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Break The Couch Labs are here!

BTCLabsBreak The Couch team proudly introduces Break The Couch labs, an online series about new media, filmmaking & photography techniques

In Break the Couch we share the passion for new media and filmmaking. Over the last few years we have substantially invested in equipment which we have used successfully in multiple projects so far. In May 2016, we decided to take our knowledge to the next skill level and in parallel we wanted to share our newly acquired knowledge with whomever is interested in learning filmmaking. This thought gave birth to our new series of episodes, called “BTC Labs”.

In these episodes we are experimenting with a new technique, we combine our knowledge, and we make a video. There is a lot of work to these episodes but this is something that doesn’t scare us at all, inversely it motivates us so much and we have tons of fun. We are going to the beach to take time-lapses, and in forests to practice our new Steadicam shots, let alone the DIY projects that enable us to get some cool camera angles videos.

Let’s be clear, we don’t see BTC labs as an end in itself but as a means to achieve the vision of Break The Couch. Summarizing the above in some crisp sentences, with our new series we aim at:

  • Learn about filmmaking and mobilize others to learn and pursue their creative passions by participating in the episodes
  • Use the knowledge to substantially improve the next Break The Couch projects
  • Share the knowledge and passion with the broader community that may not have access to Break The Couch due to other constraints e.g. logistics, time

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Love,
Break The Couch team

 

3 Years Break The Couch

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3 years passed very fast, happy birthday to everyone who did Break The Couch!

2 Years Breaking our Couches!

Break The Couch team blowing its second candle on the 11th of May 2014.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

It's fun to be two

In May 2013, we celebrated together the first year of Break The Couch. Having the experience of one year full of dreams and plans we entered to the second year of our life. The Second year we have to say that it was a bit more demanding but also rather fulfilling. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them: Read the rest of this entry

Dream Job Vacancy for New Media Travelers

Dream JobThis morning the BREAK THE COUCH team woke up with a very interesting email in our inbox. One of our friends send us an email with the name “Job Vacancy Tailor made for you”. In the text box of the email there was an encouragement that one member of our team should apply definetly for the following job.  Also the email was followed with some lines “You have to do it, you deserve it”, “I will write a recommendation letter for you”.

We clicked on the link and we landed in the job portal of SWISS Air. There among the jobs there was one with the title “The SWISS Explorer” published yesterday (5/5/2014). From the first sentence of the Job Description we got fascinated from what was about to come: Are you a modern-day Marco Polo with a talent for reporting and filming, while putting an airline’s products and services to the test at the same time?”. 

In few words what is it about: “SWISS is inviting an adventurous spirit with plenty of drive to travel the globe on its behalf for 6 months and share his/her memorable experiences with a worldwide audience.  Read the rest of this entry

1 Year Anniversary!

Break The Couch team blew its first candle on the 11th of May 2013.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

Fun to be oneStarting that day of May 2012 in Athens we had lots of dreams. Time show to us that we have to make small steps in order to achieve the a big step. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them:

  • By the end of 2012 we managed to finish our first documentary named “More than a Marble Path/Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι”.  ( http://www.MoreThanAMarblePath.com )
  • We made our first official video clip for the composer Nicolas Livaditis on his song “Nanourisma” (Lullaby) sang from Krinthi Zira (>>click<<)
  • We present Break The Couch as an initiative in several trainings. Specifically:
    • November 2012: “Share and Promote” training (Miltenburg, Germany)
      We presented a first cut from our documentary since the training was about how to promote your voluntary work
    • February 2013: “I See Green” Youth Exchange (Ommen, The Netherlands)
      We presented on a workshop Break The Couch as a New Media initiative. How we use social media and the best practices so far.
    • April 2013: “Taking Changes!” training (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
      Break The Couch was invited from the organizers in this training for Youth Entrepreneurship along with other people 3 people working on the non-profit world to explain about Break The Couch as an informal group, what we did, how we did them and which are the future perspectives of the whole project.
  • We became partners with Olde Vechte Foundation in the Netherlands in the Youth Exchange dealing with the usage of media and a sustainable lifestyle named Levers of Change. So in August 2013 we will send 5 Greek people to attend this event.
  • We took part in the initiative Re-Think, Re-Act organized by the Citizens in Action with the support of the European Youth Foundation which focus on the Youngsters of Greece and how they deal with the financial crisis. Our initiative by itself it has been mentioned as a good example on a self-motivation and paradigmatic idea overcoming the jobless economy and being productive on a booklet. (>>click for the booklet (only in Greek)<<)

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Apart from that we travelled in several places with our camera, even on the summit of Greece, Olympus mountain, we hitchhiked a pick up van in a Greek island, we worked several hours without a break, we consumed many bottles of wine, countless “gyros” and most of them not sitting on a couch. We mainly used a round table, some other times on Google Hangout, sometimes through WhatsApp and of course many times while doing something else but we got distracted on how to break the couch.

We hope that soon we will be back with news an updates that will signify a new prosperous year full of creation, fun and learning.

Stay tuned many surprises are coming soon!

Break The Couch: Kick off

Welcome to our new blog!

We are happy to announce the official kick off of the Break The Couch initiative.

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Why Break The Couch?

A couch is like a modern symbol of laziness and passiveness and is perfectly combined with watching TV where you can’t react nor participate. On the other hand, today there are opportunities that technology has given us. As a team of ambitious people located in Athens we decided to stand up from the couch and also brake it!

We have decided to create, to get involved, to act, to learn and to influence others while working with video and new media

What you will find here?

In this blog you will find video initiatives and productions we got involved as a team. Nowadays we are working on several media projects that we will share them with you through this site. Currently you will find posted two old projects we created before we form officially the Break The Couch team. Soon new updates will be posted here and and we hope that they will surprise you positively.

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