Video Journalism Start-up

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Raised by 3 people in 4 months
We are taking a huge step toward a dream we have to tell stories from around the world. Focusing on non-profit organizations, we are making ourselves available at a "pay what you can" rate in order to capture the stories of people doing what they can to make the world a better place. 

We are just beginning, so we are looking for start-up money. This money will go toward purchasing equipment, and preparing for going full-time on this adventure. Our plan is to both be doing this work full-time by July. We are already making plans to visit several organizations this year and there is tremendous interest among non-profit organizations to have us come and capture their stories. 

We are so grateful for all the support we have been given so far! Visit our YouTube channel to view our videos.
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We currently live in Winkler, Manitoba. This is where Lynn and I both grew up, and it is where we met. We don't know how long we will be living here, but while we are here we want to highlight the talent and creativity of the people in this little city.

Better Every Day
Part of the motive is that I need to practice and get better at video journalism.

That is, I want to tell better stories through film. I am giving away my services to people in exchange for their stories which I will publish on my YouTube channel. Through this process I hope the local creators will benefit. I will also benefit, as I practice this craft of video journalism daily.

Not Every Day A Story
There will be days when I don't have a particular story to tell. Those will be what I consider "vlogging" days. I will capture some part of my day, or a bit about our family and what we are doing.

For example, on April 26 we will be heading to Alberta to spend a few days at our house that we own there. We will be filming the journey there and what we are doing while we are there.

Feeling Aimless
One of the things I hear other YouTubers say is to pick a genre, or a niche, and stick with it.

At this point I feel somewhat aimless, but I hope our genre will narrow down over the next couple months. I'm not sure what it will be exactly, but something like video journalism.

Whatever it ends up being, we are doing it because we are passionate about it and we enjoy doing it, not because it generates a large following on YouTube.

A note to my future self and those reading this in the future:
This is really hard to do. It can be discouraging.

When it comes to art, There should always be some source of energy that feeds our reason to create other than admiration from others. I believe I have that.

It's still really challenging, to plug away at this every day, when very few people are interested in it.
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If you are receiving this email, and you don't know why, I apologize for that. This will be the last unsolicited email I send out. If you want to keep receiving updates, just let me know.

I'm just posting this update to let people know that we are creating videos every day. They are online at https://www.youtube.com/wknelsen.

Thanks to those who are supporting us in so many ways. Even just words of encouragement mean so much to us!
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Here's a video sharing my vision and some of the international filming I've done in the past. Thanks for your support!
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I used to be a full-time media professional. But I always felt a call to pastoral ministry. I still do. I hope that one day I will once again have the title of pastor. For now, Lynn and I are excited to take a crack at this idea of telling stories through film. We believe there is much in store for us that we cannot even imagine.

A couple years ago I was receiving some leadership coaching training. I discovered that I am really great at asking the right questions. And I love it. It is so satisfying to sit with someone and help them uncover things about themselves that they were never aware of.

Ever since I was 12 or 13 years old I have been captivated by capturing things on film and using those moving images to tell a story. More than a few times you would have been able to catch me sitting in my room with a few VCRs that I helped my Dad fix (he used to be an electronics repair man), editing movies that I filmed on the VHS tapes my parents’ camcorder used. I learned how to record from one VCR to the other and would cut and paste video clips together. I don’t know what ever happened to those tapes, but if I ever find them I’m sure it will make for some great entertainment.

About 10 years ago I began filming weddings, and I loved the process of capturing and editing a video telling the story of the couple. Then, a couple years later I found myself travelling around the world filming organizations that helped people out of slavery and gave them dignified work. I loved it! Here’s a page with a few samples of the videos I made.

With my passion for film, and my experience as a pastor, I hope to build a career around uncovering stories that can only be told by digging deep into the lives of people who might possibly never have known they even have a story to tell. They could be living right here in my community, or be half-way around the world in the remote villages of Papua New Guinea.

If you are interested in helping me toward this goal, please consider supporting our GoFundMe campaign. Any amount of support will be greatly appreciated!
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