The video is done! After many, many hours of organizing, reviewing, transcribing, time-lapse-sequence assembling, editing, and more editing, it's finally complete.
I'm really pleased with the outcome, and I know that the members of the EWB project are as well! I was able to work directly with them on writing the script so that the video would have the best chance of aiding their efforts.
This endeavor was a giant learning process. When I launched the Kickstarter, I did not have experience shooting and editing a project of this scale. I remember arriving in Peru and worrying that I was in over my head – from lighting to interviews to a post-production workflow that suited the project's scope, many things were totally new territory. (I also learned that undertaking a project of this size while in one’s second year of grad school and finishing in a timely manner are not necessarily compatible.)
It all worked out, though. Looking back I would of course do some things differently, but that happens with every project. As I've said from the very beginning, I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity, and I have all of you to thank for that!
Also, the timing worked out perfectly! The CAMBIAR Program was selected as the project (out of all EWB projects worldwide) to be highlighted as a case study at Engineers Without Borders' international video conference (held this year in place of their typical in-person annual conference). The CAMBIAR Program was featured as an example of sustainable development, and my video introduced the project to the thousands of viewers attending the conference!
The video has also been submitted to EWB's film festival contest. They're putting together a package of videos about different projects that can be sent to chapters who would like to host an EWB-themed "film festival."
With all of that said, here's the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfhZJIDkVI8 (don't forget to change the quality to 1080p by clicking the gear icon in the lower right)
A few notes on the rewards (which I'll be sending out in the coming weeks):
- Although I thought it a good idea at the time, DVDs for a video of this length now seem somewhat silly. I have decided instead to send you a download of the video, as well as an additional photo print.
- I never had time to send postcards from Peru (I realized I needed to spend time filming rather than writing the cards), but I did get them! You'll all be receiving them in the mail soon as one final thank you for your support.
- If anyone has not yet responded to the backer surveys I sent out, please do so.
Once again, thank you thank you thank you for backing this project. Together we helped a great cause, and I remain completely amazed at your generosity!