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Big Day

24 Jan

Yesterday’s quote was from General George S. Patton: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” It was a good quote to get us through a very long day, but I think today we’re all definitely feeling the exhilaration. We present our website to the rest of the iMedia class as well as our professors and a few administrators today at 10am. Wish us luck!  Oh! And check out the site while you’re at it. You can click the link or visit it at We hope you love it as much as we do.


When’s the next flight to Havana?

18 Jan

It’s hard to believe that less than ten days ago we were all wearing shorts and getting tans at the farm. This evening, Team Cuba is happy for their basement bunker–ladies and gentleman, it’s snowing outside. A lot.

Ok…maybe only a lot by Southern standards, but still. It’s accumulating. Anna is very happy to be

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

in the snow. Alexandra, not so much.

Moving forward

16 Jan
group photo

Last day at the farm. Somehow we had forgotten to even take a group photo till then!

Team Cuba has set up a temporary lair in the basement of McEwen (the communication school at Elon). We took over a corner editing suite as our hub and everyday after our meeting, we branch out into the other bays. Every morning we get together and go over what we got accomplished the day before and what we plan to do during the day and we flip the count down sheet.

Yesterday’s quote was an ominous nugget attributed to Ben Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you are prepared to fail.” Luckily, it was just a reminder that we have been incredibly prepared for this project and it is one of the reasons everything else has been going so smoothly — knock on wood.

Today’s quote from Kurt Venturi is much more upbeat:  “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”

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Count Down

13 Jan

Count Down

Every day we flip the count down. Today’s quote: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” — Norman Vincent Peale

Also, we banned the phrase “hash out”. We’ll see what else ends up on the banned list over the next few days.

Working Like Worms

12 Jan

While we were at Vivero Alamar, one of the running jokes was that the hardest workers on the farm were the worms used to compost all the waste at the farm into rich top soil. If that’s the case, then we’ve been working like worms.

The team Cuba got back on January 9th, took a well deserved day of rest, and then got straight to work on the 11th. We’re all really pleased with all the progress that we’ve made even in such a short amount of time. Our current big news is that we are publishing some of our pictures and stories on CNN iReport. So far, Neff, Rachel, Alexandra, and Ben have posted, with more stories in the works. Ben’s photo essay on vintage Cuban cars is already in the process of being vetted for use in other CNN outlets.

Besides being very excited for that news, we have more cool things in the works that we can’t wait to share. Hopefully we will be able to keep updating the blog daily as we get closer and closer to our January 24th deadline. With well over 2,000 images and at least 10 hours of video footage, the hardest part is going to be picking what to share.


Ben’s blog was vetted! Check it out.Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 5.53.43 PM

We’re Back!

10 Jan

The iMedia in Cuba team got back yesterday late in the evening. Everyone had a wonderful time and we can’t wait to share updates with you. Keep an eye on the blog for teaser pics, videos, and little snippets about our stay. The final project is to be presented on January 24th, so it’s going to be a jam packed couple of weeks. See you soon!

Get Excited!

16 Dec

So it turns out that we will be going to Cuba from the 3-9th! Woot! That means an extra day to shoot some amazing footage and a whole extra day at the farm. Still no update to where we will be staying except that we will be in Old Havana. Image I can’t wait to get there. I have read a couple of travel blogs about Europeans and Canadians staying in that area and from what I can tell, it’s the place to be. I am really excited to go to some of the jazz clubs. Two I have heard about are Gato Turteo and La Zorra y el Cuervo. Definitely sounds like a great way to unwind after a long day shooting.