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FastCoast Productions is a fully equipped video production house that is open for business in its new location on Main Street in Hamilton.

The video business works with any business or organization to create unique commercials, narrative movies, documentaries, corporate videos, “how-to” and educational videos to meet the needs of the client.

Owner Christian Ackerman said he has the equipment, flexible office and production space and skills for full video production.

“We provide editing, video production, drone videography with licensed and insured pilots through the FFA, we provide video transferring and equipment rentals,” Ackerman said. “We do corporate videos and we do them really well.”

He said his business is unique because it has kept the creative side of making feature films. He has made music videos, public service announcements and campaign videos. The list of local production credits of includes The Greater Ravalli Foundation, Hamilton School District, Bitterroot Aquatic Center and Emma’s House. He’s also worked for Sammy Hagar, Adam Levine and James Lee Burke.

Ackerman said the corporate production side of the business pays for his business and covers the fun feature film production aspect.

He started his film making career as a pre-teen with VHS and creative energy. He attended film school at Montana State University but already had many of the skills so he started his career before completing a degree.

“I paid off my debt, never went back to college and kept on my education by working in the field,” Ackerman said. “I’ve been trained by great mentors in the industry.”

He has worked for KECI-TV and Montana Community Access Television (MCAT) in Missoula. He has been an instructor at the Missoula Flagship Program and the MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton. He is currently a media teacher at Corvallis High School.

“I never thought I’d be an instructor, trainer or teacher of a class or an after school program. I’m a busy bee, I’m like a 4-year-old who just can’t sit still,” Ackerman said. “I like creating and making movies. I do professional work but it is like playing and what I love to do. I have had a lot of opportunities because I kept going for my dreams, kept on making movies.”

Ackerman has developed connections in the film industry and his work is available on well-know outlets and online venues.

“When you put your movies out there and you’re not afraid or ashamed, things start to happen,” Ackerman said. “Even if they’re not the greatest film – the ideas is you’re going to get better as you go along.”

He said he continues to learn and the creative reputation has helped FastCoast to succeed.

“We need this creative side because when you are making corporate videos you have to be creative or they’re going to have no soul, they’re not going to have the spark that we have that a lot of people don’t have,” he said. “I love story telling and I need that feature film capsule to tell that story.”

In addition to corporate videos and making movies he has started the FastCoast Film Academy with workshops to teach all aspects of filmmaking in a fun, hands-on and action packed week. The workshops get students on the sets of real movies and they learn by interacting with advanced students and career professionals.

The sky is the limit as it his private academy.

“We don’t have to limit creativity. We made a feature film, ‘Scarlet,’ in one week and showed it at Hamilton Tonight last Friday,” he said. “We used adults who love to act. It was almost like a screening. The students saw it as an audience member and have ideas for improvements.”

Ackerman said students in the FastCoast Film Academy are building resumes for their careers.

“We are making movies and doing what we like to do,” he said. “Kids are coming in extra hours and creating what they enjoy. We are going to finish this up and it will be coming out.”

The FastCoast Film Academy slogan is "Welcome to FastCoast Film Academy where the Future is Bright and Confidence is Found."

FastCoast Productions wants to produce corporate videos and has volunteered to work with the Ravalli County Museum to transfer and preserve decades of historical videos.

The FastCoast Productions downtown office and production space is located at 401 West Main Street, Suite B, in Hamilton. Contact Ackerman for a free consultation at 406-370-1432, contact@fastcoastproductions.com, or online visit FastCoastProductions.com or fastcoastfilmacademy.com.

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