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. While this last bit may not seem all that exciting, for me it is. This is where I, as one of the editors, get to see our footage for the first time and think about how it's going to be put together to tell our story. It's also were the absolutely crucial task of making notes about the footage, marking things of interest, etc. happens so we can find it later as we begin to build the edit script, then put together our rough cut.

About the International Documentary Challenge

The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes.) All of the registered participants make their films from Feb. 26-March 2, 2014 and are required to upload the movie by Midnight (your local time) on March 2nd. In addition to being restricted on time, the filmmakers must choose between 2 assigned documentary genres (such as Biography, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and are assigned a specific theme (such as "Freedom") that will dictate the content and direction of their film. The top 12 films (determined by a panel of judges) premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto where the Winners are announced. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities and possible television exposure. The films compete in June at The Audience and receive digital distribution in The Audience Awards' library.
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