Today we’d like to introduce you to Colin Bell.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Rewind back to high school, I was super lucky in that I was able to get lots of hands-on experience learning how to make videos. At the time, the local cable access channel in my town had gone through a total refresh after years of inactivity. The channel moved into a new studio space, purchased all new equipment, etc. — it was great. Myself, along with a few other folks, were really able to take the reigns and make whatever we wanted. We produced a knock-off ESPN program, some lifestyle stuff, and many other videos — most of it was terrible, some was okay, none was great. But that wasn’t the point — we were working out how to make videos and having a blast. More importantly, when I applied to college, I knew exactly what I wanted to study.
Fast-forward to college, I ended up at Boston University. From a creative standpoint, I matured quite a bit — I started to worry less about which camera to use, what the next greatest piece of kit was, rather I started to focus on what matters most, the story. Taking challenging and thought-provoking classes, meeting new friends with different perspectives, I realized the key to a great video is a story worth telling. My most pivotal project was a documentary filmmaking exchange I participated in Lanzhou, China. I remember interviewing a man on the importance of electricity in his community. I had no idea what I was doing, couldn’t speak the language, in a totally foreign environment — I knew from that point on, this was the right job for me.
During college, I was able to take the learnings from class and leverage past internships to springboard my video production business. I spent summers and much of senior year producing videos for the team at iHeartMedia Boston, where I still work on a freelance basis. At the same time, I also started filming weddings which ultimately became the bedrock for the business at the time.
Please tell us about your art.
Today, I work with brands, organizations, and individuals to leverage the power of video and storytelling to help businesses succeed. I’ve produced simple event videos, to profiles on cancer doctors, all the way up to brand ethos videos. But regardless of the project, the goal is to always, in one way or another, tell an interesting story that people will want to watch. And once the story is there, the fancy equipment really brings things to the next level with beautiful images and clever editing.
More recently, I had the unique opportunity to travel with a start-up to Honduras to visit and film clean water initiatives in the country. The start-up, launching soon, plans to donate a percentage of their profits to fund clean water initiatives worldwide.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
What’s so special about making videos or really any creative endeavor whatsoever, is how open-ended it is. There are so many ways to get from A to B, and hearing other opinions and methods is the best part. I wouldn’t be where I am today without listening and adapting to others. That said, I don’t really think about “success” when I’m working on videos. I try to make things I find interesting and I can get behind — the hope is others find it interesting as well.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My portfolio: colinjosephbell.com
Though, when I neglect to keep that up-to-date, my Instagram has my most recent work: @colinjosephbell.
- Website: www.colinjosephbell.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/colinjosephbell