Our Opportunity Santa Fe VISTA Summer Associates got hands-on experience handing recording equipment, mics, lighting and and visual composition under the watchful eye of award-winning cinematographer, Doug Crawford. Learning on set and gaining first-hand knowledge of how to film, how to frame shots and how to manipulate lighting are critical skills in the film industry which Doug is keen to share with his eager students.
Reds and yellows blazed from the Aztec dragons winding their way down the pillars in Footbridges Park between Alto Street and West Alameda. The bright colours of the murals created a rich tapestry over-looking the lawns and the first interview for the Guadalupe Street Reconstruction documentary, Jerry Richardson.
Richardson is head of the Guadalupe Historic Neighbourhood Association and gave his insights into the history of the district and how the road reconstruction project will affect the area.
Later in the morning after filming with Richardson, the VISTA Summer Associates got a chance to sharpen their filming claws practicing shooting B-roll. B-roll footage is supplemental or alternative footage from the main shoot. It is the flesh to the skeleton of the dialogue and is another way of narrating the story of this documentary while giving viewers a sense of what Santa Fe is really like.
JC and Alexis got hands-on training and experience in how to shoot, what are the most interesting shots and how to tell a story in a single shot. During shooting, local artist, Carlos Cervantes, came to work on the murals he had created thirty years and ago. The mural restoration efforts are part of a community-wide initiative to make improvements and engage community members, families, students, and local businesses in neighborhood improvements. The Santa Fe Realtors' Association, the Boys and Girls Club, and Community Learning Network have been working together to support the mural restoration effort and park improvements in the area, as well as volunteer and neighborhood engagement events!