First Documentary Short

During February I directed my first short film for my Film class at Savannah College of Art and Design. This isn't my first short that I have ever directed, but it was my first film that was actually run like a professional film would be (that's not to say that I am a professional, because I'm not). I have to say it was a bit stressful having to budget, gather crew, lock locations down, etc., but this has truly been a rewarding experience. We were lucky enough to be the first to use Black Magic's 4k URSA Mini to film on, which is the first actual digital film camera that I have ever used. Most of my films prior to this have been on a Nikon, GoPro, or Canon. I have to say that after filming this I have learned so much about what I can do the next time I film a documentary, and I've learned that its true when they say "you never can have enough footage".

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Instead of choosing to make a narrative short, I decided to instead film a documentary on Rachel Binney who is a good friend of mine, and who also happens to be a 7x medalist tap dancer. Most people don't realize that every year tap dancing holds their own ¨Olympics¨ in Riesa, Germany called the International Dance Organization's (IDO) World Tap Dancing Championships. Tap dancers from all around the world gather to represent their country, and compete for gold. The documentary focuses on a specific point in her life when she was abandoned by her long term dance partner for another U.S. team, and amidst it all Rachel then found out that she would no longer be able to go to Germany. 

This has been such a great learning experience for me as a filmmaker and it has been so rewarding. I am happy to share my first documentary with everyone, and I also wanted to thank my awesome crew that helped me film this documentary and Rachel for taking the time to fly all the way down from New York City, NY, just for me to film her. The film I'm posting now is our class edit so it has to be 5 minutes long but I will be releasing the full documentary sometime after March.

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