The day has come. On April 1st, the Media Studies & Digital Arts students, including myself, completed their Senior Seminar projects! After spending hours behind the camera, transcribing interviews, and living inside Bergeron, we have made it.
It feels great to finally have completed a project I have worked all year on. Last semester my partner Anna and I researched the topic of volunteering abroad. We had to write a paper on the positive and negative effects of volunteering and plan how we would proceed.
Our project experienced many changes throughout this semester. We had originally planned to created a documentary film on the topic. As time went on and after we interviewed more people, we discovered this project would work best as a web documentary. This meant that our videos would be divided by topic rather than played straight through.
Our project’s name also changed as time went on. We originally titled our documentary Help Yourself. We were never sold on this name and eventually came up with the title The Volunteer Complex: An Exploration of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Volunteering Abroad.
We spent several hours each week designing our website and editing together our videos. If you would like to check it out please visit www.thevolunteercomplex.com