A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Caleb and Michelle Chamberlain of Remember Media out of Missouri. Three years ago, in 2011, Caleb and Michelle came to make a video to share the story of Mme. Soliette and the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave. Well, a lot has happened in those three years and they agreed to come back and shoot a short documentary to update the story!
Caleb and Michelle greeting the children when they first arrived. These are two of the sweetest, most caring people you will get a chance to meet! They were fantastic to work with.
First thing's first! We sat down with Mme. Soliette and listened to everything that she wanted to movie to portray. Then, we set up the schedule for filming!
Below: (left to right) Mr. Bee, our Okipe assistant and Mme. Soliette's accountant, Michelle, Caleb, Mme. Soliette, and Monise, Mme. Soliette's administrative assistant.
A few of our mornings started very early...however, Mme. Soliette had already been awake for a few hours! It was nice to see the sunrise though! It is very peaceful so early in the morning.
Filming at Mme. Soliette's house in the city. She stays at this family house on the weekends so that she can have some rest after a long week.
The beautiful view from Mme. Soliette's house.
Shooting footage of Mme. Soliette
In order to ensure the best quality for the movie, we needed it to be pretty quite surrounding taping...not very easy with 80 children. However, these kids did a fantastic job keeping quiet and were rewarded with a rousing game of musical chairs! We even had one round with Mme. Soliette versus all of the house moms!
And of course it's not ALL work and no play. We were able to take some time to head out on the sailboat for a little afternoon snorkeling on the sandbar. Who said coming to Haiti wasn't the BEST IDEA EVER?! Especially for midwesterners in the dead of a CRAZY winter!
A HUGE thank you to the Chamberlains and Remember Media! We can't wait to see what you come up with after your HOURS of digging through footage and putting everything together.
Click HERE to view their original video of The Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave that was made in 2011.