When the Lead Team was researching types of resources to share on our website, we realized fairly quickly a lack of video resources about disaster recovery available online. Although there are some great videos out there, the videos were hard to find and the videos themselves were quite long. The available video resources were not appropriate if an archivist needed salvage information quickly. We decided it would be beneficial to create how-to videos for the ASA website that were concise and easy to find.
Throughout the fall of 2014, the Lead Team decided on six topics for the videos and wrote scripts for these topics. We filmed three of the videos ourselves during the winter of 2015. Although the content of the videos was strong, we felt the poor production value distracted from the content. In the spring of 2015, the Lead Team interviewed four local video production companies and hired Back Road Productions (http://www.backroadproductions.ca/) to help us create our videos. Dylan Howard worked closely with us to ensure that our content was presented in an interesting and visually appealing way. He was very patient with us and his attention to detail was much appreciated.
We had some difficulty securing an appropriate filming location for the required time period. Fortunately, the Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum (http://archivesmuseum.epsb.ca/home/) was able to accommodate us. The archives and museum is located within the oldest standing brick school in Alberta, which was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource in 1976. It is a beautiful building and was a stunning and appropriate backdrop for our videos. Thank you to the Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum staff for your time, space and patience!
We spent a lot of time selecting and placing props in the background of our videos, especially deciding on what to write on the chalkboard. Do you know what the chemical equation on the chalkboard is for? Let us know in the comments!
We filmed the videos over three days in June 2015. Topics included: handling wet records, packing wet records, drying wet records, flattening and humidifying, mould removal and encapsulation. The filming process was quite long and stressful; however, the team at Back Road Productions was very patient and made us feel comfortable throughout the filming process. They did an excellent job transforming the footage into the videos available on our website!
The videos are available on our website: http://archivesalberta.org/programs-and-services/flood-assistance/how-to-videos/. Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments! Please be kind to us while viewing the videos – remember that we are not actors, but an archivist and a conservator! We were definitely out of our element being on camera; however, we hope the finished product will benefit the greater documentary heritage community.
Thank you again to Back Road Productions and the Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museums for helping us create these resources.