From Cheraine Stanford-Producer/Co-Director:
On the second day of the Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) South Eastern Europe Technical Workshop, I presented Episode 2 to the 46 participants and workshop leaders.
I discussed some of the details of production, including how we were able to capture the stories using a small crew of 3 or 4 people and long shooting days. I also discussed the importance of including explanations or "teaching moments" throughout the episode along with engaging stories. This was very important to the filmmakers of the project, since our goal was to educate viewers.
The stories resonated with many of the people in the room who work with GIS in their countries' governments. During the first day, representatives from Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia discussed how their countries use GIS. Today, a representative from The Republic of Serbia shared that the country's post offices currently use GIS (as do other areas of the government) and he hoped that in the future they would be able to incorporate GIS as thoroughly as the city of Portland (featured in Episode 2) has.
In between sessions, we chat about the fact that the producers of The Geospatial Revolution, whose expertise is in filmmaking, needed to learn about geospatial technologies in order to create the series. It's amazing to be in a room full of people interested in GIS, committed to learning more about it and interested in sharing information with each other.
Cheraine Stanford-Producer/Co-Director, The Geospatial Revolution