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.


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)


Amelia Sinnott said...


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!!!!


Amelia Sinnott said...

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