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.

But how do you do the final adjustments on a documentary when your editing lab is in Pleasantville, N.Y., but your professors are hundreds of miles away? That was the challenge on Sunday, when Dr. Luskay was at home in Massachusetts and Professor Revkin was at a four-day meeting on sustainable development at the Vatican (with the six-hour time difference being a factor, as well).

Thanks to amazing advances in video-communication technology, with a few simple clicks of device buttons, we were able to simultaneously connect with both via FaceTime and Skype and they weighed in on last details.

Here is a snippet of our virtual meeting with our professors before they viewed the film:

Green vs. Gold will premiere on May 13th at 5:30 p.m. on the Pleasantville campus of Pace University.

Green vs. Gold will premiere on May 13th at 5:30 p.m. on the Pleasantville campus of Pace University.

On Tuesday, students and Dr. Luskay arrived at the editing suite around 2 p.m. to meet with our narrator, Andrea Lynch, to record the voiceover for the documentary. Lynch, who was born and raised in Brazil, was recommended by Media Communications and Visual Arts Professor Corrina Sager, and is currently a real estate agent at Century 21 in NYC.

After working with Lynch on the voiceover, the remainder of the evening mainly revolved adding the new audio to the timeline, removing our “temporary” scratch track, and making sure we added or removed background video scenes when needed. General editing and effects were also a priority and was worked on by Chad, Alex, and Mekelia, while the rest of the crews begin to work on the closing credits. Prof. Revkin checked in one last time via Skype from Rome.

As the night came to a close, we watched as the final pieces came together and the overarching story truly unfolded before our eyes. We left the lab tired but excited to see the end of the post-production journey.

Below are the details of the Pleasantville and New York City premieres. Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there!

May 13, 2014
5: 30 PM
Willcox Stage
Pace University Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Rd.
Pleasantville, NY


May 14, 2013
12:10 p.m.
Room W613
New York City Campus
1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY

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