Keep Calm and Document On

Keep Calm and Document OnI’m starting this blog post a little early because I simply can’t sleep. Up until this week this project has caused me to be nothing but anxious and somewhat discouraged. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, how I was going to put this thing together or why I should even bother because who the heck cares anyway?

I was procrastinating in every way. I was too scared to call people about potential interviews because I was afraid they would think I was stupid and say no. Some people did, but the thing is, you have to keep trying until you find the right people. The right people have time and the right attitude. It’s amazing really how things have fallen into place, simply because I stopped trying to force things that I thought they were the only option, try something else and it simply clicked. Now I’m so excited about the progress that I can’t sleep. The video is starting to fit together in my head- it’s amazing how just a few days can really change your perspective.

Last week, I interviewed with a local florist, who participates in the downtown recycling program. She composts, reuses vases and sells fair trade products  and recycled products in her store.

(After I wrote all that, one of my interviews got cancelled. Instead of letting it get me down, I spent that extra time making these yummy muffins.)

In my last update I was trying to find some one from the landfill and someone from a locally owned thrift store. This week I ripped off the band-aid and made the calls. Two of the three thrift stores I was looking into were just too busy, but the last one I reluctantly called, because I thought my last option on that front would say no, clicked. I got to meet with the sweetest lady, who was actually a co-founder of the store. I  heard first hand how they started with a couple thousand dollars and the leftovers from several garage sales simply to be able to help those in the community. The first month they donated $17,000 and  now 13 years later they donated $2.5 million in a year.

I interviewed her for the first time on November 14th, but as luck would have it, there was a camera glitch and the interview did not record. It’s never happened before and it hasn’t happened since, but I lost that interview. Like I said, she was the sweetest little lady. If that had happened with any of the other people I had interviewed with or the people I was trying to interview with, I probably would have been toast, but she took the time to meet with again Monday.

On Tuesday, I interviewed with the landfill manager. He was an extremely nice guy and passionate guy and he told me all about the landfill with no problems.

It was too muddy to get a tour of the landfill when the interview was scheduled, so I will be going today to check it out.

A few months ago, I interviewed the owner of the local MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) and I wanted to get  a tour of the facility but it was too cold at the time. Then it was too hot and I had too many projects so the time slipped away. I was worried I wouldn’t get the tour before it got too cold again, so I had to track him down again, which is kind of difficult. He ended up cancelling at the last minute, so I guess I will have to wait until after Thanksgiving. Hopefully, it won’t be too cold.

Those are my final major interviews, though I would really LOVE to find someone who repurposes trash. I have scoured any local shops that I would think would have that sort of thing, checked on local craft Facebook groups, Craigslist, Etsy and really haven’t found the right person. It is the last point of view that I think is missing, but I won’t give up quite yet.

There are some other smaller things and some other sources I’m going to check out and see, if they’re the right fit, but I probably won’t do that part until January. Yes, this week had a lot of bumps, but before this week I felt like I was just pushing and pushing without much progress and now I feel like I’m starting to get a little bit of momentum going. The bones of this documentary are created and that just makes me happy.

For now, I will just focus on editing and try to put together a few different commercials to show what’s going on with this documentary.




About Kayla Kamp

Hello, my name is Kayla and I’m a multimedia journalism graduate working on first documentary about recycling in Stillwater, OK. I would like to show others how a little more compassion for people, the environment and animals would go a long way in the world. I am striving to shed light on this.
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