Lights. Camera. Help. Mission
Lights. Camera. Help. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting filmmakers with nonprofits to amplify and multiply philanthropic storytelling through cause-driven films. To achieve this mission, Lights. Camera. Help. hosts the Aaron Bramley Film Frenzy, a one-week film competition pairing 10 local filmmakers with 10 nonprofits to produce a short film about the nonprofits mission or call to action.
It is often quoted that a call-to-action is 65% more likely to achieve success when associated with a video. Many nonprofits, however, fail to budget for film and video due to several reasons including costs, but also because they have never had the experience of working with a professional filmmaker. By participating in the Aaron Bramley Film Frenzy, nonprofits can get a video that fits within in any budget and gives them the experience and confidence to use video in their future storytelling.
Join Lights. Camera. Help. in meeting this mission. You can sign up for our newsletter, attend the next Aaron Bramley Film Frenzy or make a donation today. If you are a nonprofit or filmmaker you can get involved in our next Film Frenzy.
Learn more about The Aaron Bramley Film Frenzy:
Aaron Bramley Film Frenzy: The goal of the Film Frenzy is to connect nonprofits in need of films with filmmakers who want to challenge themselves to create a great film:
- 10 nonprofits are matched with 10 filmmaking teams (currently serving Austin).
- The organization and the filmmaking team meet to decide on a concept.
- The filmmaking team produces a film for their assigned organization over the course of a week.
- The films are screened at the end of the competition. We award a judges prize and a people’s choice prize to the winning teams.
Learn with LCH: Lights. Camera. Help. can educate your nonprofit on how to start using video as part of your communications strategy:
- Full-day workshops that teach you how to make films or work with a production company.
- Online training is available for organizations not in Central Texas.
- We’ve instructed over 350 organizations. Is yours next?
You can contact Lights. Camera. Help. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Co-founders and Board of Directors
David J. Neff
I am Founder of Lights. Camera. Help. and current Vice-president of the Board. I would say that I am an author, teacher, speaker, blogger, network weaver, and social media scientist. For over 11 years I have been helping people and nonprofits focus on doing good all across the world. I did this through 9 years at the American Cancer Society as the Director of Web, Film and Interactive Strategy. While there I started their film and documentary department. I also shot a full length documentary and owned and operated a film production company here in Austin, TX. @daveiam
I am the Board President for Lights. Camera. Help. As the Board Education chair, I lead the education program and provide oversight and strategy for the organization as a whole. I am Co-owner and a Producer at Pitch Productions and also in charge of Customer Success at uStudio, Inc. where I assist customers in distributing their video content where ever their audience is. My deep understanding of digital distribution opportunities allows others to focus on making great content while leaving the rest to me.
I joined the LCH board as Secretary in November 2013. Over the past 30ish years I’ve had the pleasure to work for some of the best companies in the high tech industry – IBM, Amdahl, PeopleSoft to name just a few. While at these companies I served in leadership roles in a variety of organizations including marketing, sales operations, channel development, and pricing. At one point in my career I even ventured off and enjoyed a successful run as a sole proprietor with my own Sales Operations Consulting practice. Beginning in 2012 I began a fundamental shift in my career and started my own coaching practice focused on career and divorce coaching. Coaching allows me to combine my years of experience as a business leader with my passion for helping people live to their full potential and realize their dreams.