Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Hold My Hand” performed by The Benedict College Gospel Choir on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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First, if you have $0.99 in your pocket, go download the song from iTunes. Do it now… we'll wait for you to come back. Your .99 will help the working poor in the USA. Everyone reading this blog post is required to buy this song – even if you don't like it. There's a crisis on the planet and those who have just a little bit of spare change have an obligation to help those who are hurting. I am constantly being reminded about how blessed I am to be in the position of doing something I love and getting paid for it so I'm paying forward that blessing to others and I urge you to do the same! Get a coffee at the gas station instead of going to Starbucks for the expensive one today and take the savings and buy this song.

Hootie and the Blowfish are working hard to help out those in need and we were sent this video and asked to help. This behind the scenes was shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) because of its small size.

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Ryan Cockrell from Lunch & Recess sent us the following note describing why the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was so important to the shoot.

I love Planet5D. I constantly watch you guys for techie updates and cool new projects people are doing on HDDSLR's. Thanks for always having such interesting articles and videos and for helping push HDDSLR cinematography.

We at Lunch & Recess just completed a project with Hootie and the Blowfish and a Gospel Choir covering their hit “Hold My Hand” for a charity benefit. All proceeds form sale of song on itunes go to charity.

The video was shot on a Canon 5D Mark 2 and I already uploaded to the planet5D forum. I thought you may be interested to know a little more about it as this project had some interesting parameters that I think make it unique and noteworthy.

One cool thing about this project is that it was only possible because of the small size of the Canon 5D. There was a moment where we thought we would not be allowed in the studio because they thought that the camera in the room would detract from the singers' artistic process. When we stripped the camera down to just the body and lens, they saw how small it was and were immediately at ease. It was only because we were willing to use the bare minimum gear that this whole video was made possible.


Grammy award winning artists Hootie and The Blowfish are taking their
charity work to a new level by donating the rights to their best-selling song “Hold My Hand” to aid the working poor. Leading the effort for the band is songwriter and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld who teamed with the nationally-ranked Benedict College Gospel Choir to produce a new recording of the song.

Taking its cue from the song's lyrics, organizers are calling the project, With A Little Love. The idea came about last year as non-profits across the country struggled to raise money during the recession.The message behind “Hold My Hand”, first recorded in 1994, was a perfect fit for the current day struggles of many working poor.

All artist proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the working poor.

Our thanks to Ryan and Lunch & Recess for sending this in and to you for downloading the song from iTunes – please – take a moment and do this! If you had the time to watch the video, you have the time to help someone in need.

Do it.

You'll feel good today for helping.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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