Film Notes 2015

Devlo Media: This past year, we’ve traveled to and produced projects in China, Kenya, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and most recently, Ireland. Here is a sampling from our most recent work from both here in the USA as well as abroad. Footage captured with our pair of DJI Inspire Drones, Canon 5DIII’s, a Canon C300, and now the Sony PXW-FS7.

Graduate Study We are Emerson

This is a project we produced for The Graduate Program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. We worked with composer Emmett Cooke who did the original score and with kor group who wrote the voiceover and is currently designing the graduate school's new micro site. 
Emerson’s ten graduate programs are committed to the discovery of new ideas and knowledge so graduates will realize intellectual and creative fulfillment, personal enrichment, and their career objectives.

Wentworth Institute of Technology Faculty Profile

We produced a series of videos for Wentworth's Case Award Winning Digital View-book. This one features Charlie Wiseman, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Networking at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Wentworth is a co-educational, technical design and engineering college located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Stoltze Design and Wentworth Institute of Technology ©2015


Stonehill College - Discover Your Purpose and Potential

Brand video we produced for Stonehill College in 2015. Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948.
Original music by Emmett Cooke
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Devlo Media

Stonehill College Student Profile

We recently produced a series of student profiles for Stonehill College in Easton MA.
Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948, Stonehill College is a welcoming, academically challenging community of 2,400 students on a beautiful, active campus located 22 miles south of Boston.
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Devlo Media ©2015
Stonehill College

This is Marlboro

We produced a four part video series, in collaboration with kor group for Marlboro College as well as providing all of the photography for their award-winning view book: This is the first in the series that provides an overview of the school. 
The college promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community.
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Devlo Media ©2015 
Marlboro College

Day Off In Hong Kong

Day Off In... Is a new series of photographs and cinematography that we produce when we have a day off to spare when on location. This recent project was shot in Hong Kong -- We shot a lot of time-lapse photography and some video using a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon C300 and our new Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device from Syrp. We also used our favorite composer Emmett Cooke for the soundtrack. 
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Devlo Media
Music by Emmett Cooke

Africa Teacher Foundation

The Africa Teacher Foundation was established in 2007 to help African teachers use best educational principles and practices to improve their curricular and instructional standards. These improvements will, in turn, enhance the quality of life for children residing in the poorest slums in East Africa. Participants from slum, rural, and national schools in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda receive ten days of professional development and support to learn varied approaches to meet the needs of all learners across the basic skill areas of literacy, mathematics, and writing
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for

an industry of the bones

"An industry of the Bones" is a multimedia project that follows the process of making jewelry out animal bones. Cow bone, specifically, is boiled to make a soup and the left over bones are used for this jewelry. Our host, Fatuma Noor, works with local craftspeople in her hometown of Kibera. Noor helps the craftspeople by providing access to buyers and distributing their goods throughout East Africa. Kibera, located 7km southwest of Nairobi, is the largest and most densely populated slum in Sub-Saharan Africa. Close to 1 million people live in an environment heavily polluted by soot, dust, and open sewage. There are more than 100,000 orphaned children living there, the majority orphaned by the AIDS virus.
Produced by Kate Kelley and John Lavall ©

Brockton Homeless Family Research Group

A short film about the Brockton Homeless Family Research Group exploring the experiences of homeless families living in hotels around the city and the community based learning program at Stonehill College. The group comprised of Stonehill College students and representatives from homeless families discuss statistics on family homelessness, programs and policies related to homelessness, and the actual conditions at the hotels in Brockton.
Produced by John Lavall and Kate Kelley for Devlo Media. ©2016
Music by Emmett Cooke


Web commercial for the introduction of Metryx, a start-up software development company dedicated to creating innovative web and mobile applications for teachers.

Foday's Story

Excerpt from our documentary film Leh Wi Tok (Let Us Talk) - This clip features Foday's Sajuma talking about the town of Kailahun, tragically recent Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are centred in the country's eastern districts of Kenema and Kailahun, just over the border from the Guekedou region of Guinea where the outbreak started.

Leh Wi Tok (Let Us Talk) is a documentary about radio journalist Andrew Kromah and his efforts to grow an independent network of community-based radio stations in his home country, Sierra Leone. Amidst flagrant and persistent political harassment, financial and technical woes, Andrew literally puts his life on the line to bring information to his listeners and offer a platform to disparate and often unheard voices.

The film is currently broadcast on Al Jazeera
Directed and Produced by John Lavall / Devlo Media