I must admit, I'm not a fan of being videotaped or having my picture taken but this was all in the name of HOPE Art. So the four of us (we missed you Julie!) met at Austin Hill's abode, which also doubles as his studio to capture some video of us pre-trip. The guy on the left holding the big camera is Austin.
In the end it was pretty harmless. We sat around the table and discussed the schedule, status on open task items, cool Creole iPhone apps and we even practiced folding oragami birds. The paper birds will be hung by fishing wire around the pediatric inpatient center at Project MediShare.
We tried to flush out some logistics around trying to hold activities with 100-150 children at once. See, our initial plan was to work with children in the tent camps, which then expanded into working with the school, Wings Over Haiti, and Project MediShare, yet we still wanted to hold true to our promise of bringing art to the tent camp kids. So we've devised a few different ideas that involve music, painting, ribbons and dancing. You'll have ot wait for the photos and videos.
On the ground in Haiti, we're planning on capturing as much footage as we feasibly can given our equipment and availability to recharge them. The plan is to put together a piece to show the importance of helping Haiti and why we're doing what we're doing. We'll be armed with digital cameras, disposables, old and new SLRs, a flip or two, compact cameras, and of course our iPhones. We should all be amazing videographers by the end of the trip. Luckily we have our own Melissa (aka Meems or Mimi Cake), idealist and photographer to capture all the little moments. We'll also be meeting up with someone we haven't met yet, but know we'll love her, Michel Marrion who is a photographer as well. Also heard she's pretty good at camera work.
I have a special surprise for our donors, which will be revealed when the video comes out so you'll just have to be patient and wait.