Hello, my name is Logan Daniels-Engevold and I am a member of the Healthy Voices Healthy Choices coalition here in Anchorage, Alaska. As a youth involved in the filming of the newest installation of the Be [You] campaign, I had a great time during the making of the commercials. I was working with John Conn with Stage 2 Productions to film. He is a great filmmaker and really made sure that the youth involved with the project had a voice and would say what they felt. The youth voice is really what sets this commercial apart from others I have been involved in making.
John brought some really nice equipment with him to make this commercial, such as a RED camera which has been used to film many Hollywood movies. It is super clear and has a million different options to film with. John and I started in Wasilla, filming the Air Force JROTC program at Wasilla High School. After John and I finished that shoot, we headed out to Palmer to film teenagers in the area hanging out. Then John and I came back to Anchorage to film a couple more scenes. That all happened in day one.
Day two started bright and early with a plane ride to Ketchikan. Once in Ketchikan, John and I immediately started filming high school students at Ketchikan High School. The shots we took in Ketchikan were at a dock, at a coffee shop, and at a house with a few inspirational outdoor shots as well (weather permitting). The second day John and I were in Ketchikan it rained sideways and everyone and everything got drenched to the bone. But even with the bad weather I still had a great time during the making of these commercials and learned a lot from John.
The work of the Alaska Wellness Coalition is based upon relationships – how we relate to ourselves, each other and the issues we care about. These relationships work at different levels. First you have a meeting, then maybe a second get together, perhaps you get more involved and then voila you’re engaged in the process. And like any relationship building, promoting civic engagement is an ongoing process that requires continual nurturance, if not those connections can dissipate. By cultivating deeper relationships between coalitions and groups around the state, diverse individuals and affiliate members within the public and private sectors, AWC promotes an Alaska where all communities thrive