We have often been asked how we can best help forest peoples projects and other innovative social and ecological projects succeed. The simple answer is to introduce the projects to impact investors or businesses looking to become carbon balanced. Its about selling projects and for that you need clear stories. Make a short film and the whole process moves up a notch.
So in 2012 we set our intention to do more to support the communication needs of our community reforestation partners. This lead to Daren and Leia engaging with Rupantaran, a social enterprise in Nepal. With UK Government Funding we filmed our first micro-documentary in Nepal. We now call these micro-documentaries and our service 101 Visions (meaning the short story of visionary projects). And we are honoured to have now worked with some wonderful partners like IIED, Save The Children, Start Network, Plan Vivo, Carbon Tanzania, Platbos Trust and Source Coffee.
Our team has the canny ability to do things very differently in the film making space. We bring understanding of sustainability narratives together with film making expertise. And our approach to each film is unusual. For example we are happy to work firstly with a partners existing visual materials or to guide a partner to do there own filming. So less flying, smaller budgets, and faster turnaround (not to mention down with carbon). But the team we have means that whatever and wherever your film making needs, if the project matters to us, we can meet them.
The first really nice thing about all of this is that projects are ending up with independent films that everyone in the project ecosystem can share easily. The second is that feedback so far from partners has been 100% positive. Thanks for that.
So just to be really clear. We work with you to create a strong independent narrative. We make maximum use of existing visual assets, creating viable new high quality films in weeks not months, for a fraction of the cost of going out to far flung places to film. But is that is needed we are there. We can deliver films 2 weeks from their start date at a fixed cost that makes this work inclusive.
We would love to hear from you if this communications approach is what you need at this point…for more on this check out our 101visions channel.
We work with you, often on Skype, to distil the essence of your story.
Our approach is to use existing materials before new filming, so we review your existing media assets.
We present a script for your approval, making changes where needed.
We engage in new filming where required.
We present you with a 3-5 minute video, making changes where needed.
Your short film is uploaded to our 101Visions YouTube channel and launched on social media.