Ecopiphany on a roll…


Heating Up


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 so that I could catch up to him.


Stats so far (more to follow):

Crewmen (Ishan & Padraig), Crutches (Evan)

Footage = approx. 3 hrs. 21 mins. (which we have to edit down to 5 – 10 mins.)

Lead Actor = one Harrison Ayer: a very talented student from Lexington High School who stepped up when our “professional” was unable to work with us. He is doing a great job.

Trips to Columbia, SC (main location) – 5

Times Padraig forgot to start filming – 3

Times the crew forgot to turn the camera off – a lot!

Days lingered of “Totally Ripped Abs” – 2

Perfect shooting days – 7

Times Ishan was in the frame of a perfect shot – 1

Times Evan said “That’s a hole in my heart!” – countless (but we do have a name for our production company now, haha!)

They only have two more days of filming left, but we have already started editing some of the footage together. Now that school is out, they will meet with me in order to finish the rough cut on time.

Whew…it’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun.

– more later…



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