Donald R. Bernard

A local group from Fairhaven, Massachusetts is doing a documentary on the historical points relating to their community and doing it all on their own. A small crew armed with the latest and lightest in videography gear such as those by Glide Gear as seen on this site, will be tackling the fascinating story behind The Life and Times of John Manjiro by Donald R. Bernard. With an assortment of equipment—a veritable hodgepodge that can be expected from local amateur videography fans and a smattering of professionals—the group has enough to pull off a decent production. With a central production crew in Fairhaven, groups will set out to capture footage from various locations based on Mr. Bernard’s book and additional research information obtained from the Fairhaven Historical Society. camera slider in actionFrom the collection of filmmaking equipment the most coveted is the one that’s in short supply, the video track slider. Fortunately, many have their own handheld camera stabilizers that are either the branded kind (both high-end and not) or even a few homemade steadicams, ensuring that camera stabilization—meaning, insurance against shaky footage—won’t be a problem. Still, with the wide variety of recording devices, matching them with the correct accessory for any given task is a challenging task for the production crew. The easiest to dispatch are the small ones like the Hague Mini Motion and Steadicam Smoothee because in truth, many of the cameras were small and lightweight prosumer camcorders and point-and-shoot types. The bigger, heftier DLSR cameras were also matched with higher-weight capacity sliders and stabilizers, while the odd professional camera is assigned the services of a track dolly. The entire production is a community effort. While some local professionals leant both their gear and expertise to the project, all other work were for local volunteers. No job was too small for anyone to turn away. Participants took on all sorts of roles from being in the lighting crew, and as gaffers or as gofers. Post-production was all local effort as well. Putting together all the raw footage and editing them into a coherent look, style, and tone rested on the shoulders of volunteers who had experience using video editing software such as Adobe Premiere or Corel Video Studio Pro. It’s a worthwhile project due to the fact that it will help enrich the community’s heritage as well as draw them closer together as they all work toward achieving the same goal.