This week, we have a great shot chosen from our documentary produced back in 2016, "Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball". The sequence showcases a pitcher from the early twentieth century, hurling the ball towards the batter. This was one of the many highlighted recreations made in the documentary, as you notice the pitcher wearing his uniform, unique to the old small oil-boom town of Midian, Kansas.
…..of this job is meeting fascinating and inspiring people who happen to live in fascinating and inspiring places. We found ourselves capturing images of Allison Carr and three of her daughters riding horseback near Logan, Utah yesterday. The sun was just about to dip below the mountains and the light was ‘Golden’. Allison’s is a story of hope. She received an adult stem cell transplant four years ago after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. Today she is free of the disease and living with a new appreciation of life.
This past summer, DHTV was able to visit the country of Haiti, to shoot a video for a Christian organization aimed at helping locals in and around the small village of Mauger. In this exciting moment, a few members of the organization starting throwing water balloons over the compound walls to surprise the kids! The smiling faces on each child was quite something to behold.
Shooting video at night can be a difficult task, but in the right setting (with the right light set up), one can really gather some great footage. Here, we shot some video for a client who wanted to highlight the bustling and buzzing of vehicles driving by. The headlights on each car moving directly toward the camera gives the viewer a unique perspective.
Last week, DHTV made their way out to Colorado Springs, following Lockton as they gathered for their annual “Global Growth Forum” event.
The trip was filled with tons of shooting and editing, with multiple late nights in prep for the event’s various video production needs. As always, our crew was diligent about having all video footage and graphics looking great and finished promptly.
It was a full week of work, but nothing makes us more content then leaving a production knowing our client’s needs were met and they were happy with the service we had an opportunity to provide.
Enjoy a few stills of our guys working hard!
This week's "Suite Shot" circles back to St. Augustine, Florida. Construction on the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. began in 1672, and served both as a haven against enemy attack and as a prison at one point in time. In 1924, the Castillo became a national monument, and it continues to showcase its architectural beauty to this day.
This week's suite shot takes place in the bustling city of Atlanta. Here, we take a look at the impressive Atlanta skyline from above. Unsuspectingly, we also get to see a passenger train glide through our camera, just at the right time. This historic city, continues to tell us stories even today.
We met this little guy on a shoot last week in Haiti, as one of our DHTV Digital film crews were working there on a project for a non-profit organization. While capturing a time lapse of the sunrise, this curious hummingbird cruised in front of our camera, paused long enough to look into the lens, then flew away. Talk about a happy accident!
Gaze upon the beauty of St. Augustine, Florida, the location of the oldest continually occupied settlement in the continental United States. Old architecture and scenic views are characteristic of this notorious city, and continue to attract visitors to the area. Nicknamed, the "Ancient City", it is not a place you want to miss visiting!
In America, we have the opportunity to celebrate our freedom on July 4th each year. Some people watch fireworks, some grill huge amounts of food, some go swimming. Nearly all of us though, get to salute our flag, which symbolizes our country's amazing values we strive to live by each day. This suite shot was taken at a local farmer's market this past holiday, as the beautiful rays of the sun peaked in through the flowing flags.
It was a long, hot, and somewhat emotional day for the DHTV Digital family today. We moved out of our studio of the last nine years in downtown Shawnee. We're moving to a slightly larger and much more versatile space in Lenexa. We've collected a lot of great memories and a lot of stuff in the past 9 years. Thankfully, I'm blessed with two great families: My staff at DHTV and my wife and boys. I put them all to work today.
My thanks to Kevin Bennett, our landlord since 2009. You're the best my friend.
This creative shot was edited together for our annual Christmas "Video Card" sent out to our clients a few years back. "No Budget" was the name of the short. The fiery explosion occurring behind our film crew was generated together entirely in post production. DHTV enjoys putting together fun, interesting shots like these whenever we have the opportunity to. Who doesn't want to be the cool hero walking away from the huge explosion?
One thing that we have learned in this business is how hard farmers work on a daily basis. Many work day in and day out in the fields, making sure everything is going smoothly with every piece of equipment and every effort of labor. Here, DHTV was able to capture a few moments of work taking place late in the day, after the sun has clipped the horizon. This footage was taken from our upcoming documentary film "Combined", set to be released later this year.
We are continually seeking new ways to to tell a story for our clients. This creative clip was made for one of our clients for internal use, to encourage their employees to better embrace the company's culture. DHTV Digital found an abandoned movie theater for the filming.
by Bryce Benlon
Cracking the code on a bold new approach - A fresh mission statement by our friends at Lockton.
Lockton Companies wears many hats in the insurance industry, like insurance, risk management, employee benefits solutions, and retirement services.
As one of the worlds largest privately held insurance brokerage firms, Lockton keeps their name and reputation by continually going above and beyond for clients, focusing on expansion, and in this case, always keeping themselves in check to remain parallel with todays ever changing market.
Times are-a-changing, and fast. But whatever obstacle comes, Lockton Companies has a plan in-pocket. And that's what keeps them on top.
Here's a look into one example of how they obtain success: Motivating their associates. They may be insurance centric, but that doesn't mean it has to be all numbers and charts. They have skilled communications teams who focus on innovative, creative and energetic videos that match their fast paced culture. After all, if you're able to integrate video production into your company culture, why not have a little fun with it too? Throw a little spice into the sauce, so to speak. Like this film-noire style piece we filmed with them (and quite a blast it was)
If theres one thing to take away from this, it's that the more you reach out to your own people, and the more effort you put into communicating your goals, 9 times out of 10 you'll see more success, which is why Lockton is one of the best in the industry.
Here we take a look at another beautiful shot from our documentary, “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball”. Watch as we slowly work our way from our silhouetted pitcher to the baseball dancing in the rays of the sunset. Soak in the memories of seasons past within the light!
by Bryce Benlon
If you're familiar with our usual goings on at DHTV DIgital, then you'll know the Boys and Girls Club of America are an organization that we consider a friend, and one we see frequently, at that.
For those who don't know about the fine people of the Boys and Girls Club, it is an organization that started in 1860 by three women, and extends to today, holding stronger than ever their original cause: to keep young men and women off of the streets, out of trouble, and in an environment where they can be educated, supported, challenged, and most of all to ensure a bright and promising future.
The central focus on this project was nothing short of congratulatory, as a small handful of sponsors joined together to give praise to those who are responsible for what Boys and Girls Club of America is today. Community America, DST, and NASB to name a few, shared their own gratefulness and thanks, as well as Don Wagner (right) representing he and his wife Jean for the Don & Jean Wagner charitable Foundation.
The Boys and Girls Club's own Dave Smith (left) is also being recognized for his continuing impact. Dave has nurtured and guided young lives for the past 25 years. Here's the shocker though: Smith's story with the Boys and Girls Club didn't begin as a leader - he was a club kid himself. Who better to know the very core of this organization than someone who spent his formative years there himself?
The lives affected by the Boys and Girls Club of America, and by extension everybody involved, are truly a blessing to be had, and would not be where they are today without their help and care.
And as for us, we're proud as always to continue to help share their story, as well as be a part of it.
Kansas City is known as the "City of Fountains" by many, with beautiful sculptures able to be found in various locations all around the metro area. Here we take a look at the J C Nichols Memorial Fountain (sculpted in 1910), which is located in the Country Club Plaza district.
One thing a videographer must do is embrace happy accidents. On this shot from our “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” documentary, we placed a sheet of clear acrylic in front of the camera to protect the lens from a stray baseball. The acrylic reflected the sun and created a crazy lens flare. Rather than reposition it, we left it as is and created a really interesting effect!
None of us like to be slowed down by traffic on our way to work, our home, and our gathering places. Being stuck in between vehicles for extended periods of time has a tendency to put a damper on our attitudes and emotions. A videographer, though, often has an uncanny ability to find beauty in even the most unenjoyable spaces. This surreal time-lapse showcases the buzzing and constant motion of the multitude.