Batala!
Women, Drums, and that Samba-Reggae Rhythm!
susannecoates Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:58
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Space Station Susanne, Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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This weekend my two teammates (Emily Wathen and Camilla Sumi) and I participated in Stone Soup Films, Doc in a Day. We had 2 days to shoot, edit, then screen a three minute film about one of the areas non-profit organizations (who also signed up for Doc-in-a-Day). The completed short documentary can be viewed on it's portfolio page.

 

Towpath Joe: Final Shoot
Food, Friends, and Honky Tonk Heros
Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:02
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Sycamore Island, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North America
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Today marked the last shoot in our project that began as a short film for the International Documentary Challenge back in March. After the competition ended my colleague and fellow filmmaker, Emily Wathen, and I decided to revise and expand the film to include additional background on our main character, Joe Hage, and more about his work to help raise awareness regarding the problems facing the Potomac river. The film has really been through major changes over the past 7 months and we've made a lot of new friends along the way.

Assateague Island
Wild Horses and Angry Rain Gods
Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 09/07/2014 - 20:38
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Assateague Island National Seashore, Site B-24
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38.23280
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Woke up on Saturday and decided to head over to the shore to camp, relax and do some shooting. My destination was Assateague Island state park and national seashore. I arrived in the late afternoon, made camp then hit the beach for a long, relaxing walk.

The Ruins of Ancient Washington DC
Hiking and History in Rock Creek Park
Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:23
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Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
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I was hiking today in Rock Creek Park and near the end of the outing I happened upon vine-covered stone buildings in the forest that, upon first sight, reminded me of ancient ruins I have seen in my visits to Mexico and parts of Central America. Upon closer examination I discovered they were not buildings at all but haphazardly stacked, large blocks of sandstone and marble. Many of the blocks had what must have once been exquisitely carved features, but are now severely weathered. I marked the location on my GPS and pulled out my camera and began photographing the "ruins."

Doc Challenge: Conclusion

Five Women, Five Days, and a Five Minute Documentary
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Space Station Susanne, Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., United States, North America
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Yesterday was the final day of the International Documentary Challenge competition. The team (Emily Wathen, Megan Orr, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Nicole Ricci and myself) put in many hours over the past five days to complete our five minute documentary "Towpath Joe." Kudos to the entire team! Now it's time to get some rest.

 

Doc Challenge: Day 2

Interview with Joe Hage, the caretaker of Sycamore Island
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Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
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The second day of shooting began with two of my teammates and I hiking down the trail from the parking lot to the channel where Joe met us with the ferry. We spent several hours interviewing Joe and learning about his background, how he came to be the club's caretaker, and what it was like to live on a small island in the middle of the Potomac river. We had a really interesting morning and we can't wait to share our experiences with everyone by way of the documentary film we are making. Now, it's off to transcode and log all the footage we shot today.

Doc Challenge: Day 1

Shooting video and enjoying the beauty of Sycamore Island in the winter
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Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
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The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It's caretaker, Joe Hage - who lives on the island year round - is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and ... grin ... getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river.

Los Angeles to Washington DC - Homeward Bound
Collapsed on the sofa and fell asleep still wearing my street clothes.
Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 11/08/2013 - 07:01
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Space Station Susanne, Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., United States, North America
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I packed my backpack, took one final walk on the beach, had breakfast, then boarded the Hostel shuttle to the airport. That's right, I followed my own advice (See:Hanging in Venice Beach post) and did not try to save a few $$ by taking the city bus. Took the red-eye from LAX to Dulles, super-shuttled from the airport to home and arrived back in Dupont circle at 2:40 AM. Walked in the front door, dropped my pack and went to sleep on the sofa still wearing my street clothes. Exhausting trip, but definitely worth it :-)

Exploring Venice, California

After a full week of film and business related things, I finally have a Susanne-day. Yay!
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Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, North America
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After a full week encompassing a film festival, business meetings and an animation summit I finally have a Susanne-day. I spent it outside, exploring venice, the beach and the canals. I started off on the beach, went for a long, thoughtful walk and shot some photos and video. Captured some underwater footage around the large rocks that form one of the breaks that help to hold the beach in place. I'll assemble the video I shot throughout the week once I return home.