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The ever changing face of valleywind.com

Allan Mackey Web 2004AllanMackey.com has gone on and offline repeatedly since I first bought the domain name in 2000. Generally the pattern would be me wanting to have a website up, designing something I thought was cool, putting it online briefly, then deciding I wasn’t happy with it or not really knowing what to do with it, and taking it down again.

On the right is a a screencap I was able to dig up of a 2004 iteration of the site. I was going through a monochromatic design period. Most of the other iterations have been mercifully lost to the annals of time where they belong.

So instead, let’s look at at my second longest running website, valleywind.com. Valley Wind Productions has had its website online and in use consistently since the beginning of 2008 and it, too, has undergone a lot of changes. With five very different versions in just under six years, it goes through designs quicker than the Doctor burns through regenerations.

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The Drug Dealer Job

When is the right time to talk to your kids about drugs? That’s what this little PSA sets out to help parents deal with. I was brought in as Director of Photography and Editor but I’ll get into that after you watch the video:

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The Hong Kong Job

So exciting things are afoot in November. I’m no longer an active participant in the things, but exciting they are nonetheless.

8 Minutes Ahead - The Market.For a few years now, a friend of mine’s been talking about this movie he wanted to write/direct. Set in three cities (Hong Kong, Toronto, and Vancouver), it was about a father on his death bed with kids in Vancouver and Toronto waiting to inherit a small fortune and a sudden change to the will to give a big chunk to a bastard kid nobody knew about in Hong Kong.

Once Ben and his wife decided that they’d be off visiting family in Hong Kong through October and November this year, that became the time for him to shoot this project and get directing his first feature. Of course, there was no script yet. While Ben was willing to write it, he doesn’t fancy himself a writer. Writing, like most things, is hard to do, and twice as hard to motivate yourself to do, when you consider it a chore. (Ask me again how I feel about post-production.)

So fast-forward through a chain of events and we came to agreement where I’d take on the heavy creative lifting of writing his script. I was familiar with what he was going for, and in talking we’d reached a place where I could see a story in his idea that I wanted to write, so I set out to get an outline together. Once I had his approval on the nuts and bolts of what the story was to be, I got to write write writing.

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My Thoughts on THROUGH TRAVEL AND ERROR

July 2011, I was contracted to produce a video to promote a book via author interview. The marketing company is based out of town so they contract me when they’ve got an author nearby. This was the first one I did for them. The video is embedded below.


Trouble with the video? Watch directly on Vimeo instead.

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