We are currently finishing up our edits on the documentary and are incredibly excited to show everyone the final product. It’s been a long couple weeks in the editing suite and trying to get everything perfect, but it is certainly worth it. We’ve had some struggles along the way, especially when it comes to cutting footage or finding the perfect moment. But as of right now, it is looking pretty good, if I do say so myself.
We will be having a screening of our doc as well as the rest of our classes on Wednesday, May 9th at 1:30 pm in the Park Auditorium at Ithaca College. It is open to everyone and we would love the support and audience!
We have just uploaded our trailer for Exodus so check it out and let us know what you think.
On Monday back from spring break we came back swinging making phone calls for our last few interviews. We lined up interviews for a psychic, a psychologist/spiritual healer and a spiritual dance instructor. We already had footage of two of our interviewees leading different ceremonies in our previous shoots and knew we needed to couple that with background information. We met on Monday evening to recap what we had done so far and narrow our focus. We finally found our angle and started to visualize the order of our documentary.
On our interview with the psychologist, we learned more about his past and how religion and spirituality have a connection in his life. We realized he is going to be a prominent character for our documentary because of his openness to many spiritualities and how he tries to incorporate all in his life.
On Friday, we went to talk with a woman who instructs a dance ceremony at The Foundations of Light. We experimented with different shots, with B-roll as well as with interview techniques. For example, we had her walk around the space and explain about their function.
This week we also filmed a new section of our doc that we are excited to include, especially after the interviews. We went down to The Commons to get some “man on the street” interviews where we had people quickly tell us their past religions and what they practice now.
We got a wide variety of people and religious/ spiritual backgrounds and we are so excited to start putting the doc together. Next week we plan on finishing all of our interviews and filming so we can start editing.
This last week we had scheduled two interviews for Tuesday, the 21st, with a psychic and an anthropologist. Unfortunately the psychic had to cancel but we still went to go interview David Holmberg, who is an anthropologist who specializes in the Nepal Himalayas and Buddhism and teaches at Cornell University.
Our interview was at 5 pm on Tuesday with David and we learned one major aspect about being prepared for an interview – make sure you have your SD cards. However we made it and set up for the interview easily now that we are more comfortable with using the GY-700 cameras. David discussed a lot about the history of Buddhism and about the beliefs of both the religious leaders as well as their followers. He was able to give us a lot of information about the background of their traditions and a bit about how it has changed more recently, where people are not as devoted to the old ways.
Now we aren’t actually going to jail, but Cornell parking services are probably not so happy with us.
Next week we are looking into talking to people at religious services and looking for more people who have gone through a religion change. One person who has expressed interest, Torben Russo, grew up with a Protestant mother and a Roman Catholic father and had dabbled in multiple religions and is now a Pagan/Wiccan. We hope to find more people that have changed their religious beliefs and talk to them about why they implemented the change.