TELLING LIVES 
John Sellwood  
communication & content creation 

'building trust with authentic narratives and storytelling'







STORIES + PEOPLE

PEOPLE

GIFT A STORY
LIFE STORIES - FAMILY STORIES - COMMUNITY STORIES - ISSUE STORIES 
Stories define who we are and give context and meaning to our lives. Everyone has a story to tell, a narrative to be shared, community stories, family stories, personal stories, business stories, rites of passage, tributes and more.

The internet and social media have radically changed the way people engage and share information. Community groups, organisations and individuals have all been given a new voice and the power to control their own message and story.

Once it was traditional media television, radio and newspapers who set the agenda deciding what was worthy of coverage. Now with the democratisation of storytelling we increasingly see an agenda set by the publics own response to issues and stories shared on social media and the internet. 

 It is a communications revolution where anyone can now share their story.   

LIFESTORY

At Telling Lives we help you make the most of what you already have, whether it be digital stills or old photos. By adding well-crafted interviews we help you create your own documentary style history, personal story or tribute. 

Be known for who you really are: your laughter, your stories, your history. Life stories are a visual record for family, friends and future generations. By hearing your words and understanding the influences that shaped your life, you can help build connections and a sense of belonging for others.
CHRISTCHURCH CITY MISSION - DETOX HEROES

Thorpe house deals in hope - if you're battling drug or alcohol dependency this is the place to detox and get straight. Having the courage to face your addiction and quit, requires commitment and the support of the people around you. At the Christchurch City Mission a dedicated team of professionals provides 24 hour residential care for those going through the withdrawal process, but it's the clients themselves who have to do the hard yards.  
LYTTELTON PRIMARY OPENS

Lyttelton Primary School throws open its classrooms for parents, children and the local community. A new building and new approach to education with modern learning techniques in a modern learning environment. After years of disruption following the earthquakes followed by the merger of Lyttelton Main and Lyttelton West schools, local pupils have a new school and theatre and an exciting future. 
Stills courtesy Mel Morris.
ANZAC RANNERDALE 2016

Most of us remember our veterans on Anzac day its is part of being a New Zealander. But at Rannerdale they care for veteran's every day of the year. This year they marked Anzac day by announcing the new Jacinda Baker Hospital wing, named after a 26 year-old Canterbury army medic killed while serving in Afghanistan. Two thirds of New Zealand veterans served post the Vietnam war. While we remember old campaigns and soldiers, we must also recognise the sacrifice made by a younger generation of servicemen and women.
WALKING ON AIR

Joel and Remi doing a bit of slacklining practice before heading off to the mountains where grass becomes rock. I just happened to have my new toy on hand and took some vision. A tip for those thinking about walking the talk you don’t watch your feet or the webbing, apparently you focus your eyes on something eye level near the end of the webbing and let your balance tell you where to put your feet. 

Music courtesy the wonderful Aaron Takona. Vision shot using an Osmo gimbal cam from DJI.
A MILITARY FAREWELL FOR MUKA MAYES WO2 

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more, whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.
And what they did and who they were
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever. 

Words by Richard Fife
NEW BRIGHTON

Christchurch seaside suburb of New Brighton in urgent need of regeneration and renewal. Bound by the ocean on one side and the earthquake's red zone on the other, this is a community still struggling to find a path through the isolation and residential dislocation created by the quakes five years ago.

Both local and central government have acknowledged that helped is needed for such areas, but to what end? what do the locals think?
ANZAC BURNHAM 2016

Burnham military camp is due to grow significantly over coming years with the Defence Force moving its basic Army training to the South Island. Burnham is home base for soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion many who have served in peace keeping operations overseas. It can be dangerous work among those who have died recently Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Richard Harris, killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.
CHRISTCHURCH 2030 YOUTH VISION

If young people own the future what kind of city do they want Christchurch to be? It's a question that goes beyond infrastructure and buildings, 
this is a question about values, lifestyle and culture. Director of Rebuild Christchurch Deon Swiggs, one of the instigators behind the Youth Vision Christchurch 2030 initiative, says the campaign will give young people a real chance to have a say in shaping the future of the city.
THE HOLI FESTIVAL

The Indian Holi Festival is fast approaching - a time when friends and communities celebrate togetherness through colour and dance. 

For those who never been to the Christchurch festival it's about time that you did. Telling lives has a few tips from those who have been for those who haven't. Thanks to Hitesh, Seema and Shweta.
CROSSING SAFELY 

Celebrating School Patrols and the children who are keep our children safe at crossings! School community police officers are out round the country this time of year training school patrols to manage pedestrian crossings outside our primary and intermediate schools. These children have a load of responsibility and do a fantastic job.

Our role is to support them by driving safely, they're our children and our responsibility !! 

Telling Lives wishes to thank the West Spreydon School Patrol and School Community Officer, Senior Constable Ross Mitchell.
THE BELLS

This video is about Steve and Sasha Bell who spent nearly four years sleeping in their garage because of a dispute over an earthquake settlement. They recently reached an out of court settlement with their insurer.

This Video was commissioned by Earthquake Services who acted for the Bells.

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