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Check Out William Hoeckel’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to William Hoeckel.

Hi William, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
It all started over ten years ago with myself wanting to learn 3D graphics and animation. I started building a cartoon series call Tails and Peanuts. I spent over a year and 1/2 learning all about the skills needed and taking every course I could find. Then writing the stories, building the charters, sets, camera angles coming up with the stories lines. Finely making it into a video. I did three full stories but soon realized, alone I could not keep up with it and thru in the towel. A few years later, I when back to video editing and started again with learning VFX “special effects” for films. From there, I started doing freelance work. People would send me their videos and I would add the effects.

One day I was looking at some wedding videos and said “why am I doing this person editing? I want to be the person doing the filming. I want to be on the other side of the camera. I knew the editing part and the effects. Time to get a camera and start filming. I took the next year working with a Canon M50 camera learning the ins and outs of how to use it. I started doing filming for friends and family anyone I could find. Then Begin Editing was born. I had a customer come to me and say he wanted a documentary done and could I do it? The answer was yes. I jumped in with both feet. Writing the stories board of his documentary, Lighting, Directing, Filming. Then the editing and helping him promote his documentary online. Now I do, Documentaries, Commercials, Corporate, Promotional Videos and Help promote small business. At this time Begin Editing is working on two short stories to be coming out next year.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Was there struggles along the way? If you ask that question to any Videographer the answer will always be yes! Starting out Money is always the big struggle. This field does not come cheap. I have invested over $10,000 dollars of my own money, just on equipment and I still do not have what would be called the high end equipment. Then the big struggle. “Customers”. when first starting out no one wants to hire you. Your an unknown. You knock on doors but just get them closed in your face. The only way to start is to do it for Free. Once people start seeing your work. Then the doors start opening. A lot of Videographers never get the doors to open and they quit.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Videographer – I like to be called a Video Creator. This is the Director side coming out. To take a story from paper to pre-production, production, post-production. Working on every aspect. Then seeing your work. Knowing this is something you created. Is the greatest high. What do I do? I am the jack of all trades. There are days I am the gaffer. Lighting expert, Audio expert, Camera operator. Director! Working with the clients and cast helping them hit their marks. Scouting the locations and making sure everything comes together in the end.

What do I specialize in? Documentaries and short stories. I love telling the stories. Working with the people. This is where my passion is. Helping them get their stories out and seeing their faces when it all comes together. Working with them, you feel as if you lived it with them.

What am I known for? A stories teller. Funny people see the cameras and lights. But I am the one that tells the story.

What am I most proud of? That I can tell the stories. Some Videographers never get this far. They never get the chance.

What sets myself apart from others? My passion. Over the years, I always keep coming back. I always keep pushing for the story. Some videographers just do this work for the money. From day one, it has and will be always about the stories. When I do a film for you, I give it my all.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
How can people work with me? Oh, that happens all the time. On set, I have family, friends and trained professional. Helping with sound, lighting, cameras and even Directing. I always am looking for people to collaborate with an see if there is a better way and yes, sometimes I need support. When the days are long and did not go as planned.

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