Love Heals and Fun on Locations

Love heals is not an empty phrase. There are research studies bearing out the integrity of that statement. But that’s not exactly what this vlog is about. It is the idea behind Elizabeth Hepburn’s Better & Better Series. Love, music and beauty are all healing techniques and in this series we created a combination of those elements.

A pristine beach, a large yet gentle waterfall and a spectacular mountain lake provide settings for Elizabeth Hepburn’s Better & Better Series.

In this vlog the creators share their ideas about the project along with some “backstage” photography. **

If you know someone who is (or are yourself) preparing for or recovering from surgery, suffering with illness
Elizabeth Hepburn’s Better & Better Series may provide relief from the anxiety and pain. Love heals.


** Video by Mel Higgins Collins / Stills by Arledge Armenaki


Surgery Support Part One

The concept of creating surgery support video and audio programs had been in Elizabeth Hepburn’s mind for a decade or more before we were enabled by Eric Brown to begin the process of actually making them in 2003.

Married to a Video Maker

When Elizabeth first mentioned the idea to me (Ben Bryant) I knew that in order to produce a project of this magnitude, with the quality it deserved, a significant amount of money would be required. About ten years later I directed and edited a documentary that Eric financed. While we were in the middle of the production of Nyack to Ninth Avenue he mentioned that he wanted to learn more about producing video and asked how I had learned. I told him my story about being “thrown into the deep end of the pool” by my mentor Jack Tellander pointing out that the best way to learn was to just do it.

Creating a Producer

Eric asked if I had any ideas for projects and I whipped out the one-page description of Elizabeth’s surgery support concept. He liked it and when he met Elizabeth it was (mutual) love at first sight and we were on our way.

Here’s a short sample of our Pre-surgery support video for the Patient. (There is also a version for the Caregiver.)

Click here for downloads of Elizabeth Hepburn’s Better & Better Series. Once on the page, put your cursor over an image to Id. the program and click for more info and a sample. If you prefer discs click here.

By the way, I wrote a book – Waiting for Elizabeth – about our relationship and it includes the entire creation story of Elizabeth Hepburn’s Better & Better Series.