A Video Capturing Your Community’s Charism
“When we first learned of the possibility of having someone from Values Outreach make a video about “a day in the life” of one of our monks, I was intrigued, and when I saw the final product I was overjoyed at how well it was done. The videographer was very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and she was so unobtrusive that we hardly knew we were being filmed! I expect very much good will come from this video.”
-Abbot James Wiseman, O.S.B.
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A Day in the Life
When someone is discerning a religious vocation, one of the most helpful things for them to do is to learn more about what religious life actually is. This can be difficult to do, however, since many young people aren’t able to travel to religious communities or do not have access to engaging discernment materials. The Day in the Life Series was created to respond to this problem by using a style of video that is both attractive to young people and convenient for religious orders.
Each video in this series is meant to capture the essence of a community’s charism and way of life by focusing on one member of a religious community. More specifically, the video includes: 1) the person’s daily schedule, 2) the charism of the person’s community, 3) the person’s vocation story, and 4) advice that person has for someone discerning a vocation. Additional material may be included at the request of the community.
Values Outreach also posts all Day in the Life videos in one place, making it a great resource for young people discerning and a great opportunity for religious communities to reach a broader audience of young people.
The general production process is as follows:
One of our videography interns will travel to a religious community at the location of their choice.
The intern will visit the community for a 2-night stay. During this time, they will film one member of the religious community throughout their day.
After their stay is complete, the intern will edit the video and will submit it for approval by the community. After the community has approved the video, it will be posted on the Values Outreach YouTube channel and can be used by the religious community as they see fit.
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