When I learned about the incubator project I felt overwhelmed by the options, logistics, and deadlines. In the beginning of this internship I felt anxious even thinking about my project and I struggled with coming up with a unique idea. It was only after talking to my fellow interns and internship supervisors that I began to feel that this project was attainable for me. I was still without an idea until one of my supervisors suggested that I work with a local charity. As soon as he said those words the idea clicked in my head. I decided I wanted to do a documentary on Angels Community Outreach. I had donated to them in the past and they seemed like a great local charity to work with. When I began doing my research on the charity I discovered the story behind the founders. Learning that the Darrows were survivors of domestic abuse and house fire, and yet decided to start their own charity led me to realize how impactful their story was and how important it was to tell it. 

When I pitched it to Justin, I pitched it as a regular sit down interview with B’roll of the charity’s space and inventory. Justin pushed me to get more stylistic with this documentary. He recommended shooting the B’roll in slow motion (which was certainly the right decision). With these notes and approval from JTWO I began to plan for my shoot and where my first challenge showed up: scheduling. Getting in contact and arranging the shoot with Angels was difficult. My goal was to shoot before Thanksgiving but I wasn’t able just due to how busy the charity was as well as the hectic shooting schedules for my fellow interns’ projects. But eventually I was able to arrange a day to film the charity. 

When I began editing I found that the hardest part was deciding which soundbites to use and how to tie them together. That’s where the slow motion shots really shined. I utilized the slow motion shots with the emotional music as a transition between different questions. This effect I think really tied my project together.

By the end of this incubator project, I felt really confident and proud of what I was able to produce. This whole experience really taught me how to work with others and how to push myself further than I think I can go. Wherever I end up after this, I am confident that I will be able to handle it and make some pretty great things.


I’m Joe, a recent graduate from Immaculata University with a degree in Interactive Digital Media and a minor in Film studies. I have a passion for video production and screenwriting. I am always working on developing my skills.

This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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