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Practice Shoot – FCT Crew

On every Actuality Media program we take a morning or afternoon aside from the main project to put the crew together, filming on a set for the first time. It’s a great time to field questions that would otherwise interrupt the main project, and always a fun time.

The TECHO crew got their practice day early to film the Colecta event. There was not early event that need be filmed for the FCT crew, so we paid a visit to the very friendly, oft-shopped at jewelry store down the street.

With no prep work, and just a little time to get ready, it's up to the Cinematographer to start getting coverage right away while the Director works up a story.
With no prep work, and just a little time to get ready, it’s up to the Cinematographer to start getting coverage right away while the Director works up a story.
The compact size of the jewelry store, as well as the many, many decorations hanging from different points of the ceiling made quite the challenge for the crew - both to all fit in one space, as well as to get the sound coverage desired.
The compact size of the jewelry store, as well as the many, many decorations hanging from different points of the ceiling made quite the challenge for the crew – both to all fit in one space, as well as to get the sound coverage desired.
For the sit down interview everyone gathered behind Professor DeMil who helped translate (and later volunteered to be the on camera customer)
For the sit down interview everyone gathered behind Professor DeMil who helped translate (and later volunteered to be the on camera customer)
With main filming done, crew members also had the opportunity to try their hand at different roles. Directors with lighting...
With main filming done, crew members also had the opportunity to try their hand at different roles. The Director with lighting…
and the Editor behind the camera.
and the Editor behind the camera.
Then a wrap with an exterior shot.
Then a wrap with an exterior shot.

 

Unfortunately after shooting was done, our subject let it be known he didn’t really want to be on the internet. The shoot was really an exercise, and the important part was getting through it together. However, the Editor was able to put together a very fine cut and after a private screening with our subject he gave the okay to put the video online. So without further adieu…

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Highlights from Ziplining

En route to ziplining!
En route to ziplining!
Getting prepped for ziplining.
Gearing up.
Gearing up.
Gearing up.
Ready to go!
Ready to go!
First line - didn't quite make it to the end.
First line – didn’t quite make it to the end.
Success!
Success!
Getting down the ziplines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Getting down the ziplines.
Going on down the lines in a different fashion.
Getting down the ziplines.
Incoming!
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Going on down the lines.
Off we go!
Off we go!
Ready for takeoff.
Ready for takeoff.
Coming in for a landing.
Coming in for a landing.
All in one piece and ready to head to the hot springs!
All in one piece and ready to head to the hot springs!

Photos by Robin Canfield of Actuality Media

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.

 

 

 

 

Not Goodbye, See You Later.

Not Goodbye, See You Later.

Goodbyes are sometimes hard, and yet, necessary. Tampa is home to many people and places that are important to me but I could not be more excited to embark on this adventure. Working with TECHO in Cuenca will serve as a great opportunity to not only shed light on an organization that helps shelter the people of its country, but also promotes youth volunteerism, an underutilized service in Latin American countries. It is this volunteerism that serves as the foundation for which TECHO provides a roof for its country.