Good morning folks. Today we are releasing another edition of The Shooter’s Profile. This feature we have somebody that I have personally got to know through work trips to double dinner dates to real life conversation sessions over the past 6 months. He is a videographer and director and co-owner of The Redelynn Group, which produces the TV show Montage. He is Joseph Walters out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Make sure you check him out. #Summer16Boys (inside joke) lol.
TRS: What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Joseph Walters and a Videographer/Director.
TRS: Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I’m originally from Mitchellville, MD, but currently reside in Virginia Beach, VA. Creatively, both people have a LOT of talented people…not just videographers and producers, but photographers as well. I guess they affected me by forcing me have to think outside the normal box and be a little different to be recognized.
TRS: Explain what initially got you into shooting?
What got me into shooting? Honestly, I just needed a major in college so I took up broadcast journalism. I had always wanted to be in radio, but we had to do actual news packages. As it turned out, I was REALLY good at it and found myself always helping other folks with their projects. Fast forward to about a year after graduation and I realized how depressing and boring the news was, so I ventured into the creative realm of being a shooter. And that’s where I’ve been ever since.
TRS: Explain what does an average day look like for you?
An average day. During the weekdays, I wake up, thank God for another day, then head to the place that funds all of what I currently do aka the good ol corporate America job. After I get off, there is usually a shoot or an editing session that lasts until I fall asleep. Saturdays I might sleep in a bit depending on the schedule. If there isn’t a shoot, I’m editing. If there is neither editing or shooting, I’m thinking of the next project while enjoying a nice cold beer. Sundays, I do videography at church, so that’s my morning. After church, I try my best not to work until the next day.
TRS: What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
Right now I mainly shoot with Canon 70Ds using a mix of Canon and Rokinon lenses. I just got a drone not too long ago, so I’m adding aerial to what I can currently shoot. I’m still getting the hang of this flying thing. Lol.
TRS: What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
From music videos to skits to full shows, I enjoy shooting anything thats different. I’ve got a 30 minute lifestyle show that I Produce and Direct called Montage that has been the focus of what I’ve been shooting lately. It’s been picked up in a few markets, so hopefully that will help with the next arena I want to conquer which is television show development.
TRS: How did The Redelynn Group start?
The conception of The Redelynn Group is simple: myself and my co-owner Stephanie Sutton saw a need for “less ratchet programming” that would enhance your lifestyle, entertain you, or educate you. We both have a passion for media. She’s great at things that I’m not really in to and vice versa. We’re just a really good team and decided that we should work together to better not only ourselves, but others as well.
TRS: Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Top three albums…hmmmm…I’d have to say the first is Aquemini and Speakerboxx/The Love Below by Outkast and 808s and Heartbreak by Kanye. Aquemini just has a real nostalgic feel to it. Always helps me visualize anything I’m thinking about. Speakerboxx/The Love Below, they just SOUND creative. If you close your eyes and listen, you can actually picture what the sounds and words are painting a picture of. 808s and Heartbreak…that was just the first Kanye album that came to mind, but you can really pick from almost anything he’s done. SUPER creative guy, kinda crazy, but his music always inspires to push the edge creatively.
TRS: Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
I really like Quentin Tarantino, Greg Nicotero, Lee Daniels, Scorsese…the list goes on. I think they all are super talented individuals that bring something different to the table. From being over the top gory to great storylines to scenes that can emotionally grip you, I don’t think there is one person in specific that I would say I admire the most.
TRS: What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Advice for someone just starting out would be to shoot any and everything and to get around others that are doing the same. Your idea mixed with someone else’s will only benefit the both of you. Plus you might learn something new from them.
TRS: What is next for you?
What’s next? We’ve got lifestyle content. We just finished up our first featured length documentary, Searching For Shaniqua, and we’re shooting some other content as well. I PERSONALLY would like to start on a scripted series that we can take to the web and hopefully to an actual television network.
TRS: Where can people find you?
People can find more information on the website www.redelynngroup.com, instagram and Facebook is Redelynn Group.