As my wife and I are two weeks away from the due date of our first baby boy, some other happy news to report:
I'll be taking on much more work with Bike Elf! So, be prepared to see many more videos from me about this wonderful charity. In addition to producing videos on each of their events, we'll be rolling out a new series called "Bike Elf Stories", which will feature different people positively affected by Bike Elf: recipients, donors, volunteers, etc. Also, I'll be assisting them on the marketing and social media side, too. It's all extremely rewarding!
This past Saturday, Bike Elf held one of its Work Days where they accept donated bikes at the Boys & Girls Club in Maryville, TN, while repairing and cleaning bikes upstairs so they're ready to give to kids who have earned them through incentive-based academic and athletic programs.
The video above is a quick look at the highlights of the day and all the volunteers accomplished. I tried to turn this one ASAP so there aren't many effects and color corrections to the video I shot on my Canon 70D. Most of the heavy lifting was done on Adobe After Effects to create the basic graphics to show the stats of the day. These days, you want to make videos people will understand with the sound off because more than 90% of Facebook videos I post are watched on mute.
For a longer, behind-the-scenes introduction to all the people involved, check out the Facebook Live we did during the day.
Due to an unfortunate injury in the family to the main still photographer Bike Elf uses, I worked double duty and snapped a few pics on Saturday, too. Nothing too special. Just running and gunning and trying to keep it all in frame.
And as always, you can go to Bike-Elf.org to DONATE and VOLUNTEER!
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Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.