After much praise from a video we produced the previous year, Habitat for Humanity turned to us again to create a moving video to help create awareness and recruit volunteers for its cause. Told from the perspectives of both Habitat homeowners and volunteers, this video was a huge success for the organization.
Religious Community Services
An inside look at the remarkable tasks being performed by this organization. Written and directed by Bob Swanson, this was shot in numerous locations over several days. Different versions of this were produced to inform the public, recruit volunteers, raise funds, and involve religious groups.
Hopes Breakfast Introduction
Telling the brief story of the Habitat mission, this video was used to set the stage for their annual fund raising kickoff event. We built this using extra b-roll footage from producing the full length video. Teaser clips of interview audio along with a poignant music track make this very effective.
This makes car pooling look attractive for more reasons than just saving money. Scouting sites is always more critical when shooting with location sound. We thought we had this one nailed an a little used side street. Well… first there was the lawn service and their leaf blowers, then the shoot ran into the lunch hour and everyone left the building in the background and kept driving by us to se what was going on rather than heading out the other direction.
In this convention video, we used our trademark multiple camera time lapse technique to show the erection of the acres of tents in this huge outdoor exhibit in Orlando next to Universal Studios.
We start with two 21 stories up on the hotel roof. Then used two more on the ground that we coordinated with the construction of key or unique tent types. After shooting for two days we went back and edited the multiple source tapes into this video which was shown a day later as the opening video for the keynote function. It got a standing ovation from the international audience. We also shot detail video of unique tents requested by the association and later provided those on DVD for on IFAI website as educational tools.
The Love of Learning
To educate parents who are considering this school we went into the classroom. By using very little location equipment and utilizing as much natural light as possible we minimized disruption and let the children be natural. Since they were not actors, speaking roles were not scripted, just interviewed and directed to speak from the heart.
Reach for the Times
A look at the Tampa/St. Petersburg market using helicopter footage, lots of locations and graphics. To show the wide presence of The St. Petersburg Times we visited all of their sponsorship locations. This meant even doing sports coverage of baseball, basketball and hockey. Full access was great, but the most fun was getting the helicopter shots!
8 Months in 5 Minutes
This is our longest single location shoot to date. We shot footage over an eight month period at the Port of Tampa to capture this unique detailed look at shipbuilding.
Over an eight month construction and shooting schedule we captured all the milestone events to detail the patented process used by this multi-national company. First they cut the ship in half to add an entire section in the middle. Then the ship was dissected to remove the deck and structures underneath. A new second hull was added to create an inner liner to hold crude oil. Then the deck section previously removed was put back in place. We shot simultaneous time-lapse with multiple camera positions. On location several days a week we also shot in all areas of the ship including being in the bilge when massive sections were set on top of us. The images had to tell the story. There is no narration so the video could be used internationally without translations. Our work was awarded two ADDY awards for cinematography.