Potter Video Wins Top Honor
Fundraising Documentary Receives Aurora Award’s Platinum Best of Show
The Fairport Foundation’s fundraising documentary for the reconstruction of the Veteran’s Memorial at Potter Park has won an Aurora Awards Platinum Best of Show. The competition is judged by an independent panel of film and video industry professionals who rated it “excellent in execution and content and high in creativity.” The judges also cited its “outstanding videography, excellent content; appropriate, sincere, and low key fundraising pitch well handled; good choice for interviews used as narrative.”
The film concept was developed by Fairport Partnership Executive Director, Scott Winner and Crystal Pix Owner/Director/Editor Ray Manard. Winner pitched the concept to Manard who embraced it wholeheartedly, bringing the full weight of Crystal Pix’s production and post-production capabilities to bear on a pro-bono basis. Winner and Manard co-produced and the piece with Manard directing the videography and supervising post-production in his Fairport facility.
“There are few greater causes than honoring our veterans; I knew that this idea, if properly executed, would be very emotionally powerful. Ray and his team made it so” said Winner.
According to Manard, “Working on a project like this gives you a new perspective on how much our service men and women do for our community and how important it is that we honor and remember them.”
On-camera interviews of veterans, conducted by Winner, were recorded at the Fairport Historical Museum. Live footage of the 2013 Memorial Day parade and ceremonies at the Potter Memorial were recorded and used in the production. Videographers for the three-day, two-camera shoot included director Manard, Eric McMaster, and Doug Buckley. Anne Mills served as production coordinator. Bob Hunt served as liaison for the Fairport Foundation and the Perinton Historical Society. Crystal Pix is a Fairport-based full-service film/video/audio/media production company.
Scouts Occupy Potter Patriot
This afternoon, rain or shine, nearly 100 Scouts, WWII reenactors and Civil War reenactors are set to encamp at Potter Park. Their goal is to help raise funds for the replacement of the Veteran’s Memorial there. Tonight’s overnight encampment will be followed by a day of ceremonies, games and other activities for the entire public to come and enjoy. The festivities begin at 10am and continue until 3pm. Operation Potter Patriot is the result of the collective efforts of the Boy Scout Troops of the Fairport area including Troops 207, 208, 209, 273, 325 and 469. Bring your kids or grandkids and enjoy a wonderful day full of interactive fun. Come and support the Scouts and local veterans by buying a brick or making a donation.
The Fairport Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the mission of the Fairport Partnership For a Better Community by gathering resources for community projects and programs. These projects include the restoration of Veterans Memorial at Potter Park, creation and implementation of the Fairport Public Art Program, construction of a train viewing platform at Fairport Junction, and much more. The Foundation is an easy way for you to make a tax-deductible contribution that goes straight to improving the quality of life in your hometown. Your generosity helps to build our community beyond what government alone can do.
The continued goal for the Fairport Foundation is to provide support essential to maintaining and improving your community. We already enjoy a vibrant atmosphere of local shops and year round schedule of great events, benefits that are the result of efforts of dedicated Partnership volunteers who work together with local organizations, merchants and, municipalities. The funds raised by the Foundation help continue smart economic development – local, sustained, and incremental – improving the quality of life for all of us.