Tribute to Paul Weaver of Best-One Tire

…rs. In those decades he proved himself to be an invaluable partner to BestOne Tire, one of the nation’s largest independent distributors, as well as a life-changing inspiration for countless coworkers and employees. As he prepared to retire, his company decided to honor him with a surprise tribute video, interviewing him (without his knowledge of the true motive) and a dozen others who have worked with him. The video premiered on the big screen i…

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Best-One Fall Seminar

…he owners/operators of one of the nation’s largest tire distributors, BestOne Tire, gather for their annual fall seminar with the goal of learning from each other and defining themselves as leaders in the business. But it’s not all meetings and talks – this group knows how to have fun. They take over the French Lick Resort with a Western night, golfing, go-carting, wine tasting, clay shooting, and a whole lot of food.   This video was a collabora…

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How to Give Your Event Videographer an Advantage

…ise to keep it secret). Videographers constantly make judgements about the best place to be standing, where to point the camera, and even when to start rolling. If you don’t tell me when, and where, something will occur, I might not even see it happen until it is too late to catch on film. But, if you tell me everything, I can catch the surprise from the best angle and even permanently capture the shocked/surprised/pleased looks on all the faces a…

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Video Showcases the Overlooked

…an uncanny way of revealing the hidden and overlooked. A small mom-and-pop tire store is suddenly noticed and overwhelmed by customers after they are featured in a news report. Consumers finally understand how to use a product after watching a tutorial video. No one has ever heard of an amateur singer until a friend posts a video that goes viral. Capturing, revealing – It’s just what video does. So, do you have anything that needs noticed? Let’s g…

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About

…s with the name?  In 2008 we found an unknown plant, a “thing,” growing in one of our pots. We had no idea where the little sprout came from or what kind of plant it was. We thought it was a weed or, at the very best, a humble bean. We let it grow anyway. It grew . . . and grew . . . and grew . . . and over time revealed itself to be a stately walnut tree: a noble tree good for nourishment, construction, and art. We are all like things in a pot. W…

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When One is Better Than Two

…here is one rare exception, but in most cases, no definitely not. #ProTip: One-on-one interviews are (almost always) best. When you put two people in an interview together, it is very common for one person to distract the audience – they might be checking their nails or looking off into the distance while the other is talking. It’s normal, unconscious behavior, but the audience cannot help but stare and completely miss the information being spoken…

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Why Trust is So Important in Video Production

…won’t be able to explain all the actions that I’m taking, but I have their best interest in my mind. #ProTip: Find a videographer that you trust. If possible, try to meet your video producer before you commit to the project. Ask about their experience, their ideas and their style. Make sure you feel that you can trust them with the huge investment that will become your video. Then trust them to make decisions that will make your project great. Kat…

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How to Avoid Hiring a Sub-Par Videographer

…ip: Ask the videographer for work samples. Seeing what a videographer has done in the past is the best way to predict what they will do in the future. They will likely use the same technique and equipment, which will determine the quality of the new video. Beyond the technical, each videographer has an artistic style, and their past work can help you see if that style matches your vision. You can even use those previous videos to help you convey y…

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Interview vs. Teleprompter – Strengths and Weaknesses

…ons put forth by the video producer, then the video editor will select the best segments of the interview to be included. For a teleprompter, the on-camera subject reads a prewritten script which is reflected in front of the camera lens while the camera is rolling, then the resulting video will include exactly what was scripted. Whether your video uses interviews or a teleprompter largely depends on the feel and style that you want to convey. #Pro…

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Quality Time With Nuns

UPDATE: This video WON first place for “Best Multimedia Package Series” as part of the “U.S. Catholic Schools Series” at the 2019 Catholic Press Awards. Experience the full video, article and photo series here: https://cnstopstories.com/tag/u-s-catholic-schools-series/ https://youtu.be/QQwM83essh8 Preserving a legacy requires creative thinking. Although nuns founded their school and kept it running for over 150 years, the students at the Oldenbu…

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Rodney’s Journey

…e direction it should, and by the end of the production poor Rodney was so tired he could only make right turns. Originally scheduled to shoot for just one day, all production screeched to a halt when Rodney actually did tumble and lose one of his upper wheels in the river. There was no back-up Rodney, and the missing wheel was too obvious to continue shooting. For days I waded in that creek, looking and praying to find the lost wheel. Finally, it…

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Stand Up for Autism

…ty Autism Foundation. All proceeds go to support families who have loved ones on the autism spectrum, paying for things like specialized summer camps and much-needed accessories. Now an annual event, “Stand Up For Autism” is hosted at one of the best-known comedy stops in the midwest: Bloomington’s Comedy Attic.  This promotional piece was created by Thing in a Pot Productions for the Monroe County Autism Foundation. Visit their website for inform…

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From the Patio: Rebuilding Thing in a Pot Productions

…building that will help the company communicate more effectively using the best tools, techniques and technology possible. As Katie explains, to use our time and energy wisely, the studio will stop creating these “From the Patio” update videos. Instead, we will keep you updated through a redesigned and streamlined email newsletter that will include insider tips and exclusive looks behind-the-scenes. If you have already subscribed to receive emails…

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CASA’s Karaoke for a Cause

…ostumes and sometimes breaking out smooth moves, eleven teams competed for best karaoke performance at the annual Cocktails and Karaoke event. The biggest winner of the night was Monroe County CASA, who received all the proceeds and will use it to assist children struggling through the legal system after abuse or neglect.  This promotional video was created by Thing in a Pot Productions for Monroe County CASA. Visit their website for details on up…

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Services

…work with you to develop a video that can be written, filmed and edited by one producer, maximizing the quality and minimizing the expenses. What’s more, non-profit groups receive an automatic discount. No money at all? Here are some thrifty solutions. Secure a sponsorship: If you are a non-profit, you can ask a business to fund the video for you. We will include both logos in video and give copies to both groups to share and promote. Your message…

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Movie-Making Friars Recreate Fatima

…robes of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the brothers harness the best of technology to capture their vision; including a drone, a camera crane, 4K video cameras, and real live sheep. Thing in a Pot Productions followed the brothers during their film shoot in Bloomington, Indiana. All the footage was captured successfully, and has been sent out to professional media studios for editing, CGI and sound design. The friars intend to finish th…

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AWARD WINNER: Memorial Comes to Former Abortion Clinic

…ps://youtu.be/AZVTwcZBOB4 UPDATE: This video and accompanying article WON “Best Multimedia Package Depiction of Pro-Life Activities” at the 2017 Catholic Press awards! Thanks to all involved, especially Catholic News Service who requested and submitted this report. Pro-life activists in Toledo, Ohio believe their prayers have been answered. After 50,000 abortions, the Center for Choice was shut down and demolished. Representatives from local pro-l…

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From the Patio: New Roots, New News, New Win

…47949/d313573699 In the first bi-weekly update, Producer Katie Breidenbach outlines the new roots, new news, and new win at the studio.In summary, the studio is now based in Bloomington Indiana, with a new bi-weekly newsletter, and a video that won the “Best Music Video” award at Goodness Reigns Film Festival. The “From the Patio” series outlines what’s growing at Thing in a Pot Productions and is sent out every other week in their new email newsl…

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AWARD WINNER: NightFever in New York City

…sa Pintar-Breen, who composed and performed the song featured, “The Little One,” the story of St. Therese of Lisieux. Listen to the version with lyrics here. The Light of the World visits the city that never sleeps. For the first time, St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosts “NightFever,” an open evening of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Following the movement begun at World Youth Day in Germany, every passerby is invited into the Cathedral. Leaving N…

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The City Awaits The Savior

…lays, scenic carriage rides through Central Park; Christmas brings out the best in the city that never sleeps. This short video follows the growing joy as NYC prepares for the season with Jason Silver’s moving rendition of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” as the backdrop. With all this preparation and elaborate decor, what exactly is the city waiting for? Locations include Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, the Brooklyn Promenade, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Col…

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