1st Efklios Run in Imittos
Break the Couch went running to help reforestation of mount Ymittos
We wanted for a while to get involved in sports but we were seeking the necessary opportunity. An opportunity which would combine athletics with a broader social impact. The opportunity arose and we decided to make a few videos about 1st Efklios Run in South Ymittos, Athens organized by Efklis. When we got to know about the event, we contacted the necessary authorities and voluntarily offered to make videos about the run.
Why did we choose this run? For us it was a clear cut:
1) Parts of the proceeds from the participants’ fee will be donated for the reforestation of Ymittos. Ymittos is a mountain range in the Athens area, which has suffered a lot from fires during the past decades
2) It was the first run organized for this purpose and we wanted to raise awareness for the event and its objective and help the local community
3) We thought that a mountain run would be very attractive for video purposes
We made visits to meet the organizers and to see the mountain and the trail where the run would take place. Two members of Break the Couch visited in advance the place and filmed a teaser video (which was published 2 weeks in advance of the event) to raise the number of participations. In addition it was great for us to structure our thoughts and see which the best places to shoot from are.
After making the plan, we realized that in order to film a good quality video we needed at least 8 cameramen. We made a mini campaign through social media and had finally 8 volunteers who joined during the day of the run. We were very happy to be somewhat larger team ad have a lot of fun!
During the day of the run, we started with a mini briefing/ training for videoshooting and then each one of us took the camera and filmed its respective part. We had normal cameras, action cams (one of our members ran 15km to videoshoot!), mobile phones and our newly bought drone. It was the first “official” experience with the drone and we enjoyed it too much.
In addition we plan to shoot the reforestation which will take place in few months and then combine the run and the reforestation in a single video to show the objective of the run and the actual result!