Buying houses in Oxford for families who have fled Afghanistan

Video inviting churches to buy homes for Afghan families

Parasola produced a short video of Robin Peak from Homes with Purpose and Krish Kandiah, founder of Afghan Welcome to inspire churches across the city to join together to fund houses for vulnerable families who have fled the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The UK government has resettled around 8,000 people through the ARAP programme, but there is no housing for them and so they are in transition hotels. Homes with Purpose asked us to help create a video to play in church services to invite people to an online meeting to explain how by investing together they could help house one or more families in Oxford.

Standing in front of the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford one sunny September lunchtime, Robin and Krish delivered their appeal to camera in just a couple of takes. We only had a few minutes to capture the recording and so we used our Panasonic GH5 for a quick setup and Rode II wireless microphones for professional audio recording. Shooting in 4K allowed us to crop into the shot to create a multi-camera edit from a single camera. The sun was low and bright and was casting strong shadows so we filmed in the shade of the camera for a more flattering look. The footage was edited together in Premier Pro and subtitles added, then supplied as HD video to churches to play in their services the following week. There was a very positive response and they already have enough expressions of interest to purchase a house.

If you are a charity or non-profit looking for a video to inspire people to join your mission, please contact Paul to discuss your ideas.

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Parasola was founded by Paul Dyke, a Digital Design professional in 2019. He has worked on top brands including McDonald's, Lloyds Bank and The National Lottery and wants to help brands to improve their visual design.
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