After 11 weeks of working on post-production, our documentary is getting closer and closer to being finished. At the time of this writing, all of the animations and photos for the narrative portion of the project are on the timeline. Brandon has turned into a zombie after spending most of his waking hours working on the finishing touches of this project and gearing up for the MGD Student Video Expo. This semester has been a blur, as we have all been very busy trying to meet our deadlines.
Different dynamics, same enthusiasm
This semester has been very different from the first. Not only did we almost triple our number of classmates, but we went from working as one big team for interviews to working individually or in small groups to get all the elements for the script’s b-roll together. The script, which is essentially the history lesson that follows women involvement in each war, was broken down into managable chunks that were distributed among the class for animating, supporting with photos and videos, or both. We created the greatest work environment one could ask for: postive, fun, and supportive. Everyone knew it was ok to ask for help or feedback when needed. Communication has been encouraged so that everyone could stay on top of their workload or, if they felt overloaded, there weren’t any bad feelings about having to pass off some of their work to someone else. We’ve been pushing ourselves to learn more about a particular skill area to create something better than ever.
Not your average history lesson
We signed up for an MGD class. We got that combined with an ongoing history lesson and a bit of copyright law sprinkled in there. This way of learning about this part of our history has been incredibly interesting for a few reasons. Between learning about what was going on (a lot of which had never been covered in the K-12 years) and hunting down photos, documents, or other videos to illustrate the script, it’s been very interactive. For some students, it’s opened a dialogue with family members that have served or love history and want to share their knowledge. History has also come alive for us. We found out about what it was like for women serving 70+ years ago in WWII from two of our interviewees. We learned how that changed over the years from veterans that served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, both of which happened before most of my classmates were born. Probably the most important was how relatable the subject became when we were talking with women that have served in the recent wars that we have heard so much about. We are at an age when any of the women in our class could have been one of our interviewees.
So long and thanks for all the fish
At the beginning of the year (and the semester for our newcomers), we were told that this was going to be a memorable adventure. That may have been an understatement. We’ve spent countless hours working on probably the greatest project of our time here at FRCC. For those of us graduating next month, it’s safe to say we’re going out with a bang. It’s been an incredible journey for all of us. Big thank you to Brandon for choosing us to be part of it. He’s been an instrumental part of making this experience so great for everyone.