Greetings and salutations everyone! I want to start by saying thank you so much to all of you who have donated to and supported this project! It has made a difference! Just two days ago we hit the under $1500 mark and yesterday we got under the $1000 mark! Thats such a huge leap from where we started! It is truly a God send as we are now forced to start stage two a little early due to time constraints. Before I let you know about stage two, I cannot stress how important it is that the rest of the funds come in by the end of October. If the money doesn’t come in by then we will be forced to abandon the project. Which is no fun for anyone.
A quick update on the donation process. There have been a few issues when donors are trying to donate online. If you don’t have all of your information correct and matching your credit card records when you submit it, your bank will decline and the transaction will not go through. Do not worry though! There is another great option! You can call the AFM donation center toll free at the following number and say you are wanting to put your donation towards Alexander Swensen.
Toll Free Number: 1-(800) 937-4236
If you still wish to donate online you can do that too at the link below!
Anyway on to the details of stage two!
Stage two consists of the planning, organization, and screen writing for the stories in Benin. Yesterday I started working in the AFM office in my nice little work space. Surrounded by video equipment, hard drives, a large editing environment, and tons of old DV Tape archives. (Don’t worry, we shoot with digital cameras and don’t use tape anymore. 😉 ) So far I have been reading through the history of the Dendi project in Benin. There are a lot of really fascinating things there, but I cant tell every single story. My job right now is to understand the project, and pick out the most prominent stories and events that have brought the project to where it is now, and help to illustrate where it is going. I will do the same with the Otammari project, and maybe even a 3rd, but that is yet to be determined so I wont make any promises just yet.
The work is slow going and not always the easiest when you are reading through articles for hours and hours, but its all part of the story telling process. After that is completed, we will be contacting the missionaries in Africa and discussing what they think of the stories we have picked out, and find out any other significant news they have to share with us. After which we will create a storyboard and script for the films, organize interviews, actors, locations, dates, and travel. All the while in close contact with the missionary projects. Once that is complete the real fun begins!
I will be going to Africa to shoot the films, and all the while I will be able to absorb the culture and experiences in another area of the world! I mean how awesome is that? Few people get that kind of opportunity, and I intend to make the most of it. Even more so, however, I want to share that experience with all of you. As much as I am able I will try to update my blog while I am out there with short quick stories and revelations. But that is still off in the future and we aren’t there yet.
I will be sure to update you as the progress moves along. Please remember there is no way that any of this could happen without you, and especially without Gods’ guidance, so I ask as you continue to fund this project to please pray for guidance and Gods’ divine hand to work in this project. I look forward to the coming weeks, and I hope you do as well.