Lights, Camera, Action! Part I.


What a day! Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to explain to you what’s going on in the video world of OCLP. Not only are projects being finished, but they are also beginning! Doors just swinging open and closed, and wow, it feels good.

I’ll divide this into a III part series, starting with the new (today).

I have started working with Tim Layton, who is the main author of the Cultural Landscape Report for Gettysburg National Military Park. We are currently in the Pre-production phase, a very essential phase in the project. Everything must be mapped out, from a story outline to questions, and scheduling. A strong trunk makes for a strong tree right?

Quick History Report on Gettysburg National Military Park

Pennsylvania is the home of Gettysburg National Military Park (GETT). The Battle of Gettysburg occurred in 1863 during the American Civil War, with a Union victory a.k.a. the new birth of freedom. The National Park Service aims to not only interpret the history from this site, but also to protect and preserve. I think it’s also important to take note that this park is almost 4,000 acres big, with about 1 million visitors a year. Woah. That’s a lot of land to preserve! You shall find out more about the restoration process and significance of this landscape in a video to come, in the near future.

First Interview with the CLR Author

This week, Tim has been in the office teaching us about GIS, AutoCAD, Illustrator, and much more! Although I only participated in half of the workshops, I rendered a pretty cool map. (Please note: This map in no way shows accuracy and was created for learning purposes only) Moving on, Tim and I were able to discuss the Gettysburg project. While trying to formulate the perfect questions for the interview, it was soon time for Tim to shine. Today we conducted an interview in the office, following questions like “What types of transformations were made to the agricultural fields?” and “How does the history and landscape of GETT connect?” And I think we got some really good sound bites!

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The Interview.

The interviewing process can make even the most confident talkers nervous. The lights shining into your eyes. The mic right on your neck. The chair sitting in the middle of open space. It’s an invasion of total privacy, you are at your most vulnerable state. Ok, it’s not that bad, but I am grateful for all those who participate. Also, that also may be the reason I stay behind the camera.

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The set. (Also where we normally have meetings and eat lunch)

Starting with the interview today in the office was great! Indoor interviews, as I have learned, are my favorite. I have absolute control over everything. No need to worry about harsh shadows, clouds moving by, and all those loud noises. The only enemies are the fans and the elevator dings.

A really great descriptive quote of Gettysburg that Tim mentioned during his interview, “As you pass over this rocky swamp the sight is appalling. Along the middle of this swamp there is a chain of the largest rocks I ever saw… This place is known as the ‘Devil’s Den’. The rebels in passing over the rocks were shot and fell down between the rocks into the stagnant water below and strangled to death.” This was written “Three months after the battle, [by] a soldier on duty with company F, 1st Pennsylvania Battalion at Camp Letterman.”

If that doesn’t say impact, I don’t know what does. Sorry to leave on such a gloomy note. I think I’ll definitely need to do some research on how to approach battles and deaths. It’ll be important to make sure nothing is to gruesome or overwhelming for the general audience.

Ciao for now,

Vanessa Hartsuiker

P.s. Here’s that “map” I was talking about. I’m clearly no landscape architect.

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One response to “Lights, Camera, Action! Part I.

  1. Hey Vanessa, great blog post, thanks. What is the Gettysburg Project you are working on and where will it be posted in the end so we can take a look. Great seeing Tim in your post, he is an excellent OCLP and GIS resource!

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