Into the Sycamores is the second episode in my documentary mini-series, Conservation Crossroads, which explores grassroots conservation in Indiana. This episode features the Sycamore Land Trust, a land trust based in southern Indiana, whose mission is to preserve the beauty, health, and diversity of southern Indiana's natural landscape through strategic land conservation, habitat restoration, and environmental education.
The goal of this episode was to explore the mission and efforts the Sycamore Land Trust and the importance of land protection, restoration, and stewardship.
This documentary was the most difficult to produce simply due to scheduling interference. It was incredibly difficult to get key individuals in one place to film interviews. Despite all the difficulties, every staff member at the land trust was friendly and easy to work with. I traveled to their office in Bloomington several times for interviews. Additionally, I traveled to a few of their properties to gather b-roll.
I used iZotope RX7 to edit audio issues in Madeleine's interview and DaVinci Resolve Studio to edit the video.
I learned how to tag Monarch butterflies during the production of this video, though I didn't get to tag any myself. Special thanks to Lauren Manges for suggesting I get into contact with the Sycamore Land Trust!