“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you haven’t already noticed, Ezra Productions is not your your typical video production company. We are a mindful company brimming with enthusiasm for life. We go behind the scenes of your real life, and capture it in a way that preserves the period of your life in an artful, engaging, and cinematic way. We are here to help families digitally preserve their history, and to help businesses tell their stories in a way that excites and motivate viewers to get involved.
The beauty of our magic recipe, so to speak, is that our filming and editing is not based on a formula. We don’t go into our clients’ homes or businesses demanding certain shots. On the contrary–we let life unfold naturally and capture its essence through a professional lens, letting our experience and presence of mind guide us to the “perfect shots.” Its the childlike excitement of spontaneity, authenticity, and creativity that breathes life into our videos.
When we visit families each year, we get to see the children blossom before our very eyes, taking on behaviors of their parents and other role models in their lives. During filming, we follow the child’s lead, letting them pull us deeper into the pleasure of the present moment. Back in the editing room, we get to relive their joy and chose the most touching parts to keep in the final video.
Filming children is especially rewarding because when we attune ourselves to their intentions and messages beyond their words, we become more present ourselves. Children unintentionally live the way adults strive to live: with unwavering presence. It is refreshing to observe a completely unself-conscious infant taking in the world around them without preconceived notions about their surroundings. They are able to find joy and wonder in the simplest of household items. They have no agenda except to get their basic needs met, and once those needs are met they surrender to life’s flow. There is no burden of the past, no fear of the future or failure to hold them back from being their perfectly present selves.
Approaching children as our teachers allows us to be more present in our own work, and this attunement to each family’s and business’s needs is what makes Ezra Productions so unique in our field. Each time we film children we remember to look at life a little more simply, and to appreciate the little things. What are some things that you have learned from observing children?
Reading suggestions: The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle; The Daily Om