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Charity video produced on a mobile – IOF competition winners

I was glad of a warm reception as I arrived at the entrance to St Kentigern’s Hospice; outside the ice was crunching under foot and a brisk wind blowing. I’d travelled up to work alongside the fundraising department at the hospice – they’d won our December IOF competition with a strongly worded, straight-to- the-point entry that clearly outlined a case-study that they want to film, to highlight the work of the hospice.

Health and Safety gone serious...

Health and Safety gone serious…


Over the past 16 years, we’ve worked many times with Habitat for Humanity – producing charity films for them both internationally and with their UK-based teams. Working to overcome housing poverty, in the UK they partner with corporate organisations, often bringing volunteers onto construction sites to help with the building process.

Variety – spice and life

It feels like a repeated cliché to say that the year has flown by – but once again I’m sat thinking about all that we’ve done and barely believing that it’s almost 2016.  We’ve had a year of fantastic variety, from filming projects for the elderly and challenges for inner city teenagers in the UK, through to Tanzanian chickens, Ugandan latrines and Indian coal mining.

An insight into filming a charity video overseas

I’ve just returned from two back-to-back filming trips to Uganda and India and it got me thinking about some the different approaches and challenges that come with capturing stories in a different country and culture – and particularly in places where they’re not used to seeing cameras and being interviewed. With this in mind, I’ve put together a short list of some of the challenges of filming charity video overseas and ways to deal with them:

1) Travel

Filming for Christmas under a hot sun


Extraordinary gifts

The sun was beating down from the African sky and a long dusty road lay in front of me to get to our destination. Just the sort of scenario that makes you think of…. Christmas!

Connecting Students with Worldwide Human Rights

Coffee pot at the ready, comfortable shoes on and the camera fully charged and memory cleared – it was time yet again to start the mini-filming and editing marathon at Truro School. This was the third year running that we’ve been involved in their end-of-term World AIMS programme -  two days focusing on world issues such as disaster relief, sustainability and charity. This year, the focus was on Human Rights – looking at freedom of speech, freedom of movement, modern-day slavery and gender equality.

A Diamond in the Rough

I was so lonely before...

“I was so lonely before – I just lost myself. You don’t realise what life means to you”. Glancing round the room as we recorded the interview with Doris, I could see that a number of people were close to tears – as indeed was I! I’ve been volunteering for Contact the Elderly for almost a year now (see my earlier blog) and it’s been great to get to know the group and share stories with the older people – many of whom are cut off from society and rarely see people from one day to the next.

Just the Beginning

My name is Melissa Parker and I am the newest addition to the Purple Flame team!  I was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but now attend college in Poughkeepsie, New York.  I am in my junior year at Marist College where I am in the process of getting my degree in Media Studies and Production with a double minor in digital video production and global studies. Ever since I was little I had always dreamed of studying abroad in London.

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