How it all started...
McCosh Films is built on tradition and craftsmanship
The name McCosh comes from my grandmother, Mildred Rumbley McCosh. Born of Scottish heritage, she married my grandfather Howard Rumbley. This is a picture of the two of them.
We knew our grandmother only as nana, and loved her dearly. She is one of the first people who ever told me that with very hard work and passion for what you believe in, you can do great things.
The McCosh family were farmers, musicians, and blacksmiths. They worked their craft with dedication and passion. We as filmmakers will strive to continue that handcrafted pride through our work. We will strive to produce a beautiful product, making each project unique and custom.
We want to create impactful films that will tell stories with a sense of wonder and humanity. We want to be a voice for people, just as nana was a voice for the family in her wisdom, and heart filled with love and passion for faith and her family.
The Scottish meaning for McCosh is "messenger" which is exactly what I hope this company will be for the clients we serve.
My journey to McCosh Films
Here's a little bit on how I found my way into the business of telling stories. I have always been in love with photography from an early age. My brothers and I would create our own short films in the backyard. We used a SHARP VHS camcorder to shoot our films. There wasn't access to nonlinear editing at the time, so we had to cue up the end of one scene looking through the viewfinder, and then begin shooting the next scene. This would create a hard cut between shots. All of the editing took place in camera! Our soundtrack and voiceovers would then be added by dubbing over the natural sound, using a microphone, again through the camera. That old SHARP camera sure got a workout, and we had so much fun creating our features.
THE STORY CONTINUES
A little later in my life I borrowed a NIKON from my uncle Bill as I traveled on a mission trip with my church to Mexico.
That trip allowed me to really discover my passion for photojournalism, documentaries, and the true art of storytelling. I captured every moment that I could. I came back with rolls and rolls of film, yes film!
I was very shy, and I surprised everyone as I put together a slide show presentation of the trip for the entire church. I described each image with so much passion and detail that I shocked myself! It was at that moment, in that dark room full of people, that I told myself that I wanted to somehow do this as a career. I had never felt more relaxed and excited at the same time, as I told the story of our trip.
My visual journey continued when, at only twenty, I was hired by the local ABC affiliate, WATE. I started out running the teleprompter and fetching scripts for the nightly newscasts, but soon after I wanted to pick up a camera. I would ask the news photographers to show me how to turn it on and even shoot video. They were all so very kind to this young kid who didn't have a clue of what he was doing.
I ended my career at the television station with many "chance of a lifetime blessings" including the opportunity to cover several presidents, even riding in the motorcade! I saw a lot of amazing and horrible things in my fifteen years there. The television station was my college. I feel it was a masters class in visual storytelling and in life. I continue to build on these lessons each and every day, striving to become better at who I am and what I do.