#FLINTFWD Shoot

Finding the positive amongst the negative...

Its been a crazy last couple of months for Flint, MI (more accurately, couple of years...).  With  the lead water crisis still full speed ahead...  It seems that the voice of the people most effected can get lost in the political football that this tragedy has become.  Ive been commissioned to do some work promoting the #FLINTFWD initiative.  With the help and support of the Hagerman Foundation, Skypoint Ventures, Phire Group, and, the Flint community, Digital Alchemy Films was able to produce a series of smaller spots promoting our citizens.  This has been tough on all of us here in Flint but, we fight back!  Those that have been here for the long haul endure and are stronger for the journey.  People say Detroit hustles harder...  Flint is harder.  We will get through this.  Were not leaving.  We will resurrect from the ashes even tougher than before.  Though this tragedy is terrible, it has brought us together like never before.

The script for this spot was crafted from words sent in from the people of Flint.  Its pretty awesome and I must say I am proud of it.  Was nice to direct and shoot this.

Please take the time to check out flintfwd.com

Photo Cred: Mike Naddeo

The spot...


#FLINTFWD

I have been directing and producing series of ads focusing on the grass roots collaborative of Flint residents for the #FLINTFWD initiative.  It has been really exciting and refreshing to get to know my city again.  The people of Flint are resilient and are not going to let this water crisis beat them down.  Last week we were imbedded with the Red Cross on several water distribution efforts, Catholic Charities, and several small church groups.  The people of Flint have really united under this man made tragedy.

A young Red Cross volunteer carries cases of water door to door for Flint residents.



It feels good to see your work displayed in front of an audience...

Today was D-day for a project I have been working on with a client...  I must say there were a lot of constraints in trying to bring this thing on budget and in time.  As freelancers we've all been there.  Its tough to manage client expectations sometimes.  It was all totally worth it when you have a room of 200+ people all clapping after they see your work.  Just feels damn good.  Now for round 2!

 Town hall meeting where they played the footage on two huge 80 inch TVs...

Town hall meeting where they played the footage on two huge 80 inch TVs...

 Working the wheels in DaVinci like a boss.  Hate the fluorescent lighting.  We greened our lights up to balance with theirs.  Pain in the butt.  Someday ill have the budget and crew to replace these...

Working the wheels in DaVinci like a boss.  Hate the fluorescent lighting.  We greened our lights up to balance with theirs.  Pain in the butt.  Someday ill have the budget and crew to replace these...