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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Arrival in Rio

By Samantha Finch

After checking out and eating our final breakfast at our pousada in Paraty, the Pace Brazil documentary team made the five-hour bus trip to Rio De Janerio, stopping briefly to shoot video of a shipyard building tankers and other vessels serving Brazil’s booming offshore oil industry.

Professor Revkin and Elise Vaux shooting b-roll on our way to Rio. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

Professor Andrew Revkin and Elise Vaux shooting b-roll on our way to Rio. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

As we sat in traffic jams entering the sprawling city, it was hard to picture how Rio will be able to handle the thousands of tourist who will flood the hotels, streets, and stores during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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#PaceBrazil’s First Brazilian Experience

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Pace Brazil students from NYC and Pleasantville sat together during the meet and greet dinner and spoke about the course.
Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

By Samantha Finch 

Earlier this month, Pace University’s Producing the Documentary class had its first taste of Brazil – in Manhattan. Five documentary students, along with Professors Maria Luskay and Andrew Rekvin, ventured in to the stretch of West 46th Street known as “Little Brazil” to meet and dine with students and faculty from the management program of Pace’s Lubin School of Business before all 42 faculty and students embark on a 10-day journey through southern Brazil.

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