Hey there! I’m Camila Colmenares, the journalist giving you the low-down on the VDOC Project. As mentioned in the last article, CEED is currently working along with a group of interns from both McGill and Concordia to create a short documentary film. CEED along with Ana Camila and Sebastián Vives recruited six interns that are currently working on making this documentary. Let me introduce you to the crew!
Sebastián Vives is the director of the project. When asked about his inspiration for the VDOC, he said “I’m tremendously inspired by the women entrepreneurs who have stood against societal barriers and have been able to overcome them to achieve their dreams of having their own venture.” Through the documentary, he aims to help tell the stories of those who were able to overcome societal barriers and prejudice and to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
Delphine Belzile, the assistant director, mentioned at the time of the interview, that the best part of VDOC is the crew members’ dynamic with each other. Her motivation for the project comes from the fact that she believes women’s entrepreneurship is a subject that society should address at a deeper level. “Too many stereotypes and ideals target women entrepreneurs; it is essential to expose different perspectives and experiences,” she shared.
Matilda Cerone will be occupying the position of director of photography and editor. With only a few weeks in, Matilda says this project is teaching her a lot about teamwork and collaboration. She also mentioned how fun it was to be on a team with people from all walks of life, and who are now working together to do an international documentary. Additionally, as the child, grandchild, and relative of many strong women who’ve had to establish themselves in professions that do not value their presence and insights, Matilda empathizes with the struggle of those who need to fight hard to achieve what they desire in life.
When speaking about the project, Clare Dawson, in charge of the sound production, mentioned this will be her first time working in this field of work. The challenge, even if completely new to her, inspires her to do her best and to continually learn on the fly.
As her first serious editing project, Lucia Steiner, the editor, will bring fun and funky ways to bring the story alive with her creativity. She mentioned she wishes to learn about all the different aspects that make up a documentary, including ideas, shots, frames, sound, and more. Although her position focuses on post-production, she has been enjoying the pre-production and production stages along with the rest of the team.
Mara Zapata, the photographer of the project, believes all creatives and artists have a different lens and wishes to bring her own creative touch to the documentary, Like Lucia, it is Mara’s first time working on an organized production, and she is beyond thrilled to be working with mostly women. The women’s solidarity keeps her inspired throughout the project.
Victoria Aponte, occupying the joint role of sound recordist and story editor , mentioned that her main motivation is giving other women a platform in which they can express themselves and show their journeys. “Stories and representation are very powerful forces, which I believe, are at the center of this documentary. I am grateful to be one of the people contributing to this beautiful project,” she shared. This, added to her life-long love for movies, makes her enjoy and learn from every bit of the VDOC process.
It was so fun to interview the crew members about their backgrounds and perspectives on the VDOC Project. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Stay tuned for more updates, and we’ll keep you in the loop for the final product!