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Recycle It: Ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Stillwater | Documentary Idea

by Kayla
(Oklahoma)

Hi, my name is Kayla. I am a multimedia journalism major and I have always been interested in making documentaries, but I live in Oklahoma and there's not a lot of opportunities to do that, so I decided to start small, local and in an area I knew a lot about: Recycling.

I live in a medium-sized city in Oklahoma called Stillwater. A couple of years ago, they implemented curbside recycling and have had great success with it. Before that they had a unmanned and manned drop off centers that collected many more things that more people need to use and be aware of. However, there has been some misconceptions such as whether they really recycle it or if it gets taken to the dump. To clear up this misconception, I will follow some recyclable items from their place at the store to the customer’s house to either the landfill or the recycling center and then to a recycling plant that breaks down the materials to turn them into new materials.

I will also be exploring the idea of other ways to reduce one’s waste besides recycling such as reducing and reusing to save even more energy.

The purpose of the documentary is to let citizens know just how many options they have to reduce, reuse and recycle in Stillwater, whether they have been here for years or the many new comers we have because it’s a college town.

I’m trying to make it more about the story and journey of recycling, instead of overloading it with facts. However, some facts I will include will be comparison between how much we recycle now as opposed to when we first had recycling available and how much trash has been saved from the landfill.

I will show how much people are really throwing away just in one year. I will also demonstrate how it is being recycled. For instance, if everyone recycled just one can then that would be about 47,000 cans. It’s much more than some people realize.

I’m also going to experiment with some stop motion videos including one where its kind of like a flash mob with bottles and cans. The bottles will do a little dance and then go into the recycling bin. If it turns out, it should just be a fun way to break up the facts and interviews.

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May 09, 2015
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Fantastic idea
by: Desktop Documentaries

Hello Kayla,
This is such an important story. Very worthwhile. PLEASE make this documentary. Love the idea of the stop motion.
Go for it!! And make sure to check back here on your progress.

May 09, 2015
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Thanks!
by: Kayla

I'm glad you like my idea. I have already started on many of the interviews, though a couple of important people either haven't gotten back to me or refused to be interviewed.

Although I do have somewhat of a central character to make it more like a story, I'm still struggling on how to make it more apart of the documentary.

Thank you for your support. It really helps knowing someone else thinks this is a good idea.

Sep 22, 2015
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Do not stop!
by: Anonymous

It is so easy to get discouraged, so please do not stop. Finish your documentary! I am in Mesa, AZ attending ASU. I am taking a documentary class and I will finish my 10 minutes documentary no matter what.

Sep 22, 2015
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Thanks
by: Kayla

I haven't stopped yet! And I think I finally have point of view that fits. Thanks for the encouragement. If you see this comment I would like to be able to contact you, so we can talk further. Here is my website, which has my email. https://everchangeproductions.wordpress.com/

Thanks again. I wish you the best of luck on your project.

Oct 07, 2015
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Good
by: Indeed

That's for sharing this post.

Sep 03, 2016
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Great idea
by: Anonymous

Hi Kayla,

it has been a year since you have posted. How has it turned out?

Sep 05, 2016
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Well...
by: Kayla

Well, I know it's been a while, but I haven't been able to finish yet. I still plan to, but it's getting harder because I'm discouraged it's taking so long. I don't have any help and I procrastinate because I don't know if people will be interested.

Thank you for asking. I'm in the editing stage, so I have most of my footage together. I hope to be finished by next year, but we'll see.

Oct 05, 2016
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Don't give up!
by: Eleni

Hi Kayla,

First of all, don't get discouraged! I know, easier said than done, but I live in Oklahoma too and having lived in another country most of my life, where recycling is a standard, I was mind blown with how hard it is to get anything recycled in that state. I remember calling the recycling center to ask about it the first few year I moved there and I was getting answers such as "Yes, we would love to, but its not cost effective" or "It does not make financial sense for us to recycle glass. Costs more money than what we can make out of it..." or things to that extent.
I am very happy someone is doing a documentary about this issue in Oklahoma, and being a documentary grad myself, I understand its very hard to make documentaries in a state where its next to impossible to make a career out of this. I would love to help you out in any way I can with your editing, first of all because it is a matter that concerns me too, and secondly because well....we are a species close to extinction in that state and I think we need to stick together and help each other. I edit mainly on Premiere CC and have some knowledge of Avid platform. So, please do let me know if you need any help and we can meet up and discuss some.

If you feel like you work better by yourself, then let me wish you the best of luck and again, don't give up!!

Eleni

Oct 05, 2016
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I would love your help!
by: Kayla

Oh my goodness,this is so awesome! Thank you! How can I get a hold of you? Or let me know if you'd be more comfortable if I post my email.

Oct 05, 2016
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contact
by: Eleni

Please do leave your email and I will contact you immediately =)

Oct 05, 2016
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Yay!
by: Kayla

My email is kkamp3373@gmail.com. Thank you!

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