Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ready, Set, Action?

When this project first began in August, one of my goals was to film a documentary about the consumption of plastic bags from a personal perspective. To meet this goal, one of my students wrote a grant, which was awarded by Indiana Campus Compact.

Since August, we've generated tons of footage shot inside and outside the classroom. It's been fun filming this experience, even though I hadn't realized I would be serving as the guinea pig for a lot of the scenes. (Yah, I know, I should have figured as much!) And we've had a tremendous amount of support from Instructional Media Services (IMS) at IU South Bend.

Here's a picture of Jim Yocom, Director of IMS, taking some shots at BagFest:

So, overall, I've been quite fortunate in making a documentary about this project. But this lofty goal has also been confronted with its own set of challenges. For instance, my student quit on me, which was disappointing because I thought we had a solid working relationship. And an employee at IMS agreed to take over the film project, but he's since moved away.

Drats.

Anyway, I just ordered 503 DVDs for this documentary, which has yet to be edited and scored, and I don't have anyone to help me finish this film!! Good grief. I suppose one could argue that I'm being presumptuous by ordering these DVDs, but I'd like to think I'm simply being optimistic. Regardless of these differing perspectives, I believe that somehow this documentary will be completed. Anyone with film skills interested in helping me finish this film? :0)

3 comments:

Amelia Sinnott said...

Michelle:

I have a lot of experience editing video and photos and I also have a friend who is an expert with photoshop, premier, etc. If you need help I would be more than happy to help you finish this DVD and I know I have plenty of other people to rope in if we need more help. It's actually the same kind of work I am doing for Kevin Ladd right now as I am working on researching and designing our website and looking at softward to edit and analyze video, sound and pictures. So don't get discouraged!!! Let me know what you need and I am there to help!!! Working with video and editing, specifically making documentaries is secreately a passion of mine so just let me know what you need!!!

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Sweet!! Thanks for offering to help me with editing the documentary, Amelia!!!!

:0)
M

Amelia Sinnott said...

Hey, it's great practise for me and it keeps me in the game!