As assistant editor and associate producer I managed the technical foundations of a feature length documentary. Meeting the team's need for data management and storage, careful tracking of content, quick recall of details embedded in a large body of work, while also cutting together assembly edits as our story emerged, I found that I have a knack for digital workflows, quick turnaround and visual storytelling.
This film's subjects are a young man with physical disabilities rendering him dependent on others for everyday life, the team of artists and musicians who work as his caregivers, and the interdependence they experience as they navigate the world.
As an observer and later a participant in his life, I captured insights from my work on the film and suggested improvement to his care, creating assembly edits for the purpose of articulating these insights to inspire specific innovations to his care. This sparked serious resistance from the agency who managed his care, as they believe in the value of innovating their service model. The ethos of reflection and iteration was rejected in favor of clinical expertise and established "best practices" regardless of how their client experienced their service model. I convinced the key stakeholder, his mother, by establishing access to the film subjects, building trust over time, and producing a convincing proposal. She changed his service agency and he continues to thrive in his own apartment, living a vibrant and engaged life over a decade later.
This was my first design strategy experience, though at the time I didn't know it.