Story Half Told: Beth Fairchild




Bean Labs and I worked alongside Pfizer, Y&R and Vital WW to expand the Story Half Told initiative Pfizer began in 2013.  Our goal was to bring broader awareness and tell the story of metastatic breast cancer patients in an honest and heartfelt way.  I never imagined the journey would lead me to meet such amazing women.

Working with Beth Fairchild and her family to tell her story was truly a privilege.  This is just one small glimpse at her full, and amazing life as a mother, wife, artist, advocate and mbc patient.

Thank you, Beth, for opening your home and your heart.

  • Chris Valentino

Food For Thought

We recently wrapped production on a new project that is sure to wet the appetite. The program to be released this fall focuses on diet and nutrition and features some amazing talent. Directed by Chris Valentino with photography by Michael Falasco and Chong Pak, more info to come as we get closer to launch.

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Here’s the official Press Release for Get Your Full Course.  We had a blast working with Sunny Anderson on this campaign.

Janssen Biotech, Inc. and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) announced today the launch of Get Your Full Course, an educational campaign designed to provide resources for people living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) on the paired role of nutrition and appropriate therapy in managing IBD.
IBD includes the chronic digestive diseases ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease, and affects 1.4 million Americans combined. Get Your Full Course features television host and celebrity cook Sunny Anderson, who is speaking publicly for the first time about her journey with UC.“Having lived with UC for more than 20 years, I recognize the importance of talking more openly about the disease and educating people with IBD that we don’t have to shy away from food because of our disease,” said Sunny. “Food is a big part of my life. I am excited about Get Your Full Course and its focus on helping the IBD community learn about foods we can enjoy that are also rich in the nutrients we sometimes lack due to the way the disease affects the intestines.”Sunny’s recipes and exclusive cooking demonstrations are featured on www.GetYourFullCourse.com. Alongside Sunny, Dr. Lindsey Albenberg, a gastroenterologist from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, lends her expert advice and answers common questions for those living with IBD. In addition, visitors to Get Your Full Course are invited to submit a recipe for, or a photo of, a favorite meal as part of a sweepstakes. All entries will be eligible to receive one of several prizes, including a grand prize to meet Sunny at a local CCFA event.

Researchers are working diligently to improve their knowledge of the relationship between diet, nutrition and IBD. They are specifically focused on examining the effect of bacteria in the gut for patients with IBD. Until these studies are complete, Dr. Albenberg encourages patients to have an open, honest conversation with their doctors to identify foods that could trigger flares and identify a diet and treatment plan to best manage their disease.

“IBD is a condition that varies greatly from patient to patient, but the goals of treatment remain consistent – to achieve remission, and once that is accomplished, to maintain remission,” said Dr. Albenberg. “When IBD is under control, a patient’s diet can be less restricted, so it’s important for patients to work closely with their healthcare team to accomplish symptom control and disease remission. Then, patients can slowly reintroduce foods into their diet to ensure a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients.”

“CCFA is proud to partner with Janssen Biotech, Inc. on Get Your Full Course to help educate the IBD community on the importance of working closely with your doctor to not only get your symptoms under control with appropriate therapy, but also learn how to make nutritious food choices and maintain a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” said Laura Wingate, Vice President, Patient & Professional Services for CCFA. “We hope this initiative helps the IBD community learn that while diet does not cause or cure IBD, it can influence symptoms. By working with a healthcare professional, you can determine the individual diet and treatment approach that is right for you.”

Visit www.GetYourFullCourse.com for more information about the campaign.

Life. It’s Not What Comes To You.

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Everyday is a fresh start. With so many oportunities we have to make the most of it.

This little thought really strikes a chord with me. The landscape is constantly changing and like most people I have had to change with it. Work has been a roller coaster of intense deadlines, fierce creative and long nights. While rewarding in its own way, it does take its toll on me. I am wondering when I will have the chance to wind my mind down to catch a good deep sleep. Until then I am going to keep pushing, keep creating and keep finding new ways of doing.

Life. Make the most of it everyday in every way.

-Chris Valentino @Valentino328

It is what it is…

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Inspiration comes from many places.  For me I often find daily nuggets of wisdom from my kids. Where they get them is beyond me.  Perhaps some divine combination of cartoons, conversations and observations of parental frustration.  My daughter amuses me with her proclamation that “This is the life” whenever the opportunity for an ice cream appears or a lazy day on the hammock.  One of my all time favorite quotes is courtesy of my son who aptly observed that worrying about things is a waste of time and why bother second guessing yourself…  It is what it is.  It’s not what it’s not.

Think Big Picture!

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by Chris Valentino, Partner/ECD

I have had the fortune of working on a number of rewarding film and video projects from independent features to documentaries, talk shows and consumer campaigns.   Each project has been its own reward and offered creative and technological challenges that have thankfully proved successful. As a result, I am approached by various industries to produce and direct projects for just about every screen. With each project I am often given a creative objective or marketing task. As with any medium there is no easy answer for execution and rarely do I make the decision alone. There are talented cinematographers and technologists who understand the emerging formats and the advancing post process who I am fortunate to collaborate with. More often than not the process involves me designing a desired result wherein my invaluable crew helps determine the best way to execute it. From a video standpoint there has never been a better time to work in the medium. The technology is within reach of anyone (for better and worse) and you can push creative boundaries to new limits. Unfortunately, as technology is evolving at an ever increasing pace clients are requesting to do more and more for less and less.

Video as a technology offers a specific way to tell a story and spread a message. As it becomes easier and more readily available to produce it creates a very specific problem. I call it the “my nephew can shoot this on his iphone” syndrome. Sure mobile cameras have killed the Flip camera (thankfully), but it doesn’t mean anyone can “point and shoot”. As an artist, (and someone who handed NYU film school a small fortune) I feel a dedication to the craft. Beyond that dedication I carry a weighted responsibility and understanding of the importance of producing video correctly. I could easily discuss the number of clients who have asked to produce videos with flip cameras, over skype or on iphones, however, I still cannot figure out why. Sure it may be perceived as being cheaper, but really? Isn’t audio a major concern in an interview? Isn’t exposure a necessity for capturing the essence of your subject or is silhouette shooting the new art form? There are no shortcuts; there are no cheap avenues without sacrifice. I wish I could call every other vendor and ask them what they are thinking when they say “yes” to these requests. I wish I could speak with every client who is soon saddled with extravagant post expenses to fix their skype or flip footage. The truth is YouTube and our acceptance of America’s Funniest Home Videos has contributed to the breakdown of quality in our industry. (In March Google purchased a tech company to improve quality of YouTube videos which is hopefully a sign of good things to come for consumer quality acceptance.)

I have been asked to meet with companies to talk on this subject. I have been asked to outline my opinions on how to produce a strong video and how to capture a subject in a way that will reach and engage an audience. Each time I have the same response. Do it right, or not at all. If a client is going to spend a dollar on a video they should understand where that dollar is going to go, how it will affect future dollars and how it will impact results.

If a client is looking to shoot video, I ask two questions. The first is “what is the story you want to tell?”. The second is “what else can you capture in that time?”. For example how will still photography enhance the project? How may additional audio extend your campaign? and how will the video be used (not just tomorrow, but a year from now)? It is important to think about not just your desired results, but the greater possibilities for it. There are certain a
spects of video that you can control and it is important that before you begin a project, whether as a vendor or client, that you plan accordingly. Think big, and then allow yourself to proceed with small steps. The problems with many projects result from small thinking and shortcutting expenses without analyzing the impact.

As you embark on your next project take a moment to think objectively. Examine your costs and your desired results, and then think about what else you can accomplish. Lastly, before you unplug the USB charger on your Flip, remember your efforts need results. So, Think Big Picture. In the end tell your story and do it right or not at all.


 

Falling into Autumn

by Chris Valentino, Partner/ECD

It has been a while since I have had a moment to sit and write about all the exciting changes that have occurred this past summer.  The saying “one door closes and another opens” is an apt description of the recent past.

I have been fortunate to work closely with a lot of clients on various types of projects and proposals.  Some go live and others to the wastebasket.  Yet through it all the creative muscle is flexed, torn and rebuilt in a fashion of human endurance and adaptability.   At the office we venture forth into the unknown and together sit engaged on the precipice of ingenuity.  We fantasize over bold ideas and innovative creative in the assured resolve that our passion and creativity will bear fruit from which wine can be made and celebration experienced.

We have been fortunate this summer to engage with some amazing companies, from Microsoft to Google to Layar.  As technology continues to progress faster than a melting froyo, we have kept our stride to stay informed and inspired.  It is this pace of action and exploration that we infuse in every project we develop.  I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who love what they do as much as I do.

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