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The backbone of every documentary is the quality of its research, as every aspect of the subject must be professionals without prior research into their fields. This also means that we can hold high-level conversations and understand what is being said to us, leading to more thought-provoking questions. To answer the question of what was researched: tri-state area beekeepers, french beekeepers, Paris, Laon, and everything we could find about beekeeping and bees in general. Of course, from here, we will delve ever deeper and learn as much as possible before our mid-March production week. And, we will also be sharing this research with you all as well, in our weekly Friday beesearch articles! We hope that we can all learn a little more together!

Another vertebra to the backbone of documentary-making is the quality and quantity of contacts. Those are generally found in the initial stages of research, with more contacts being found as more people reply. We go for a mix of experience levels and presence in the respective communities we are looking to film. Hence, people like Sibyle Moulin, the Notre Dame beekeeper, are essential to the documentary. While we will never know what the interview will contain until it happens, all stories are worth being heard. We also took the time to start drafting emails to our initial contacts, which will be sent out by the time this post goes up!

Do you or someone you know keep bees? We want to hear your story! Pace University’s Pace Docs crew is in the process of producing a documentary about Urban Beekeeping, the latest in a series of award-winning environmentally and culturally relevant documentaries from our department. Contact us at paceudocs@gmail.com. And follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tik Tok for more content!