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2019 was a busy year for Thing in a Pot Productions! We created over 80 videos for 20 different clients - and got raving reviews in the meantime. Here's a look at our favorite projects to date.
Joy to the World!
Around 3,600 nativity scenes are owned by the University of Dayton, and the collection is believed to be the largest in North America. The sets come from about 100 different countries and demonstrate how communities often interpret the faith through their own cultural perspective.  Watch the video.
Support for Families
Having a baby is expensive and extremely difficult for those who are already struggling to make ends meet. Life Family Resource Center in Paoli, Indiana aims to bridge the gap by providing material, educational, and emotional support to women and families in the southern Indiana community.  Watch the video.
Pro Tip From Our Producer
"Can you do two at once?" That's a question I often get from clients, meaning that they want to have two people interviewed on camera at the same time. There 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. The quality of the interview content suffers as well. One person's answer will influence the other person's answer and you are less likely to get a frank, honest reaction. The one rare exception is if there is a strong, longstanding relationship between the two people and the story will benefit from their positive synergy, as in this video, where the whole story was about the humor shared by the married cofounders of a company. But in every other case, give each interviewee the individual attention that they need. Your video will thank you.

- Katie Rutter
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Solace for the Grieving
The loss of a loved one, whether it was recent or decades ago, is often felt more acutely during the celebrations of the holiday season. St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana held the Service of the Longest Night on Dec. 14, which takes place annually near the winter solstice, to console those grieving the loss of loved ones.  Watch the video.
A Walk with my Buddy
Thousands of people, dozens of games and a great cause. Down Syndrome Family Connection in Bloomington, Indiana hosted their annual Buddy Walk to raise awareness and funds for individuals with disabilities. Sponsors, sports teams and families turned out to make a successful day, raising $28,100 in all.  Watch the video.
Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.

Did anyone give you a plant for Christmas? Why not!? It's traditional. In the Gospel of Matthew, two thirds of the Magi's gifts were plant-based.

Frankincense is produced from the dried sap of trees in the genus Boswellia. Boswellia trees are relatively short (6-26 ft tall) with papery bark and compound leaves sprouting from tangled branches. They are native to the Arabian Peninsula and Northeastern Africa and can often be found growing from steep, rocky outcroppings. After wounding the tree with a chisel-like tool, milky sap pours out and then solidifies into stone-like globs. These globs are collected and dried to produce a sweet, lemony, musky smelling product. A lucrative trade in frankincense has existed since 10,000 B.C. Sadly, over-production and global warming has lead to a decline in Boswellia trees, so without conservation efforts there is no telling how much longer the world will have this kingly perfume.

Myhrr is a gum harvested from plants in the genus Commiphora, most commonly C. myrrha. Commiphora is also native to same regions as Boswellia plants. In fact, the two genera are in the same family of plants, the Burseraceae. Commiphora plants are tough, drought-resistant trees and shrubs, usually armed with spines. Similar to frankincense, myrrh is produced from the solidified sap of Commiphora plants. Unlike frankincense, myrrh has a piney, bitter scent. It has been traded for centuries and prized not only for its odor but its supposed medicinal uses. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and although the research is still scant there is some hope that it can be used to treat other conditions, including cancers.

So start your Christmas list early, behave and maybe this year someone will get you a nice potted plant.

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.
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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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