Chicago Documentary Video Production Tag

east st louis video production

AARP Illinois // Political Advocacy // Enough is Enough

AARP Illinois is running a political advocacy campaign entitled “Enough Is Enough“. Their microsite states, “Illinois is experiencing a severe fiscal crisis caused by years of fiscal mismanagement and recently, two years without a budget.  Millions of residents of all ages suffered through the lack of depleted programs and services.”

east st louis video production

The nonprofit organization wanted to highlight exactly how Illinois’ fiscal crisis was affecting residents and organizations in East St. Louis, Illinois through this video production.  

In less than a week, we sourced three different stories in the town. All of them highlighted how the Illinois budget crisis was affecting them. For this political advocacy video production, we interviewed local residents, town officials, and nonprofits.

All of the videos were edited and delivered within 24 hours to our client who handled online distribution of the series through social media channels, email, and the nonprofit’s microsite.

After the campaign ran, the Illinois General Assembly passed a balanced budget! It was the first time in two years this happened. 55,000 people watched the videos in their email and 3,400 clicked through to contact legislators. Pretty amazing results for videos we sourced and delivered in record time!

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Detroit Documentary Video Production

SMILE Program // Documentary Film

The Oakland County Friend of the Court provides services to parents who are going through divorce. Through their SMILE (Start Making it Livable for Everyone) program, an Oakland County Circuit Court mandated program, all parents with minor children who are divorcing or involved in a privately filed paternity, custody, or support case can learn how to co-parent during and after a divorce is finalized.

The SMILE program had a brochure and a training DVD produced in the 90s. Since the video was first produced, a lot of the material taught in the program needed to be updated. So, they hired us to produce an updated video! In looking at the material that needed to be taught and the intended audience, we brought up the idea of producing a documentary-style, interview-based video. The plan was to film interviews with several families who were going through divorce so that viewers could learn from those experiences and see how those families successfully navigated the co-parenting process.

Detroit Video Production

Pre-production phone interviews were conducted with many families. In coordination with our client, three families were selected to appear in the documentary film. Over the course of three days, we filmed nine interviews, b-roll, and also various scenes with actors. It was a busy three days while our crew filmed around Detroit and the surrounding suburbs.

Detroit Video Production

During filming, we were able to meet a lot of interesting people. One of the people we featured lived in her car for a period of time. She handed her daughter over to her ex-husband during this time because she didn’t want her daughter to live outside in the freezing car. To illustrate this scene, we filmed an actor living outside near the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit, MI.

Detroit Documentary Video Production

In addition to all of the ground footage we filmed, we also flew our aerial drone to capture video of various landscapes around Michigan.

Michigan Aerial Drone
Post production included logging many hours of interviews and b-roll footage. In addition to the longer documentary film, we also produced a shorter version and segments for in-class training. Closed captioned DVDs were made and distributed to various stakeholders across the State of Michigan.

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