Work It Out



As we near the premiere date for my documentary, I have been working tirelessly in the editing suite to get this story finished. During this time, I have noticed that some things have worked well and some have not. I feel like the organization of the story has worked for me so far. I know how I want the story told, and it is helping me decide what shots to use when piecing together the parts of the documentary. Knowing the direction of the documentary is invaluable when editing, and having that in mind has made the editing process easier.

The main downside of editing has been finding the time to get things done. With classes and football practices consuming most of my time, I have found myself in the editing suite at some odd hours of the night. With multiple people using the same computers, it can be tough to find a time where you can get to an open computer to work on. Despite this, I am confident that I will be able to produce a documentary I can be proud of.


Getting Some Feedback

I talked in my previous entry about the feedback I received from Coach Jeff Hand, who is one of my consultants for my documentary The Wright Stuff: From Crutches to Catches. I also recently spoke to my other consultant, Tim Kolodziej from the New Castle News. Tim liked the direction the film is heading, but had some suggestions on how to improve it.

The main thing I got from Tim was that I should get more into the medical side of this story. Dave suffered a debilitating leg injury that continued to affect him throughout the season, but I hadn’t really dug into what actually happened to his leg. Tim suggested I talk to Shaun Toomey, the Head Athletic Trainer at Westminster. Toomey is someone who is very familiar with Dave’s medical past and has an intimate knowledge of his leg injury from last season. He also worked with Dave routinely in the offseason in rehabilitating his injury to prepare him to play football this season.

The feedback I got from Tim Kolodziej is invaluable and will certainly help in forming the story. I feel that my documentary will be better because of it.

Wise Words from a Coach

I previously noted that Westminster football coach Jeff Hand would come on as a consultant for this project. I recently spoke with Coach Hand regarding the progress of the documentary and any suggestions for improvements that he might have.


Needless to say, Coach Hand is excited for this project. He is very proud of Dave and the progress he has made during his time here. This is a story that he is familiar with and would like to see told, which is what I’m trying to do. He thinks I am doing a good job so far in finding ways of telling this story. Coach Hand dedicates his life to Westminster football, and he is excited for the comeback story of one of his players to be exhibited in this film.

In talking with Coach Hand, I realized that I need to engage Dave’s teammates more in telling this story. I need to find out what other people think about Dave. Ask them about a player coming in having never played football. What did they think of the injury? What was there reaction when he decided to come back? Finding out more of what his teammates make of all this will help me tell Dave’s story.

Turn On the Bright Lights


Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. On December 7, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in Mueller Theater, the Westminster College broadcasting department will present this year’s capstone documentaries. My film The Wright Stuff: From Crutches to Catches will finally be shown to the public. After months of shooting, producing, and editing, all of the capstone students look forward to finally presenting their hard work.

The showcase is free and open to the public. However, I do plan on inviting a few personal guests, including my immediate family, consultants Jeff Hand and Tim Kolodziej, as well as David Wright and his family. All of these people have been instrumental in the production of this film and I look forward to showing them a finished product that we can all be proud of. My goal for the showcase is to show the audience a story of someone who persevered through struggle after struggle to succeed in what he loves. Dave’s hard work and dedication have made him who he is today. This film will give a glimpse into the adversity Dave has faced in his football career and the steps he has taken to become a great leader for the Titan football team.

Two other documentaries will feature at this showcase. Joe Ligo presents his film The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer, which chronicles the history of one of the most infamous vehicles in the American motor industry. Also, Frank Maira showcases One Swing Away from the Big Leagues, a film about a minor league baseball team and the different career paths of some of its players. Make your way to the showcase on December 7 to check out these fantastic films.

A Look to the Past

Westminster College takes great pride in being a liberal arts school. This means that although my major is in Broadcast Communications, my studies have gone far being the communications realm during my time here. I have taken advantage of this by tapping into my love of history to take a number of classes in the history department. Although at first glance history seems to have little in common with broadcasting, I have found that my experiences in taking history classes will still help me as I move forward with my broadcasting career.

The history classes I have taken at Westminster with professors such as Dr. Michael Bowen and Dr. Russell Martin have showed me a new way of thinking about the past. In high school history tends to be memorization of names, dates, and events. In reality, history is much more than that. A historian must look at the past and try to understand and decipher why something happened. It’s not enough to simply know that it happened. When studying history, you need to have a firm understanding of the topic in order to make inferences about the past.

Although history and broadcasting seem to be vastly different, taking history classes has helped me in broadcasting. It is important to learn from the past in order to understand the present and the future. When making this documentary, I needed to tap into the history of Westminster football as well as the personal history of David Wright. While these may not be monumental moments in history like the fall of Rome or the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they are important for me to tell this story the best way I can. By understanding the past, I can form this documentary and build towards the future.


The Titan Tradition

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When I started working on this documentary, I was asked how the project dealt with service learning, a key part of the Westminster mission. I realized that football was something that many people could relate to, and an inspiring sports story can be very powerful. Sports can provide one of the best ways to connect with people, and I felt this is especially true with David Wright’s comeback story. His perseverance and determination to come back from injury and become better than he was before is something everyone can appreciate.

The aim of this documentary is to tell the story of a small college football player whose love for the game inspires him to return to the field after a devastating injury. Nobody would blame him for calling it a career, but he pushes on. It gives us a look at the dedication football players have for the game, especially the unique love for football found in Division III, where players do not receive scholarships.

The film will also preserve a piece of Westminster sports history. The Titans football team has a long tradition, and the story of David Wright is just the latest piece of Westminster football history. This documentary tells the story of a leader on the Titan football team who chose to return to the team for a fifth season after a devastating injury. David Wright’s story is one of the most recent additions to the rich history of Westminster Titan football.

Working on this project has given me a chance to continue to build skills that I will use in my career. Being able to preserve a piece of history for a storied football program like Westminster will give me valuable experience in the broadcasting field and allows me to become a better student and citizen.

Doing Things the Westminster Way

The best way to learn something is to experience it first hand. This is something that is taken to heart at Westminster College. One of the main goals of the Westminster College mission is for students to apply the things they learn in real world situations. For me, this documentary has provided the ideal real world outlet to use the skills I have gained while studying at Westminster.

Working on this documentary has given me the chance to continue to acquire skills for careers and responsible service as a world citizen, which is part of the civic engagement Westminster considers a key part of their mission. This film has given me a chance to use my skills in broadcasting in a way that I would not get to experience otherwise. It is my responsibility to tell Dave Wright’s story in the best way that I can. I have been allowed to get creative and interact with people in a way that will only help me to become better in my chosen field.

Dave Wright’s story is an intriguing one, and I hope to tell it in a way that will make people understand and appreciate just how dedicated he is. This is a story that can inspire people. As a Westminster student, it is my job to tell this story with the hope that someone will take something away from it. I hope to use the things I have learned in my time here to benefit others, and this documentary is the perfect way to do so.