Weekly Wednesday Update

By Jon Mohwinkle

What a wild past week this has been. Our rough cut is due tomorrow, so you can imagine what things have been like. We did one interview last week with Jim Ohmstede, and then started the process of getting everything ready for our rough cut.

Here’s a synopsis of everything that went into our rough cut. We found all relevant content from our interviews and placed it all into a timeline on Adobe Premiere Pro. We took all our logged interviews and made a document for a script. Then we cut things out of the script, as our original timeline was nearly 40 minutes. The final documentary is only supposed to be 10 to 15 minutes, so cutting content out was a very time-consuming process. Some things were fairly easy drops in the beginning of the process, but it became tougher and tougher as we kept shrinking it down. It’s hard to be concise with a topic like ours, but that is one of the learning outcomes of this project. We finally have our timeline down to the 15 minute mark and we’re ready to present our rough cut to our department’s faculty.

A depiction of the process (with a still of Jim Waterbury that accurately describes how we feel at this point in the process.

A depiction of the process (with a still of Jim Waterbury that accurately describes how we feel at this point in the process.

When we finally viewed the documentary after we got it down to time, we were so amazed by what we had accomplished. The introduction was even enough to bring out Katie’s emotional side. (I say this with her permission and suggestion.)

This has been a long process, and we’ve met more often as a group than ever before in this entire documentary process. It has involved a lot of late nights in the McElroy Center, but that’s what Capstone is all about. In the past week, this project has literally been a full-time job. Over the course of four days, we’ve spent an estimated 30 hours working on this thing.

We have come SO far since we began this process back in January. We only have a few more weeks to go, and we’re extremely excited to finish our product.