’re camera nerds too)  Our accompanying piece featured a young Jedi battling his “evil” sister in an imaginary universe, also aired across North America in previews before the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere. As HUGE Star Wars fans, it’s safe to say that this project was a childhood dream come true.

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Last summer, we took over 3 floors of the Humber College dormitory in Toronto for our RBC: Bank To School viral short. Poking fun of how phoney stock video images are compared to the reality of being in school, the campaign successfully resonated with students.  The dorm room vibe brought out the millennial in all of us and we had a blast filming with the RBC family!

kodiakOver 2 days and 5 locations, we shot an inspiring fashion feature for Kodiak – Canada’s Boot. Taking us from the city streets to forest trail, Kodiak’s full style collection was cinematically shot and included breathtaking drone images from high above Northern Ontario. We were so honored to work with this iconic Canadian brand and showcase their line of super stylish (and we learned uber-comfortable) footwear.  Kudos to all involved – a definite highlight of 2015.

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Airing across North America on TV and online, we had the joy of working with Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell on the The WE Rafiki PSA campaign. Using colour isolation technology and frame-by-frame rotoscoping, we created a unique visual experience to powerfully emphasize the beautiful bracelets that empower women in East Africa and give back to their communities. It’s not every day that production companies have the opportunity to create content that will really change the lives of others and we are thankful for every frame.

ageoff

And now to the whimsical. We said NO to Ma’am in our cheeky spot for the Age Off collection, total body anti-aging serums.   The spot playfully adventured through one woman’s struggle to stop being called Ma’am. From the vibrant art direction to the ingenious improvisation by our comedic actors, the laughs were non-stop on set.

vaughanmills

Our year ended as it should, with the pure spirit of the holidays. Promoting Vaughan Mills’ Tiny Big Town Santa experience, it was all hands on deck for this epic short that told the tale of four families and the real meaning of Christmas. The video was instrumental in driving traffic to Tiny Big Town and ultimately supporting Vaughan Mills’ goal of raising $150, 000 for the Sick Kids Foundation.   We also had the honour of scripting and animating the special Elf feature that played for each child as they spent time with Santa. It was an absolute pleasure working with the Vaughan Mills team – a great way to end 2015 and kick off into more adventures for 2016!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow night, I’m going to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens.

Will it at least be better than Return of the Jedi?  Where is Luke Skywalker?  Is Star Wars “back”?  Who is Snoke?

I grew up on George Lucas’s original trilogy.  The films made me feel like I could do anything.  If Luke Skywalker could leave Tatooine and see the universe so could I!  They sparked a sense of awe and creativity that was hard to contain in an 8 year old boy. The Force truly ‘awakened’ my inner director, introducing me to the magic of film and ultimately influenced what I do today.

I even wrote to George Lucas asking him if he needed help writing new movies!  (He politely declined, but sent a nice letter and bookmark thanking me for the offer.)

Recently, I came across a home video of a “Star Wars film” my friends and I made at that time.  It was 1987.  We used flashlights as lightsabers.  My brother was in a cardboard box as R2-D2.  Blankets, wicker chairs and a couch made up our Millennium Falcon.  With our parents as the audience and my friend’s Dad armed with a camcorder, he captured us in Lucas’s world.  I’m sure there are thousands of videos just like this one. That’s the amazing thing about Star Wars. It’s mythology has sparked the creative actions of thousands–now across generations.

As funny as that home video film is to watch, it’s a reminder of the boundless imagination that Star Wars elicited in so many of us.  When seeing the trailer for The Force Awakens  I was overwhelmed.  This was no easy undertaking and I’m sure JJ Abrams felt the weight of my (and every other lifelong Star Wars fan’s) expectations.  It was something that he and Lawrence Kasdan recently  spoke about the film’s need to evoke delight. 28 years after seeing the original Star Wars, I was back holding that flashlight playing Luke Skywalker in the basement.

This summer Door Knocker Media was fortunate enough to produce  two spots for  licensed Star Wars products made by  3DlIghtFx. They make these cool LED lights that mount on your wall with characters and vehicles from the series, including BB8 and the Death Star! Although we weren’t making  Episode 7, it was probably some of the most fun I’ve had creating content. I was thinking about that home video film  from 1987 and how lucky I was almost 30 years later to be having so much fun making content for Star Wars fans. To top it all off the spots helped triple 3DLightFX’s web traffic and all of their retailers keep coming back to them for orders!

At this point, I don’t really need to to see The Force Awakens. The lead up has been enough of a reminder to keep my imagination wide.  My only hope is that thousands of young people are inspired the same way I was. That feeling that anything is possible. That it’s ok to look to the stars and have fun along the way.

Matt Finlin

 

Star Wars The Ultimate Collector | dir. Matt Finlin from Door Knocker Media on Vimeo.

Young Jedi | dir. Matt Finlin from Door Knocker Media on Vimeo.

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Hey producer people..

Are you a Creative Producer looking to collaborate with a dynamic team?  Love getting your hands dirty in multiple aspects of production including idea generation, writing, casting and field work?  We are building our dream team which will create original content, tell great stories and move people!

Door Knocker Media is seeking a producer to work on a myriad of projects ranging from branded content, documentary vignettes and network television.  The successful candidate has varied production experience, excellent problem solving skills and is of course, a great collaborator. Attitude and drive to make the best content is everything for us!  We are a growing company looking to add more awesome to our team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Producers on content creation and production for a broad range of commercial, corporate and network television projects.
  • Liaise with vendors and partners to create budgets, schedules
  • Keen interest video creative and storytelling trends cross industry
  • Manage and schedule the production/post-production team
  • Create and manage project budgets
  • Shooting and/or editing ability an asset

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3-5 Years experience as a video/multimedia producer
  • Degree or diploma with a focus in Television Broadcasting, New Media Production, or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong project management skills, inclusive of advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel and Word)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage people and work collaboratively in a fast paced environment
  • Deadline oriented with an ability to manage and anticipate changing priorities.
  • Strong familiarity with web-based tools and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends

 

Send us your CV with subject PRODUCER to info@doorknockermedia.com

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Are you highly organized and SUPER type A?  Love getting your hands dirty in multiple aspects of production including budgets, schedules and communication strategies? We are building our dream team which will create original content, tell great stories and move people!

Door Knocker Media is seeking a Production Coordinator to work on a myriad of projects ranging from branded content, documentary vignettes and network television.  The successful candidate has varied production experience, excellent problem solving skills and is of course, a great collaborator. Attitude and drive to make the best content is everything for us!  We are a growing company looking to add more awesome to our team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Overall administrative production support and coordination
  • Prepare schedules and supervise production workflow to meet delivery requirements and timelines
  • Freelance crew booking and gear rentals
  • Creation and Distribution of production schedules
  • Compile and research: contacts, costs, restrictions, logistics and permits for locations
  • Preproduction and On set shoot assistance
  • Work with Creative team to produce and distribute creative decks
  • Manage and update project budgets
  • Create processes in MS Office, contract and database management
  • Produce digital blasts and manage social media posts

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1-2 Years experience as a Production Coordinator
  • Degree or diploma with a focus in Television Broadcasting, New Media Production, or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent project management skills, inclusive of advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel and Word)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage people and work collaboratively in a fast paced environment
  • Deadline oriented with an ability to manage and anticipate changing priorities.
  • Strong familiarity with web-based tools and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Problem solving – finding, researching and self-identifying solutions
  • Skills using Adobe CC -Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator huge bonus

Send us your CV with subject PRODUCTION COORDINATOR to info@doorknockermedia.com

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Are you a skilled editor looking to work with a dynamic and collaborative creative team?  Well, we’re looking for you!

Door Knocker Media is seeking an editor to work closely and grow with our creative team on a myriad of projects ranging from branded content to documentary vignettes.  The successful candidate has extensive editing experience, excellent problem solving skills and is of course, a great collaborator. Attitude and drive to make the best content is everything for us!  We are a growing company looking to add more awesome to our team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with creative team on all offline edits
  • Establish streamlined workflow using Adobe Premiere and Creative Cloud
  • Archive content
  • Prep content for online delivery

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5 years editing experience using NLE programs. Abobe Premiere a must.
  • Understanding of Adobe creative products such as Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.
  • Ability to convert content into various formats, with a strong understanding of various codecs including broadcast delivery specs.
  • Strong organizational skills a must
  • Must be flexible and collaborative
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Team player

Send us your CV with subject OFFLINE EDITOR to info@doorknockermedia.com

 

Across America, Good Things Are Happening

On Friday, August 21st  We Day will air on ABC for audiences across the United States for the very first time.

“Across America, Good Things Are Happening.”

These are the first words you hear from actor Dennis Haysbert as the one hour special begins. We are so often presented with narratives of tragedy, violence and hate; to witness that good things are happening across America feels good. To be able to share it with millions, feels even better.

The cool thing about We Day is you have to earn your way in. There are no tickets to be purchased.  You get in by doing good things—for your school, your community, and the world.

I have a brilliant business partner- Executive Producer Karen Barzilay. Her journey to the ABC broadcast has been an incredible one and I’m grateful for being taken on the ride. This year we had the privilege to tell some of the stories of youth who have ‘earned their ticket’.  It was difficult deciding which stories as there are no shortage of amazing young people across America making a difference.  Travelling across the country from Delaware to California, we were continually blown away by change makers across the nation.

It was also amazing to work with celebrities who gave of themselves and showed their love for the show. From our host Selena Gomez, to moving speeches by Common and Tyrese Gibson and tin can phone calls between Kid President and Demi Lovato –to say it was inspiring or that it gave us hope for the future downplays what we experienced.

It was an honor to tell these stories and be a part of bringing We Day to audiences across the United States. Selflessly, with vigor and passion—these youth are changing the world. They are doing it through acts of kindness, through volunteerism and always with love.

There are thousands of these stories to tell and I hope WE can keep telling them for years to come.

Matt Finlin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Toronto-based Door Knocker Media Produces Prime-time We Day Special to air on ABC

Collaborates with the likes of Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Demi Lovato and more

 Door Knocker Media – a Toronto-based full service production company – is the production team behind the upcoming We Day special, a commercial-free broadcast airing on ABC, Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8pm ET. Hosted by Selena Gomez and featuring a long list of celebrity guests including Jennifer Hudson, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Macklemore, Nick Jonas, Tyrese Gibson and Colbie Caillat to name a few, the special is the first time We Day will be broadcast to an American audience.

“It has been a real privilege for us to bring We Day to a U.S. broadcast audience for the first time,” said Barzilay.  “Producing a show with this much heart and meaning has been an inspiring experience and we hope that all who watch will be equally inspired.”

The broadcast will highlight inspiring stories of young change-makers from across America coupled with celebrities lending their voice to support the movement—celebrating a generation committed to we thinking and we acting. Founded by Canadian brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, We Day highlights some of today’s greatest social issues such as body image, youth violence and bullying and connects young people with a growing movement to make change within their communities.

We Day will air Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

About Door Knocker Media

Door Knocker Media is a full service production company that delivers dynamic, engaging and relevant creative content.  Producing an extensive range of content, Door Knocker specializes in broadcast, documentary film, mobile, web and commercial production. From 15-second spots to full-length features, Door Knocker Media makes every frame count. For more information, visit: http://doorknockermedia.com

About We Day

An annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers—from Malala Yousafzai and Martin Sheen to Demi Lovato—with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it by taking on one local and one global action.

More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.

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 For more information or to request photos please contact:          

 Marnie Ivanich

C: 647-296-9296

marnieivanichpr@gmail.com

 

In 2007 I had just finished maternity leave and headed back to work at CTV. I popped my head into then network president, Susanne Boyce’s office to say hello and see what kind of fun was on the horizon after my year away. She welcomed me back, asked if baby was sleeping and immediately followed up with “Have you heard of We Day?”

Day 1 and already the trick questions.

I shook my head and she threw a DVD into my hands saying “Watch this.”   What I didn’t know at the time was that the first ever We Day had happened just a few days before at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto with 7500 kids in attendance and some fake palm trees flanking the stage. But what the event lacked in frills, it made up in heart. Young people joined together by their desire and commitment to make the world better.

I watched the show highlights captured by an MTV crew and was instantly captivated. As a new mom, the hope of a generation working together to think less about me and more about we meant that maybe my children would inherit a world better than the one we have passed down.   The clips came to an end and for the second time in a day I showed up at Susanne’s doorway unannounced. I held up the DVD and said “This is amazing. This could really be something!” She smiled and said “Great – call Craig Kielburger and make it happen.”

I walked away thinking what does that mean and who’s Craig Kielburger? I went on to collaborate with Craig and Marc Kielburger and the incredible Free The Children team and one year later the We Day broadcast hit CTV and its speciality channels. Since then, the We Day movement has raised $45 million for a countless number of causes and has inspired 15 million hours of volunteer service.

As an individual, it also inspired me.

After a trip to Kenya, I decided to leave my position as Director of Programming at CTV and joined the Free The Children team full time.   This is where my path would cross with my amazingly talented business partner Matt Finlin – and 2 years later, Door Knocker Media was born.

In December 2014, Matt and I got a call from Marc Kielburger with the awesome news that an organizational dream was about to come true. ABC would be airing We Day – in prime-time – and he wanted us to produce to show. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to move the needle on social change and we jumped at the chance.

This week’s ABC broadcast is the next step in the journey of this incredible movement.   From Ally Del Monte who shares her brave fight against bullying, to Jessica Carscadden who works hard to provide comfort to all children in need, it’s a celebration of the young people who don’t just dream, but who take action in their communities and inspire each of us to want to do more in our everyday lives.

Change always starts small. So this Friday, gather your family to watch the show, become inspired and begin a dialogue about the little things you can do to give back. Thanks to everyone for the support and only 2 more sleeps till Friday!

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.27.19 AMAre you a skilled offline editor looking to work with a dynamic and collaborative creative team?  Well, we’re looking for you!

Door Knocker Media is seeking a contract hire to work closely with the Creative Director and Executive Producer on a myriad of projects ranging from branded content to documentary vignettes.  The successful candidate has extensive editing experience, excellent problem solving skills and is of course, a great collaborator.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Executive Producer and Creative Director on all offline edits
  • Establish streamlined workflow using Adobe Premiere and Creative Cloud
  • Archive content
  • Prep content for online delivery

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5 years editing experience using NLE programs. Abobe Premiere a must.
  • Basic understanding of Adobe creative products such as Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects
  • Ability to convert content into various formats, with a strong understanding of various codecs including broadcast delivery specs.
  • Strong organizational skills a must
  • Must be flexible and collaborative
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Excellent problem solving skils
  • Team player

Send us your CV with subject OFFLINE EDITOR to info@doorknockermedia.com

Door Knocker Media was proud to produce this global PSA in support of the first of it’s kind digital platform for social good, We365!

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes are giving back this holiday season by starring in the global philanthropic advertising campaign powered by IPG Mediabrands.

We365 is a digital community created by Free The Children and TELUS– helping users make a positive change in the world, every day of the year. As depicted in the global ad campaign, We365 allows users to take daily challenges to make the world a better place.

The campaign features three of the world’s most influential celebrities – Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes – encouraging people to sign up for We365 and complete challenges in support of the issues they care about. Lovato, Jonas and Mendes will take turns sharing examples of challenges in the ad campaign including eating a hot pepper for global warming and shaving your head for cancer. Throughout the campaign, these three superstars will be issuing challenges for We365 users to complete. Furthermore, thanks to the generous support from sponsors, every download of We365 will even help provide goats that give back to families in developing countries.

IPG Mediabrands will deploy the campaign across five continents and all screens, engaging their media partners to donate free advertising space throughout the course of the campaign, from December 26 through January 26!