OMG status update
Dear Backers, supporters, friends, family and everyone involved in ONE MORE GIRL,
David, the OMG crew, and I (Ryan) would like to thank you for your initial and continuing support, which enabled us to film across America and Canada for over 90 days. We met with victims and their families, doctors, scientists, lawyers, and a variety of other industry experts. By industry standards, thanks to you, we accomplished a near impossible feat.
We would also like to thank you, with the utmost gratitude, for your patience during this time of silence. In no way have we lost sight of or determination for completing this documentary. We anticipate releasing ONE MORE GIRL in January 2013.
Upon returning to our home in Hawaii, we expected that life would return to normal. OMG was put on hold for a small time and we began to hyper focus on rebooting our jobs. Our goal was to get ourselves into a financial place where we could dedicate a percentage of our work week to ONE MORE GIRL.
We all shared an unexpected experience that we feel is worth telling. When we came back from our filming tour, we were exhausted and emotionally drained from witnessing the damage this vaccine has caused back-to-back for three months. In hindsight, we realized that we did not talk too much about the experience with each other or our friends. Four months after returning home, Charlie, our youngest brother who assisted us on the road, opened up and expressed the grief he was experiencing from seeing the damages done to the families; they were as if they were his own. His openness helped each of us to face what had transpired, and revealed our own emotional reactions. It was by far the most sobering experience any of us has ever had. It took us months to emotionally, intellectually, and creatively process what we experienced.
We’ve never worked on a project so personal, where we’ve had such a connection to the people we’ve filmed. Reliving the moments, some inspiring and some painful, over and over as we go through the post-production process has kept us passionate and determined.
For those that are curious about what goes into the steps after filming, here’s a brief overview of the workflow:
- The first step is importing and converting footage into an edit-friendly format; we lay it all out in our software. Each video and sound clip has been recorded separately, so they need to be synchronized. There are over 20 interviews and hundreds of hours of footage, equaling 13 terabytes of raw footage.
- Once the clips are synchronized, we review and classify the content, sentence by sentence, into over 200 categories. It usually takes us 40 hours to complete this process for an average two-hour interview.
- Following footage processing, we get to the fun part: creating a 90 minute story arch.
- The last but not final stretch is after the edit is wrapped. The final touches are sound mastering (noise reduction, EQing, and room tone / transitions), color correction, and then graphics are applied. Then we’re ready to release.
Mahalo - Ryan and the ONE MORE GIRL team