Exciting news: I'm on Entrepreneur.com. Even more exciting news: there's way more where that came from.
Last January I set out to start a YouTube Channel called re_define work (all lowercase) with my long-time colleague & friend, Michael Donnelly. Michael was approached by Entrepreneur Magazine to produce a video series around her deep expertise in event planning. That's when I got a phone call and she charismatically wrangled me in to producing & co-hosting the show. Turns out, my specialties in video marketing compliment her skill set quite nicely (or so my parents say).
As always, I did what I could to squeeze water out of a rock and got Entrepreneur.com to let me contribute stories along with each video published. So, for the month of April, GET READY to watch re_define work every Sunday on Entrepreneur.com. And in the meantime - check the channel!
Check out our first video right here!
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This was the documentary I produced in 2014 -- it was released on December 15th, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. And yes, in case you were wondering, I was definitely at the premiere. The film explores the implications of surveillance (or, as the Austrians pronounce it: su-vee-ance) in societies around the world.
This is one of my best productions to date. Producing an international film gave me fast lessons in efficient communication and working with a world-renowned director & crew taught me a lot about on-the-ground production and thinking big.
I'm also happy to say that my home base of Chicago earned the most screen time ;) We featured brilliant, diverse subjects in the world of surveillance and, well, shoutout to the Windy City for making a beautiful setting.
This was the first question we asked interviewees at MasterCard's "Masters of Code" Nationwide Hackathon Series. I joined in St. Louis as a cinematographer (surprised I wasn't coding?). The event brought together top developers, designers and entrepreneurs to compete in a 48-hour straight event using MasterCard's APIs. As people built game changing code, I ran around with my camera capturing the details and brainstorms alike.
A feature I wrote for TrepLife about Neil Byers - one of Chicago's rising brewers. Told in mostly a Q&A-style, below is one of my favorite excerpts of the piece:
MG: Those employers – the ones who didn’t acknowledge that extra effort, the ones who, for lack of other words, sucked, – what did they teach you or how have they influenced you on being the boss you are today?
NB: That’s probably the best question I’ve ever been asked.
MG: Ever or just right now?
The Impact Engine just wrapped it's third accelerator program and has now pumped out 23 impact-making, socially conscious enterprises. Of those 23 companies, 22 are still active and as of Q3 2014 the program's alumni have generated a combined revenue stream of $2.5 million and a total of $15.6 million in capital. -- CONTINUE READING HERE
It's clear I love businesses that hit that triple bottom line. For the past three years I've covered The Impact Engine and have even taken on quite a few of their portfolio companies as clients. The social impact community is rising in Chicago - both from a startup and investment standpoint. Keep your eyes out, this is how we change the world.
Last month I spoke on a panel about what the digital marketing world can expect to see in video for 2015. The event was hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Lettuce Entertain You at Osteria in downtown Chicago.
In an effort to take the edge off the hyper, in-yo-face energy I get when speaking about the future of video, I saluted my Grandparents with a quick shot of Jameson and took the mic for Philo Street Media. Here are my top three trends for 2015:
1. Video is not the future, it's the here and now of marketing. If you're not utilizing video into your marketing strategy, you're late.
2. Hitting "Upload" and "Share" is not enough. Did you know that video carries more weight on search engines than any other piece of content? Google and YouTube are tight - and by tight I mean Google owns YouTube. You must pay mind to Metadata, Keywords and Categories when setting your video up. Or just hire me to do it.
3. Facebook. Period. Up until now, Facebook has been a surprisingly horrible network to host video on. In a declared effort to take on YouTube (the second largest search engine in the world), Facebook is enhancing their video streaming capabilities. This is great news for marketers as Facebook has tons of "directable data" (I just made that up) and with good strategy, you can ensure your video is getting in front of the right eyes and fingertips.
Wine Channel TV Holiday Wines Special. We met Chef John Coletta, top Chef from an Italian cuisine staple in Chicago's food scene, Quartino. We paired the Pinot Noir with an amazing salumi (pronounced saloomi, I learned) selection and the Sauvingon Blac with some of the best Octopus on land.
Shot & Cut by Maura Gaughan | Production Assistant: Carrie Graham
Spent the day in the largest pork rind manufacturer in the universe/North America - how's that for a Tuesday on the job? This was a project for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce - along with Big Foot Media, I produced a docu-short on Alejandro Silva, the founder of Evan's Foods which happens to be the largest hispanic-owned business in Chicago AND largest pork rind manufacturer in the world. Mr. Silva was an incredible man who truly attests to Daniel Burnham's "Make No Little Plans" mantra.
HudsonJeans.com -- Chicago-based producer and writer Maura Gaughan (pronounced “gone”) considers herself more of a professional juggler than anything else. At any given time she can be leading a European film crew through the city, shooting a ballerina or hot dog, looking for a gun story on a dodgy West Side corner , or writing about Chicago's tech and startup culture. On a steady note, Maura is the Executive Producer of Wine Channel TV where she pursues her passions: shooting and drinking. Maura enjoys the project-based work style but really connects with the entrepreneurial-hustle required of her to lead it. Since moving to Chicago in 2011, Maura has done a lot of cause-related work on the city’s South Side. From high-brow arts organizations to teenage gang members, she works directly within the community to produce content that drives awareness to the varying realities that are Chicago.
Shot by the INCREDIBLE Jeremy Hayes.
Wine Channel TV hosted a pre-rugby match party at Reverie, where guests came and conquered a variety New Zealand wine and food from Reverie in downtown Chicago. Here are a couple of segments we did to feature the event.
Produced by Maura Gaughan | Shot & Edited by Indirap Productions
Chi-town is nothing but shy (sorry about that one) on activities for both locals and travelers to take advantage of. At any given time, there are a thousand things to do, hundreds of places to go and scores of free activities to take advantage of. However, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut — hitting the same neighborhood bar time after time and passing by a local mom & pop shop for that Subway sub just because it’s “easy and convenient”.
Understanding all that, we decided to put together a list of city guides that use technology and creativity to approach experiencing Chicago. To give some quick examples of what’s ahead, we’ll feature three apps that can help you: get the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s schedule, drink in a bar with a history richer than any VC you’re chasing, discover a place with an exclusive menu of Slim-Jims and chips, and much, much more.
Whether you want to get sauced, surprise your spouse or switch up the norm, these homegrown Chicago apps are a sure source for a good time.
Two videos I shot and cut for our "#SipNZ" New Zealand Wine campaign at Wine Channel TV. FYI - New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are the best (and yes, I do get paid to say that - but it's actually also a fact.)
Shot and Cut by Maura Gaughan | Production Assistant: Carrie Graham
Part 1 of a 5-part series I shot and produced with Left Brain | Right Brain Productions for Inc. Magazine.