Posted 25 April 2011,
Two New Arts Documentaries
Coinciding with the publication of the spring 2011 edition of Trinity Per Saecula is the release of two new documentaries about the arts programs at Trinity. One documents the work of Grade One students in Bruce Edelstein’s woodshop and the other follows the Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Steve Rochen, as it prepared for a concert that was held this winter. As with the Native American Festival documentary that was released in 2010, both pieces highlight the student experience in the arts.
While I am often in classrooms, gymnasia, and performance spaces for various photo shoots, interviews, and articles, I tend to be in those locations one or two times to capture what I need. By the time I’m in the classroom for those projects I have already met with the teacher to talk about the lesson, so that I have a general understanding of what is going to happen and why. In some cases I have already identified and met with the students whose voices will be part of the article. For a calendar shoot, for example, I perhaps spend ninety minutes total, including the preparation and the actual photo shoot. For annual report articles I might spend two or three hours total. Articles for Trinity Per Saecula require a wider array of commitments, but let’s say that the actual gathering of material might take anywhere from six to twenty hours to ...