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The need to Reach Out

Today we need your help to share a message of hope. Around the world, a million people die by suicide every year. Research shows that when people get help, most find the hope they need to stay alive, and get better. The first step is always reaching out.

World Touch Productions created this Public Service Announcement in partnership with Samaritan Counseling Center, urging those thinking about suicide to talk about it, and encouraging friends of those in crisis to reach out and offer help.

So today, on World suicide prevention day, let’s tell our friends that we’ll be there for them. Be part of the solution by sharing and posting “Reach Out” to your websites and social media pages. Anything we can do to promote a message of hope just might be what saves a life.

REACH OUT! Suicide Prevention PSA

REACH OUT from World Touch Productions on Vimeo.

Thank you for your help.

Special thanks to the Barrington Area Community Foundation, Rotary, Seagate, Swiss Automation, the Davenports, and many generous donors for funding this life-saving message.

The need to Reach Out2018-10-11T19:20:10+00:00

Deep and Trying Testimonials

Sometimes, a business needs a testimonial to show what their clients have been through. As filmmakers, this poses a challenge; how do we make interviews visually interesting? The answer – show the space! If you’ve seen our work, you know we like to show everything.

Now, our latest set of testimonials has been a different kind of challenge. We’ve never shied away from those sensitive, difficult topics which touch on the moments of delicate human emotion. That’s what we’ve always gone after. And that’s why we were excited to embrace the challenge of advertising a service that nobody, ever, wants to have to use (but everybody does).

Cut together in our classic One Voice Message documentary style, watch our film about grieving the loss of a loved one, created for the wonderful Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory

A Celebration of Life from World Touch Productions on Vimeo.

Deep and Trying Testimonials2018-10-11T19:37:10+00:00

Barrington Film Festival

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Every year, we have the privilege of screening a film or two at the historic Catlow Theatre in Barrington. This year, we went for two vastly different styles, clashing on all but the depth of symbolic messaging and social commentary beneath the images.

Progress: To Bomb or To The Moon?!

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Barrington Film Festival2019-05-13T21:02:42+00:00

GiGi’s Playhouse 2018 Gala Film!

Our partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse has been a passion! We’ve spent years developing galleries, calendars, books, and documentaries for the fastest growing non profit in the country our mission together has been to usher acceptance for all.

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Our work is used at over 37 Gigi’s Achievement Centers internationally headlining fundraisers, empowering volunteers, and inspiring donors.

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GiGi’s Playhouse 2018 Gala Film!2019-05-13T21:03:00+00:00

When an emerging Cryptocurrency asks for a found-footage doc-film in 12k resolution; The Evolution of Innovation is created for the Innovation Fair

Premiering at WestWorld of Scottsdale, projectors spanning 50′!

Kadima.Ventures’ Innovation Fair 2018 unites sponsors, corporations, strategic
partners, investors, incubators, economic development organizations and civic
groups with entrepreneurs and startups from across the country to create synergy
and engage together like never before.

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Your corporate donation will sponsor a highly-vetted startup and support an
entrepreneur’s chance to attend and present their product or service at the
Kadima Innovation Fair 2018. They may possibly even earn prize money! Corporate
donations will be accepted through our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Kadima.
Foundation, and are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. Your organization will
also receive great exposure in a premier innovative setting.

Be among the first to experience disruptive new-market technology being
deployed by Kadima.Ventures that will shatter the status quo. Our platform is
a catalyst of innovation that launches access to alliances and partnerships for
startups, while transparently reducing risk and elevating reward for investors.
Support our IDEA Lab breakout sessions during the Innovation Fair 2018, where
attendees can learn about emerging technologies like blockchain, ICOs, and
autonomous systems from industry thought leaders and nationally recognized
speakers.

When an emerging Cryptocurrency asks for a found-footage doc-film in 12k resolution; The Evolution of Innovation is created for the Innovation Fair2019-05-13T21:03:10+00:00

Delicious Branding

How do you know when a commercial ‘works’ ? When the editor picks up an addiction to the product!! Check out our commercial and branding campaign for ChocoDate, one of six commercials for broadcast through the US and Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to a partnership with Paolo Cascio and Capitol J Productions for this scrumptious opportunity (and for the many pounds of dates).

Delicious Branding2019-05-13T21:03:27+00:00

Turkish Coffee; branding the best

We don’t advertise anything we don’t believe in. So that’s why Turkish coffee is the most delicious opportunity we could dream of.

This is the first in a series of six commercials, airing throughout the US and Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to a partnership with Paolo Cascio and Capitol J Productions!

Turkish Coffee; branding the best2019-05-13T21:03:36+00:00

How to Make an Impact Storytelling for Nonprofit Video Marketing : WINGS Domestic Abuse Shelters

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Video production for nonprofit causes has been a great passion of ours, helping charitable organizations get the word out about their cause, reaching potential donors and the people who need their support.

Recently we were given a challenge to tell a story about domestic violence; every minute, 20 people in the US become victims of intimate partner violence. Our objective was to illuminate the issue and to create change by supporting WINGS Domestic Violence Shelters.


We had 4 weeks to create an inspirational PSA for the non-profit’s Purple Tie Ball. The goal was to help them continue to provide domestic violence shelters for families across the Chicagoland area.

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Our mission was to create a video that would inspire viewers to donate at the fundraiser and support the cause, but we also wanted to give them something they could post on their website and use on broadcast or commercial PSA spots. But the mission was even bigger than that, because we knew that the biggest impact would be to create an outreach of hope to those women and families in need. _E6A7707
In order to tell the story that WINGS can help give those in need a way out of a bad situation, suitable for clients and donors, we settled on a plan for a 60-second PSA with social media distribution. Through social media, we could reach niche audiences of both demographics, and with the story we knew it could make an impact.
Just four weeks from the video launch on Facebook, and we have reached 58k views with this message of hope for WINGS. We are honored to support such an important cause and organization.

Fly Away – WINGS from World Touch Productions on Vimeo.

Winner of 3rd Place at the Catlow Theater’s Barrington Area Film Festival 2017


Speaking for our whole world touch productions team, It’s a great joy to use our passion and talents to make a positive impact; if just one viewer needed a way out, and called the hotline number, then every effort has been reimbursed._E6A7541


Thank you to these amazing people for their support:

Kim Duchossois

Wickstrom Auto Group

Chicago Studio City

 

Cast

Jade Ocean     Mom

Parker              Boy

 

 

Crew

Thomas Balsamo     Producer Director

Wade Balsamo          Director Producer

Paolo Cascio               Cinematographer

Helga Richter             Production Manager

Hunter Spitzer           Grip and BTS

Sally Roeckell             Grip, Stylist, BTS

Mark Roeckell            Grip BTS

Stephanie Battista     Makeup Artist

Elliot Callighan          Ramova Music


How to Make an Impact Storytelling for Nonprofit Video Marketing : WINGS Domestic Abuse Shelters2019-05-13T21:03:54+00:00
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