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.
The spring season is officially here, and that means it is time to get outside! Here we were able to capture a father and his daughter in a very special moment during an outdoor family picnic.
These shots were collected from the Inland Lake Yachting Association Championship Regatta hosted each year in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Enjoy watching the sailboats streak across the lake with ease and beauty.
What makes a sports pump up video awesome? Usually some slow-motion, probably some awesome lighting, maybe a dramatic walk? This thematic shot of a local basketball team was used by DHTV to get the squad and their fans ready to bring the heat in their upcoming season.
It is pretty easy to come across beautiful landscapes in Hawaii, but there are a few places that are unparalleled in majesty. Akaka Falls, located on the east side of the Big Island, is one of Hawaii's most notorious waterfalls. The water careens down 442 feet to the spectacular gorge at the bottom of the falls, where the stream continues on its path to the ocean.
This week’s ‘Suite Shot’ turns the camera on the special bond between mother and child. We shot this film as part of a fund-raising effort for a local pregnancy clinic. Helping desperate young ladies deliver and care for their babies is no easy task. These images of a mother loving her child remind us what it’s all about.
Flying over a Kansas wheat field on a hot summer day can make you feel pretty small. Up close, these combines are enormous. But when you see the size of the wheat fields they’re cutting, you start to understand why farmers sometimes spend 20 hours a day for days and weeks at a time to get their crops in. These images were captured on the Alan Crane farm near Larned, KS last summer. Watch for a short film later this year called ‘Combined’.
A new year, and another in the bin with our friend Lynne.
Continuing from our previous story, "Be ready to grin, 'cause here comes Lynne", we were joined by the familiar Lynne Feifer (365 Days of Baking and More) again this week focusing on the subject of food and science, the common denominator being health, and disease prevention. Working with veteran video producer and communications strategist Donna Moenning of LookEast, this week's shoots were smooth and productive.
These days more than ever, people all over the world (with the help of social media) have joined to better improve our food intake and energy output, and be all around safer and more responsible as people. It's no secret that there's an ever-growing fad in seeking out ways to not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also to use the technology available to insure a safe and vibrant planet for our future generations.
This week's run consisted of stopping by Children's Mercy Kansas City to sit down with Dr. Nazia Tabassum on the more medical side of things, specifically the facts on genetic diseases that are becoming more and more curable by way of scientific research and trials.
Along with the visit to Childrens Mercy, we also spent some time with Lynne's friend Erin Brenneman, Iowa farmer, via Skype on farming and agriculture, and where health and science plays its vital role there.
Stay tuned with us to find out where it all goes from here.
This year's video Christmas card is a reminder to keep our priorities straight this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
by Bryce Benlon
DHTV DIgital was joined by a new client and friend this week while setting off on a new series fresh out of the oven.
Lynne Feifer, master of the kitchen and host of "365 Days of Baking and More" joined us in the name of science, to put question to a handful of specialists on how todays advanced technology can help to create safer and healthier foods. This trip in particular was to the North Carolina State University labs, where she spoke with Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD. on his own contributions and insights.
From short & sweet uploads on her Youtube channel back in 2013, to a now full-time gig as a beloved online personality, Lynne shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Recipes vary from appetizers and snacks, to fun lunches and desserts - all with her own personal spin on things.
But one main ingredient to why she leaves such a lasting impression: she's real with her audience. Her honest what-you-see-is-what-you-get presence mixed with a genuine smile, and a dash of humor-to-taste, keeps us all clicking for the next video like it's a regular Netflix binge. If a new idea doesn't turn out so hot, she'll be sure to leave it as a true part of the process, no ingredient left out.
by Bryce Benlon
DHTV is taking its attack plan to new heights during the production of its latest documentary project, a film focusing on the pre-Royals-era Kansas City A's.
While the crew lacks no confidence in their storytelling abilities, they're always aiming higher. Anybody in a creative field will agree, there's nothing more fulfilling than the golden "a-ha" moment. a.k.a. 'the money shot'.
The goal is to create a shot that looks like a continuous aerial shot from the site of the now demolished Municipal Stadium to Kauffman Stadium more than five miles away. This effect in particular took hours of planning and meticulous precision, and not without many trials and road blocks. But if Orville and Wilbur were here they'd tell you the same: persistence is key.
And charged batteries. Those are good too.
by Bryce Benlon
When DHTV treks out on a farm tour through the plains of the Midwest, we often find that there's nothing "Plain" about it.
Wide open pastures, friendly inviting new faces, and the sweet smell of fresh feed from the fields - these are a few reasons we keep coming back every year with our friends from Midwest Dairy.
This years adventures consisted of traveling out to visit a fresh young group of farmers in gathered in Minnesota, to sit together and talk about how they're keeping the next generation aware and updated on why dairy farming is not only necessary, but a crucial piece to the world economy. Todays young farmers are some of the hardest working, genuine people you'll ever meet.
Next stop: Illinois, to take a tour with the Chicago Bears' very own Staley The Bear. The energy was not lost on our next group of curious students as we toured the Redeker farm, while simultaneously chasing down the ever-ornery Staley. There is no doubt those kids will be sleeping well after this day.
In a nutshell, it was another successful journey, with yet again many new faces and forever lasting anecdotes, on top of a forever growing learning experience. The fun didn't stop at the last farm, though - We had plenty of Casey's Pizza and DVDs to pick from on our long drive back. No video crew is complete without the ability to watch a screen no matter where they are. (Don't worry, the driver didn't get to partake.)
by Bryce Benlon
DHTV had the home-field advantage on Friday as we had yet another successful screening of "Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball" directed by our own Mark Honer.
The Watkins Museum of History (Lawrence, KS) was proud to screen the documentary, while to DHTV Digital, it's yet another home run. Fans got to take the pitching mound as they threw questions to Honer, who continues to hit 'em outa the park. (Can we get away with any more baseball puns, here?)
by Mark Honer
Sometimes, a client will let us have some fun with visual effects. A recent piece of work gave us the opportunity to create some motion tracking shots.
When we shoot a short film or video project, we typically use about 10% of the video we capture. For this piece, a culture video for Lockton Companies, we were able to dust off some dramatic aerial cinematography we found in our archives.