With a focus in Digital Media, I strive to create lasting connections with people through meaningful, deliberate design and execution
Since the age of 7, I’ve been in love with the concept of digital storytelling. In 2009, I turned that passion into a career when I officially started my production company, Amaz1n Entertainment Productions. Over the course of time I have built a solid portfolio and body of work that I’m proud of, and have worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses, non-profit organizations, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies to doctors, trainers, celebrities, publications, and CEO’s which in turn has allowed me to grow in the digital media/entertainment industry.
Since the age of 7 I’ve been in love with the concept of digital storytelling. In 2009, I turned that passion into a career when I officially started my production company, Amaz1n Entertainment Productions. Over the course of time I have built a solid portfolio and body of work that I’m proud of, and have worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses, non-profit organizations, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies to doctors, trainers, celebrities, publications, and CEO’s which in turn has allowed me to grow in the digital media/entertainment industry.
Coverage of President Barack Obama (2010 – 2016)
During Barack Obama’s term in office as POTUS, I had the esteemed honor & privilege to cover Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama every time they set foot in Austin, Texas. I was even invited to the White House in 2016 to cover the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony which recognizes several individuals, groups, or institutions for work that has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.
2015 Capital City Black Film Festival
My first official film “#BlackHistory365”, which is a compilation of public demonstrations, protests, and events I captured in Austin, Texas that dealt with police brutality towards African Americans at a time when the killings of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many others at the hands of law enforcement officers rocked the Nation. It brought all ethnicities together in solidarity to carry the message that injustice would not be tolerated!
“#BlackHistory365” Best Music Video Award (2015)
That message went well beyond our borders as other Countries held their own public displays in support. I submitted this film at the 2015 Capital City Black Film Festival and won First Place in the Music Video category.
“The REAL” Daytime Talk Show Interview (2016)
While at the 2016 Essence Festival, I had the esteemed honor & privilege to interview the cast of Warner Brothers hit talk show, “The REAL” to discuss their first official live taping at the Essence Festival, and their new upcoming season!
2016 Professional’s Choice Awards
Every year the Black Professional Alliance awards individuals that create a great service to the local community. In 2016 I received the “Professional’s Choice Awards” for Excellent Service.
2017 Essence Festival
I spoke on the 2017 Essence Festival Press Stage to talk about a project that my business partner and I was working on, that centered on educating underserved communities about the importance of Health & Wellness. I was featured on Getty Images as well as Empower Magazine.
Celebrities bring fashion and style to 2017 ESSENCE Festival
2019 Business Image Award
I was awarded the Business Image Award by the Edwards Ministerial Association at the 11th Annual Image Awards Scholarship Luncheon.
“To Believe” Film (2019)
“To Believe” was a unique project created by Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) board members, Ben Heimsath & Daryl Horton who came up with the idea to create a video presentation that would allow visitors to sit in the historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, a non-sectarian church structure recently restored by the City of Austin to experience worship service from the perspective of several faith-based entities in East Austin in an immersive way!
I was selected to come up with a way to creatively execute their vision with a short turnaround. I served as the Executive Producer on this project and quickly assembled a team. We filmed the worship services of 4 churches in East Austin, and wrapped up production in a month. During post production (editing) is when I brought everything together, and decided to utilize a super wide format (5760 x 1080) to tell the story of these churches, and highlight their traditions that sparked conversations, strengthened beliefs, and opened the minds of those that never experienced worship service before.
“To Believe” Film (2019)
The film made its debut on November 16, 2019 as part of the East Austin Studio Tour. Participants were able to come into the chapel, have a seat and experience the worship services of 4 churches in East Austin from 3 different perspectives, making it a fully immersive experience.
This project garnered a lot of media attention, and I was interviewed on KTBC Fox 7 “Good Day Austin” segment View Video, KOOP Radio (91.7FM), and multiple article and blog write-ups from publications and outlets.
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Collin was unquestionably the right fit for this project
I have recently had the pleasure of working with Collin on the ground-braking video installation, “To Believe,” at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Austin, Texas. Collin was unquestionably the right fit for this project. His creative eye and willingness to be flexible were essential to the success of this project. Our group interviewed several videographers who we sought out for their potential to contribute to this unique idea. As we explained, the project was to focus on East Austin churches, without being overtly religious. We wanted to document the services of African American congregations, but this wasn’t to be a documentary. Through creative collaboration and careful listening, Collin quickly embraced the concept. He used his extensive background in video presentation to transform the interior of the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel. It became an immersive experience for visitors to engage with the diverse worship services that take place in close proximity to the Chapel. The essential elements representing each of four churches were distilled, as Collin noted, to the equivalence of going to all four churches in the span of 20 minutes! I have no doubt Collin will bring the same energy and creativity to any project he engages. I’ll be keeping up with Collin and look forward to seeing his next creations.Ben Heimsath,Heimsath Architects
To Believe Project
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Hardeman on our recent “To Believe” project, I am grateful we were able to secure him as our videographer. Through a collaboration with Ben Heimsath, of Heimsath Architects, and Jennifer Chenowith, site coordinator for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, “To Believe” was a unique video experience that allowed visitors to the Oakwood Chapel to experience worship inside the walls of four East Austin churches. Through this project Collin demonstrated his professionalism and creative genius as he took our verbal idea and transformed it into an immersive and stimulating visual reality. From our initial meeting I appreciated Mr. Hardeman’s intuitive questions and his ability to actually visualize the project right in front of us. Once selected for our project he immediately assembled his team, connected with our sites, recorded the footage and in amazing time began editing and creating our project. Collin did a wonderful job of communicating with our team throughout the project, ensuring he had not lost sight of our vision. Collin did an outstanding job completing our project on time and exceeding our expectations. It was truly remarkable to see how he listened to our thoughts and was able to create a work of art in such a short span of time. I am excited about his vision for archiving and telling the history of faith in East Austin. I trust Collin to approach this project with the same professionalism, sensitivity and creativity he demonstrated with our earlier project. I am convinced the work Collin is doing will become a jewel within the treasure of East Austin history.Rev. Daryl HortonPresidentBaptist Ministers' Union of Austin
Delighted to meet and work with Collin Hardeman
As the Museum Site Coordinator for the Oakwood Chapel, I was delighted to meet and work with Collin Hardeman through the commissioned film project for “To Believe” this fall. The project came about as a collaboration request from Architect Ben Heimsath and Reverend Daryl Horton, members of Interfaith Action of Central Texas. They had previously wanted to produce an east Austin church tour, but settled on an immersive film project documenting practices of faith at different churches that would screen at the Oakwood Chapel for EAST. After getting community artist recommendations for local filmmakers, I shared the recommendations with Ben Heimsath and Reverend Horton. I then observed interviews with the film makers at the Chapel. Though Collin was not their first choice, I immediately hired Collin Hardeman to document our first event at the Chapel in September. Later, Collin was selected to shoot and produce the “To Believe” film, as his vision and ability most aligned with the collaborative project that Ben and Rev. Horton had in mind. On a very tight schedule, Collin produced exactly what they had envisioned by mid-November. Collin was delightful to work with, cordial and professional at all times. He has a much richer experience in commercial videography, but has a great desire to document east Austin, where he is from. We need more voices like his.Jennifer ChenowethMuseum Site CoordinatorOakwood Chapel
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