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To those confined to a wheelchair, water is a simple way to experience new freedom. Help Build a Better Life Foundation, a non-profit in Bloomington, Indiana, is raising money to build a hydrotherapy facility designed especially for adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Pro Tip from Our Producer
How much time should you dedicate to your video shoot? The answer always depends on many factors, but typically... a lot longer than you would expect. Most of our recent three-minute videos took an entire day to shoot.

 #ProTip: A 3-minute video requires a 30-minute interview (at least).

Producers use a rule-of-thumb called a "shooting ratio" to make sure we gather enough footage. Typically, my shooting ratio is between 10:1 and 20:1, meaning that for every ten to twenty minutes of raw footage I shoot, I will get about one minute of finished video. Some documentaries use as high as a 100:1 ratio. Add to that the time required to set up each individual shot (sometimes it can take an hour to get a few minutes of raw footage!). And that's how your three-minute finished product becomes a very full day of filming.

- Katie Rutter
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A Legacy of Giving
Marie Sichko used to invite her neighborhood's sanitation workers for a gourmet Italian lunch every week, despite the smell of garbage that constantly clung to their clothes. Shortly after her death, her son Father Jim Sichko used her secret sauce recipe to produce "Miss Marie's Spaghetti Sauce" and vowed to donate the proceeds. He has since sold thousands of bottles and is impacting an impoverished community.
Growing Up in the Smokys

Before the Great Smoky Mountains were a national park, they were dotted with log cabins and home to generations of hardworking farmers. We're putting together a documentary for the family of one of these farmers -- a man born in a log cabin who worked the land with his own two hands.        Here's a 45-second look behind-the-scenes.

You Lit Up the Club!
$41,000 for kids! That’s how much was raised at the "Light Up the Club" Annual Auction after our video was played. The amazing people of Auxiliary to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington put together a great event where all proceeds went to a group that provides after-school care and activities to kids, many of whom live in poverty. Thank you for your support!
If There's Something Strange in the Neighborhood...
A new, talented rock band just released their first single! Our friends at Royals in Exile celebrated Halloween by releasing a great cover of "Ghostbusters." We helped with marketing advice. We think they are rising stars; but you don't have to take our word for it.
Listen to "Ghostbusters" by Royals in Exile.
 
Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.

All the brilliant, picturesque foliage you’re enjoying right now will inevitably end up in your yard. While too many leaves may smother your lawn and flower garden, you may want to think twice before raking it all up.

Fallen leaves contain a summer’s worth of nutrition that could return to the soil if you let it decompose. A nice layer of leaves also insulates the ground, limits soil erosion and provides a safe haven for beneficial fungi and bacteria. Insects, including caterpillars, overwinter in leaf litter, and besides emerging as beautiful butterflies and moths in the spring, they also provide a helpful winter-time snack for chilled songbirds. You don’t have to leave all those leaves scattered on the ground, but depositing them in an unused mulch patch or empty garden might ensure a Spring full of healthy plants, songbirds and butterflies.

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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