Mark Linnhoefer – Haley Horn from Metter in Georgia is an aspiring actress, singer and photographer. She immensely enjoys producing video media, which is unfortunate as she was born without arms and was unable to hold a camera.
Until now, that is. Approached by Susanna Spiccia, founder of a nonprofit Organization that teaches children video production, a group of kids working with art professionals and technicians from STE(A)M Truck created a shoulder-held handle that Haley can operate using nothing but her feet and upper body.
Spiccia and Haley met last summer, when Spiccia invited her to take part in “The Green Room”, which is a videography summer camp for kids. Haley had been at a camp before and she said that it was “very hard […] to make a video with a small camera.” Spiccia tried to find a solution with some inventive friends of hers, but, alas, the concoction they conceived was too heavy for Haley to carry, which is why the people at STE(A)M Truck were contacted.
The STE(A)M team had ideas for a headcam and a wheelchair cam, but neither were suited for Haley, and so the shoulder-mounted camera came into being. 13-year old Janiyah Favors, who helped design the camera, said that “it felt great […] to help Haley with her dream.” The camera was given to Haley at The Green Room camp, where she immediately used it to film a few sequences, some of which were included in her camp group’s final music video. Haley now plans to shoot her own music video about her new home after she has moved there with her family.
GonzoToday and this reporter certainly wish her all the best for her future career as videographer.