Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

by Bryce Benlon

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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.

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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)

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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.

A warm praise for the Club

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

The Feifer story continues...

A new year, and another in the bin with our friend Lynne. 

 (Back row L-R)Todd Norris, Mark Honer, Bryce Benlon of DHTV Digital. (Front row L-R) Lynne Feifer, 365 Days of Baking and More, Donna Moenning, LookEast.

(Back row L-R)Todd Norris, Mark Honer, Bryce Benlon of DHTV Digital. (Front row L-R) Lynne Feifer, 365 Days of Baking and More, Donna Moenning, LookEast.

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.

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This year's video Christmas card is a reminder to keep our priorities straight this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Be ready to grin, 'cause here comes Lynne

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. 

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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.

Visit her website, Facebook, and Youtube to sample the genius yourself, no need to check insulin levels though - she's just the right amount of sweet.

 Lynne Feifer, host of "365 Days of Baking and More" filming her open.

Lynne Feifer, host of "365 Days of Baking and More" filming her open.

 Lynne has a sit down interview with Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD. at North Carolina State University about today's technology and where it could head in the future.

Lynne has a sit down interview with Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD. at North Carolina State University about today's technology and where it could head in the future.

 Dr. Barrangou explains a complicated idea during Lynne's interview at the lab.

Dr. Barrangou explains a complicated idea during Lynne's interview at the lab.

 Science can be beautiful too - more so if you don't drink the results. 

Science can be beautiful too - more so if you don't drink the results. 

The Money Shot

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. 

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 Step 1: Find your starting point and compose the first part of the shot. 

Step 1: Find your starting point and compose the first part of the shot. 

 Step 2: After the first shot is established, map out a preferred path to ensure the most awe-worthy way from A to B

Step 2: After the first shot is established, map out a preferred path to ensure the most awe-worthy way from A to B

 Step 3: Apply a marker-friendly panel over your screen for ultimate precision - use minimal gaffer's tape. Bonus points for sleek engineering.

Step 3: Apply a marker-friendly panel over your screen for ultimate precision - use minimal gaffer's tape. Bonus points for sleek engineering.

 Step 4: Check for clear skies and an optimal lighting hour by the sun. A poorly lit shot will ruin any film's chance.

Step 4: Check for clear skies and an optimal lighting hour by the sun. A poorly lit shot will ruin any film's chance.

 Step 5: Acquire final shot and bring home the Oscar winner

Step 5: Acquire final shot and bring home the Oscar winner

Keep coming back and checking out our Facebook page to find out the progress of the documentary

See more of our aerial video here

Dairy Proud

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.)

 

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Bases loaded, Town Teams still running strong

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?) 

 

 Another proud screening of our documentary, Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball  

Another proud screening of our documentary, Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball  

 Q&A session with Mark Honer, Director of Town Teams and Head Honcho of DHTV Digital

Q&A session with Mark Honer, Director of Town Teams and Head Honcho of DHTV Digital

Fun with Motion Tracking

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.