There is nothing better than doing what you love to do and helping others in the process. I'm a video producer in Brisbane and I produce lots of videos. The bulk of my work is corporate and real estate video production but every now and then a project comes along that allows me to use my skills to help raise awareness and funds for charitable organisations such as the RSL Art Union.
With funds raised through RSL Art Union Prize Home Lotteries, the RSL helps and supports thousands of veterans and their families. It's an honour to be able to provide video production services for such worthwhile causes and a real privilege to meet and work with heroes like Pennie.
Video Production in Brisbane for a Great Cause
My brief was to produce the next video in the RSL Heroes series for the RSL Art Union. I would be meeting and interviewing Pennie, an ex-Psychological Examiner in the Australian Army who served for 19 years before being discharged with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
After meeting Pennie on location, I determined the best place to shoot the video and went about setting up 2 cameras for the interview. She was quiet and perhaps a little nervous, but I could also tell she was strong and I was looking forward to hearing her story.
Before too long we were ready to go. I had mic'd Pennie with a lapel and also placed a H1 external mic for back up. Both cameras were rolling and we began the interview. Pennie spoke with confidence and honestly.
During her interview, Pennie shared some very open and honest dialogue which game me real insight into her experiences.
For the first time in a long while, I found myself listening to her story with full attention rather than simply monitoring my video cameras.
I have the utmost respect for our service men and women as they deal with extraordinary situations on a daily basis.
Pennie delivered a wonderful interview. After I had packed up the cameras, we headed outside for a quick photo shoot and to gather some b-roll footage before heading out to a ranch to meet a horse.
During her equine therapy, Pennie made a strong connection with her horse, Dylan. He made her feel safe and enabled her to open up and talk about her experiences more than ever before. It was special to watch Pennie interact with her horse.
Video production occurred over the course of one day and the feedback from my client has been great. It's always a pleasure working with such wonderful people. You can see and read more about Pennie's story, along with other VIP Heroes at the RSL Art Union website.