Wedding: Stephanie + Gabe

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We approached Gabe and Stephanie’s story the way we do every wedding we have the privilege of being part of: getting to know the couple at the center of the story. We spent an evening with them, learning more than the logistics of their event but uncovering the sparks that set them apart.

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Gabe and Stephanie’s energy inspired us to incorporate a lot of motion into their film; the tenderness with which Stephanie spoke about her dad reinforced the need to catch moments of candid ease between father and daughter; their personal mantra of “better and better” made us be sure to frame their story with palpable optimism.

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Prior to the wedding day, we spent time at the ceremony and reception venues to plan the perfect angles and perspectives to highlight. We even listened to Gabe and Stephanie’s DJ playlist so what makes them dance would get us dancing, too.

 

No one spends more time with a couple on their wedding day than the videographer. We’re there for the public and private moments, both the planned and the spontaneous. We ground our work in relationship so couples feel comfortable to just be themselves.

 

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For Gabe and Stephanie, they said the experience of being on camera was one of the most natural, fun parts of their day. They never felt stressed or self-conscious — and that ease comes through in their film . At PLAY, we pursued the authentic, unforced moments. The resulting story puts a couple’s personality in motion.

 

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Advocacy: Geronimo Wind Energy

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Our PLAY team partnered with the people at Geronimo to tell the story about how one rural community was given a breath of new life all because of a wind energy project.

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We loaded up our film equipment and headed down to Hardwick, Minnesota. During the week we spent there, we explored every corner of the town while stopping to talk with everyone we encountered along the way.

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Before we ever pulled out a camera, our team took time to listen and really understand how this energy project was changing lives in the town.

 

Over many pots of coffee and dinners at local restaurants, we had the privilege to hear people’s stories. The more stories we heard, the more emotions we encountered from city officials, farmers, and businesses owners about how this project was bringing new life and hope to their community. As filmmakers, we sought real and raw interview moments that would document this community’s emotions in a way that was honest and true. Our interviews are never forced or canned; we greatly honor the voice of each individual we interview.

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A few months after we completed this project, this video was shown before the Minnesota House of Representatives to demonstrate the long lasting benefits a project like this can have in one rural community. This video was also featured at the Clean Energy Research Teams 2013 conference.

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Events: Adventure Camps

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Here at PLAY, we’re wild for adventure. We’ve repelled down canyons and ravines, rock-climbed natural mountains, and whitewater-rafted our way down roaring rivers — all in the name of fun.

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Our bodies and our cameras have been tossed around on Hummer tours and soared over forests on zip lines, yet we are still alive to tell tales of escaping near-death experiences in the mountain biking capital of the world.

 

Most importantly, all of our extreme camp adventures have taught us that kids are the ones who really know how to PLAY.

 

Filming students in midst of the exciting moments of risk and discovery is one of our favorite things we do here at PLAY. Since camp often presents students with the opportunity to try new things, it’s our honor as filmmakers to get to be the ones who are right there with kids during these challenging yet formative first-time adventures.

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When the kids jump, we jump too; we just view ourselves as one of the campers. Our team is intentional to never take students away being present to the people and experiences that are right in front of them. As campers enjoy new and old friendships, we adore catching the sparks of contagious energy that those relationships create.

There’s nothing quite like getting to witness a student watching a video that shows them conquering and overcoming a fear. Kids feel empowered and immediately want to show their parents. We’ve heard from many students that getting to relive their camp experience through a video is one of their favorite parts of the entire trip.

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