It is always interesting how fast time flies when you are doing something that you greatly enjoy. We started this “little” project about four months ago, and we are still going strong. I just checked our production schedule today and I said to myself, “Wow! We’ve been working on it for that long!? It certainly didn’t seem like it.” But it’s true…and we’re STILL not finished.
The crew from Lexington High School consists of Evan Wu, Padraig Kelly, and Ishan Patel. I mainly serve as their supervisor, producer (if I can be called that), and coordinator – I’ll also add blog creator too…because they are high school kids, and they have such busy lives. Anyway, the whole idea for Ecopiphany came from a long discussion in class one day after school. It was a group consensus that they did not want to do a documentary because they wanted to “be different,” their terms. So they wrote up a short script, filmed the pitch, and here we are.
It’s tough because they want to make it look so professional…but we just don’t have the resources yet. We are using basic digital camcorders, makeshift equipment for dollies and depth of field, locations based on availability but mostly improvised…it’s tough. The great thing is, they are not disheartened. They are having fun, doing a fantastic job with what they’ve got, and producing some great footage. On the positive side, our post production work should look amazing! I’ve been involved with filmmaking off-and-on since college so I was able to teach them how to use the FinalCut Pro software and little things on After Effects . Evan is a whiz-kid on After Effects (he’s the one who made the effects on the pitch reel). I literally spent several of my planning periods at school watching the tutorials at VIDEOCOPILOT.com so that I could catch up to him.