After a semester of hard work, dedication, and devotion, the PaceCork family is proud to present our finished product! You can watch it on youtube and vimeo.

Earlier today, we prepared DVDs to be sent out to everyone that was involved with the documentary. We also took some time to look inward, and reflect upon our experience. Some interesting thoughts came out of the process.

The documentary premiered on campus at 7:30 today to an audience of Pace students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents.

We'd like to thank everyone for all the support throughout the past few months. We've grown as a family, and produced something that we're very proud of. Keep your eye out for more updates, as the documentary will be entered into a number of film competitions.

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The final countdown for "Battle Behind the Bottle" has begun.

Although we shot a ton of footage while we were in Portugal, it's still not enough to create a full, clear story for our documentary. In order to show both sides of the Battle Behind the Bottle, we talked to several alternative closure manufacturers, as well as gathering footage from various other sources.

We've scoured the internet for any relevant information, and found several interesting facts relating to the question of using cork.

One of the elements of the editing process is called B-roll. B-roll is raw footage consists of close-ups of details, wide shots of landscapes, and locations or scenes showing interview subjects in their environments. B-roll is vital because it provides the viewer something to look at other than a talking head. 

The footage that we are sorting through in Avid editing software is split between B-Roll and interview clips.

During our research for this documentary, we came across some very interesting videos.  One highlights the debate for cork and the industry with the help of former SNL cast member and actor, Rob Schneider.  The other was put up by Bonny Doon, the leading competitor against the cork industry, describing their side of the debate and why screw tops are better for wine.

What is most interesting about these videos is that they show how strong of an issue this really is.

Before talking about what we did last week, we extend our gratitude to each and everyone we met in Portugal. We thank them for their hospitality and logistical help in every step of this documentary process. We also thank Celestial Voyagers and its founder Francoise for a well executed job.

Now, starts the most difficult and time consuming part of our production: The post production.

The PaceCork crew spent our final night in Portugal at Café Luso for a Fado dinner in downtown Lisbon. Incorporating music and poetry, Fado is a popular performing genre in Portugal that can be traced back to the 19th century. In 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. During our day tour, we learned that the Portuguese are known as being a melancholy people, stemming from having a strong desires and longings.

Today, the group was lucky enough to go on a bus and walking tour of Lisbon. We were led by a local guide throughout the different sections of downtown Lisbon. Our guide showed us several of the important historical aspects of the area, such as the church where Vasco de Gama's tomb is located, which also happens to be one of the surviving buildings after a devastating earthquake in 1755. After this much of the city had to be rebuilt.

Today was our last day of filming for the documentary. We started off very early because we had to take full advantage of the sunlight for the shoot in the cork forests in Coruche. The cork forests are a unique type of landscape. It is not as densely packed as one might expect a “forest” to be so it made for some very interesting shots.

Once we arrived, we met with Miguel Bugalho and Conceicao Silva. Both have extensive knowledge of the cork industry as it relates to the environment.