Carbon Trace Newsletter: January 2021

Carbon Trace Newsletter: January 2021

Hello, 2021!
While change may be constant, I am looking for ways to bring stability into the new year.

This year’s goals consider that I do not *yet* own a crystal ball, so for now, we keep on filming human stories.

January for Carbon Trace Productions means getting our books in order, training a new batch of interns, and continue figuring out how we can do our best work while keeping everyone safe from the still raging virus.

One of the benefits of a small and hardworking staff is that it is at least possible to keep up the highest quality without risking anyone’s health. I am personally welcoming this new year with open arms but keeping my perception sharp.

I wish the same for you.

-Shannon Cay

Welcome, Linda Roller, the newest member of the Board of Directors!
Mrs. Roller will take her title as a member-at-large on the Carbon Trace Board of Directors after being officially sworn in at the Q1 B.O.D meeting set for March 7th.

The Carbon Trace team is now putting together all of the oral history interviews we did in November in Shannon County, Missouri for your viewing pleasure.

We are planning for another trip in March to see “The Gore’s Cabin” from the original film. We also plan to stop by a logging mill, as it is intertwined with Shanon County’s culture.

We are still waiting to hear back from the National Endowment for Humanities Grant, so we are doing grassroots fundraising.

Ask me how you can help!

The student team has impressed us at every turn, from their radical social media campaign featuring original art to their new teaser trailer coming soon. Here is what Student Producer Diana Dudenhoeffer has to say about how the process has been so far.

“It’s been an absolute dream. I am so grateful to everyone who has taken the time out of their busy schedules to work on the project, either as a crew member or as a content contributor. It means the world to me that the vision dreamt up by myself and my director, Greta, is coming to fruition. I used to know absolutely nothing about documentary film production, and I’ve learned so much!”


We are excited to announce the completion of this project!

The film’s director Andy Cline is entering “A Vietnam Peace Story” into many film festivals right now. We hope that we get picked up by one of the festivals in association with the Academy Awards. Until then, we are scheming up safe ways to show this movie in small outdoor venues in the spring. We want veterans to see this film first, but as you know, that is a little more complicated. We have our fingers crossed the vaccine will help us in this predicament.

The Carbon Trace Team and The folks at Eden Village know that building these new tiny homes for our most chronically homeless is a lot of hurry up and wait.

The good news is, home by home, they get people off the streets and on the path to a new way of life. We have interviewed a particular gentleman poised to move into the facility when it is up and running. We hope to see how he lives his life on the street and then see if/how he changes once he moves in. We believe this particular type of insight into these people’s lives will leave our viewers with empathy and a drive to make sure no one sleeps on the street.

 

We wanted to leave you with a link to this trailer for a fictional film we are doing some super-secret work for. No, we didn’t film anything in the movie, but another project related to the process is coming out soon.

I hope to be able to let you in on our top-secret project by March.

 

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

Welcome Linda Roller to the Carbon Trace B.O.D.

Welcome Linda Roller to the Carbon Trace B.O.D.

Carbon TraceProductions welcomes long-time friend Linda Roller to be the newest member of the Board of Directors!

Mrs. Roller will take her title as a member-at-large on the Carbon Trace Board of Directors after being officially sworn in at the Q1 B.O.D meeting set for March 7th.  

“I grew up and have lived most of my life in Southwest Missouri. I graduated from Bolivar High School in 1975, from Southwest Baptist University (BA in English Education) in 1978, and Southwest Missouri State University (MA in English) in 1988.

I taught English and German at Hartville High School from 1979-83 and at Bolivar High School from 1995-2005, and as an Adjunct Instructor of English and German at Southwest Baptist University from 1983-2012. Throughout my teaching career, I coached girls and boys tennis and girls soccer, directed plays and musicals, and sponsored numerous clubs and organizations.

I also worked as Technical Writer/Office Manager at Micro-Magic Systems from 1983-85; Writer/Photographer at Bolivar Herald-Free Press from 1991-95; and Writer/Editor at The Marketing Bunch in Bolivar from 2012-14.

Recent volunteer activities include The Kitchen Dental Clinic and Children’s Miracle Network. I currently serve as Assistant Girls Tennis Coach at Logan-Rogersville High School and Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of Springfield Little Theatre. My hobbies include reading, travel, and playing tennis.

I have been married to Doug Roller for 43 years and have three children, Emily Roller, (William) Bryson Roller, and Jenna Roller.”

Current Board of Directors:

  • President, Andrew R. Cline, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Jym Wilson
  • Secretary, Chelsea Eichholz
  • Treasurer, Debbie Rollinson
  • Member, Leslie E. Seawright, Ph.D.

Note: The Board of Directors is currently seeking community members interested in helping us fulfill our educational and humanitarian mission. If you are interested, please reach out to us at Carbontraceproductions [@] gmail.com. 

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

 

 

Film, Make Mistakes, Overcome

Film, Make Mistakes, Overcome

With a new batch of interns starting up for the semester, we thought it would be a great time to work on some strategies to overcome production snafus.

Anyone who has ever tried to make a film knows that it is a long, tough, and possibly expensive road. Mistakes and misfortune will happen. It’s how you turn around and use what you did get that can make or break emerging filmmakers.

Here are the top three obstacles and how to overcome them.

Bad Audio (or no audio at all) – After you leave a fantastic interview, you get to the studio and realize your file has been corrupted. Audio is one of the most important, if not the most important, part of any video. Most of the time, you will be using a separate system to record the audio, such as a Tascam or a Zoom. So, if that audio is bad for whatever reason, you should be able to rely on having a backup audio file through the camera. Perhaps you have to redo the interview and end up getting even better quotes than the first time? Or perhaps you need to use narration, another interview, a graphical element, or you on camera to share the story’s missing pieces.

Missed shooting an important event/moment/scene – Did your battery die just before an important moment happened? Were you on the wrong side of town? Make do with what you CAN get. Find someone who was there and could describe the scene to you. Maybe include narration in your project and film narrative b-roll. Maybe find a different yet similar story and tell that one. This is also a chance to get other people involved in the project. Maybe you can get an animated sequence for this shot instead.

Corrupted footage – If you are not backing your footage up regularly or are in a tough environment, file footage can be corrupted, whether it’s a weird pixelation on screen or just unusable footage. Situations like this are primed for using stock footage or for stylizing around the error.  The point is to be creative and work with what you already have. At the very least, these errors that will inevitably pop up for even the pro-filmmakers

Sometimes what seems like a disaster can be a point of inspiration. Just keep working at it.

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea