Presenting of “Green vs. Gold”

By: Samantha Finch 

After months of planning, production and editing, “Green vs. Gold,” the Pace University documentary on Brazil’s struggles over the environmental and social impacts of the back-to-back World Cup and Olympics, premieredTuesday on the Pace Pleasantville campus and yesterday on at the Manhattan campus.

The film was extremely well received by audiences composed not only of family, friends, students and staff, but also community members with an interest in Brazil or sports.[Photos from the premiere can be found on the PaceBrazil Facebook page].

After weeks of piecing together our story, the team felt a mix of exultation and exhaustion, but exceeded all of our expectations. Without further delay, the spring 2014 “Producing The Documentary” class of Pace University proudly presents:

Green vs. Gold: Brazil’s Race to Balance Its Sports-Fueled Tourism Boom

Rio Faces Olympic-Size Doubts About Its Preparations for the 2016 Games

By: Samantha Finch

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As the days countdown to the 2016 Olympics, everyone is watching to see if Rio will be ready. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

As our countdown continues to the release the Pace Brazil Documentary “Green vs. Gold,” so does the timer in Brazil. With Brazil struggling just to finish preparations for the 2014 World Cup next month, is it even possible to consider that the country will be ready for the Olympics?

In a recent New York Times article, John Coates, a member of the International Olympic Committee, said that Rio’s effort to prepare for the 2016 Olympics is the “worst I have experienced.”

When it was announced on October 2, 2009 that Rio de Janeiro, a city that has risen through the power ranks over the past few decades, was selected by the Olympic Committee to host the 2016 summer games — beating out Chicago, Tokyo, and Madrid — the country erupted with joy.

But concerns have built for months, both inside and outside Brazil, about the status and of Rio’s sprawling, multi-billion-dollar Olympic plan. Continue reading

From Class Time to FaceTime in Final Film Push

By: Samantha Finch

 The final sprint is on with only one week left before the Pleasantville and New York City premieres of “Green vs. Gold” – our Pace University documentary on Brazil’s efforts to manage sports-fueled growth.

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Showing our professors the documentary via computers during our Sunday editing session. Photo Credit: Elise Vaux

Since returning from our 10-day filmmaking journey in Brazil, the May 13th deadline of our Pleasantville premiere has been a constant reminder that we were in a race. As a result, every student in this production class contributed several hours a week outside of our scheduled class time, we are now in sight of the finish line.

In last Sunday’s editing session, Cassie, Dallas, Vinny, Elise, and I continued to add and adjust the last pieces of video and sound to the film, which spans three locations and includes a host of interviews. After lining up all the clips, adjusting the “lower thirds” (the text blocks identifying people or scenes and providing translations), replacing a few shots here and there, and creating fades and other transitions, all we needed was feedback from our professors.

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From Organizing to Editing – The Real Work Begins Inside the Media Lab

By Mekelia Channer

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Sitting around the editing table working on the story. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

There are only a few weeks to go until the premiere of our film and where have the students of the Producing the Documentary film team been? Hard at work in the media lab hidden in the basement of the Willcox building on the Pleasantville campus. After returning from 10 hectic days of filming in Brazil the morning of March 24th, we knew the real work lay ahead. The media lab has become our home away from home through extra hours outside of class time on weekdays and weekends.

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The students of the Pace Brazil documentary course sit down and start piecing together the story. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

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From Sound Bites and Scenes to Story – Post Production Begins

By Samantha Finch

After spending 10 days filming throughout the beautiful country of Brazil for the Pace Brazil 2014 documentary, we finally transitioned into post-production back home in Pleasantville.

There was a heart-stopping moment as we began to move all of our video into Avid, the editing software we use. We discovered that the external hard drive that held all of the gigabytes of imagery we’d shot had failed. Continue reading

A Gluten-Free Gourmet Finds a Culinary Haven in Rio

By Elise Vaux 

 Of all the luxuries of life I enjoy, my favorite combination is food and travel. A homegrown meat-and-potatoes Iowa girl, I love the thrill of dining like a local and expanding my culinary horizons. From gazpacho in Barcelona to freshly steamed crab in Deep River, Connecticut, the fear of the culinary unknown never trumped the potential satisfaction of discovering my next great foodie obsession.

A dietary obstacle revealed itself, however, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 22. An intolerance to gluten, celiac disease can pose big challenges for any traveler in a foreign country facing a language barrier and unfamiliar cuisine.

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The sign of Rio’s Zaza restaurant. Photo Credit: Elise Vaux

Gluten is an elusive enzyme most commonly found in wheat flour but can hide in cream sauces, on the breading of fried fish, even in mashed potatoes or fries. In the mood for an Asian dish? Better check on a substitute for soy sauce, because gluten is hiding there, too. Gluten can be hard to avoid on home turf and in your first language, but is even tougher to avoid abroad.

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Day 9: Goodbye to Rio

A collection of photographs from #PaceBrazil’s final day in Rio De Janeiro. Contributing Photographers: Samantha Finch

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