Scroll down to see two of the ‘Stories’ videos I am publishing!
This summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a nonprofit oversight organization of Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace system of parks, launched the beginning of a brand new venture – the Stories Project. The Stories Project is meant to video document the broad variety of stories that come from the 1,000,000+ people that visit the park system every year. The Emerald Necklace is a 1000+ acre linear park system outlining the city of Boston that includes six parks in total, each with a different character and motif. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and completed in 1891. The Stories Project is groundbreaking for the Emerald Necklace; it marks the start of creating a historical database of experiences formed at these historic parks and promotes and encourages use of the parks through a series of creative and compelling high definition videos. These videos are being posted online and eventually will appear at the Conservancy’s new visitor center, opening in the fall.
How do I know all this? I’m the lucky son-of-a-gun that was hired to develop a vision and produce the novel video project. Yes, it is my responsibility to find, collect, produce, and report compelling and entertaining stories found in the Emerald Necklace and kick-start the Stories Project into full gear. In June of 2010, 4 months after leaving a Phd program in pharmacology, I finally found the break that would help me transition into a new career. The project has been a challenging learning experience, but nonetheless one of the best experiences of my life.
[What’s Next? Working on a Feature Film Set!]
I’ve committed many sweaty miles of biking up and down the parks and many exhausting hours in the editing room this summer, but the process has been nothing short of exciting and rewarding. With only a few weeks left in the project, the videos are slowly coming together into the product I envisioned over 9 weeks ago. It brings me great joy to finally see a finished product; the videos are now a part of my own story as well, as I transition and transcend into the unknown waters of a new life path. I hope you enjoy my production and the stories found within the Emerald Necklace.
Here are the first two stories that I have produced and recently published as part of the Stories Project:
Spontaneous Sundays – Nora Lutz and the Pond Jam
Nora Lutz’s story – The Pond Jam – invites us to take a look at how art, music, family, and community come together and are brought together everyday by the parks.
A Community Bands Together – By Roger Gottlieb
Roger Gottlieb, a gifted and poetic storyteller, recounts a time when city dwellers united to save the west bank of one of Boston’s most scenic attractions, Jamaica Pond, from apartment developments.