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.

Videography Style

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. Focusing on one community member gives the video a personal feel and makes religious life more concrete to the viewer.

All Day in the Life videos include 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.

The audio content for the video is provided by an interview with the religious chosen to go on film. Simply put, whatever that person says in the interview will be covered by a video clip matching what they said. For example, if the person says “we have prayers at 6:00am”, the video will show a clip of that person in prayer at 6:00am.

This style of video is very flexible and accommodating to the desires of the community. Even though the video person focuses on a single community member, if they describe the activities of other community members or apostolates in their interview, it is easy for our team to match this with corresponding video shots.

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.

Production Process

  • 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 or 3-night stay (depending on how many of our services the community requests). 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.

This service is offered free of cost to the religious community.

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