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inspiration, 30 seconds, 8 actors, an Art Director’s childhood memory, a classic song from 1961, multiple creative meetings, a man born in 1823, a personal dislike for the polar bear, a tech scout, an unscheduled construction project, a DPW crew to fix it, a rehearsal day, several 40-pound blocks of chocolate, a five person food stylist crew, a 100-pound vat of melted chocolate, 70,000 watts of light, 200 pounds of vanilla ice cream, 50 pounds of ground dry ice, a talent director, a tabletop director, 27 hours on set, a steady cam (with operator), a high-speed camera shooting 1600 frames per second, a choreographer, 2 wardrobe stylists, 2 hair and make-up stylists, 30+ gaffers and grips, an art team, 2 music composers, a craft services table, an editor, a colorist, an animator, several producers, creativity, persistence, and a 167-year old New England tradition all have in common?
They’re all the ingredients needed to introduce you to Harvey. Meet Harvey…
Have you tried one yet?
What are the numbers that it takes to bring a person’s story to life? To bring Nate’s story to life?
It ends at 43.5 hours, that’s how long this journey took.
It started at 4:00am, then I was on a flight out of Boston at 6:30, traveling 2,588 miles round trip. All to hear a young man tell his story, to hear others tell his story, and to see the faces of those he’s touched: the homeless, the hungry, parents, children, the ashamed, the desperate, newcomers and old ones, the devoted, friends, volunteers, family…every one of them, thankful for someone like Nate.
Nate is a high school senior from St. Louis, MO who just won a Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship from the Sodexo Foundation.
On average he collects nearly 5,000 pounds of food per week and has fed over 300,000 people to date through his non-profit St. Louis Food Rescue, including: the 300 homeless that stay at the New Life Evangelistic Center every night, the 30 women and children in transition at the O’Fallon Salvation Army, the tens of thousands of patrons of the food pantries that Nate stocks, and St. Louis children, nearly half of which live in a constant state of poverty.
In fact, last year Nate collected 20 tons of unused pumpkins after Halloween and worked out a deal with La Cordon Bleu to make pumpkin bread and pumpkin soup – enough to feed 50,000 people!
In the 27 hours we were on the ground in St. Louis to tell his story, we interviewed 8 people, asked hundreds of questions, filmed at 3 main locations and countless others, collected 4 hours of raw footage, saw Nate and his volunteers collect, deliver and sort almost 1,000 pounds of food, saw them make 650 loafs of pumpkin bread, and shot everything at 29.97 fps at 1080p (for those of you who care).
When we finish editing this documentary we’ll end up with a condensed 4-minute video that will showcase Nate’s expansive drive, passion, leadership, and impact. He is an amazing young man who will continue to do great things in the world and it was a privilege to meet him. But it was even more of a privilege to help bring his story to life.
Have you seen any good documentaries lately?
P.S. I walked 9.76 miles, took 21,823 steps, climbed 21 flights of stairs, and burned 6,357 calories on the trip, but it was all worth it.