As the second half of the internship winds down, we have turned our attention from the individual research paper to the group project, for which our group is making a documentary film on Grand Central Terminal. This meant visiting Grand Central a few times and getting into filmmaking/video-editing.
Visiting Grand Central, we had the opportunity to explore, learn new information about the terminal and directly experience and appreciate the beauty of the terminal. Since we went to the terminal weekday afternoon, – we went there four times in total – the crowd was relatively small, which enabled us to find hidden, peculiar, or interesting places in the terminal. The most notable place is probably the Whispering Gallery – we could tell you what’s so interesting about it, but either you should watch our video or go and dare yourself to discover its secret! We also walked along a few underground passages that stretched to about three blocks, such as a 45th street passage that started from the terminal (around 42nd street) to 45th street, right across the Roosevelt Hotel. This feature is important because in the 1920’s, what attracted many visitors to Grand Central was that with these passages, they could arrive at the terminal and find hotels, restaurants, etc., so easily.
We also learned a lot more about filmmaking and video-editing. At first, we underestimated the amount of work and time it takes to make a video. After having made so many clips of videos, we have a long way to go in order to select which features of the terminal we want to show in our movie and how to connect those features altogether. Also, it was harder than we thought to interview people. While being in a smaller crowd was advantageous in regards to finding intriguing spots, it was also inconvenient because those at the terminal tended to be businessmen rushing and not as cooperative as we had hoped.
Nevertheless, it is undeniable that this filmmaking process has been quite an experience. On that note, we would like to present to you a preview of our film, starring our group members – Demar Ayee, Jonathan Brown, Leandra Grinage, Boat Lynch, Kevin Noyola, and Grace Yoon. Please stay tuned for our video next Thursday!