I have been producing Action Sports Programming since the early 80s.  The original East Coast Motions Series is now available on Amazon Prime.

My Television Series, Eastern Extreme Aired on select cable television networks as well as internationally on Havoc TV Sports.

My new project, Steel City Surfers, The Journey to Gerry chronicles the love and pursuit of surfing on Oceans, Rivers, Lakes and Snow.  The story crosses generations of pure stoke: Jade Vamos in his 40s, Bryan Murray in his 50s and Stephen Yount in his 60s on a journey to visit 70 year old Hawaii Surfing Pioneer, Gerry Lopez at the 2019 Big Wave Challenge at Mt. Bachelor.

The complete  documentary is now available on Amazon Prime.

Word Press Class

I am taking some refresher courses to get the old synapses firing.  Been in kind of a rut lately. Signed on with a Trainer to wake up my dormant muscles.  Did exceeding well on all of the strength tests.  Need to figure out why I am so weary and uninspired.  Hoping these simple steps can get me back on the right path.

 



Pencil drawing of Don Quixote

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.”

— Don Quixote

Hi surfdogmedia,

Happy New Year!
This is Eric Panter, Founder of the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.
After reviewing hundreds of films this year, we have compiled our list of the best independent films of 2020.  I am so honored to announce your project has been selected as one of the top films of the year. The judges have given you the Silver Award celebrating unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel.
You will find your project listed on our awards page
If the film is not already linked on the awards page. or you prefer a different link inserted, please let me know.
You will find your bio on our Award Winning Filmmakers in the Spotlight page:

Snowsurf Movement

Early snowboarders designed and rode boards that emulated surfing.  As the sport evolved it was influenced and shaped by popular culture.  Gymnastics, Skateboarding, Alpine Skiing and Ski Schools all played a roll in shaping the culture.

Many modern snowboarders have never ridden a wave on a surfboard.  Those of us that still like to surf the snow can now ride and compete on purpose built boards that pay tribute to the original snowboard surfers!

Streamlined Digital Media workflow for Print and Video

This requires proper file management, access and sharing. All team members need to collaborate in real time to be efficient. The scope of work for all projects must follow existing work flow and equipment. Outsourced projects and collateral must be accounted for and managed with clear and concise language that all participants can agree to and honor. Understanding the best practices can help move projects quickly utilizing the Agile Methodology while longer term more detailed objects may benefit from a linear approach using the Waterfall Methodology.

Project Management Software utilizes cloud technology for collaboration and work flow optimization. As a subscriber and user of multiple platforms, I know how to leverage the available tools for reporting, planning, auditing and logging of daily activity. This information makes achieving planned goals more realistic by providing metrics and tools that are valuable to a professionally trained user and instructor. As a legacy Mac User and Microsoft Office trainer I have the ability and knowledge to use the complete Adobe product suite as well as the Microsoft Office Suite.

My career in Media, Marketing, Production and Sales all contribute to my overall skill set and bring value and experience to the position. Please let me know how I can help!

Feel free to reach out: bmur@surfdogmedia.com

EAST COAST MOTIONS VIDEO PRODUCTION / OWNER/OPERATOR
Producer of Cable Television Programming. National Broadcast Stringer for CBS, MTV, ESPN and Weather Channel.  Managed Sales, Editorial and Office Staff.

WV MEDIA / TRAVEL AND SPORTS EDITOR
Associated Press Photojournalism Award, Produced Feature Length Documentaries. Also daily deadline Television Sports and News Reports.

AT&T MEDIA SERVICES / CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER
Built and staffed regional video production facility.  Managed Commercial Advertising and Infomercial Productions for Local Access Channels and Cable Television Networks. Responsibilities Included Print Projects, Digital Media Encoding, Budgeting, Hiring and Staffing. 

FIRST INTERNET SERVICE / NATIONAL MARKETING DIRECTOR
Products included: Internet Backbone Gateway, Hosted and Dedicated Server Program, Virtual Private Networks, Business and Commercial Internet Service, Web Hosting. Professional Trainer for all offered services and managed Internet, Print, Television and Radio Advertising. Responsible for Press Releases, News Announcements and Public Relations.

SURFDOG MEDIA / DIGITAL MEDIA CONSULTING AND TRAINING
Services and Projects include Ohio Tech Prep Teacher Certifications, West Virginia Northern Community College Staff and Student Trainer.  Taught Microsoft Expression Web Design and Adobe Photoshop.  Broadcast Media, Social Media and Web Production clients include 7 Springs Mountain Resort, River City Restaurant and Banquets, Fireman Creative, The law firm of Gold Khoury and Turak, Sandcastles Resort, The McKeen Group, and West Virginia Northern Community College.

Elephant In the Surf

I have been editing and shooting for my documentary, Steel City Surfers for several years and have been looking for just the right music.

My desire was for some surf guitar and tribal drums.  Recently I came across some tracks from Jim Donovan and Sun King Warriors.  Their apparent love and zeal for drums and guitar are much in tune with how I feel about all things relating to surfing.  This is a match made in heaven.

Check out this sample edit.

Elephant In The Surf from Surfdogmedia on Vimeo.

Outer Banks to Outer Space on DVD

These are the true Aviation Pioneers of our lifetime.     The First Flight Society recognizes       Aviation Greats every year on Orville Wrights Birthday. I took the time to meet them and share their stories.

Order your copy today.   $14.99     

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This documentary is a great example of the quality programming that Beach TV brought to the Outer Banks.  It was my personal goal to bring network quality documentaries to our viewers.

 

 

The Journey to Gerry

The Journey to Gerry chronicles the love and pursuit of surfing on Oceans, Rivers, Lakes and Snow.  The story crosses generations of pure stoke: Jade Vamos in his 40s, Bryan Murray in his 50s and Stephen Yount in his 60s on a journey to visit 70 year old Hawaii Surfing Pioneer, Gerry Lopez at the 2019 Big Wave Challenge at Mt. Bachelor.

Before the X Games ever existed snowboarding evolved from its early surfing roots.
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Follow the journey of three surfers rediscovering that pure joy of surfing the snow. 

This story crosses generations of pure stoke: Jade Vamos in his 40s, Bryan Murray in his 50s and Stephen Yount in his 60s reaching out to 70 year old Hawaii Surfing Pioneer, Gerry Lopez.

28743870_1544067602828103_r.jpegThe stoke and aloha that Gerry Lopez inspired into generations of surfers now takes root in the most unusual places. That vibe and energy will leave you gripping your seat and also inspired to join in the fun.  Bryan, Jade, and Steve chase waves everywhere.  Meet this new breed of surfer dedicated to the chase.

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“We surf the rivers and we surf the lakes and we surf the snow and we surf at the ocean. But it’s all the same thing.”
–STEVE YOUNT, BEAVER PA

28743870_1542374337856699_r.jpeg“Always wanted to surf growing up …when I was 24 started snowboarding, tried surfing when I was 28. Been surfing ever since love em both. “Pure Stoke, it’s a feeling, just can’t describe it, you gotta live it – Beautiful.”
–JADE VAMOS, PITTSBURGH PA

28743870_1542374387758199_r.jpeg“I grew up chasing waves all over
North Carolina. When I moved to West Virginia I surfed the snow and started finding waves everywhere.”
–BRYAN MURRAY, WHEELING WV

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“What the Big Wave Challenge brings together is snowboarding with surfing, the sport it spawned from.   Surfers brought surfing to the snow, and since the late 1970s, snowboarding has become a  popular sport with performance levels and equipment improvements continually evolving.”  –GERRY LOPEZ, BEND OREGON 

EAST COAST MOTIONS ANTHOLOGY ON AMAZON

Classic and Historic Documentaries about the Surf, Skate, and Snowboard Scene on the East Coast.  Available for download or to screen on Amazon Video Direct

Amazon.com/v/Surfdogmedia

  • East Coast Motions Volume IRecord Bar Pro Am and Endless Grind Skateboard Showdown ’85
  • East Coast Motions Volume IIHatteras Surf Feast ’89
  • East Coast Motions Volume IIISnowshoe Snowboard Crew ’92

 

East Coast Motions Volume I

 

Surfing’s World Tour made an East Coast Stop in Wrightsville Beach NC. This clip features rare footage of Mark Richards and other surfers from his era.  The complete documentary includes skateboarding pioneer’s Steve Caballero and Reggie Barnes from an early Bones Brigade visit to Raleigh NC in 1985.

The complete Documentary now on Amazon Prime

East Coast Motions Volume III

Snowshoe Crew ’92

Snowboarding was brand new and gear hard to come by.  The hard-cores at Snowshoe  WV were on it early and learned the hard way.  Guys like Bernie Wheeler, Gil Willis and my OBX Surf Tribe were loving it.

This project was funded by the proceeds of my previous film, East Coast Motions Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast.  A difficult production as access was limited by the resort and I literally had to smuggle my gear in and out of remote locations.  Back then it was a two piece 3/4″ Set Up with exposed wires, plugs etc.  As you can imagine it was a nightmare to keep the gear dry and in working order.

Snowshoe was so remote that I had to use the payphone in nearby Slatyfork to conduct business.   I would pull my van up to the window access phone and sleep while I waited for return calls from by various video clients and distributors.

To make matters worse, I  broke my leg and got laid up for a while at the end of the season.  My production company folded up at this time and I had to do the edits on overnights at various production facilities.

The entire documentary now on Amazon Prime


Lots of funny stories from that winter.  The vehicle of choice was an old 3/4″ ton work van with a load of firewood in the back for weight and some snow tires for traction. I drove to Timberline for one of the segments with a snowboard friend from France that didn’t speak much english.  On the way back my transmission went out during a raging blizzard.  Reverse was the only gear that worked and I had to drive up backwards on the mountain between Buckannon and Elkins.  Michel kept muttering “Mon Dieux Mon Dieux”.  I had the door cracked and just followed the edge of the road up.  We turned around at the top and coasted down the other side to the relative safety of a service station.  I had to call the OBX to score a local Elkins contact to come get us.  I ended up selling the broken down Van to a farmer that wanted the firewood and needed a dry place to store it.

If you want a DVD or personal copy just hit me up, bmur@surfdogmedia.com

 

1993 Canaan Valley Ski Resort

The Travel and Tourism Industry caters to the need for recreation.  It can be hard work making sure that your guests are having fun.  While working at WTRF, Mark Davis and I traveled around visiting area attractions that are within driving distance of Wheeling WV.

Here is a period piece about one such resort in Canaan Valley WV.  This is an old dub (copy).

BEACH TV RE-BOOT

I am happy to announce that Beach TV is back on DVD. This collection of all your favorite Outer Banks Sites, Sounds and Adventures can be yours.

Romancing The Storms

  • THE PERFECT STORM
  • LIFESAVING STATIONS
  • BONNER BRIDGE COLLAPSE
  • GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC
  • BLIZZARDS AND HURRICANES

Tournament ’87

Get up close and personal with the crazy fishermen and fisherwomen of the 1987 Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament.     Join the crew of Beach TV as they travel the beaches and interview all of the teams.

Hatteras Surf Feast

The Outer Banks has a rich Surf History and some of the best waves on the East Coast. Take a look at surf from all seasons of the year.

Meet some of the locals and check out visiting professional surfers.

Best of Beach TV

Beach TV covered the events and activities of the Outer Banks Lifestyle from 1987 through 1991.  Meet the old-timers and take a walk down memory lane.  See what the Old Time Outer Banks was really like.

Outer Banks to Outer Space

A compilation of the many inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame. Includes Military Fly-Overs, Interviews with Historians, Astronauts and Famous Aviators.

 

Please enjoy this short excerpt from “Romancing The Storms”

Just Drop me an email:  bmur@surfdogmedia.com put the title or titles you want in the subject line.   I can direct invoice you the $15.

THANKS!!

Bryan Murray

 

Discovering the Sony Betacam

In 1993 I had left the Outer Banks and starting Snowboarding.  I borrowed a Sony Betacam and took it to the coast for Hurricane Emily and also to Snowshoe WV to document the emerging sport of snowboarding.  One of my first edits was  “Riders on the Storm”

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Discovering the BetaCam Format after shooting 3/4″ Video was amazing. BetacamTechnology had upgraded picture quality and the newer cameras did not need a separate recording unit.  The entire unit weighed in around 20 lbs and retailed for $60,000.  Needless to say most videographers kept them on a Tripod and this limited the type of footage you would see.  I liked to shoulder this beast and carry it around snowboarding.

 

From the Outer Banks to Outer Space

This documentary is a great example of the quality programming that Beach TV brought to the Outer Banks.  It was my personal goal to bring network quality documentaries to our viewers.

There are abundant historic stories to be told and I hope you have thirty minutes to watch this one.  It is entertaining in a folksy way that true Outer Bankers will appreciate.

These are the true Aviation Pioneers of our lifetime. The First Flight Society recognizes Aviation Greats every year on Orville Wrights Birthday. I took the time to meet them and share their stories.

Pictured below are honoree’s Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan at the Man Will Never Fly Banquet.

Greetings from Cleveland

A VIDEO POSTCARD

Finding inspiration for an edit can come in many different ways. My first visit
to the beaches of Cleveland Ohio inspired me with its historic looks.PC03

I looked for some old postcards that captured that feel. A “Video Postcard” seemed like the best way to showcase my water footage and skyline views from the beach.  You never would expect this kind of beach by a city like Cleveland.

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The city park at Edgewater Beach reminded me of South Beach with the Art Deco Architecture and like Southern California with the ethnic neighborhoods.  There are all kinds of unique shops and eateries.

All in all it is quite a scene and well worth the visit. I can only imagine how strong the surf could be on a larger swell.

Couch Level View

So much for the view from 30,000 feet. From where I am sitting it looks like Social Media and Internet TV should be turning the broadcast and cable world on its ear.

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Take control of your life by viewing what you want when you want. Find your favorite shows online and enjoy having unlimited online channels and viewing opportunities. Your Cable Provider licenses and sells its programs and content. This makes the selection limited because of this bias. You can move your Internet Connection to the TV and take advantage of a larger, less expensive free market. If you cut the cord from your cable provider you will be in charge of when and where you would like to watch your favorite programs.

Do some online research, that’s what I did:

Roku.com get internet on your TV.

Chromecast Play your tablets and smartphones on your TV.

Subscribe or order TV SHOWS and MOVIES from NETFLIX, AMAZON, ITUNES and HULU.

Find FREE SHOWS! Go to the shows website or Network/Producers Website. YouTube has a free TV Show section.

Here are a couple of articles that I like:

How to find some Internet TV Shows

Gadgets to get Internet on your TV

Contact me about getting a Social Media Advertising Campaign started or for help on cutting the cable and going after all of this great content.

 

Boy Scout Snowboard Program

I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA.  This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in Jumperpursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge.  This 5 Week Program was very rewarding  because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.

Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style.  We started with the basic elements of riding:  Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure.  Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.

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Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:

I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:

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Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson.  I specialize in Video Analysis.

Action Sports Addiction

My first TV Interview was with Steve Caballero in 1985 in Raleigh NC at the Endless GrindPDVD_032 Skateboarding Competition.  I invited my surfing friend and former world champion free-style skateboarding champion Reggie Barnes to our TV Studios at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for my Senior Project.  I began producing Surfing Segments for ESPN in conjunction with Surfer Magazine in 1987.

During the 90s I produced a series of Feature Length Action Sport Films called East Coast Motions.  Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast was released internationally and funded a winter ECM02at Snowshoe WV and the creation of Volume III, “Cheat Mountain Shredders”.  I began producing and streaming video for the internet in 1997 and actively used, the Action Sports Industry to market and brand one of the First International Internet Services.

My love of Digital Media has led to work with MTV, Hurley and Monster Energy.  I have a passion for production and an eye for detail that crosses all demographics.  My TV Program, Eastern Extreme gives me the opportunity to mentor and work with many independent and up and coming photographers.  Many of my Action Sports Segments air on Havoc TV.E2

On Location — Chapel Hill NC

Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material.  I used to hitch-hike back1372254077-HitchHiking (1) and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years.  One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up.  His license plate said “Jack and the”  Turned out to be none other than the musician3586584785_9a35d632fd_b featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did.  When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot.  Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production.  Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video.  It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area.  When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.

 

Promote your Book’s Brand with a Video Book Trailer

I am now producing book trailers to help authors better identify their books.  The premise is simple, we present highlights of the written word in a short inspirational video.  This valuable tool lets consumers get an idea of the book without having to read anything.

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Lets face it, time is our single largest commodity.  Once it is spent you cannot get it back.  The emergence of “E-Publishing” has been a renaissance for writers and has leveled the playing field between publishers and authors.  As an author/writer you can promote and market your book through social media using a book trailer.

Our time is flooded with impressions and advertisements.  Many of us spend time online and are inundated with posts on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and the like.  A book trailer  can make you stand out from the clutter.

Once you get someone’s attention with your book trailer you must be sure to direct them to your personal website or blog.  This is your turf and it must contain all the information about you, your writing and your publications.

Pay attention to how you post and where you post.  Create your own video site on YouTube, Vimeo or on Facebook.  Embed the book trailer on your blog or website and then post to social media from your website.  That way the source code and digital bread crumbs will lead prospective customers back to your website.