This week we reviewed and cut down our interviews and have finalized most of what we want to put into our movie. We have a lot of interesting facts and interesting comments, what we have to do now is put them in an order that tells a cohesive and interesting story. We also began putting together our rough cut, which we hope to have done by Tuesday.
On Monday morning we are going out shooting one more time, to get extra b-roll. We are re-shooting at Stewart Park and we are also going down to the Gorges and to the Cornell gate. We hope that this can use this as a way to connect with viewers so our documentary will be more relatable and less like a textbook. If people know that when they go to Stewart Park, or down to the Gorges that they are stepping into a part of movie history and be interested in learning more.
Here are some photos that we are working with for our documentary. We are trying to create the Ken Burns effect by making the photos last longer on screen.
This is what the Wharton Studio used to look like in Stewart Park.
We used this image from Patria to work on creating the Ken Burns effect on Irene Castle. We will use actual footage from this film in our film.
Here’s a photograph from Beatrice Fairfax, a serial made in Ithaca, and we will use actual footage from this series in our documentary.
This week, we applied what we learned in class to start editing our interviews using Final Cut 7. We found the editing software to be easy to use and we are pleased with the footage that we are getting. One of our issues is color correcting some of the interviews because we did not use a backlight at the History Center, so it is a little dark. We plan to fix this problem with final cut once we finish going through the interviews.
Another important component in our production process is finding more materials for our b-roll since this is a historical documentary. We got a treasure trove of photos from Ithaca Made Movies last weekend and we can’t wait to decide which ones to use in our project. In class, we learned how to use the Ken Burns effect to make our pictures last longer on the screen. We also watched three different productions made in Ithaca that we hope to use in our documentary. Through watching these documentaries, we started to see some connections between our interviews and the movies. We’re excited to continue working on our post production next week!
We wanted to share some photos with you from our shoot at the History Center. Enjoy!
Alex Ash shoots the IMPP display.
Alex Ash shoots the IMPP project.
The poster from last year’s Silent Movie month
IMPP Exhibit at the History Center
We had a successful day of shooting today at the History Center. We met Scott Callan, the executive director of the History Center, and we learned about the different projects the museum does to keep people informed about the history of Ithaca. He said the Center is important because we have plenty of students and tourists who pass through Ithaca and they should have a place where they can learn about Ithaca’s history. The History Center is working with the Ithaca Motion Picture Project on their museum in Stewart Park. In addition to providing materials, they will also have more space in the IMPP museum to show new collections. This was especially exciting to Callan because the History Center has plenty of materials in archives that they would like to show to the general public.
We also interviewed Diana Riesman again from the IMPP because the footage from Stewart Park was partly ruined due to the windy weather. Riesman told us more about the exhibits at she had curated as part of Ithaca Silent Movie Month in October all around Ithaca, and we had the opportunity to view one of the exhibits currently housed at the History Center. Overall, we had a great time looking around the museum and learning more about Ithaca’s history.
This past weekend we had our first two shoots. On Friday afternoon we battled the elements and traveled to Stewart Park to meet with Diana Riesman and Connie Bruce. We interviewed both of these fascinating ladies and got some beautiful, scenic views of Cayuga Lake. With the cold weather, strong winds, and snow this is one shoot we will never forget.
On Saturday we went to Tompkins County Library and attended a video screening hosted by Terry Harbin. Terry showed past Ithaca student’s projects from the 1970s and 80s as well some projects of his own. At the end of the screening we spoke to some Ithaca natives and Terry told us all about the history of The Wharton brothers.
These photos are courtesy of the History Center in Tompkins County
Stewart Park in 1915
Trolley car going over the Stewart Avenue Bridge in “Kiss of the Blood” outside the Wharton Studio building in 1915