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My role as the Principal Presidential Videographer, and the Office of Digital Strategy, was created by President Obama as part of his mandate of transparency and inclusion. Our work aimed to connect people with purpose by meeting people where they are, which is online, and give unprecedented access to the experience of citizenship. It was, as I have mentioned elsewhere, the best job ever. It was also, by many measures, extremely challenging.

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Personal Interviews and Coverage 

 

Recent Coverage

West Wingers: Go Toward the Good

January 10, 2019

Read an excerpt from West Wingers, written by Presidential Videographer Hope Hall.

 

The Obama White House staff invites us behind-the-scenes of history for a deeply personal and moving look at the presidency. Each of these staffers has a story to tell, and in West Wingers, Barack Obama’s White House staff reveals how these extraordinary citizens shape the presidency and the nation.

Hope Hall on Kelly Carlin's Podcast "Waking from the American Dream"

A raucous and thoughtful time musing with one incredible Kelly Carlin in the rumpus room behind her house, have a listen!

September 28, 2017

On Air: Radio New Zealand Interview by Wallace Chapman

Sunday morning has a new bar, set by New Zealand...getting interviewed, broadcast live across the country, in RNZ's coolio studios, flat white in hand. Yes!

August 19, 2017

Through the Lens of Hope: Obama’s Videographer Debriefs

UC Berkeley Alumni Magazine

January 18, 2017

For the last six years, she’s been Barack Obama’s presidential videographer (think of her as the national fly on the wall). She doesn’t shoot videos for the official record; that’s the job of the White House Communications Agency, which documents every public event in which the President participates. Her assignment is to film the President in his more informal moments...

Career Insight - Hope Hall - Principal Presidential Videographer

CreativesGo

January 19, 2017

Hope tells us about her career, how she landed the job in the White House, her work with the President and what she plans to do next.

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Videos Produced

The Final West Wing Week: "Obama, Farewell"

The Obama Administration's final - and 388th - episode of West Wing Week. It speaks for itself.

West Wing Week's 5th Anniversary Episode

We’d had a lot of fun with two previous, special editions — the 100th and 200th episodes — of our weekly series, but for this third and final big marker, we wanted to go for broke.

It’s special for a number of reasons: The first time I filmed in the President’s official vehicle “the Beast;” the first time the President himself both narrated the episode, and hosted each day with direct-to-camera, spontaneous explanations of what was happening; and one particular first that is better watched than described. (Spoiler alert: The week covers a certain holiday for fools and pranksters that happens every spring.)

Signs of Hope & Change

This throwback gem was crafted to premier at a very special time and place in history: preceding Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, on August 28, 2008. It was also my very first assignment after I joined the campaign's New Media/Video team, and hopefully augurs a stint as a music supervisor someday, a long-standing dream of mine. We traveled the country filming these incredible, hopeful folks. It's still one of my very favorite videos...

"What's the Secret to Still Dancing at 106?"

Watch 106 year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfill her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama. It really doesn't get any better than this, in terms of being at the crossroads of so many historic trajectories. By many measures, this was the most successful piece of content our team posted during both terms, in terms of both reach and engagement.

The Bear is Loose

The President took a surprise walk, and brought us with him, resulting in one of the most watched videos of his presidency. Bears just need to get loose sometimes.

President Obama Visits Stonehenge

There were very few times during his Presidency that President Obama really had the opportunity to just revel in a quiet moment in a monumental place. It was a combination of the power of where he was, plus the logistics required to make it possible for him to visit, that added up to a powerful few minutes where he could take in the wind, the lichen, and the momentous history of those powerful stones. It’s a rare occasion to experience something quiet and internal alongside someone who is normally — by nature of the position he is holding — at the epicenter of the noise and thrum of history.

Couch Commander

Our last, and perhaps most epic, contribution to the President's toast and roast at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner.

Greetings from the President: Hola, Alo, Namaste!

Stronger bonds between nations sometimes begin with a simple hello. Take a look back at the past 8 years of President Obama greeting people from around the world. As my dad used to say, "Smile, and say hello."

Obama plays Daniel Day-Lewis in hilarious movie spoof

This one still astounds me, all these years later. 

Life Lessons from POTUS

A highlight from the President taking questions from White House interns, a ritual I looked forward to three times a year.

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Interviews & Other Coverage

Copy Of -“The Best Decision I Could Have Made”: Stories from 2008 Campaign Veterans

Read the stories of some of the staffers who answered that call nine years ago — and still serve beside President Obama in the White House today. 

The American Legion: A Lens on the Government

Hope Hall is the official videographer for the White House. But before she spent her workdays documenting the daily comings and goings of the president of the United States, she was a successful competitor in The American Legion’s Oratorical Contest. 

In Review: The President’s Filmmakers Pick Their Favorite White House Videos

After much consideration and time spent pouring over the thousands of videos that produced over the past eight years, these are the top picks for videos, as chosen by our resident White House filmmakers.

Lessons from Hope Hall

A 35-minute pep talk given to Government Services about what I've learned on the job (June 4, 2016)

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