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.

 

Town Teams Screened at Baseball Hall of Fame

by Mark Honer

Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball

DHTV Digital is proud to announce that Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball will play at the Baseball Hall of Fame next Sunday, September 24th as part of the Twelfth Annual Baseball Film Festival. So if happen to be hanging out in Cooperstown next Sunday, stop by and check it out. :)

http://baseballhall.org/Events/film-festival-2017

 

Locked-in on Lockton

by Bryce Benlon

Another great year for Lockton (and, in turn, DHTV) at the annual Lockton Sales Meeting - this year's theme being "Culture Matters"

 

Every September for the past 20 years, the Lockton producers and associates gather in a beautiful part of the country to hold their Sales Meeting: a healthy mixture of speakers in-and out-of house, ranging from Lockton legends, chairmen, and CEOs, to top name people from around the globe with their own bit of wisdom to share.

 

The Lockton message is all about setting themselves apart. Not in isolation, but rather to go above and beyond the standard in the insurance industry. The Lockton name represents teamwork, dedication, passion, and culture. Lockton has always represented a caring community of hard working producers and associates, who are proud to be a part of the team. Not only is every member carefully chosen, but they are cared for, groomed, and trained with great passion. Lockton cares about it's family, and that is one among many reasons they thrive as one of the best company's still standing to this day.

 

Here are some highlights from this year's conference

 

 

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Solar Eclipse Road Trip

by Mark Honer

We had to drive about 100 miles east to get a clear shot at it but we dodged the clouds and ended up in Sedalia, Missouri to shoot the eclipse. Here are a few scenes we picked up from the state fairgrounds.

Town Teams Documentary Airs on KCPT

by Mark Honer

Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball will be broadcast on Channel 19, KCPT - Kansas City Public Television this weekend and next. The documentary about Kansas baseball in the late 1800s and early 1900s will air a number of times in the next two weeks. Here's the schedule:

 

  • Friday, August 18, 07:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 19, 12:00 am 
  • Sunday, August 20, 08:00 am 
  • Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am 
  • Sunday, August 20, 06:00 pm 
  • Saturday, August 26, 12:30 am 
  • Sunday, August 27, 05:30 pm

Road Trip from H.......

by Mark Honer

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This is not a photo of either Todd or I at KCI. But we kinda felt like this dude crashed on the floor a couple of different times this week.  We were headed out for a fairly complicated road trip; four film shoots in five days. 

The plan was Houston, LA, Las Vegas and Dallas.  We got up at 3:30 in the morning to make our 6:30 am flight to Houston. After settling in for the flight(United), I noticed that the cockpit door was open and there was no pilot in the left seat.  A few minutes later the people from the friendly skies informed us that the plane we were sitting on had been written up for a repair last night but that no one had done the repair.  "You never should have been boarded onto this plane, and I'm very sorry but we're going to have to fly a part in from Chicago and this flight will be delayed until this afternoon."  

This is the kind of explanation you imagine when you're swearing under your breath at an airline - any airline - for making you late or screwing up your schedule. It's just rare to actually hear them admit that they screwed you.

There were 3 other flights booked and three more canceled this day(United and Southwest) so we ended up skipping the Houston shoot and decided to start instead in Los Angeles. Long story short, we crashed in LA(as in reached our hotel and collapse - not the other kind of crash) after a 21 hour day...and we hadn't shot a second of film. Can you say unproductive? :)

Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you. 

 

Great futures start here

by Bryce Benlon

Waking up to join the early birds in rush hour traffic: Check.

Spending most of the morning out in weather hot enough to match your body temperature: Done.

Filming a heartwarming commercial with unforgettable people and an inspiring message that changes lives: Sign us up.

Shooting day was finally upon us, and the sun shone bright. The DHTV Digital team assembled in Independence, MO on Thursday, to spend the day with Boys and Girls Club of America, (KC chapter) and put together a commercial that shows the world just what they're about.

The Boys and Girls Club of America is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. But there is far more to their plan than just a simple mission statement. They mentor, they offer genuine support and understanding, and they inspire.

Many children have a lot of potential but lack the right opportunity to reach it. And fault doesn't always play a roll, sometimes that's just how the chips fall. And that's where the Boys and Girls Club of America comes in - they give a new chance of hope, a new path to a better future.

Our team had an extremely rewarding day with a vast pallet of talented volunteers who were eager-to-play and happy to be a part of the production.

What you see on your screen sometimes might be a 30 second "one-shot take", but the effort and planning that goes into that final 30 seconds can take a lot of coordination. And these kids nailed it with flying colors.

To sum it up: planning & prep, standing in the heat, shooting take-after-take until it's just right - its all worth it at the end of the day. Because nothing tops meeting the people we get to work with.

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Mark Honer working with the younger kids to coordinate one of this centuries most innovative karaoke numbers known to man

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Senior D.P. Todd Norris preparing for the one-shot-take with our narrator Janese of the Boys and Girls Club (left to right: Todd Norris, Brock Masters, Mark Honer, Janese)

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A hot day and a quality shot requires a lot of care, including blocking the camera and the videographer from the sun. Thanks to Isaac Honer for lending more than a hand. (left to right) Brock Masters, Isaac Honer, Todd Norris, Mark Honer)

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Back in the recording booth with Janese for the final voice over recordings that will play over the commercial (from left: Brock Masters, Mark Honer, Janese)

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The kids get ready for another take of singing and dancing, lit by Bryce Benlon