What is Sweet Southern Film Collective

An Avant-Garde Production Company

What is the Sweet Southern Film Collective’s mission? We are a collective of inspired, passionate artists & storytellers all working together to promote and push the boundaries of quality filmmaking.

Joshua Howard, a filmmaker and photojournalist represented by The National Geographic Society, has traveled the world and has made connections with some of the most talented, inspiring people on the planet. He realized that, as a collective unit, these individuals could be brought together to start bumping the curve of what we see as traditional film and media. As a group, we want to push the envelope of film so it is constantly at the cutting edge of innovation and imagination.

The Sweet Southern Film Collective is a full service production company that can bring your next project to life. No project is too big or too small. If the story is worth telling, it will be told in a quality way.

The Collective is not a closed or a closed-minded group. It is constantly growing and evolving to become the organization that it needs to be. If you would like to join our ranks, simply send a hello and tell us what makes you tick and we will look at your work. We are thrilled to meet interesting new people who are excited about breaking the boundaries of music, film, animation, photography, painting & design.

a·vant-garde
aväntˈɡärd/
noun: avant-garde
  • 1.
    the advance of a group in any field, especially in the visual,
    literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized
    chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.
adjective: avant-garde
  • 1.
    of or pertaining to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.
    2.
    unorthodox or daring; radical.
col·lec·tive
kəˈlektiv/
noun
noun: collective; plural noun: collectives
  • 1.
    a cooperative enterprise.
    • a collective syndicate.
adjective
adjective: collective
  • 1.
    done by people acting as a group.
    “a collective resistance”
    • belonging or relating to all the members of a group.
    • taken as a whole; aggregate.
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PRE-PRODUCTION

This is the part that most people miss. We will help you storyboard and plan everything about your production well in advance so that actual production days aren’t left to chance.

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PRODUCTION

Production days are exciting and you, as the client, can be as involved as you want. You will be surrounded by a top notch crew and top of the line equipment. Every angle will be captured and professionalism will be the highest priority.

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POST PRODUCTION

We will be editing on top of the line equipment and software and will work with you so that your vision comes shining through. We are done when you are satisfied.

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Images Taken
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Glasses of Sweet Tea Consumed
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Countries Documented
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What we can do

Our Services

Video & Film Production

From feature films to music videos to high-impact television spots, we are the artists for you. With years of experience working with high-end clients, our team has what it takes to make your project a success. We know the rules and know when to break them to set your work apart from the rest. We also pride ourselves on owning the best and most cutting edge equipment on the planet. RED Digital Cinema Cameras along with high-end cinema lenses are our primary tools of the trade but we also work with BlackMagic Cinema Cameras, Canon Cinema Cameras, Canon DSLRs and Canon L glass if the situation calls for it. SD output through extreme HD 4k resolution and beyond…the decision is yours.

Post-production

If you have footage in your archives and need a video editor to make the footage sizzle, we will get the job done. No cutting corners. Only the very best will leave our hands. We use the Adobe Creative Suite for most of our editing purposes but we also have experience and are certified in Final Cut 7 & X in case that suits your project and output options better.

Underwater Cinematography & Imaging

Some of our crew members were blessed with a set of gills upon birth and are as comfortable shooting below the waves as on dry ground. Whether you need an underwater shot for your feature film or commercial or are interested in showcasing your next big product with an underwater flare, we are the ones to work with. We can even turn a simple pool into an elaborate underwater studio for fashion shoots and artistic works of art. With satisfied clientele like The National Geographic Society, we know how to get the shots you need. Bring on the waves and the sharks.

Video, Film & Script Consultation

Fresh eyes are absolutely necessary in this industry. After countless hours of planning and production, anyone can get numb to their own work. Allow us to peruse, critique and guide your next project.

Marketing, Branding & Design

Having a cohesive look to your marketing materials holds especially true to corporate videos. We not only have the skill set to produce your next commercial tv spot but we can also design your next logo and even your entire marketing campaign. No need to go elsewhere. One roof. Everything taken care of.

Photography

Weather you need a new set of head shots for your actor’s portfolio, a behind the scenes documentation of your next feature film or a photojournalistic article about a project you’re passionate about, we have the tools, the vision and the experience to capture what you need.
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Our Work
“Beneath the Surface” Television Pitch Teaser

“Beneath the Surface” Television Pitch Teaser

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Photo shoot of NYC Actor Steve Cavanaugh

Photo shoot of NYC Actor Steve Cavanaugh

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Underwater Demo Reel

Underwater Demo Reel

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“Begin Your Adventure at New Horizons Scuba Diving” TV Spot

“Begin Your Adventure at New Horizons Scuba Diving” TV Spot

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“Things We Don’t Know” in association with Red Flight Pictures

“Things We Don’t Know” in association with Red Flight Pictures

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“Swim” In Association with Red Flight Pictures

“Swim” In Association with Red Flight Pictures

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“The Lost City of the Mosquito Coast: A Modern Struggle for the Past”

“The Lost City of the Mosquito Coast: A Modern Struggle for the Past”

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“The Power to Move Mountains: Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia”

“The Power to Move Mountains: Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia”

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“Defining Grace”

“Defining Grace”

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Meet the Talents

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Joshua Howard

Founder, Director & Cinematographer
Joshua Howard stays awake at night thinking of new and innovative stories to tell. He’s found his passion and calling in life and he loves what he does. His love for his work comes through in his work and to his clientele.

 

Josh’s rather peculiar skill set & list of accolades:


 

Underwater Cinematography Instructor at Asbury University • Represented by National Geographic Creative (formerly National Geographic Image Collection) • National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee • National Geographic Expedition Leader and Photo/Film Instructor • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer leading dive trips all over the world • Cave & Technical Diver • 4.5 years as senior designer at integrated marketing firm • Worked for Apple as a video & photo editor • One of four owners of Red Flight Pictures, an award-winning independent film company in Philadelphia • Traveled to 49 out of the 50 States…Rhode Island, I will find you one day.

Looking for our new producer!

Looking for our new producer!

Producer
We’re looking for people who want to make a difference in the visual world. Contact us and let’s see if we can get you involved. We’re looking for someone who loves the producer role in the film industry. Details, logistics and professionalism are key.
Looking for you!

Looking for you!

Magic Man
We want you if you’re a magic man behind the camera or in the editing room. Send us a link to your reel and your thoughts on the film industry…
What Went Where

What Went Where

Marketing Guru
Looking for a guru who spends their days mastering the interwebs and knows how to get things done on a caffeine high.
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Customization is key.

And so is affordability. Here at the Sweet Southern Film Collective, we know that people have different budgets and needs. That’s why we have small setups and big setups, cameras rigs that weigh more than a small car and ones that can fit in your hand. You tell us what you need and we’ll work with you on getting you the right setup and the right price. Since you probably at least want to know if we’re in the same ball park, just send a message in the contact form below and tell us what you’re interested in. We can accommodate just about any crazy request so let us know and we’ll give you a customized quote package that will probably be pretty darn affordable for your wallet.

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Coast to Coast Road Trip: Top 5…or 6

Coast to Coast Road Trip: Top 5…or 6

So…umm, why drive across the United States? Great question. To tell you the truth it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been able to fly into most states on the map but I find great pleasure hopping in my Subaru with no more than a general direction and just pressing down on the gas…

‘Project Reclamation’ traveling exhibit a success in Nashville, TN

‘Project Reclamation’ traveling exhibit a success in Nashville, TN

Here’s a nice write up about Project Reclamation, a traveling exhibit, that is made up of artists trying to raise awareness for the environmental impact mountaintop removal coal mining is having in Appalachia. The exhibit features my documentary film, “The Power to Move Mountains” as well as several still images from my National Geographic sponsored…

Australia’s Amazing Night Sky

Australia’s Amazing Night Sky

Since returning from Australia, many people have asked what my favorite moments were. Without a doubt, the night skies were some of my major wow moments during my time on expedition in Oz. The image locations in this gallery range from the middle of the outback to the beaches on the remote coast of Cape…

“defining grace”: the official trailer

“defining grace”: the official trailer

“Defining Grace” is a documentary film that showcases an orphanage, Into Abba’s Arms, that is based in Kinangop, Kenya, just west of Nairobi. This organization is not only enriching the lives of 42 young orphans but is reaching out to the community and making positive ripples in a country that is so desperate for the…

A documentary film and photo shoot in Kenya

A documentary film and photo shoot in Kenya

This past spring I was commissioned to shoot a promotional film for an NGO in Kinangop, Kenya. Here is a look back at one of our early journal entries: My creative director, Alli Blair, and I will be flying to Nairobi in less than a month. While there, we will be shooting a 2-3 minute…

Join the Sweet Southern Film Collective: If you can blow our minds with what you’re up to, you’re in.

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