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This educational module invites you to learn about the decisions, both in the field, and within the editing suite, that went into the making of Take Care.

Take Care is a story about family, choices and reconciliation. It offers a glimpse into the life of Virginia Gandee, a 22-year-old woman who lives in Staten Island, New York.

At first glance one is struck by Virginia's bold appearance; her bright red hair and the dozen tattoos that canvas her body. When she was 15, Gin left home to marry a 20-year-old she met online. Two years later, she was a teenage mother. Today, Gin is raising her daughter as a single mother and pursuing her dream to become a nurse. Meanwhile we see that inside her family's trailer park home, Gin’s caregiving goes beyond the love she has for her daughter.

Take Care is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week.

This educational module invites you to learn about the decisions, both in the field, and within the editing suite, that went into the making of Take Care. Join a conversation between Producer Eric Maierson and MediaStorm Executive Producer Brian Storm as they discuss the development of this story through a scene-by-scene breakdown of the piece.

The Making Of provides more than an hour of discussion and exposition on the process and multitude of decisions that went into the editing and shooting of Take Care.

Topics covered include:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Finding the Story
  • Chapter 3: The Open and Building Drama
  • Chapter 4: Music and Narrative
  • Chapter 5: Title and Sense of Place
  • Chapter 6: Composition
  • Chapter 7: Shooting for Sequences
  • Chapter 8: Telling the Backstory
  • Chapter 9: Placement and Narrative
  • Chapter 10: Portraits
  • Chapter 11: The Interlude
  • Chapter 12: Controlling the Subject
  • Chapter 13: The Human Condition
  • Chapter 14: Narrative Transition
  • Chapter 15: Introducing the Grandfather
  • Chapter 16: Breaking the Wall
  • Chapter 17: Dignity of the Subject
  • Chapter 18: The Absence of Sound
  • Chapter 19: Frozen Moment
  • Chapter 20: Balancing Characters
  • Chapter 21: Editing Decisions
  • Chapter 22: Universal Storytelling
  • Chapter 23: The Close
  • Chapter 24: One Subject at a Time
  • Chapter 25: Teaching Moments
  • Chapter 26: "Can you repeat that?"
  • Chapter 27: Conclusion

Workshop Participants, Take Care: Gillian Laub, Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson
Producer, Take Care: Eric Maierson
Original Music, Take Care: Then our Souls
Producer: Katie Orlinsky
Video: Rick Gershon, Tim McLaughlin, Katie Orlinsky
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

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