Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas - from our heroes!




This video was made in partnership between OWH and a number of our contacts! Some of our heroes had been asking what they could give to our cardmakers, since they were so grateful for all the beautiful work that's poured into the cards we send them. And since we know all of you love photos so much, we brainstormed the idea behind this video. So photos were requested especially from those who'd received holiday cards in the last few months; and over the course of the last few weeks they poured in! You can tell they had a lot of fun shooting them.
For those who want a little technical detail about how this was made: The photos were processed to remove names on uniforms to preserve our heroes' privacy, as well as editing detail in the images that could cause harm; the Department of Defense has OPSEC guidelines (Operational Security) and we didn't want to cross that! Some of our heroes were standing in their workplaces with some items on walls or whiteboards that probably shouldn't end up on YouTube. The silhouettes were created in Photoshop, and slides were developed in InDesign and exported as high res jpgs. Those were imported into iPhoto, and when the movie was created in iMovie, it pulled in those images. Technical difficulties in uploading caused some delay (the plan had been to get it launched over the weekend!), but the thrill of getting it posted this morning outweighs all that!


This particular photo has its own special story, and I'll let our contact tell it in her words:
Last photo is the best one...my boss!  The Battalion Commander, LTC G. H., actually took direction from me and allowed this photo shoot to happen. At first he wasn't so sure about doing it, but when I told him it was for the lady that sends all the handmade cards, he immediately put on the santa hat and let me click this photo!  You get respect around these parts, lady.  Thanks so much for all the wonderful cards!
CPT T. M.

 So...Merry Christmas from our heroes around the world. They truly do appreciate all that you do to support them — keep up the great work!

21 comments:

Nancy B said...

Awesome!

SuzAnn said...

LOVE it! What a great treat for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! thank you! This is awesome! Kudos to everyone who worked on this! Merry Christmas to all from Joan in Calif.

Cathy said...

falalalalalalalala-love it!

Dee N said...

Another big thank you to the men and women of our military. I thoroughly enjoy the pictures of our heroes. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. God Bless You.

Louise F said...

What a lovely Christmas gift! It is a gift to know that we might bring joy in some small way to those who are sacrificing so much. Blessings to everyone who brought this to us! Merry Christmas.

Jan McConnell said...

Thank you so much for putting this video together everyone! You know how we love to see pics of our everyday hereos!! We love them one and all for the service to our country and families! Happy Holidays!!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

hi Sandy,
how wonderful!! I couldn't resist and I posted the video and a little promotion on OWH on my blog. You can see it here http://creatingtreasures.blogspot.com/2009/12/merry-christmas-to-our-heroes.html

How do I get the smiling Marine widget so I can upload it to my blog??? I just love it that he is holding one of my cards!!!

Merry Christmas, Sandy. We appreciate your hard work!!! :)

Tereza

Laura P, Seatac WA said...

Great video! Thanks for putting it together, as well as all the pre-planning that went into it.

Polly P., MN said...

Merry Christmas to all!! Loved the video..thanks to all for taking the time to put it together...what a wonderful Christmas gift!

Mary Jo said...

What a GREAT video gift! I love it!

Greta said...

This gave me goosebumps, awesome!

Martha said...

Oh that was SO much fun! Great job Sandy & all the OWH crew.

I wish I knew how to post a link here but this is all I can do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdIFWTgNyNg I can't be the only one who can't see the video here on the blog but can watch it via YouTube. It is totally worth the effort!

Joan said...

What a treat! Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

What an Awesome,Upbeat,Happy and very well produced video. From the combined partnership of OWH and the contacts of our wonderful Heroes, you made us Cardmakers proud of what we can do for you...with a little paper,glue,stamps and so forth we know how much you appreciate our offerings to you. Please come home soon and please be safe. Merry Christmas and may the New Year of 2010 be a more peaceful one than in the past.God Bless each & every one of you and Thank you for the Freedom that you provide for us!

Anonymous said...

That was wonderful! What a great Christmas gift! Everyone involved in that video did a super job and I am quite sure it took alot of "behind the scenes" to put it together.
Thank you to you all. We'll keep those cards coming. It is my honor and a humble privilige to do so.
Merry, Merry Christmas to us all!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas dear HEROES. God Bless you all.

Seongsook Duncan said...

This is great to see. Thanks very much and wish you Happy Holidays!

reflections:0) said...

This makes the cards that we all send over so worth it... It was before this but, this is great to see faces with smiles....

Merry Christmas to all our Heros!..

FaLaLaLaLa....

reflections:0)

Rufus said...

Merry Christmas to our Hero's, both overseas and here at home. What a marvelous Christmas present you've given us. Thank for the taking the time to do it. It's nice to see some of the faces who receive all the cards we make. Thank you to the OWH crew who work so hard all year 'round to make it all happen.
With a Christmas hug to all,
Ruthanne in Florida

Biddy said...

I'd love to see more and read more comments, but after this wonderful video, I have to make more cards!! Thank you to all our service personnel. Stay safe and know that someone cares about you!!