WINDED: Exploring how communities and people are responding to wind farms in Ontario

Lundi, avril 25th, 2011

Winded is a student documentary on how communities and people are responding to wind turbines and wind turbine farms within the province of Ontario. Director Mitch Haigh and company explore the facts, fictions and myths of wind turbines and go so far as to camp beneath one in a Supersize Me-like experiment. Produced entirely by Haigh, and in association with Loyalist College’s Television and New Media Production program, if you want to know more about wind turbines and the controversy surrounding them, this is a great place to start.

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The whole process of producing this documentary began for me two years ago when I pitched it for a second year magazine show that my college course produced. It wasn’t long after the Green Energy Act had been announced and I had a week to put together a six and a half minute segment that would tell the story. Normally the crew would consist of a director, which was my job, a camera operator, an editor and a segment producer from the broadcast journalism program across the hallway. Through a scheduling conflict, I ended up only using the segment producer for a voice over and produced the production, on top of directing, interviewing and editing. We covered a lot of ground and spoke with a lot of people, from various positions and backgrounds and really focused on what was happening and not why. Since that production, I’d had a taste in my mouth that I just couldn’t shake: I wanted to look at wind turbines more in depth, and expand the project to include some investigation, as well as an entertainment aspect. I got the chance in my third and final year and haven’t looked back. The year was a roller coaster and we had moments of triumph and moments of pure dread and disheartenment. I have to thank my crew: Matty, Brad and Ducky, my instructors, my friends and family, everyone who participated in the documentary and gave their voice for us to use, and anyone who contributed advice, knowledge, observation, and experience – without each and every one of you, this documentary wouldn’t be the same. I thank you. We thank you. Please enjoy our documentary and I hope it provides moments of shock, awe, and clarity. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email them to me at mitchhaigh@gmail.com.

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The whole process of producing this documentary began for me two years ago when I pitched it for a second year magazine show that my college course produced. It wasn’t long after the Green Energy Act had been announced and I had a week to put together a six and a half minute segment that would tell the story. Normally the crew would consist of a director, which was my job, a camera operator, an editor and a segment producer from the broadcast journalism program across the hallway. Through a scheduling conflict, I ended up only using the segment producer for a voice over and produced the production, on top of directing, interviewing and editing. We covered a lot of ground and spoke with a lot of people, from various positions and backgrounds and really focused on what was happening and not why. Since that production, I’d had a taste in my mouth that I just couldn’t shake: I wanted to look at wind turbines more in depth, and expand the project to include some investigation, as well as an entertainment aspect. I got the chance in my third and final year and haven’t looked back. The year was a roller coaster and we had moments of triumph and moments of pure dread and disheartenment. I have to thank my crew: Matty, Brad and Ducky, my instructors, my friends and family, everyone who participated in the documentary and gave their voice for us to use, and anyone who contributed advice, knowledge, observation, and experience – without each and every one of you, this documentary wouldn’t be the same. I thank you. We thank you. Please enjoy our documentary and I hope it provides moments of shock, awe, and clarity. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email them to me at mitchhaigh@gmail.com.