Christmas is a time of giving and helping others – please help someone

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Also in the spirit of Christmas, we saw this video last night – sent in by Ron Dawson – that might just make the hankies come out. It reminds us that we love our toys, but we also love our families and how much we are really are just one big family. And sometimes members of our family need some support – so why not do something similar to this? Here at planet5D, we've been giving to local charities for years – in fact, doing things like this family did and we help individuals as much as possible… so please, reach out to someone in need this holiday season!


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For The Man Who Hated Christmas… from Giving101 on Vimeo.


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There are some stories that hit you so profoundly they inspire you to move mountains and start movements. This is one such story. About a Christmas tradition started by one New England family that has spread worldwide and lead to the creation of giving101.org.

We had the honor to adapt this story to film for the very first time. You can read the original story here.

  • Original story by Nancy W. Gavin for Woman's Day magazine in 1982
  • Adapted for the screen, directed and edited by Ron Dawson
  • Shot on a Canon T2i
  • Lenses: Canon 50mm f1.8, 28-70 f2.8L
  • Audio: Zoom H4N with Sennheiser ME-66 Shotgun on boom pole
  • Slider: DP Slider
  • High key set: Studio Space Atlanta

Interesting back story:

  • All auditioning done online. I emailed sides to actors then had them video tape themselves and email me links to view.
  • In the scene where the actress breaks down, we actually had to stop filming because she got so emotional. But we obviously got enough for the film.

If you want to know more about the making of this wonderful movie, visit Ron's blog for more behind the scenes photos and more details

And do something for someone in need!

(Photo credit: snap from Ron's BTS blog post)

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