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January 5, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
A Video to Make You Smile

A Video to Make You Smile

We initially embarked on our Smiles video series mostly for our own pleasure - it was nice to compile a montage of happy faces!  We shared it and people seemed to enjoy the video as much as us. So we have continued. If you really feel the need to get an extra dose, feel free to go back to previous versions (and let us know which is your favorite): 2016 Smiles 2015 Smiles 2014 Smiles 2010...

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December 15, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
Mini-Case Study: Making Science Come to Life

Mini-Case Study: Making Science Come to Life

Silent Spring is an organization that researches the causes of cancer (versus the cure), with a particular focus on breast cancer. The founding of the organization was inspired by Rachel Carson and her book, Silent Spring. Carson was one of the first scientists to study the environmental causes of cancer, especially the chemicals we are exposed to in our everyday lives that are carcinogenic. (Think:...

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July 7, 2017 \ Rachel Jellinek
Three Tips on Immersive Video Storytelling

Three Tips on Immersive Video Storytelling

Have you been considering dipping your toes in the water of 360 videos? I recently attended a presentation on this topic by Jenna Lebel, Head of Digital Marketing at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Here are three great tips that I learned from her experience: It often takes the viewer 5-10 seconds to get oriented to using the 360 degree view, so make sure that you wait until 15-20 seconds in for your...

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June 9, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
Restorative Justice – an alternative to court justice

Restorative Justice – an alternative to court justice

Several years ago we produced a series of videos for Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ).  The idea behind restorative justice is that addressing certain crimes outside of the courtroom can have beneficial outcomes for all those who are affected by the crime - the victim, the perpetrator, their respective families, and the community at large. Frequently, a case is referred to C4RJ by a police...

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April 25, 2017 \ Rachel Jellinek
Phyllis Silverman’s Exploration of Grieving

Phyllis Silverman’s Exploration of Grieving

“Grief is not an illness from which we recover. It is a life-changing event that happens to all of us.” Last week I attended a poignant memorial tribute ceremony in honor of Dr. Phyllis Silverman, hosted by her colleagues at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. A prominent researcher in the field of bereavement, Phyllis was also the co-founder of The Children's Room. Her research was vast,...

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April 18, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
Kedi: Life Smiling at You

Kedi: Life Smiling at You

Kedi ("cat" in Turkish) is equal parts a meditation on the quirky nature of cats, the people who love them, and the city of Istanbul. Seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, the cats are full of character and are charming, living in happy co-existence with the humans who dote on them, in a city that glows with Old World charm. A cynic might say that it's not a true representation of things....

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March 30, 2017 \ Emma Freter
Campaign Models: Ways to Avoid the Post-Campaign Lull

Recently, I attended a webinar hosted by CCS Fundraising about campaigns and how to avoid the dreaded lull period. According to CCS, organizations typically see a 65% increase in fundraising during campaigns. However, the post-campaign period can fall into a lull, which can lead to a bit of a tough time to get through. Through this webinar, CCS identified 4 campaign models that could possibly help...

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February 8, 2017 \ Rachel Jellinek
Two Awesome Animations to Share

Two Awesome Animations to Share

Animation is a fantastic tool to explain things and to tell stories.  Recently I’ve come across two animations that I absolutely love…I wish that Reflection Films had created them! The first is from Drive80, and it focuses on the HB2 law passed by North Carolina’s legislature, denying transgender individuals the right to use government-run bathrooms corresponding to the gender in which they...

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January 5, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
A video to make you smile

A video to make you smile

We're now entering the fourth year of creating our "Smiles" videos. Above is Smiles 2016. We have a lot of fondness for the folks we work with, often because they are a great deal of fun. So it's not hard to go back through a year's footage and find plenty of nice moments to splice together and create a happy, joyful montage. Previous versions were 2015, 2014, and 2010. We hope this will make...

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November 17, 2016 \ Geoff Birmingham
Before the Flood

Before the Flood

It’s hard to know what the filmmakers’ intent was in making Before the Flood, a documentary about climate change. For those of us who already believe scientists’ claims of climate change, we don’t really need to see the rising waters in India or shrinking glaciers in Greenland to be convinced. For those who believe that 97% of climatologists are engaged in a grand conspiracy and that climate...

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