Today is a big day for us – to help nonprofits tell their stories and showcase their successes through video, we’ve launched the Realize a More Beautiful World campaign. Our first client featured is Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga (HM), and as you can see on realizeamorebeautifulworld.com, we shot a two-minute video to vibrantly demonstrate the inspiring work that Habitat does. In this case, it was building a brand-new home in Acton, Ontario for four gentlemen with autism.
Here are some behind-the-scenes details of what went down on set!
In total, we spent five days in Acton, Ontario with volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity, interviewing Sarah Golan (Habitat-HM Marketing Director), Gary Wiebe (Habitat HM Construction Manager), the families of the men moving into the house, John Gerrard (the CEO of Habitat HM), and Greg Edmiston (the Executive Director of Community Living North Halton).
The crew included our Marketing Director Taylor Corrado, along with Creative Director Devin Wilmot, Videographer Kristin Kellogg, four cameras, 2 tripods, and one drone. Devin and Kristin were troopers, getting up at 5 a.m. each day to take sunrise shots and scouting shoot locations while planning for shots during the day.
But while we were on site with Habitat, we became part of the building crew – wearing hard hats, steel-toed boots, and gloves when necessary. We got our hands and clothes dirty to get the best shots for the story. Our team even went through safety training to ensure there wouldn’t be any workplace accidents. We were truly in the trenches with the volunteers to bring this story to life.
It was a wonderful experience working with Habitat for Humanity on this project – everyone on site was so nice and accommodating. We’ve got especially fond memories of one of the volunteer crew who looked like Santa Claus, and would give out candy to all of the crew (thanks Rick!).
At the end of the five days, it was inspiring to see what everyone could accomplish when they worked together for a cause they were passionate about. Here’s what Devin had to say about undertaking the project: “It’s refreshing to work on a project like this. Kudos to FrontStream and Habitat. I’m just honored to help tell the story.”
And from Kristin: “Filming with Habitat for Humanity for this project in Canada filled my heart with so much joy. It’s incredible to see nonprofits truly helping the people within their community live a better quality of life.”
Watch the full video on realizeamorebeautifulworld.com.