Very soon after starting the first semester of my freshmen year in the Dance Department at OSU I met a wonderful, loving, and supportive group of friends who all happen to live in the same house together. It took no time at all to become privy to how special they are as artists and people. I feel so blessed and lucky to know all of them, and as introducers to how incredible this department can be and all the things you can get out of it, they have done an amazing job. This warm energy that they have and are able to spread around them like melty jelly on toast is something that everyone recognizes, but isn’t always sure how to describe. So for my first documentary ever, I decided to get some answers about how such a special place exists from the Lemonites themselves.
Over the course of about 2 weeks (and weekends), I filmed the going-ons of the Lemons to get a feel for the calm, soothing vibes of the house. Sometimes it was during meal-time, sometimes just at night when they were all hanging out together. I also interviewed all 6 of the members of the Lemon and asked them the following questions:
- What makes the Lemon the Lemon? While everyone who visits this house comments on its great “energy,” in your own words try and describe the house vibes.
- In what way do you think this house (and or the community it has created) has impacted your personal growth?
- Please describe one specific time in the Lemon when you felt truly “at home,” whatever that means to you.
I made sure that each Lemonite was represented in exactly the way they wanted, in their room and in their best comfy outfit. I made sure to get some footage of the one aspect of their room that they especially loved (plants, art, partner, etc). I then put all of the footage I’d gotten into Final Cut Pro and started looking for a way to organize it. I decided to separate by dictionary-style definitions of words that relate to the Lemonites and their life in the Lemon.
Using Final Cut Pro the second time around (this dance film was my first real attempt) was a much more pleasant experience–almost fun I’d even say..but so was getting a little glimpse into the regular joy that the Lemon provides to its residents and I’m sure that had a lot to do with how wonderful this film was to produce, film, and edit.