Keating Smith

Video Technician

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1) What community do you call home, and how long have you been in the North?

Yellowknife. 5-years and still going.

2) Before, during or after your project – what’s your favourite moment, the one that makes it all worth it?

Seeing all the footage edited together to reveal what was actually captured.

3) Give us your top 3 bucket list must do’s in life:

Watch my daughter succeed in life, build my own house from the foundation up and make a living off something that I enjoy doing in life.

4) Please tell us why you wanted to get involved with the Northern Sights Project?

The challenges of taking new camera technology we were not fully versed in out into minus forty-degree weather and seeing how it held up against the elements. I had previously worked on other 360 camera projects and I wanted to be a part of this as Northern Sights was exclusively northern filmmakers filming northern artists. The concepts that each artists created for their segment of this project, were/ are incredibly unique and original. Examples include Carmen Braden wanting to freeze a piano into the lake or Derrald Taylor wanting to carve a 8 foot high polar bear out of ice and snow in the middle of Tuktoyaktuk harbour. The concepts were totally out-of-the-box ideas and I loved them all!

5) What kind of art would you like to see more of in the Northwest Territories?

Street art and murals from indigenous youth.

6) If there is a young creative artist who is looking at finding their passion what advice would you give them?

Make sure you can make a living off it. Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life? Do you want a hobby or do you want a career and is creating your art going to burn you out or make you thrive?

7) What would you like the future to hold for the artists in Northwest Territories?

Financial security. No one wants to be a starving artist while living in one of the most expensive places in the world.

8) What’s your most favourite project you have worked on so far up North?

Anything I have done with the Dead North Film Festival.

9) If you could partner with anyone in the world living or passed who would it be and why?

I don’t want to go there right now. There’s too many people in this world I look up to and what they have done to better this world.

10) What is your next big project?

Starting my own business with the mission being to help the north and the problems it faces and will face.