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Life of a Scout

For six years, we’ve partnered with the regional Boy Scouts of America chapter to develop vignettes that honor the next generation of leaders. The feel-good “Life of a Scout” series is part of a special recognition for the youth that have enjoyed richer lives from their Boy Scouts experiences, as well as dedicated their training to bettering others around them.

A Scout’s Honor

We told the moving stories of the Cantos Family and Justice Boston through the popular "day in the life" format, literally following the honorees around their home, neighborhood, work and school. Cat coordinated the layered shoots, hosting preliminary conversations with participants, arranging production schedules and conducting interviews on-site. Favata, Jun, and Anthony directed the young men to remain calm, candid and totally natural — putting them at ease throughout the the somewhat unnatural spotlight treatment. For the Cantos family, we featured the tight-knit group of four as a physical and emotional support system, using the Scouts program as a way to share the same kindness that helps them endure life’s toughest adversities. For Justice, we captured specific shots that evoked a mood and struck a powerful juxtaposition of Justice's experience before and after joining the Boy Scouts. While serving as specific human interest stories, both tributes also double as broader "every scout" vehicles — a series that defines a "Life of a Scout.”

Capturing a Close Call

When a pool maintenance routine went awry, Eagle Scout Ian Schurr was there to save lifeguard Jimmy Grant and diffuse a very acidic situation. One year later (and somewhat conicidentally), Ben Motto aims to prevent future drownings by building a lifebuoy kiosk as his Eagle Scout project along a treacherous river. Cat directed the accomplished scouts to set the scene with Phil capturing the interviews and as much b-roll footage as possible. Without time traveling, we made do with slow moving slider shots of the acid barrels and recently completed lifesaver rack. Favata’s taught edits not only tell two specific stories, but also positions the Boy Scouts training as the real hero — giving young people the know-how to save present and future lives.