Now nearing the end of the interview process, this past week consisted of me getting one final, but crucial, interview, meeting with my director, and preparing to move to the next, and final, stage of pre-production – scriptwriting of my narration. Subsequently, I will begin post-production—namely the file organization and editing process—the most time-consuming stage by far.


Last week, I went on a trip to Washington, D.C. with members of the National Millennial and Gen Z Community, a group of students from across the US and the world who meet with notable organizations in an effort to promote civil discourse among younger generations and to dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with Generation Z. Being that my documentary is about the very thing that this group stands for, I thought this the perfect opportunity to interview Mr. Bill Imada, the head of NMGZ and Chairman and CEO of IW group. I wanted to get his perspective on the direction of this generation, as well as how many Gen Zers, particularly members of this distinguished group, are actively working to disprove these false narratives about them through the community work they do and their greater impact on this intergenerational timeline.

Bill Imada, leader of NMGZ, Chairman & CEO Of IW Group


After my trip, I met with my director, Dr. McKahan, to discuss my interview progress so far. I also established a tentative deadline that by our next meeting, two weeks from then, I would have a completed rough draft of the entire narration script, a considerable feat for a 30-45 minute documentary. This would take me to the second week of March, after which I would complete a rough cut over another two-week period to be finished by the March 20th deadline, and ready to present to the faculty. The most crucial part is ensuring that I have enough time to organize footage and edit, as I know this will by far be the most tedious process in post-production.


Now that the filming and interview process is virtually complete, aside from some possible B-roll shots, the writing process should be more manageable and go much more smoothly now that I have the general structure and material to build on. This script will also loosely follow an A/V format, in that I hope to add footnotes on each narration block explaining the audio and visual happenings during this particular timestamp. Finally, after approval of the preliminary script and completion of the final draft, I hope to complete the narration process so that I have the needed audio completed and ready for placement into the editing timeline, and so as to avoid any blank spaces or rhythm breaks in the story. As considerable as this workload seems ahead of me, I feel ready and eager to tackle it head-on in the coming weeks.

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