This year, the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee took place in a downpour. However, the rain did not stop the over 30,000 runners and thousands of volunteers from going on with the event. Given the recent tragedy with the Boston Marathon, there was also heighten security. Two videos from Anthony-Denmark Communications cover the rain-soaked activities. The first is “Country Music Marathon 2013 ‘Twanging In the Rain'” with a report on the conditions and risks, the runners were taking. The second, “Country Music Marathon 2013 ‘The Human Spirit'”, shows the physical and emotional toll the pounding rain was having upon the runners. The event was conducted to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Julius Witherspoon and Lee Stewart of Metropolitan Social Services in Nashville, Tennessee speak about the growth of the elderly population and ways agencies can meet this need. This video shows excerpts from their presentation, “Increasing Need for Home and Community Based Services for Seniors and Disabled Adults” at the TCSW Middle Region Fall Conference on November 2, 2012. Video by Russ Anthony 411 for Anthony-Denmark Communications.
“You are an advocate”, says advocacy veteran Gordon Bonnyman from the Tennessee Justice Center. He speaks to the audience about the qualities needed for being an effective advocate for people and causes. These excerpts are taken from his presentation “The Whys and Wherefores of Advocacy” at the TCSW Middle Region Fall Conference on November 2, 2012. Video by Russ Anthony 411 for Anthony-Denmark Communications.
I enjoy making videos and I love improving my video skills. If I received a big pot of money today, I would be very happy using with my cameras, computers and websites to pursue my video-making dreams full time. Through Anthony-Denmark Communications and Russ Anthony 411, I produce social work technology videos and entertainment videos.
Here are items to consider when looking for a videographer to make your organization’s next video:
The Cost. Sometimes, I want to take on a new project and a problem area can be the price. “How much do you charge to make a video?”. While that is an honest question, the answer would depend on several factors including expected time spent before, during and after the actual shoot. When I get such a question, I try to get the customer to give details about expectations for the video. For example, a video taken as an audience member requires different skills and resources compared to projects where the videographer can plan the shots.
The Time. I was recently asked to provide video service for a customer. When price was discussed, the response was, “That much for being at the event for an hour!”. Time spent during the recording phase is not the only consideration. Often the real work in producing a video comes in the editing phase. This is my favorite part of working on a video. The choosing of the scenes, the timing of each segment and the manipulation of sound and video can keep me working happily late into the night.
The Finished Product. When working on a video product I Identify the message and show video to support that message. The message can be affected by the quality and quantity of the captured video. A successful video is one that I can produce that has an effective message with good quality and in the appropriate running time.
But, the key is knowing and getting what you want. Be sure to have details so that expectations are clear on both sides. Talking about the details helps to decide on the cost. But it is okay if you need help with crafting an idea or concept for a video.
- Bikers participate in the Poker Run by traveling to arranged locations to pick cards to determine who will have the winning hand at the end. It is all for fun and a good cause as these bikers help to raise money to support services for the homeless in Tennessee. This video captures the first and last stop at Boswell’s Harley-Davidson and at Arrington Vineyards. Watch for short scenes from the concert that followed. Click here to watch the video online. Produced by Russ Anthony 411 for Anthony-Denmark Communications.
The video Tour de Nash 2012 highlights the largest organized bike ride in Nashville, Tennessee conducted by Walk/Ride Nashville. Russ Anthony 411 was there to take in the spectacle. Watch the beauty and coordination of Nashville bikers as they begin three separate treks through the streets of Nashville. This year’s ride, (it’s a ride, not a race), included an estimated one thousand riders. This video shows the start of the 62-mile, 32-mile and 8-mile groups as they begin their journeys. Nashville’s mayor Karl Dean is in the front row for the 8-mile family fun ride group. Marvel at the variety of riders, bikes and gear as the rider pass the camera showing off individual biking styles. Click here to see the video produced by Anthony-Denmark Communications. For more information about Walk/Bike Nashville go to walkbikenashville.org. For photos of Tour de Nashville 2012, please click here.
This short (1:16) video gives three benefits of video recording public events such as workshops, fundraisers and community organizing. If you are part of a community or public service organization, you should consider video recording your next public event to advertise to your client base, provide a visual report of activities to funders/supporters and to increase the morale of staff and volunteers. Video is a great tool for getting your message across in a powerful way.
A truly incredible community event was captured on video in Nashville, Tennessee on March 28, 2012. Project Homeless Connect 2012 offered a one-stop shop for persons who are experiencing homelessness to gain information and assistance from 70 service agencies and vendors. This video will give a glimpse of the services offered and how attendees benefited from the experience. Be sure to take note of the many financial and and in-kind sponsors who made Project Homeless Connect in Nashville possible. Conducted by The Key Alliance of the Metropolitan (Nashville) Homelessness Commission. (Please note; if you viewed this video prior to March 31, 2012, it has been revised).