Next Few Steps!

So, as you saw, we showed our second rough cut to our classmates and our professor last week! It’s so exciting because we are almost done! Not only are we doing our final editing sessions this week, but we are putting together our production book!

We are looking for film festivals to submit our film into and we are going to get out some more general information to everyone about head and neck injuries in sports!

We can’t wait to see the entire finished product!


Rough Cut 2

We showed our second rough cut to our classmates and professor on Thursday, and we got some final feedback on how to touch up some little technical issues in our documentary and make the story more concise.

We have our final editing sessions scheduled the next two days before our deadline on Wednesday. We’re so close!


Exporting our second rough cut.

Final Touches

We continue to make progress on the documentary every time we meet! We put together the storyline that we think best tells the story, so now we are working on technical stuff like adjusting audio levels and color correcting.

We also need to add b-roll over parts of our interviews.  We got photos of Cole from when he was little, and we also got footage of him playing at Cornell last season. Everything we have shows all the different aspects of Cole’s hockey life.

This are really starting to come together!

More Progress

Last week, we showed our rough cut to our class and professor. Everyone seemed to like the direction in which our film was going, and we got some great feedback on how to improve it.

This week, we’ve made a lot of progress on our documentary! We have reached our minimum of 10 minutes, but we still have a little more to add. We also have to throw in b-roll, add transitions, and clean up some other small things. We are very happy with the story line we put together, and we are excited for everyone to see our finished product. Stay tuned!

Editing in the lab

This week (and last) we have met to start to organize the story line for the documentary and to piece together how we want to present the footage. We have found that we have very good information, both technical and emotional, it is just a matter of figuring out the best order and transitions to have the best possible effect. The footage itself is good, but we do have some editing to do with color correction and audio adjustments.

So far we have a great start and are up to about 5 minutes on our documentary. It is a lot of work and time needed but we have plans to meet again Sunday for more editing so things are moving along nicely.

Interview with Deb Bardreau

Today, Lindsay and I met with Cole’s mom for an interview. We had some difficulties with the camera being out of focus. Every time we zoomed in and focused, it was fine, but when we zoomed out, it went back to being out of focus.

The interview was in Park, so we asked PPECS for help but couldn’t figure out what the problem was. So, we found a TVR major who looked at the camera for us. He helped make the image a little more clear, but it still wasn’t perfect.

Since Deb Bardreau was only here for a few hours from Rochester, we had to go on with the interview. However, in class after the actual interview, we realized the problem was with the back focus.

The actual interview itself couldn’t have gone better. Lindsay sat with Cole’s mom and asked great questions. You can tell his mom was really shaken up or her son’s injury. She gave our documentary a personal element. Her sound bites will give viewers that reality that this is a real person who almost lost everything he and his family family had worked for.

Interview with Ed Kelly, Athletic Trainer for Men’s Ice Hockey

Kelly and I interviewed Ed Kelly, the AT who was present at the time of Cole’s injury. We met him at Lynah rink and set up in the alumni room. The acoustics, lighting and placement were good for the interview and we had an interesting mural of the history of Cornell’s ice hockey teams as the background.

He discussed how he made the diagnosis he did and what led him to misdiagnose the injury. Cole was not complaining of any neck pain, headaches, or concussion like symptoms which was unusual given the injury. Kelly made the decision to let him continue playing.

He discussed how he looked back at the moment with fear but strongly believes there was nothing indicating such a serious injury. Kelly went on to talk about his relationship to the athletes he works with and how he feels an almost paternal, caretaker role with them as it is his job to make sure they are safe to play. He discussed how Cole is anxious to be back on the ice and that the slow therapy and healing process is hard for someone like Cole with so much energy and ambition. Kelly must be strict with him and make sure Cole is being as smart and careful as possible.

Kelly discussed how athletes at a D1 level, especially with hockey, have the chance to play at a professional level and that makes them sometimes have a tunnel vision perspective. They will overlook life-threatening injuries because their passion for the sport trumps all else. He said it may not always be the smartest approach but it is the fact of the matter. with Cole, he feels that with the right therapy and transition back, there is no reason why he won’t be able to play again.

Kelly feels that Cole was lucky with his injury. It was unusual for a neck injury and it was fractured in a way that will not require any intensive recovery (such as surgery).

The interview was very interesting. It provided a lot of information but color as well. The best was  the relationship Kelly described to his athletes and the passion that comes with hockey. It will be great for our documentary.