Boilermakers – 2016 Convention Films
13 films, 12 locations, 1 giant convention. The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers called on us to create a series of documentaries for their 33rd Consolidated Convention.
These intimate and touching stories were ultimately projected on a 150ft-wide canvas at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.
Our camera crew traveled to 12 locations across North America, filming at a variety of different Boilermaker job sites. From the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, PA to the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, CA, we captured the unique stories of current and former Boilermakers. While shooting was in progress, our editing team sifted through hours of audio interviews to create podcast-worthy “radio edits”- focusing on the best heartfelt moments accompanied with emotional music to create a fluid point of view. Guided by these voices of everyday boilermakers, we proceeded to add footage and graphics into our vast 12K canvas to bring these stories to life.
Creating videos for three screens would require us to edit on three screens of our own. To remedy this issue, we built a ⅕ scale model in our office to help us get a feel for how the films would be presented at convention. With the help of the Boilermaker History and Preservation Department, our team fabricated the screens to the exact same specifications, imitating the massive stage in Vegas.
We were honored to have been given the opportunity to tell these touching stories. The short documentaries that we presented truly made an impact on the 500+ delegates that attended. One of the videos showcases Betty Soskin, a 94 year old park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, California. In her early life she belonged to an auxiliary local, a union lodge created for non-whites. She tells a story of progress, understanding, and forgiveness. Betty, the oldest park ranger in our country, recently received a congressional award and a Presidential coin from Barack Obama.