La Colecta – Practice Shooting With Techo

When a once a year event happens before you should start filming, you don’t ignore it – you make it a learning exercise and get a little footage.

Locals go by Ecuadorian time, so arriving on time meant we beat everyone else. The crew sat out the rain on the cathedral steps.
Locals go by Ecuadorian time, so arriving on time meant we beat everyone else. The crew sat out the rain on the cathedral steps.

 

Dawn came quickly and the camera started rolling as the TECHO volunteers began to gather in Parque Calderon. The groups quickly split off into country-themed crews and began heading out to different parts of the city.
Dawn came quickly and the camera started rolling as the TECHO volunteers began to gather in Parque Calderon. The groups quickly split off into country-themed crews and began heading out to different parts of the city.
The crew situated themselves at the center of activities, poised to shoot (and reshoot, for practice) as the Colecta progressed.
The crew situated themselves at the center of activities, poised to shoot (and reshoot, for practice) as the Colecta progressed.
And then, they took to the streets.
And then, they took to the streets.
After a break to review the mornings footage, the crew returned to Parque Calderon to take things from another angle.
After a break to review the mornings footage, the crew returned to Parque Calderon to take things from another angle.
The crew learned from their practice, learned from what they could capture with the camera, and had extra guidance from Señor Boulton.
The crew learned from their practice, learned from what they could capture with the camera, and had extra guidance from Señor Boulton.
Things were exciting.
Things were exciting.
Wait, what country are we in again? (Each Colecta crew had a different country theme. The film crew paid Mexico a visit in Parque San Blas)
Wait, what country are we in again?
(Each Colecta crew had a different country theme. The film crew paid Mexico a visit in Parque San Blas)
In the late afternoon the crews (film and TECHO) converged on Parque de la Madre.
In the late afternoon the crews (film and TECHO) converged on Parque de la Madre.
Though there was rain, the building of a sample TECHO house proceeded, and so did filming.
Though there was rain, the building of a sample TECHO house proceeded, and so did filming.
When the house was completed there was much rejoicing.
When the house was completed there was much rejoicing.
Filming continued as the night descended and lights came on.
Filming continued as the night descended and lights came on.
Techo's La Colecta Event in Parque del Madre.
The concert celebration progressed, and only when the crew decided they had all that they needed did we call it a wrap for the day.

 

Practice shoot done.

Photos by Robin Canfield of Actuality Media.

 

 

 

 

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