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Hundreds of critters are living in this church's unused chimney! Stay up late with Thing in a Pot Productions and keep alert! As our producer Katie Rutter found out, filming small, quickly moving chimney beasts at dusk is no easy task.
Pro Tip From Our Producer
Time on a video set is expensive - with the number of skilled workers and expensive equipment needed, every hour of their time really is worth hundreds of dollars. If an hour is spent coming up with ideas, scriptwriting, or anything that could have been done in advance, that money is lost. Poof! If a video is in your future, make sure to hire a video producer that will spend time with you, well in advance of the shoot, to learn your needs. They should detail out exactly what will be filmed and run it past you for a final approval.

 #ProTip: Make a Plan and Stick to It.

Take the time to review these plans and to bring up any concerns or corrections. Mistakes and omissions are costly, if not impossible, to correct once the shoot is over. If you are present on the film set, trust those advance plans. Videos are filmed out-of-order, scenes have no context, there are a lot of moving parts and the overall environment can be confusing. But if you stick with the plan, you can rest assured that those hours are spent well and you will have a dynamite video as a result.

- Katie Rutter
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Celebrating Rodney's 10th Birthday
One decade ago, an endearing little car became the subject of our very first film. The four-wheeled protagonist, Rodney, arrived on set in the summer of 2009 to star in an epic story of adventure, danger, faith, and perseverance. The film, Rodney's Journey, was created with the most basic of equipment on a drastically-underestimated schedule and ultimately marked the beginning of our own video journey. Just like the little car, we've had ups and downs, near-wrecks and close calls, moments of despair and moments of victory. In the end, though, we're still pushing forward, still following, and still trusting. Thanks, Rodney, for showing us the way  Watch the video.
Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.
The world can be a tough, cruel place, but life always finds a way; That's the core theme of Betty Smith's semi-autobiographical novel, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, the novel follows the life of an aspirational young girl as her family struggles through poverty. The tree in the novel, known as the "Tree of Heaven," serves as the main metaphor. Able to grow in the poorest neighborhoods through concrete and arid soil, the tree's chutzpah mirrors that of the young girl's.

In real life, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is ten times as tenacious. A. altissima is native to China and Taiwan, but it was imported to America in the late 1700s and used as a decorative street tree throughout the 19th century. This exotic-looking tree tolerates poor soil well and can grow quickly to reach heights as tall as 50 feet. 

Although A. altissima was initially a pleasing addition to US cityscapes, westerners eventually found that the "Tree of Heaven" could at time behave more like a "Tree of Hell." A. Altissima constantly produces shoots called "suckers" at its base from which new trees can grow. Cutting the tree stimulates sucker production, which means tree is almost impossible to remove. The seeds are dispersed by wind and have no qualms about germinating in cracks in concrete. Its aggressive roots can eventually damage sidewalks, foundations and sewer systems. On top of this, A. altissima smells, earning it the additional name, "The Stink Tree." In fact, its Chinese name "chouchun" literally means "Stinking Spring." Love it or hate it, A. altissima is a born survivor and, in the right story, an inspiring metaphor.
Scripture Inspiration
Stay grounded with verses that inspire. Here are the two Picture Scripture images that we will post on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.
Join Our Mission
At Thing in a Pot Productions, we believe that everyone has immense value. We are committed to helping others--large and small groups alike--communicate through the language of video. By doing so, we are helping even the "least of these" share their value with the world.

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