Article from featured writer, photographer and filmmaker, Louise Abbott.
As an independent filmmaker in the educational domain, I try to produce documentaries that both enlighten and entertain. In the spring of 2011, I began a particularly challenging assignment to record the months-long restoration of a historic covered bridge in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I hoped to capture the bucolic setting of the bridge as well as the crew at work over the changing seasons.
Standing mostly in a field adjoining the construction site, I shot with an HDV camera and a shotgun microphone on a custom-made off-camera support attached to my tripod. Despite a sometimes unruly hard hat, increasingly tall grasses, and hordes of mosquitoes, I managed to get the footage that I wanted. I completed the rough edit with Avid Media Composer in my home studio, and then the final cut with the same software in a colleague’s studio. The result was a not-quite-fifteen-minute documentary titled A New Life for an Old Bridge.