Stories

Here are brief overviews of each project, as of Monday Jan 11:

Alternative Transportation

One of our group’s videos is about alternative transportation: specifically biking, ACTR and Boston’s T. We will reveal the beauty beyond the dirt, intercutting views out the window and from the bike with a group of students drawing on a dirty bus. The “punch line,” as it were, is the final note written in the dirt on the bus: Don’t Wash Me. (Leslie/Ryan/Lei)

Religious perspectives on climate change:
We are trying to understand the power of the church as it relates to promoting social change. We hope to present religion as a major resource for environmental activism. We have conducted interviews with my suite mates that we can use. Still need to email professor Gould for more direction on this piece. (Kris/Neil/Saila)

Clean Water Act Enforcement

The violations of the clean water act project is going to follow a documentary path. The approach will be an expose of regulatory responses to violations. For example one firm in Burlington has been out of compliance 11 of the past 12 quarters and has yet to incur a fine. we envision conducting interviews at UVM, Vermont law, and the LCBP. klyza pointed us in that direction. We will use specific cases to make our points. Our goal is to uncover why these violations do not generate more attention and punitive action. Intent is to expose while the approach is documentary style. (Kris/Neil/Saila)

Energy Audit:
For this project we are enlisting the help of a local energy services company to do an energy audit of a living space, we have decided on Ethan’s house so that we can use a more accessible traditional home rather than a college building. The segment will film the steps of the energy audit. A student will follow along with the audit, standing in as subject who learns throughout the process, asking questions and commenting throughout. The ultimate goal of the project is to educate the viewer about the process of energy audits and weatherization as well as to praise energy efficient behavior. (Jackie/Amanda/Morgan)

Local Food:
Do you know where your food comes from? Most people do not even stop to think about this question when they sit down to eat a meal. For this project we would like to use the product of a pizza (from American Flatbread) as a vehicle to explore the benefits of eating locally. The segment will intersperse the process of making a flatbread with interviews of local farmers who worked to create the ingredients being utilized. The goal of this project is to trace connection, to discover the history of the people behind the food, and to promote eating local food as it relates to being an environmentally friendly practice. (Jackie/Amanda/Morgan)

Visualizing Energy:
For this project our intent is to provide a visualization of energy by relating it to human power. The project will take relatively mundane daily actions, such as checking your email on the computer, turning on a lightbulb, and microwaving a meal, and juxtapose it to the amount of human power required to power each item. We plan to use a split screen to show a person waking up and going through their morning on the left and on the right show a growing number of people working (either on a bike, running, or turning a crank) to create the power being used on the left. We will use simple statistics of the watts being used, and the number of people working to generate that electricity to compare human and other forms of power. Our goal is to dramatize and to humanize energy use so that the process can be more easily understood. This will also be our most abstract and creatively visually interesting piece so another intent is to entertain. (Jackie/Amanda/Morgan)

Student Environmental Activism:

For our piece on student activism we are trying to highlight how activism has changed over the last 40-50 years. Instead of large rallys galvanizing a large portion of the student body, it seems that organizations now try to accomplish goals through meetings and more behind closed door dealings. Our video will include stock footage of student rallys, filmed sessions of the Sunday Night Group, and some one on one interviews. (Kris/Neil/Saila)

Art and the environment
We’ll be doing a character piece on one or two local artists that have work that speaks to sustainability. The idea is to use the artist as a means to help understand the artwork. We will answer the question: how does art contribute to a environmental change? The intent will vary on the artists but the approach will remain. (Leslie/Ryan/Lei)

Middlebury recycling center

The intent is to highlight the space, to promote the awareness of recycling, and to entertain the audience. A scene will be set up: one character states his pessimistic views about the recycling at first, which will justify everyone breaking into song. Then another character comes to reform on the second loop and join the lipdub. Finally, people will sing the song/lipdub while walking in the cycle/loop, which fits the symbol of the recycling. (Leslie/Ryan/Lei)



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