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CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty has been a client of ours since 2010. We have created over 60 video projects, built websites, presentations and advised their marketing team for the past seven years. However, it was just in the past 12 months that they launched a new non-profit, 501-c3 charitable organization called Redwood Gives Back.

When they reached out to us and asked us to tag along on their first international giving initiative to build homes in Haiti in partnership with California based non-profit New Story Charity, we couldn’t have been more excited!

Field Journal: Dede Part I

This is Dede, he is an 8 year old Haitian boy who volunteered to let us follow him with our camera as he raced around his village aka tent city. As we were filming a few of his friends jumped out from behind one of the structures and tackled him – they were just playing because he was on camera but when he fell he hurt his arm. We felt absolutely horrible, but Dede wasn’t phased in the slightest. This little man bled for our shot and just got up and kept going….we realized pretty quickly that resilience is a trend in this country.

The Project

As part of our Projects That Matter Initiative, we have a lot of experience traveling the world and working with non-profits to help share their stories in new compelling ways, however, with the launch of Redwood Gives Back this provided us with a unique opportunity – we had the fun challenge of establishing the tone and style that Redwood Gives Back would have as an organization moving forward.

Our task was to travel with a small team from Redwood Gives Back to Haiti and document their experience as they meet the families and learn more about the community where they built their new homes. Once we return we would cut together a short doc recounting the experience to debut at their Annual Redwood Rally.

Field Journal: Dede Part II

After our new friend Dede fell and hurt his arm he motioned for us to keep following him. We ran around one of the tents, but we stopped him to make sure his arm was okay. He smiled and gave us a thumbs up and he pointed to our camera and said “photo!” We had a Polaroid camera on us and we took a photo of him and gave it to him. He lit up like a Christmas tree! We had never seen someone so happy. Then it hit us, he didn’t have a mirror in his tent, maybe he never had a mirror. Maybe he had only seen his reflection in the broken glass scattered around on the ground. We’ll never know for sure, but we know how happy that photo made him – something so simple yet so meaningful…

The Result

Behind the Scenes

Field Journal

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This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.