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The daughter of a WWII veteran makes it her job to restore Old Glory. Weather can shred the fabric of an American flag in as little as three months, so Kathleen McConahay began hand-repairing American flags for businesses in her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. She's constantly striving against the power of Mother Nature in order to keep fresh flags flying out of respect for those who have served under the stars and stripes. Watch.
 
We'd Like to Thank the Academy . . .
One of our videos won first place for “Best Multimedia Package Series” as part of the “U.S. Catholic Schools Series” at the national Catholic Press Awards. We created the video about Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception for Catholic News Service, and CNS put the series together and entered it for the prize.

Our producer Katie Rutter also nabbed third place for "Multimedia Journalist of the Year" and received an honorable mention for "Videographer of the Year." 👏 🎬

You can watch our winning video here.
Pro Tip From Our Producer
Interview or teleprompter? If your video will include a person speaking on-camera, these are the two basic methods that you can choose. For an interview, your on-camera subject will answer a series of questions 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.

 #ProTip: Interviews are more organic, while a teleprompter is more controllable.

Take a look at this video and this video. Both were filmed for the same company with the same person on-camera. The interview, by its very nature, feels more organic, conversational, and personable, but it took longer to shoot because the video producer needed to gather enough information. The teleprompter video took less time to film and is shorter because the script was controlled, while the resulting video feels more measured and straight-forward. The difference is similar to a freestyle versus a choreographed dance: both are engaging, both beautiful, but each simply works better in different circumstances.

- Katie Rutter
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Behind the Scenes
When a shoot happens rapidly in many different locations, it's time to get portable. Here's a look behind-the-scenes at how our video producer stays on the move.

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Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.
Who's afraid of the big, bad . . . tomato? Despite its ubiquity in Italian cooking, the tomato is an all-American fruit (yes, technically it is fruit). These bright round morsels originally come from Peru where they were introduced to Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. Although the native peoples of America had cultivated tomatoes since 700 AD, Europeans were initially quite skeptical of the new fruit. Tomatoes resembled poisonous nightshade plants and were promptly classified as such. It was a reasonable classification, as tomatoes are actually related to poisonous nightshade plants. Although a ripe tomato isn't any danger, unripe tomatoes and every other part of the plant contain toxic alkaloids. Back in the day, tomatoes were blamed for causing illness and death in unlucky aristocrats. In actuality, the real culprit was lead. Wealthy people ate off of pewter plates and the acidity of the tomatoes caused lead in the pewter to leech into the food, resulting in lead poisoning. This is partly why the tomato gained in popularity among poor Italians, who used wooden plates. Added to these fears, people also believed that members of the nightshade family could be used to summon werewolves, which is why tomatoes were once unappealingly referred to as "wolf peaches." So there's that . . .

It took several years for the fears surrounding tomatoes to dissipate. By the 1800s, Americans and Europeans alike would eat heavily processed tomatoes, seasoned with vinegar and spices. Even if they conceded that tomatoes were safe, a dread of tomato horn worms still remained. At the time, people believed these worms could spit venom and poisoned whatever they crawled upon. The American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson had an unnatural fear of the caterpillars calling them, "an object of much terror."

But times change and Campbell's invented condensed tomato soup, so we can all eat our tomatoes bravely with pride.
 
Scripture Inspiration
Stay grounded with pictures that inspire. Here is a Picture Scripture image for the month 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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