Filmmaker - SAIT Film and Video Graduate - Fourth Year Bachelor of Communication, Mount Royal University
My Creative Journey
Oki my name is Adam Solway, I am Blackfoot from Siksika Nation. I am a graduate from the Film and Video Production Program at SAIT Polytechnic, majoring in cinematography, lighting, grip, and sound. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Communication at Mount Royal University, majoring in Broadcast Media Studies. I do freelance videography and I like to develop my own independent short films. My education and work experience is mainly in film production but also extends to the audio/visual and broadcasting industries. Above all, I would say my passion is storytelling. I've been fortunate enough to tell my stories but I also love to help others tell their own.
Bamboo Shoots E - Portfolio
In Summer 2021 I was a summer intern for Bamboo Shoots, a video production company in Calgary. This is a list of my work and projects that I was involved in.
Vietnamese Park Ground Breaking Ceremony
My first assignment at Bamboo was to shoot an electronic press kit for a new park groundbreaking ceremony. An "EPK" provides coverage or promotional material (in this case for an event) that can be used by other media outlets. Some of my camera work was used in a video news story that aired on Global News. Look for the heading - "Courtesy: Bamboo Shoots Calgary"
Aisinna'kiiks - Living a Creative Life Web Series
Living a Creative Life is a web series that Bamboo Shoots produces for Calgary Arts Development. This special episode featured Artists and Elders from a dinner series called Aisinna'kiiks. Being Indigenous myself, I was excited that this episode featured a lot of Indigenous voices, artwork and stories. I was a camera operator for many of the interviews and b-roll. I'm extremely proud of how my camera work blends seamlessly with the rest. Aisinna'kiiks
Behind the Scenes - Jann Arden Canada Day Performance
After demonstrating my skills as a camera operator, I was tasked with shooting behind the scenes for a Canada Day musical performance by Jann Arden. I traveled with a large crew to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. It's not everyday where you get to work on top of a mountain! The finished behind the scenes video can be viewed here.
Vermeer Farms Promo Video
This was a small video editing project that I did for a client. All of the footage was shot previously and my job was to create a short promo video. This was about an amazing story about a family farm. I'm extremely happy how this turned out.
Living a Creative Life Episode 20
For this Living a Creative Life episode, I was the camera operator for the Adora Nwofor, stand-up segments and a video editor for Ebony Gooden's story. I'm proud of how this single episode showcases my camera and editing skills.
Bamboo Shoots Instagram
Here is a moment that was captured on Bamboo Shoots' Instagram page. This was from the set of a Bow Valley College commercial. I was the second camera assistant and worked with all the gear shown in the post. I'm also shown holding the camera rig with my fellow intern Nathalie!
Other notable work
The Reality of Education for Indigenous Students
In the fall of 2020, I made a multimedia project about the inequity in education for Indigenous students in Canada. I chose to focus the project in my home community of Siksika Nation. I used a mixture or audio, video, research, interviews, and personal experience to give a well-rounded idea of what Indigenous students have face in order to pursue an education.
Intertribal - CBC Gem
Director of Photography
In 2017, I was the cinematographer for a documentary called Intertribal. The story highlighted the relationship between identity and music in four Indigenous artists in Treaty 7. In 2020, the documentary was picked up by CBC and is now available to stream on CBC Gem.