2012 Reel

It’s been a great year.  We’ve been driving, flying, biking, walking, and just moving in general  Burning Torch Productions has been logging miles and footage all year.  Here’s a glimpse into the world of Mark Pedri.


What comes first, money or passion?

ImageThe world is vicious, brutal, and unforgiving; if you choose to see it that way.  On the contrary, you could view it as exciting, challenging, and rewarding.  Regardless of how you perceive the world, what comes first, passion or money?

Does an artist create art because they see a business opportunity in making a living by selling it, or does the artist follow his or her passion so adamantly that it shows in the product, and people buy it?

Does a business man or women make money simply to make money, or does he or she have a passion for the art of business, which the money is a benefit of?

Does the musician write music to make money, or is it their undying love of music that allows them to create a living by selling it?

The question now arises; would these people stop doing what they are doing if they didn’t make money doing it?

Of course not, but the scale must remain in balance in order to survive.

If you’re busy doing what you love, you’ve succeeded

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately about “successful” people.  One that I would recommend is “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead” by Jerry Weintraub.  The reason I like this book is because he points out a major factor in achieving success.  It’s not about being a celebrity or reaching a certain level of income.  Success is only achieved when you are content with your standard of living, AND when you’re busy doing what you love.  He shares some examples of how 30 million dollars isn’t a success because money is completely different measurement.  When you’re occupying your time with purposeful and fulfilling actions that you love, then you’ve succeeded.

Back from the Land of the Long White Cloud

I’m back from a month of shooting in New Zealand.  If you’re looking for a place with every kind of setting that you could imagine, New Zealand just might be your next location.  Snow capped mountains and sun kissed beaches often collide, separated only by a slight moment of green grass and forests.  If the land pulls you to New Zealand, the people will be the reason you stay.  We were lucky enough to be greeted some of the best hospitality I’ve ever encountered in the world.  Rather than me writing about this incredible place and you reading, I’ll let the pictures tell the story.  Here’s a little taste of what’s to come.