About three years ago I decided to focus my business on inspirational and cause-driven work. I still do a wide variety of commercial work. Everything from information videos for insurance networks to testimonial and promo videos for high-powered gyms to documentary shorts for large corporations. But the work that Dare Dreamer Media specializes and excels in, is work that moves people to better their lives and their community.
It can be a hard road sometimes. Many of the clients I serve don’t always have the biggest budgets. But the “payment” I get in return is a profound sense of using my gifts to make a difference in this world. That brings me peace, even during the times when life doesn’t feel very peaceful.
A few weekends ago I shot what I believe is one of the most important films I’ve made to date. A provocative film about the evils of teen sex-trafficking. I made videos about this topic before. But this one is different. It was darker. It was more challenging. And it’s designed to help a client raise a LOT of money. Will it succeed?
The client is The Downing-Clark Hope Center and Academy, a center for girls caught on hard times. Drug addicts. Girls on suicide watch. Foster kids in between homes. A few years ago, they had to close down. Now, they’re doing all they can to re-open their doors and focus all their resources specifically on teen girls rescued from the sex trade. Atlanta happens to be one of top cities in the U.S. for the commercial sexualization exploitation of children, aka C.S.E.C.
The film will be used as part of Downing-Clark’s fundraising campaign. It’s from an original script I wrote. Without giving too much away, it shows the life of these girls caught in the trade. And it shows the possibility of their life in a world where Downing-Clark can re-open.
The 5D Mark III to the Rescue
As is often the case, the budget was low. But that didn’t deter me from putting in all that I could to make this film look it’s best. I turned to my good friends at LensProToGo (who are also sponsors of my podcast) to see if they would lend to the cause. I knew I didn’t have the budget for a 2-ton grip truck of lights. I didn’t even have the budget for a couple of KinoFlos. Yet, the script called for lots of scenes on dark streets, dark cars, and dimly lit motel rooms. I needed a camera that held up at high ISOs. Enter the 5D Mark III. In addition to the 5D3, LensProToGo loaded us up with a Zacuto Scorpion and EVF, a nice set of wide, medium and long Canon L lenses, a 50mm Zeiss, and some follow focuses (or is that foci) and plenty of battery juice. As the screen shots below can attest, the 5D3 performed magnificently. (Click an image to see it larger. These are all, ungraded screen shots from the raw footage).
Behind the Scenes
Lots of people contributed their time and talents to make this film a reality. I’ll have more details when the film posts. Until then, here is a short behind the scenes video made by one of the filmmakers in my mentorship program, Wesley Morris.