John Christopher Alexander Michael Birdsong is a Producer Director Editor (aka Preditor) and Technical Director for Panman Productions
in NYC. John has an Associates Degree from SUNY Suffolk in Photographic Imaging. It was during this time that he interned and was hired as a Producer for Plum TV. John stayed at Plum TV in the Hamptons and Nantucket for three years directing LIVE TV and creating original content and advertising. He then worked as a Preditor for HairdesignerTV.com
; spearheading their LIVE web series and installing and using Darwin (open source broadcasting software) on their servers before USTREAM existed. John spends endless amounts of time on the internet and is a devout insomniac; somtimes mixing dreamtime with what appears to him to be reality. John lives with his Girlfriend Morgan-Jo Teller and their cat Fanny Fae McNamara in Hipsterville, Brooklyn.
“Another highlight from Saturday’s speakers was John Birdsong, a producer, director, editor, and technical director for Panman Productions. He focused on the methods of producing and sharing video content, the goal being, to concentrate on video making basics. Birdsong shared his video toolkit recommendations for the beginner videographers amongst us: the Flip or the Kodak Zi8, a Camcorder Access Bracket, a LED Light, a Monopod, and ‘Final Cut for Dummies’ would have us on our way to producing pre-recorded video content to make available through the online distribution channels available.
Typically behind the camera, Birdsong also has an easy public speaking manner that allowed him to translate his knowledge and wisdom into an engaging dialogue with his audience, and lead a hilariously awkward and perfectly timed dialogue with several unsuspecting characters on Chat Roulette. Birdsong predicts that this is the next big thing in Social Media — live video, thus, the one-on-one interaction with your audience that is such a critical component in the process of building relationships. Using Chat Roulette as a prime example, he led us through an entertaining cycle of brief conversations with a variety of randomly chosen people; it was engaging, fun, and personal. On a more serious note, it proves that this kind of application is a valuable channel to share your story.
Birdsong’s most resonating message was, effectively, “start telling your story and share your process as an artist,” a point also emphasized by the first keynote speaker, Marc Schiller, Founder of The Wooster Collective. He explained why he thinks video is such a vital component to a social media success for artists: “you can tell an amazing story, and we can see things that most of us don’t get to see, which is artist at work….it is interesting to see an artist take a camera with them as they are putting work up and have it go directly to the web.”
The activities of SMartCAMP would not be possible without the effort and dedication of several key parties. It is important to recognize the executive producer of the event Matt Semler and Julia Kaganskiy who put together such an interesting program. It is also important to thank all of the people involved from the events department at the Roger Smith Hotel to all of the volunteers who made the weekend so smooth. In looking at the social impact that we have made online in the last 2 months, I must thank Ustream for their support in featuring our content as it is happening Live.
I am proud the work done and would like to give a huge shout out to the Panman Productions crew and the Roger Smith Hotel for taking things to the next level. Till next time, I am John Knowles. Welcome to @Pancity. Where all of your dreams come true.