Inasmuch, Romania

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noddydog
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I thought I would offer this up to see what others think. We (I and my wife) spent five days shooting it in Romania. The last three were spent on crutches, having fractured my ankle in a freak accident.

http://www.foolishtv.co.uk/inasmuch_video/inasmuch_video.html

Thanks for viewing and your comments.

Nigel.

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Nigel

Thank you for sharing it with us. Very watchable, very moving. Liked the mix of angles, and the sound in particular.

What did you shoot it on?

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Stunning piece of work. Beautifully shot and edited - an excellent example of very high quality work - well done.

We have done a small amount of work for Smiles in Romania with "Nia", hopefully at some stage in the future we'll have something aproaching the impact and quality your piece.

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Thank you for your kind comments. It was shot on a PD170. Due to airline baggage limitations the only other kit we used was a lightweight tripod, a radio mic, 20W camera light and a reflector.

Interestingly the Romanian government is trying to shut down these guys over a technicality regarding some building work they had done on one of their homes (they didn't meet a particular deadline due to funding problems, but completed the work soon after).
What made it worse for them is that they refused to bribe a certain official and now he has gone out of his way to make an example of them via following the letter of the law. They have to appear in court this Tuesday (28th) to find out if they will have to close all their homes. Whilst a lot of people, including some other government departments, have voiced their concerns that this whole court case is a travesty, we will have to wait and see what the outcome is.

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The only thing I can say is that after starting to watch it critically, I soon forgot that and started watching out of interest. I think that this is a real credit to you that it drew me in so easily. There was nothing to criticise that I soon forgot why I started watching it. Very professionally produced, well done.

Richard

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Like others have said an extremely watchable piece very well put together.

Are you planning a follow up of the court case ..that could make another ionteresting documentary.

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I can only echo the other posts. This is a very competent piece of documentary film making. It would stand up anywhere and for me it is the sound quality that sets it apart. Very nicely balanced sound sources between voiceover, ambient and music.

Great work and well done............Neil

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David L Lewis wrote:
Are you planning a follow up of the court case ..that could make another ionteresting documentary.

It would be great to follow it up however we just don't have the funds to do so. We originally embarked on this project after meeting Sue and Ron in the summer of 2004. We saw that they really were making a difference in people's lives, and unlike many charities in Romania, they had no hidden agenda. When it says in the video that 'they gave up everything and moved to Romania', that's just what happened. They sold their property in the US and moved to Romania and sank everything into the homes they run. You can probably appreciate that it's possible to buy three large homes in Romania with the proceeds of a house in a first world country. However, although you see them outside a largish building in the start of the video, it is not their living quarters. Instead it contains an office, a kitchen (that prepares food for each of the homes), the Braille printing shop and various other bits and pieces used to keep their homes running. They actually live in something no bigger than a double garage about 20 metres away and I'm not exaggerating. Half the time they quite literally pray for funding and donations to turn up and most of the time it does. Anyway to cut a long story short when we saw what these guys were doing, and that their motives were genuine, we wanted to help them. So that's how the idea for a promotional video came about. Ironically ever since it was completed, last summer, Sue and Ron have been locked in this legal battle with a government department. Consequently they have been unable to do much with the video.. Also shortly after we left Romania Ron had a stroke and later that year Sue had a cataract operation where they discovered she had a tumour. The tumour has been successfully removed and Ron has made a complete recovery from his stroke. Suffice to say that they haven't really had a chance to make use of the video. Having said that it has been aired once on a Christian channel over here as part of an prayer request relating to their court case situation.

As you can probably see there is still an amazing story left to tell, and personally I have these guys in the same camp as people like Mother Teresa. However we no longer have the funds to proceed any further with it.

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Nigel, unfortunately I don't have time to watch the whole thing right now but to be honest I don't feel I need to in order to give you feedback. Lovely composition, perfect edits and a great flow that makes it look easy, just like all the very best and hardest work does.

Is the video sold to someone/distributed/broadcast anywhere?

I will watch the whole thing later - very well done sir.

J

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Thank you again. The video has not been formerly distributed and has been aired once on a Christian channel. To be quite honest we would send it out for free to anyone who wants a copy to own or to broadcast. We made it to promote these guys in Romania. Personally I would love it if a major broadcaster would commission a proper documentary on them. Personally I couldn't do what they do. It takes a lot of guts, determination and almost a degree of insanity. When I first met some of their 'girls' I was truthfully quite worried. Some of them are very disturbed and have none of the social graces, or standards of hygiene that we are comfortable with in our society. You have to be very different to help and love these people. Well worth a proper documentary in my opinion. Also there is so much more to the story. For example Sue and Ron originally formed a charity with some Romanians. Unfortunately the Romanians embezzled all the funds and then voted Sue and Ron off the board (which they legally could do). At this point Sue and Ron could of packed up and gone home but instead they started a foundation, made themselves the Directors and started off from scratch. Sue is also a lot more resilient than she looks. She has lost a leg whilst living in Romania and suffers from other medical issues, but she is quite a feisty lady. She often has to get quite stern with people to the point that you wouldn't want to cross her. But the bottom line is you need this sort of character to survive in an environment like Romania and deal with the characters they take care of. Having said that there is a whole other side to her that is amazingly loving.

If any of you know a Commissioning Editor who is after a captivating human interest documentary then point them at Sue and Ron!

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Hi I would like to give you an update on Ron/Sue,I was out in Romania with Ron/Sue,Sue has had her foot amputated from her other leg and i agree there story should be told so if there is anyone out there who can help,now is the time, If there is a copy of the video I would like a copy Ron/Sue's faith is unbelievable I will be going out again in April with some more much needed supplies

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geojoan wrote:
Hi I would like to give you an update on Ron/Sue,I was out in Romania with Ron/Sue,Sue has had her foot amputated from her other leg and i agree there story should be told so if there is anyone out there who can help,now is the time, If there is a copy of the video I would like a copy Ron/Sue's faith is unbelievable I will be going out again in April with some more much needed supplies

I'm really sorry to hear that. How they do what they do at their age I will never quite grasp. For anyone who has no idea what I'm talking about, these guys sold up everything in the US years ago and set up an orphanage in Romania. They are both incredibly frail due to their age and about a year ago Ron had a stroke (but recovered) and Sue also has various serious ailments that have left her in a wheelchair. Yet amazingly they still manage to run 4 separate homes for homeless mothers and children. They even choose to live in a home the size of a garage at the end of the drive of one of these homes. The people they care for are literally the rejects of society and Romania is a tough place to live. Some have serious mental and physical conditions as well as very antisocial behaviour. Yet Sue and Ron really do love them, I can truly say this after making the video with them. To cap it all off last year the Romanian government tried to close down their homes due to a technicality (i.e. they demanded irrelevant, but expensive, changes had to be made to the homes so they complied with new EU regulations). Yet Sue and Ron went through the Romanian courts and won their case. It's all amazing stuff and I wish a large news corp would pick up the story since the world really does need more people like this.

Geojoan PM me and I'll post you a copy of the video.

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There is nothing to criticize about the technical aspects of this piece. It is as skillful and professional as anything of its kind that I've ever seen.

The story is a moving one and I must admit to being quite choked up several times throughout the video. It is a testament to your deft handling of the material that the video never seemed like it was trying too hard to get sympathy from the viewer. You merely presented the images and words in a confident manner and the content came through brilliantly.

Ron and Sue are showing us all the proper expression of God's love. They don't thump the bible and preach...they go out and DO and make the world a better place. If heaven exists they surely have a place there.

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noddydog wrote:
If any of you know a Commissioning Editor who is after a captivating human interest documentary then point them at Sue and Ron!

Maybe the Community Channel? Their tagline is "TV That Gives a Damn"...

http://www.communitychannel.org/content/view/772/45/

Though admittedly it may require a bit of re-editing (e.g. an update?) to meet their duration guidelines. Also, the window on 4:3 movies is beginning to close. With good stuff like this, I'm sure they can stretch to some very high quality ARCing, but if anyone has any pretentions to European broadcast TV, 16:9 is getting pretty much mandatory.

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MattDavis wrote:
Maybe the Community Channel? Their tagline is "TV That Gives a Damn"...

http://www.communitychannel.org/content/view/772/45/

Though admittedly it may require a bit of re-editing (e.g. an update?) to meet their duration guidelines. Also, the window on 4:3 movies is beginning to close. With good stuff like this, I'm sure they can stretch to some very high quality ARCing, but if anyone has any pretentions to European broadcast TV, 16:9 is getting pretty much mandatory.

Thanks for the info, I'll look into it more carefully.