Senior year is a waterfall of emotions, it is like, on one hand praise Jesus! you are going to graduate, on the other dear Lord give me some guidance because I’m not ready for this “adult-ing” thing.
That said, Elise and I have been straddling the line between college and adulthood for the past few months and the emotional toll of our project (among other things) has been tremendous.
Today we presented our research at the Undergraduate Research symposium and premiered our trailer.
So tonight we are celebrating like Gonzaga making it to the Final Four, you know that feeling (or maybe you don’t) but it’s the feeling when you’ve accomplished great feats but you still have the biggest most important games of your life left to play.
We are making great progress but now is not the time to let up it’s the time to grind even harder. I’m confident that we are going to produce an incredible documentary and that after we premiere it and present it (again) we will be like UNC, victorious and poppin’ champagne (or the bottle of Black Label Whiskey we got from the wedding we crashed).
One down, two to go. Wish us luck!
(Thank you Rhiannon Berg for taking pictures of us at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and for allowing us to post them here.)
The last three days have felt like an episode of Boy Meets World. Joanne left us and it was like watching Mr. Feeney hug Corey and leave his classroom for the last time during the final episode, except I was Corey and we weren’t in a classroom we were standing on the side of the freeway in heavy rain waiting for Joanne’s Uber driver to cross 12 lanes of traffic. She taught us so much in her 10 days here, but more importantly I think we laughed harder in those 10 days than we have any other time in our lives.
Joanne left us with a clear cut plan and minds full of inspiration for our remaining 10 days. We can’t lose.
Today, we stepped forward without Joanne and finished filming our interviews.
We then took the remainder of the day to run errands, organize footage, and watch The Prisoner of Azkaban (because what else does one do when it rains). We also made you this beautiful video blog, feel free to waste three minutes of your work day laughing at our awkwardness.
With clear eyes and full hearts,
Cara and Elise
January 20, 2017
Today we ventured to La Mesa Dam and Ecopark to interview Wipe Every Tear staff member, Rhoda.
However, Joanne stole the show when she accidentally leaned into our setup shot and asked, “Am I in the shot?”
As you can see to the left….she was clearly “in the shot”.
Everyone we were with spent the next several hours photobombing shots and asking “am I in the shot?”
By the end of the shoot we were all rolling on the ground laughing and being bitten by tiny red fire ants. I hope your day is as filled with laughter as ours. We are headed back to our hotel to watch the presidential inauguration which is sure to bring even more nervous laughter.
Wishing we were in your shot,
Today was one of the most important days of filming as we began interviewing the woman whose story is our main narrative. This woman has been with Wipe Every Tear since the very beginning and she was so brave sharing her story with us. I apologize for being vague but I don’t want to give away too much.
Wednesday January 18, 2017
Elise and Joanne have come down with some kind of sickness so we have postponed the day’s interviews so they can rest. I spent the morning catching up on our expense report and filming our hotel manager garden. We’ve decided to use plants as a visual metaphor of growth in the documentary and as Joanne and I sat at breakfast this morning we noticed the guesthouse staff planting and knew we needed to shoot I sprinted upstairs to get the camera. It was one of those serendipitous moments in life where the timing was so perfect it felt like God was just smiling down on me.
Fortunately, I was feeling well so I headed to the Love house to meet up with Lucy and Emily to spend some time with the girls and shoot some b-roll. Unfortunately, all the girls were busy with their study’s and were not available to film so all our original plans for the day shifted, but it gave me an opportunity to spend some time with Lucy and my new friend Hazel.
Hazel is the younger sister of a Wipe Every Tear staff Member. She is a wedding photographer, a recent college graduate with a degree in Mass Media and an honorary American because she is far more in tune with American culture than I will ever be. She is also serving as “a grip” for us. For those of you reading this who are unfamiliar with the film industry “a grip” is the term for someone who assists with equipment (an extra camera, sound person, transcriber, etc) during shooting. Her camera knowledge and eagerness to learn were so helpful while Elise was sick. We are hoping she is able to join us on other days because she is truly incredible!
*Side note Lucy, Hazel and I went to see Sing and it was so sad, but it had a great ending. I would say more but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who might want to see it.
Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017
Today we began interviewing Wipe Every Tear staff members. We started with 2016 PLU grad Lucy Capron, which was a great decision because what better/easier way to start than by having a conversation with your best friend. I had several conversations with Lucy when she was deciding to move to the Philippines, so it was incredible to hear her reflect on that time in her life, especially now that she has been living here for two months.
We also interviewed Lalyn Asuero, the woman in charge of Wipe Every Tear Thailand.
She has been with Wipe Every Tear since almost the very beginning, she had such unique insight as to why Wipe Every Tear is successful in the Philippines and why those same techniques did not work in Thailand (Wipe Every Tear just pulled out of Thailand).
We started interviewing Emily next but were not able to complete her interview because of a technological issue. Emily is our primary contact here in the Philippines and has helped us tremendously during our stay here, we love her!