Rob Kelly’s #WeAreYQQ Report on Tech & Media: Spring 2016

This is my first report on the Comox Valley’s tech and media sector for the #WeAreYQQ Project. Three to four times a year I will be reporting on how local tech and media individuals and companies are succeeding and winning. Reports will be posted to this blog, and to local print publications whenever possible. If you’ve got news, please Tweet me @robkelly63.

Congratulations to Brent Craven at Craven Studios. Brent is a video creative who recently worked as director of photography and editor on Our Voices, Our Stories documentary, about the former St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay. The film recently won best short form documentary at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.


Brent is now editing Wine Guys, a six-part TV series coming out in 2016. You can see Brent’s video on former Comox Valley Record columnist Ralph Shaw at


Sarah Clark’s Future Perfect is a short form animated film company focusing on commercial clients. She recently completed a project for tech start-up Appreciado, the first project she’s done that almost exclusively uses hand drawn animation. Follow Sarah on Twitter @futureperfectTV.

Here’s what Future Perfect did for Vancouver advertising and design firm, St. Bernadine Mission


Audio Xcellence is a DJ service that’s recently added a 20-foot indoors/outdoors screen to the existing 1,600 watt sound system, giving Audio Xcellence the ability to deliver “big picture, big sound”. Owner Russell Ball says that their special Halloween screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Courtenay Legion raised funds for the Care-A-Van homeless project.

Leif Jason at Mastermynde Strategy provides a wide range of professional expertise in marketing, eCommerce, web strategy, and more. He has recently developed an online calendar of Comox Valley events that’s crowd-sourced, and community-curated. A of the key to the success of this community calendar are curators, people with a passion for specific event sectors (e.g. food, sports, music, business, etc). If you’re interested in being a calendar curator please contact Leif directly via or Tweet him @mastermynde A draft is posted at (see the dropdown menu at “Categories” for all listings). One of Leif’s passions is seeing community organizations using online resources effectively. For example, he’s been working with the Rotary Club of Comox to help merge multiple websites and use social media more consistently.

As for yours truly, Rob Kelly at Modern Rocket Media in Comox, I’m a corporate video writer, producer, and director. I’ve recently produced a fundraising video for the Richmond Hospital Foundation, telling the story of a long-time doctor in the community and the changes he’s seen in health needs over the years. I’ve also produced a short-form historical documentary for the Labour Heritage Centre of BC about the tragic history of asbestos and its impact on BC workers. Here’s a short I made for WorkSafeBC:

I’m currently working on a video series about dairy farm safety for new and young workers, shooting some of the footage locally – at Viewfield Farm in Courtenay.

Got tech or media news? Let’s get it in front of people. Send me a Tweet @robkelly63. Or email me at rob <at> modern-rocket <dot> com.

by Rob Kelly
on Twitter @robkelly63