NGO Storytelling

'Nagammal' film by Daniel Christiansz screened Internationally

In 2017 I interviewed Nagammal for what would later become the short film which is embedded below. The Leprosy Mission have altered the course of Nagammal’s life - but I had better not spoil the video. This film has been screened internationally. Make sure you give it a watch!

Daniel Christiansz reviewing footage with Nagammal in her home in India

Daniel Christiansz reviewing footage with Nagammal in her home in India

Nagammal at the hospital in India where she had received treatment for her leprosy

Nagammal at the hospital in India where she had received treatment for her leprosy

NGO Video Storytelling: Emiliana's story

Recently I travelled to Timor Leste with The Leprosy Mission Australia to capture Emiliana's story. You can watch her story below and let me know what you think in the comments.

Here are some technical details:

Camera body:

Sony A7II
Slow motion: 60p conformed to 25p (with 180 degree shutter)
AVCHD 17/22 mbps
Picture Profile 1


Zeiss 16-35 f4
Zeiss 55 f1.8
Zeiss 85 f1.8
Nikkor Micro 55 (Close-ups of the coins and sewing machine)


Zhiyun Crane
Fotga Shoulder Rig with local rock as a counterweight - double bagged :D
Manfrotto Befree tripod


Sennheiser Shotgun microphone ME66/K6
Zoom H4N
Audio post production by Jono Callow

Special thanks to James, Andrew, Bel, Sheldon, Pam and Paul from The Leprosy Mission Australia and Nona from The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste.

Filmed on the island of Atauro in Timor-Leste

NGO Video Storytelling: Shiveram and Samana are Defeating Leprosy

Recently I travelled to Nepal. While I was there I met a girl named Samana, as well as her dad, Shiveram. I had the opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions about how Leprosy has affected them. Having heard their stories and discussed with the The Leprosy Mission Australia team, we knew that this story needed to reach a wider audience than just us.

We filmed this story across three days while in Hetauda, Nepal. I was inspired by the change that is taking place in Shiveram and Samana's communities, and I hope you are too!


The video is currently being featured in The Leprosy Mission Australia's Annual Appeal. To donate please click here.

Empowering Leprosy Survivors in Timor-Leste

Late last year, The Leprosy Mission Australia sent me on a resource trip to Timor-Leste to capture photos, stories, videos, and virtual tours. During the trip I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with people affected by leprosy. There is a lot of stigma surrounding this disease, so part of my challenge was to represent those affected in a respectful manner that counters the 'untouchable leper' narrative.

I was inspired to learn how TLMA has worked to empower those affected by leprosy so that they have control and autonomy over their futures. Some people affected with the disease receive chicks which they can sell, while others are trained to make gifts. This is development without dependency.

If you're inspired to take action, please consider donating towards the work of The Leprosy Mission Australia.

The Leprosy Mission Virtual Tours at Surrender 2017

This year at Surrender Conference, The Leprosy Mission Australia will be showcasing 360 virtual tours which I created in Nepal. I'm looking forward to sharing the full tour shortly and will post a link to it when it is public. Until then, check out the preview on my Facebook page:

UPDATE: The full tour is now live! Check it out below:

Here are a couple of snaps from the conference stand:

Case Study: Annual Reports Don't Need To Be Boring

This is the third year in a row that I have designed International Needs Australia's Annual Report. Each year brings with it the challenge of making the design communicate better than the previous year. For the 2016 Annual Report, INA had a new logo and brand guidelines to work with which was really fun.

I've played around with UV printing before but this is my first die-cut job. It was really one of those 'less-is-more moments' which allowed us to highlight the new logo and even use the flip-side of the front cover to continue telling the brand story.

I also really enjoyed transitioning this report from a more traditional portrait design to a more modern landscape design. We changed the paper stock from glossy to recycled matte to reflect the organisation's sustainability values. My philosophy with this publication is that regardless of the amount of design investment, it is still going to take a lot of time and effort from multiple people to produce. If this time and effort is already going into the content, it seems wise to capitalize on it and turn it into a piece of communications that people will actually want to read and that the organisation is proud of.

NGO's have high standards they need to reach when it comes to communications and reporting. I've spent enough time reading the ACFID Code Of Conduct to know that the bar is set high. So when I design reports like these, or make content for other similar organisations, from the outset I am focused on ensuring brand communication complies with sector standards.

An NGO Accreditation Organisational Review of International Needs Australia for DFAT included the following comments about the Annual Report which I designed:

'The Annual Report presents as the ‘gold standard’ with highly relevant, positive images, complete with attribution to the project, photographer, and image identifier. Significant quality assurance processes were demonstrated, with multiple drafts and editorial commentary.'

One thing which really helps with reports such as these are professionally captured photos. A photo that looks nice on your phone or tablet often doesn't cut it for print as the dots per inch is usually much higher in a print job like this. Professional photos also give more options for cutting out images and using them in more abstract contexts. Whether you hire me or someone else, I highly recommend getting a professional in to take photos for your print publications.

I also suggest thinking ahead for publications such as these and ensuring that your organisation is continually maintaining a high quality image library with appropriate metadata tags (I've set clients up in Daminion and Flickr, but MerlinOne also looks like a great option - the system really depends on your needs and budget). Make sure your designer can access the best quality photos quickly so that you aren't paying them to sort through folders and folders of irrelevant and low quality images.

Here are some photos of the 2016 Annual Report below:

As mentioned, I also designed the 2015 Annual Report, but as I wasn't blogging when I designed that report I thought I would show the photos of it here. The front cover photo was taken on my trip to the Philippines and it is one of my favourites!