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A documentary in the making about the other side of the Merck's "One Less" HPV vaccine campaign.
A documentary in the making about the other side of the Merck's "One Less" HPV vaccine campaign.
549 backers pledged $42,458 to help bring this project to life.

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. 
Regrouping was an unexpected challenge, but we have been working away silently on the project over the past year. We’ve worked through most of the mundane processes and are looking forward to starting the process of sharing clips and scenes, and a trailer with everyone shortly. 

Mahalo - Ryan and the ONE MORE GIRL team


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    1. ThinkExist Productions Creator on October 13, 2012

      Thank you all for your support, it is very much appreciated.

      I really would like to make clear that in no way was our "hardship" caused by or at fault from the families we visited. This was a reality that we had to experience, and made us better and thusly the film because we have an emotional understanding of the situation. There is not a single thing we regret or wouldn't have done differently... except maybe the rest part haha. We looked like zombies when we got off the plane. Probably smelled like one too.

      @Desiree, David and I are going to be narrating some of the film, but we probably won't be including much of our behind-the-scenes perspective, except for when it's relavent. Even though I don't really like being in front of the camera, if these families and girls are brave enough to share their stories, we figure we should man up at least to back them. We started off filming BTS, but we quickly became so overwhelmed with keeping up the project that we weren't able to shoot much BTS. Funny thing though, we stayed many nights in Wal-Mart parking lots in our RV, and the only down-time we had was around midnight, so we brought out our handycam and sat on the roof of the RV and filmed all the weird stuff that goes on after midnight there. We will include some self-interviews in the digital and hard copies of our experiences as bonus features though, maybe even the Wal-Mart stuff :)

      @Anneliese, I promise :) Short content such as trailers and such usually have better results with dramatic music, but that doesn't work well for longer form content except in key moments, so I promise the music won't distract you.

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      Chloe on October 10, 2012

      Such a beautifully written update!! I'm so proud to be part of this, and I look forward to making a lot of noise with the official trailer on my Facebook page.

    3. Lezlie Bicknell on October 6, 2012

      I was reduced to tears reading this update. For one, hearing the emotional toll that this has had on you all & two, knowing that this is still an open, active project that will soon be released. HIGH FIVE!! I, as a supporter, cannot wait til the day that this is out there in a manner that will enlighten our friends, families and strangers alike to what this horrific vaccination has done to so many that have been ignored for too long. I commend you all for your valiant efforts that you have put in to this, emotionally, physically and financially. God Bless you all and I pray for HUGE success with this project. Please do yourselves and those effected a favor by sending as much update and commentary as you can to public figures that might take this and inadvertently advertise and interview for it. i.e. The View, Oprah, Ellen, CBS, ABC, Fox, etc. You deserve the attention and more importantly, those kids and their families deserve to finally be heard. Thank you again for all you do. Cannot wait to see your success build from this outcry. *MY LOVE TO ALEXIS WOLF* (Living Victim) and my HERO, her Mother *TRACY WOLF*

    4. Anneliese Gimpel on October 6, 2012

      Looking forward to the finished product - please keep the background music quiet enough that we can easily hear the dialogue - one of my pet peeves

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      Melissa Murdoch on October 6, 2012

      Thank you for the update and for working on such an important project. I, for one, am proud to be part of it.

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      Desiree Rover on October 6, 2012

      I sincerely hope that all the makers of this highly important documentary will want to contribute to a document that is recording their experiences, feelings etc.
      That in itself could very well be a blockbuster!
      Whenever you are ready to talk,consider yourselves invited to my commercial free internet radio show in the Netherlands,
      Please let me know!

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      Heather Juergensen on October 6, 2012

      What a beautiful update. Thank you for sharing so personally. What you are doing is important.