The past two weeks have been INTENSE. I haven't been able to balance out my life as I wanted to. This week my goal was to sleep early everyday but since I had so much to do it was impossible to balance out my school work, my personal life and sleep. As I followed my schedule there were two or three thing I left out, since I couldn't complete them, so I could sleep early.
As the D E A D L I N E of the video approached I was getting very desperate because I knew for a fact that Gisella and I weren't going to have the video done for Thursday. We had spent more or less a month working in this documentaries and it was going to be a shame to ruin all our work with the editing because we had to finish the video on time. For me it wasn't about getting it over with, I wanted to create a powerful video that exemplified the hard work and cool things I have learned and done throughout the project and Thursday was not an ideal deadline for us. So, Gisella and I talked with Mr. Topf and we explained him that we had too much work from all of our classes and that we were not going to have the video ready for Thursday, and if we managed to do it it wasn't going to be a quality video. We sat down and looked at our schedules, our progress and we realized that Thursday was not a good deadline. Not because we hadn't been working hard but because it was hard to know from the beginning how long creating a documentary from scratch was going to take us. As an Academy we want to create BEAUTIFUL WORK and if this involves working on the video for longer then we will do it.
Moreover, we sat down and worked out a solution. As we discussed we realized that after Tambopata was a reasonable moment to have the video due. We planned out the classes we had until that week to divide it amongst POL working time and editing and everything worked out fine. We also included some deadlines that will push us to work to the video periodically instead of the day before. Finally I was able to breath.
Furthermore, changing the deadline of the video was a BIG RELIEF because now we were going to be able to create a documentary we were proud of, embracing every cool aspect of the project. Additionally I was happy because as we received KIND, SPECIFIC and HELPFUL feedback from Mr. Topf we realized that there were somethings that HAD to be changed in the video and script.
Our initial idea was to start off the video with dreams and aspirations people have, then transition into what is microcredit lending and how is it given, next state the pros and cons and finally have us give our own conclusion about how effective is microcredit lending in Peru. Part 1 and 2 was going to have clips of interviews with clients, experts and a little bit of us and finally in the end we were gong to come out actually talking and giving our thoughts. However when we talked to Mr. Topf we realized that this was not effective because in the beginning everything was going to be crunched with no flow. To have a good movie we needed to B A L A N C E out between moments of anecdotes, which are the interviews, and reflection, which is us talking and giving our opinion. The moments of REFLECTION are the important parts that will make our video special and unique. Anyone can create a documentary about microcredit lending but what will make us different is our own perspective, thought and tone about the topic. So after the meeting we went to a quiet place and revised our script. It took us the entire day but at the end we came up with a better video and script that exemplified more our journey and what we learned about microcredit lending.
Yes, it's true that receiving feedback and improving work you think is polished can be hard, but it WILL CERTAINLY make a difference in the end. In the beginning Gise and I were a little stressed out but in the end when we IMPROVED our script and made changes using the feedback Mr. Topf gave us. We liked it so much more because it was more personal to us. I feel that now our script evokes our experience and finding much better. One of the greatest challenges was finding the "right" answer to our question: how effective is microcredit lending in Peru. The different people we interviewed has biased opinions so it was hard to make our own conclusion. With this script Gisella and I have been able to bring all everything people told us, synthesis it and give out opinion based on what we researched and listened. We use the interviews and clips to support what we think instead of using them to build OUR story and make up OUR video. I am so much happier with our new script, yes we have to film more but it's completely worth it if we want to create BEAUTIFUL WORK.