Grassroots video making, otherwise known as “there’s no budget, so I’m using the kid’s flip camera”

I am just putting the finishing touches on my very first video for a local Seattle nonprofit. There was no budget to have the video done professionally, but we had to create something to communicate to the community what work the agency does, who it serves, how it serves them, and demonstrate the hard work and dedication of the almost all-volunteer staff. Relying on traditional means of communication just will not work for this agency — neither of the two staff members are equipped to keep up on the fairly complicated website module system they are contracted into, and there is no budget to create a consistent newsletter (paper or e-news). So my work around was to make a video — and I had to make it myself. Easier said than done.

I’m not a film-maker. I didn’t have a lick of experience making films. What I did have, though, was years of experience teaching and thinking about film as another form of narrative, and so bringing the story together in my mind (and on paper) was the fun part. The not-so-fun part was learning how to edit the actual clips into the narrative using all free software. Luckily, I’m a fast learner and came up with quite a few great work-a-rounds.

I also discovered that Moby (yes, that Moby) has made some of his remixed and unreleased material available to nonprofits and film students for non-commercial video projects. Thank you, Moby and mobygratis, for allowing me to use one of your pieces!

The video is almost ready to make public, and I cannot wait to unleash it onto the social media community and the Seattle blogosphere. This agency has been running a food bank in Belltown since 1975, serving tens of thousands every year, and it’s time the Seattle community learned about them. Stay tuned!


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