Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Trailer

A new trailer is up on youtube for Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint.

See it here: h

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Production Notes

Included with documentary is a production note, which I would like to write here, as well.

In it the opinion of the producers of "Damien making a Difference, God making a Saint', that the photo often depicted of a young Damien, in religious habit, holding a cross and wearing glasses is not Damien, but in fact, his younger brother Pamphile, and is used as such in this video. See below for photos. Note the hairline, jawline, nose, eyes, and lips. Also note that Damien is never shown with glasses until the later part of his life, except in this one photo, which we believe is Fr. Pamphile. Fr. Peader Cronin, in his research on the Commemorative Booklet for Canonization of Fr. Damien discovered what he believes was an error a long time ago and has been repeated throughout the years. (click on photos to see it larger)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fr. Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint

What a wonderful project this has turned out to be! We will be mastering the project tomorrow and duplicating the film next week. Thank you to all you contributed that breathed the life into this project! Tom Wilson is the voice of Damien and Mike Laponis is the Narrator. It is being made available for purchase beginning this weekend through pre-order. A trailer will be released shortly.

Here is some information on the documentary:


The story of Damien of Molokai, a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, told through his own words

At the age of 33, Fr. Damien de Veuster was sent to Molokai to serve the people suffering from Hansen's disease (leprosy). When he arrived, the people living in the leper colony lacked all basic necessities and lived in fear---immorality and lawlessness being the norm. Fr. Damien came to live among them, becoming a voice to the outside world, ministering to the people, providing food, shelter, love, hope, and faith. This story is told through Damien's own words taken from his writings in letters and journals. Members of the Congregation of the Sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary, of which Damien was a member, provide reflection, showing how the touch of God was evident throughout Damien's life from the very beginning.

Of Special Note:

With regards to terminology, it has become appropriate in the 20th Century to use the term “Hansen’s Disease” in place of “leprosy” and to avoid the use of “leper”. The idea is that the terms leprosy and leper carry with it connotation of ignorance and disrespect. During Damien’s time, the disease was only known as leprosy, and it wasn’t until 1909 that Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen’s discoveries on leprosy research were recognized. To preserve the historical integrity of the time period we reflect on in Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint, we have chosen to use the terms as they were understood at the time. It is not meant as a sign of disrespect to Hansen’s disease patients. It is consistent throughout the video to keep Damien’s own words in proper context.

All of the quotes in this documentary are Damien’s own words as translated from his letters, journals, and other writings that were made available to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts USA West in “Damien of Molokai: Through His Letters” by Osvaldo Aparicio.

We are grateful to all who contributed to the making of Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint, including those who opened their archives to us, those who made themselves available to us, and the Secular Branch of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts USA West for providing the funds to produce this film. Thank you to Tom Wilson, Mike Laponis, Kristina Giuliano, Jon Keck, Shane Rodrigues, Fr. Chris Keahi, Fr. Peadar Cronin, Fr. Bill Moore, Martha Ward, Linda Smith, and Holy Name of Mary Parish.





Edited and directed by JENNIFER HOGE in association with PREMIER IMAGE PRODUCTIONS, LLC

Photos and artwork provided courtesy of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts—Hawaii Archives, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts USA West, and SS.CC. Picpus
Damien’s transcribed writings made available to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts USA West through “Damien of Molokai through his letters” by Osvaldo Aparicio

The SECULAR BRANCH of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts made it possible to produce this video.

For more information on the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, please write, call, or e-mail:


PO BOX 668

San Dimas, Ca 91773

(909) 593-5441

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fr Damien Documentary

Well, I have been busy writing the script, interviewing priests, contacting archives, going through stock footage libraries, and recording for the Documentary on the life of Fr. Damien entitled, "Damien Making a Difference, God Making A Saint".

Post Production has begun and I'm hoping to have something complete within 2-3 weeks.

Here is some info on the documentary:

The story is being told in 3 Parts:

  1. Damien Voiceover (taken directly from his journal writings, letters to parents, family, bishops, congregation, and board of health (performed by Tom Wilson- standup comedian, Biff from Back to the Future, Spongebob)
  2. Narration (by Mike Laponis, Radio/Broadcast Professor, University of La Verne)
  3. Commentary/Teaching (3 Sacred Hearts Priests)

The purpose of the video is to have the story of Damien told from the perspective of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (the order Damien belonged), reflecting on the Congregation mission statement, while expanding on the ideas behind Damien's own words. The theme of the documentary is the Touch of God and how it transforms impossible situations, bringing gifts and blessings, as well as suffering and the cross.

Using Damien's life as an example of the Touch of God, this video will be a tool in defining:

  1. the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts
  2. the passion that the individuals of the Sacred Hearts bring beyond the apostolic role
  3. the understanding of some Catholic faith ideology, within the context of the Charism of the Congregation of the Sacred hearts (such as Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, Eucharist, Confession)
  4. Understanding the call and listening when God tries to touch us
It's been inspiring to work on. Everyone has come together and the pieces have fallen easily into place. Today we recorded the Damien voiceover with Tom Wilson. Great session! Very professional and brought Damien alive! I can't wait to start laying it out on the timeline with the visuals. Very busy 2 weeks I have ahead of me.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A few things, quickly

"From the Page to the Stage" live performance is now over... and I have the video done! It's mastering right now and tomorrow I will be making the duplications. Each cast member will receive a video.

The preschool video, "The Pieces of Our Puzzle", showed at the event last Saturday and went over very well. They are selling copies of the video as a fundraiser for the school.

I have been asked to work on a Packard transformation video that should be beginning in 2 weeks or so. I am going to begin working on this year's DVD talk series for Fr. Barry... have to come up with a theme for the opener...hmmm... In a few weeks, I'll be shooting interviews in Massachusetts for the Sacred Hearts fundraising video.

Green Screen Update: I shot the high school cast members of "From the Page to the Stage" on green screen as well as the preschool kids. With the preschool, I used a lighting kit and was able to backlight their hair, which made for a better key than the high school. Due to time contraints, I had to use existing stage lighting for the girls faces, and a backdrop special for the green screen, but had no lights for back lighting. The key was less than perfect, but worked fine for what I used it for. I opened the video up with a montage that showed each girl and their name.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tech Week

Well, it's tech week for Starlight Serenade, From the Page to the Stage. I'm production Supervisor and head choreographer. The show is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It's coming together really well. The show is a musical journey through the library as 3 high school students learn how literature inspired songs and musicals. We have a cast of 65 and 19 musical numbers. Today's rehearsal went very well and we should be set by Thursday.

On Wednesday, I am shooting each high school cast member on a green screen for the memory video. The performance is being shot with 4 cameras - 3 on tripod and one steadi-cam roaming. I will edit the footage together for the memory video and also include a chapter entitled, CAST, where each cast member is featured with their name, set to instrumental music, and keyed over an animated background.

I am also turning over the High School Literary Magazine duplication DVDs that I have been working on. I have them complete and can give them to the school tomorrow.

The preschool video editing should be completed tomorrow moring. By Wednesday, I should have the duplications done for the preschool, as their fundraiser is this Saturday, where the video will play during dinner.

Big week for me... and then I can breathe again next Sunday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PIP Update

Lots of stuff is going on!

Editing is finished on National Charity League and beginning on the PreSchool Memory Video. I'll be working on three large duplication jobs next week. The musical I'm producing/choreographing is at the end of the month. I'm in pre-production for a corporate promotional video and sound demonstration for PerTronix, Inc, which could be designed, shot, and edited by the end of the month!

May will be spent updating and increasing my stock footage library, working on a DVD talk series, and editing the musical video together. I'll be prepping for the shoot in Massachusetts, which takes place the first week of June.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Green Screen

Today I have a "green screen" shoot at my kids preschool. We are shooting each kid to include in the end of year memory video.

Things to remember about green screen:

Light Background Evenly, avoiding hot spots
The talent needs to be as far away from the screen as possible in shooting space
Light talent separately from green screen wash
Back light talent if possible
Make sure talent isn't wearing green! (including logos or cute hair bows!)

I hope I can get a good key from this stuff!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I recently purchased a new product from Digital Juice, called FONTS. They are similar to layered PhotoShop files and are created within the software that Digital Juice provides free with purchase.

My weakest area is graphic design. Digital Juice has been posting free tutorials on their webpage to teach people how to use the FONTS, but also tips and tricks on how to layout the text.

Here are a few examples of how I've been using them recently:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Venture

One new venture I am embarking on is the collection and online sale of stock footage. I purchased a Sony HD Camera (HVR-1ZU). I am shooting various scenics and am preparing a list of clips I'd like to go out and get. I have researched many online stock footage sites and have found Pond5 to sell my footage. They have great commission on sales, allow you to set your price for your clips and allow you to retain complete copyright on your clips.

My first set of clips have been approved and are now online and available for purchase.
You can see my portfolio here: Stock Video by PremierImage at Pond5: The World's Stock Footage Marketplace
It takes about a week for the preview files to be rendered at a higher quality, but you can still view the clips now.

They have a good referral program as well, so if you are thinking about selling your own clips, click on my link above and I'll credit for you signing up.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Current Projects - March 2009

One reason for starting this blog is keep it up-to-date with current projects I'm working on.

National Charity League (NCL)- Senior Presentation Video

I am in the middle of a large project I do every year at this time. NCL seniors have a presentation in April. So, each girl writes a letter to her parents about their relationship, experience in NCL, and other thoughts as she gets ready to graduate. Each parent writes a letter to their daughter. We record the letters in studio, privately, one-at-a-time. We edit the letters together with music as a background and then palce graphics, text, and photos of each girl growing up.

I also edit a 60-90 second logo loop for the video screens during the rest of the event that contains a looping animated background, the theme, a 3D animation of their logo, and event information.

The final thing I do for them is create a dinner photo montage that loops to be played while they eat, that contains all the photos of the last 6 years of the senior girls' experience throughout NCL and the charity events they worked on.

Pre-School End of Year Video

Next week, my husband and I are shooting 65 pre-school children on green screen to be used in an end-of-the year memory video. I am planning on having each kid dance, wave, and smile for me on the green screen. I will then key out the background and replace with an animated looping background, add the kids names in fun new fonts I just purchased, and lay down some fun and cute kid music.

The Horton Family Anniversary Party

I am almost ready to begin post-production on a 2 camera shoot that we did for an anniversary party that had guest speakers, testimonials, and a live performance.

Starlight Serenade High School Musical (Choreography and Production Supervisor)

I am in the middle of rehearsals for a musical that I am Production Supervisor and Head Choreographer on. The show takes place in a library and takes the audience through music and musicals that were inspired by literature. The show and rehearsals are run "workshop" style, with auditions in December and the show in April/May. The all-girl cast has 3 months of voice class and dance class, where they learn about performance and are trained in the two disciplines for the live performance at the end of the semester. Alll girls who audition are placed in the show, based on level. I will also shoot the show with a 4-camera set up and edit a memory DVD that will cover auditions, rehearsals, tech week, and the show.

Sacred Heart Fundraising Video

I am in the pre-production phase of a fundraising video that will take me to Massachustes, where I will shoot a series of 10-12 interviews. The subject of the video is missionary work in India, Texas, the Bahamas, and Molokai, as well as a brand new Retreat House in Massachustes. A photographer has already traveled to the locations and have shot 4000 photographs of the missionary work that is being done. A videographer is currently gathering video footage and I am traveling in June to get the interviews done. I will then compile all of the footage in a final video with a tentative completion date of Sept. 1.

Fr. Damien is Named A Saint

On October 11, 2009, Fr. Damien will be canonized a saint in Rome by the Catholic Church. I have been contacted by the Sacred Heart priests (Fr. Damien was a priest in this order) to edit a video of the life of Fr. Damien. In January, we shot footage in Molokai, where Fr. Damien lived and worked among the lepers. Once a script is given to me and old footage is gathered, I'll be compiling the footage into a video.

A new Start

Welcome to my new blog! The topic of this blog will be video production and editing. It may include guest writers, and will consist of conversation, tips, tricks, new projects, and other resources for the producer, director, editor, and all the hats we wear!

As I begin compiling information to post on here, please let me know if there is a topic you'd like me to research and post about or if you'd like to be a guest writer.

You'll find polls on the right that I would appreciate if you participated in. On the bottom, you will find industry links that I have found notable and useful. If you would like to submit a link, I'd be happy to consider it, so send me a message.

~ Jen