Im so proud of this class and what you guys
have accomplished, Downie told his students, while passing out bags
of popcorn in preparation for the screening.
At the beginning of the term, he divided the class up, and
set both groups to work on the profiles. Many of the students did not
know each other or how to operate the video equipment.
Youve got to be nuts to take this course,
Downie recalled telling his students on the first day of class. After
watching the two 30-minute documentaries his students managed to produce,
however, Downie said proudly, It turns out theyre all nuts.
The documentary about the Yellow Door, an organization that
offers community service in the downtown area through several volunteer
programs, focused on its services for the elderly, which include friendly
visits. The students interviews with both the volunteers and the
senior citizens demonstrated the rewards for both parties of taking part
in such an organization.
Downies students were proud of having done all the
researching, interviewing, filming and hours upon hours of editing. Tom
Peacock, who worked on the Yellow Door documentary, said he is happy with
the final product, especially given the technical challenges that he and
his fellow students faced during the course. Everyone was a beginner,
he said, and there were problems every step of the way.
The biggest accomplishment, for me, was that they
felt they were properly represented, she said.
The students will spend the remainder of the term working
on individual documentaries on a topic of their choice.
Downie hopes that Concordia Broadcast Journalism will eventually
become known as a centre for documentary-making.
This was the first year he assigned Montreal charities to his students as a documentary subject, and given the positive outcome and the various other charities out there to explore, he will continue the project next year.