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My First Video Production

I'm sorry that I haven't written here in such a long time. The last couple weeks were filled with so many experiences and tasks and I was struggling to find inspiration to write. But here in Nairobi everything and everyone is fine.

There is a lot to report from the last weeks. But today I want to start by telling you about a little side project. Diane's neice Debbi and her husband Aram are heading the Eastern Mennonite Missions in East Africa and amongst other things they are running a beautiful Mennonite guest house in the middle of Nairobi.

Mennonite
guesthouse

A few weeks ago they asked me if I could produce a video for them which would give their partner ministries in the US a more personal insight into their work than the usual monthly newsletter. Even though I had never really tried to take any videos with my camera, let alone cut and compose a whole clip, I welcomed the challenge. So I visited Debbi and Aram. I searched for fitting locations to shoot in the guest house. Then I waited for the golden hour and started shooting my first videos. The next afternoon I learned how easy it was to cut and edit videos with iMovie. But I also had to discover that the extent to which you could edit videos was much limited compared to what I was used to for photographs if you don't have a very high end video camera which can shoot in RAW. But the results were decent enough.

I decided to shoot a couple more videos in town to give the viewers a little Nairobi feeling - have a look at the photos below. Additionally we added a short scene from an incredibly cheesy DVD with videos of the Eastleigh Mennonite Choir in the middle to loosen up all the talking a bit. The result was pretty satisfactory and served its purpose very well - the congregations which it was made for liked it and it even got over 150 views on YouTube.

Skaters
downtown Sundown in Uhuru
Park View of
Nairobi at
Sundown

So have a look at the fruits of my first experimentations with video production. I hope you have fun watching; the production was certainly fun and I learned a lot. I think this will not be the last video I produce and I see an external microphone in my future.

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