Ask Us Anything. A Live Story & Heart Community Event! / by Dom Sinacola

You have questions. The Story & Heart community has answers.

In fact, we could not be more ecstatic to introduce something very special to us:

Ask Us Anything – A Live Story & Heart Community Event!

Tune in live on April 29th at 6 PM PST, when Story & Heart will host a panel of filmmakers from all over the country who will answer the questions you’ve always had about everything filmmaking and storytelling: gear, creative processes, inspirations, lives, favorite on-set snacks—really, ask us anything!

What is that one, nagging question about filmmaking you’ve never had the chance to ask?

Because now you can.

So, who are these filmmakers answering your questions?

Gnarly Bay

Rhode Island’s Gnarly Bay has worked for everyone from Verizon to Bounty, but they're still hard to pin down: between month-long excursions to the far corners of the globe and rarely publicizing commercial work, they have the definition of the “passion project” down pat.

Stillmotion

Calling Portland, Oregon home, Stillmotion is a multiple-Emmy-award-winning production team with a special focus on education for filmmakers. In addition to work for such folks as Showtime, CBS, and Canon, they recently finished their first feature-length documentary, #standwithme.

Vincent Laforet

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning, L.A.-based photographer and director, Vincent has shot for such sources as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic—to name a small few—and has consulted for Apple, Leica, Adobe, and Canon.

Film Lab Creative

Hailing from Magnolia, only a winding stone’s throw from Houston, Film Lab Creative was born from 31Films to provide services from inception to polished production for such clients as Nike, CBS Sports, HP, Bravo, and the Salvation Army.

The Delivery Men

Parlaying BMX videos into wedding films, Joe Simon now runs the Delivery Men out of Austin, working for both not-for-profit organizations (the Andy Roddick Foundation) and forward-thinking outlets (Rogue Runners, Urban Outfitters).

Capture Studios

Minneapolis houses Capture Studios, a full-service production company who, between providing creative solutions for ESPN, the Minnesota Twins, and the Boys & Girls Club of America, still finds time to do wedding films and lead adventure-based educational workshops.

Ryan Booth

Yet another Texan on our panel, Ryan's directed work for MTV, Sony, Universal, and EMI. It makes sense his experience is a bit music-centric: he runs Serialbox Presents, a live, one-take, multi-track performance series that’s been featured on NPR, Paste, CMT, and Rolling Stone.  

What kinds of questions should you ask?

With help from all these like-minded filmmakers, we’ve built our Ask Us Anything event as a true safe haven: a place where you feel comfortable to ask those questions that touch on something deeper, something more personal, something more vulnerable than you’d find in a typical Q&A for any gear-based site or press junket. Questions like:

When we call Story & Heart a haven, we do so with the knowledge that finding the freedom to tell the stories you love is easier said than done. Because telling the stories you love is so much more than having time and resources—it’s about feeling secure and sure enough to be able to share an important piece of you.

Speaking of sharing, we’ll also be accepting three films for our filmmakers to critique, live on air!

And if that weren’t enough, we’ll have plenty of gear and swag to give away. The more you tell your filmmaking friends about the event, the better your chances to win something!

Sound great?! Here's how to get started.

We hope you’re as excited as we are!

Share this event with your friends and fellow filmmakers by using the hashtag #HangoutWithHeart and then tune in at 6:00 PM PST!

Follow the action live right here.

Or to participate with the live Google+ Hangout On Air, join our #HangoutWithHeart here.

Welcome to a safe haven for your captured moments. Make yourself at home—this is only the beginning of our time together.