In a small way this blog’s title alludes to the race that Paul says we are to run – pressing on towards the finish. But it’s also about setting goals that have achievable ends.
In September of 2001, ten days after 9/11, I set off for Kenya to teach mature East African students a four week course on television production. At the beginning of the course, my students’ camera skills were unintentionally BlairWitchian. My jet lagged stomache was not amused. However, by the end of the four weeks they were (in teams of four) writing, producing, shooting and editing short video presentations. They had developed skills that would allow them to help their local churchs and NGOs.
In the summer of 2002, Imbi and I returned to Kenya (she’d been there in 2000) to teach another group of students. At the end of those five weeks, three of our four student teams had produced finished videos for local NGO’s. One American "client" wept when he saw the students’ production. He was blown away by both the quality of their work and the effectiveness of their story telling.
Both our Kenyan trips were "Achievable Ends". With the support of people in the UK, the US and Canada and working with Daystar University in Nairobi, we were able to travel to Kenya. We took DV cameras and edit systems (that were left behind) and trained people in the effective use of these production tools.
With this blog, I hope to point you at techniques, technology, software and wetware that will help you reach Achievable Ends – whilst also throwing in the occasional political and cultural commentary. All hopefully illuminated by my faith position.