I have finished working on the mBank Philippines film, which you can find in my portfolio. It was a fantastic project to be a part of and I had an amazing time in the Philippines. mBank are doing great things with their innovative mobile banking model which allows them to provide microfinance services to so many more people in rural areas who would otherwise never have access to financial services. They noticed that whilst only a fraction of the population have this financial access, over 100 million people have a mobile phone so they are bridging this gap! Genius! I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did making it!
I did a talk via Skype for Wiser Earth last Wednesday, as part of their fantastic series of WiserLocal Gatherings – this one at La Ruche, in Paris. The subject was storytelling: the art of telling a story or an NGO. I shared my views on storytelling, including what a powerful tool it was and how best to leverage it through film. We watched and discussed examples of good NGO films and why they worked and we also discussed what makes a bad film or what to avoid when filming your own. It was a pleasure to be asked to speak at the event and great to be able to share my ideas and thoughts on something I am so passionate about and I hope it helped those in the audience better understand the fundamentals of filmmaking. For more information on WiserEarth and their WiserLocal Gatherings, check them out online:
And last but not least, the day is finally looming that we make the big move! I am heading to Seattle on Tuesday for 3 months – exciting times ahead! I will keep you posted on how we’re settling down stateside. Emerald City, here I come!