MANILA – A professional video maker made a heartwarming act when he decided to use the budget for the promotional video of a Hollywood movie he was asked to do to help victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan).
Professional video maker Casey Neistat said he was asked by 20th Century Fox to make a promotional video for the Ben Stiller movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" under a $25,000 budget.
"We want to run a campaign under the concept 'live your dreams.' The collective theme of this initiative would be to motivate, inspire and give people a catalyst to do something they have never done. We'd like to know if you are interested about creating a video about living your dreams," the film studio wrote to Neistat.
In response, Neistat told 20th Century Fox: "Here’s my concept: Give me the budget, I'll go to the Philippines and spend every penny helping people in need."
Neistat said the film studio agreed to use the budget to help the victims of the typhoon, the strongest cyclone to have ever hit land in recorded history.
In the video posted on his YouTube account, Neistat said his group was able to produce 10,000 meals, tools to 35 villages and basic medicines to local organizations using the budget.