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Please enjoy an eclectic diversity of content and subjects created by Matt Chapman. This blog page gives more in depth detail and cool anecdotes pertaining to each video, film, or perhaps something else completely. On top of that, you will find info about the online video making paradigm, production, post-production and more. ChappyShowcase has content channels all over the web. All links for each channel are located for your convenience at a click of the button. Be sure to check the blog regularly to be updated on what is happening with Growing Up Guide Pup, ChappyShowcase, and GurillaTV. Or, better yet, subscribe to one of the RSS feeds so every new post is automatically emailed to you. Enjoy...and remember, keep that camera rollin!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Growing up Guide Pup - Week 37 - Halloween Party

It seems like such a long time ago since we started this series. I was confident that we would be able to pull this off, but never could be sure. When we first started, I told Amie to be prepared to go the long haul on this project. We have been raising dogs for over eight years now, and we were not nervous about our knowledge of the subject and how it would reflect. However, we were nervous about creating a format that could keep the subject interesting and have longevity. I feel pretty strong that our episodic approach on the internet was the perfect medium for such a idea. Short form content with a weekly release seemed smart. Well I can happily report that we are now on the radar of the entertainment industry. Our world premiere is on November 6th, and the festival director chose Week 29 as the episode to screen. This is the episode where we went to Pier 39 and introduced Seth and Bamboo. It is one of my personal favorites and a great episode because it has it all. Information, training, Bay Area personality, and amazing partnership between guide and partner. Fingers crossed for good things to come. Below our latest week is a encore of week 29.

Week 37:

Week 29:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Growing up Guide Pup - Week 36 - Pumpkin Festival

This week turned into a dog distraction episode. It was weird. Even though there were posters that said "No Dogs Allowed" everywhere, no one was listening. People had dogs everywhere. The police were all around and they were not doing anything about it? Go figure? It certainly made for a good training session for Ricki.

This episode is shorter than normal because we didn't do very much filming. Ricki just had surgery the other day and we have been letting her rest. Enjoy our latest.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Growing Up Guide Pup - Week 35 - Paramount Great America

This week was a lot of fun. How many people get to bring their dog to an amusement park? It was hearing about outings like this one which we found so appealing when we first starting raising dogs. All the cool places you get to take these dogs can't be beat. We pretty much take Ricki everywhere we can and jumped at the opportunity to take her to Great America.

Our audience is growing at a snail pace, people keep asking us if we are going to take on another dog after Ricki for a Season 2. My heart says yes, but my mind says no. We have been trying really hard to build an audience so that we can get the show to sustain itself with sponsors some day. Our viewership and subscribers have a lot to be desired and are not nearly enough. We have to put three days a week into each episode. From planning, to filming, to editing, to distribution...it is a lot of work. We are not looking to break the bank, but we are going to need to figure out a way to make some money to pay for all the work eventually. So please encourage people to watch, and subscribe to our youtube channel as well as become a fan on facebook. Hopefully this will get much better in the future, as it is crucial for us to be able to continue.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Growing Up Guide Pup - Week 34 - Guide Dog Reunion

This week we actually shot a episode without Ricki. I feel kinda bad because we forgot to mention what happened to her while we were in Canada. She stayed with our co-raiser Elizabeth for the weekend which was great for her. Mixing up her schedule will only help her be better prepared for the day when she will go back to Guide Dogs for her formal training.

This episode was all about Prudy. Prudy was our eighth dog and one of my favorites. She is gentle but confident. On a typical day at our house she could hold her own with Eli while playing tug a war, and then turn around and cuddle with Amie. Prudy holds the trophy for most cuddly guide dog. She is such a sweet dog and we are really happy she is with such a great family. Our North American brethren were well represented by Donna and the rest of the Hudon family. They showed us great hospitality, and I'm sure we will be more than just facebook buddies from now on.

Enjoy our latest episode and I promise Ricki will be back in our next episode.