Restoring the Legacy

Month: May, 2012

We now have a [small] crew!

Welcome Nate Matthewson to the project!

As of right now, he is helping me hunt down people to interview as well as location scouting.

More updates to come.


Production Plan

1-A focus statement about your documentary.
With the vestiges of Ricks College being swept away, very few people even know what the Spirit of Ricks is anymore, or if it even exists. Many people like to quote Presidents Eyring and Bednar when it comes to what they have said about it and yet have not even attempted to find out for themselves, if they even care at all. We’ve lost an identity as a school. We are going to find it once again.
2-A brief but detailed description of your documentary.
See above.
3-A list of all the equipment you will need. Be specific.
Canon Rebel Tsi DSLR Camera, tripod and shotgun mic. Lighting will be natural.
4-A list of all of the locations where you plan to shoot.
Spori Quad
McKay Quad
Downtown Rexburg
Porter Park
My house
Various classrooms
Student Apartments
5-A list of all the specific people you plan to interview.
Nate Matthewson
Emilie Theriot
Jacob Chapman
Sarah Call
Chellie Daisy
6-A list of other video you will need to shoot for b-roll.
Exterior of McKay Quad by studying students statue
Taylor Quad
7-A list of video and/or photos you will acquire and where you will get it from.
BYU-Idaho/Ricks College Presidents/Principals – PD
Campus buildings – PD
8-A list of any music you plan to use. Where will you get it?
In development
9-What graphics or special effects do you plan on using?
10-What is your provisional shooting schedule? When will you do your video work and interviews? Be as specific as possible.
Most of the shooting will happen in the late afternoon/early evening, due to work and other classes. Monday and Wednesdays will be the days that I will have more time in the mid-morning/early afternoon to shoot additional B-Roll and possible get some “Man on the Street” interviews.
11-What is your schedule for post-production?
Most will be relatively simple. As most of my homework is for the class this project is for, most of the downtime will be to edit what I have from that day.


The topic for this documentary has been brewing for some time. When “Thor”, the Ricks College Viking, was donated to a local high school with no one’s knowledge until long after the fact, it became very clear that BYU-Idaho was losing its heritage, and, by effect, the unity among the people involved with the school. 

Questions began circling around with me. What is our identity? Do we even have one? Is our mascot, our symbol, our rallying point as a school, really “The Student Face” as Vice-President Eyring asserts? If so, how sad has this school become? Does anyone really know for themselves what the Spirit of Ricks is without falling back on Presidents Clark or Bednar? 

I began by narrowing down three general questions to ask random people, students, faculty, alumni, etc.

1.) How long have you been involved with the school?

2.) Where do you think the school is headed and do you think that’s a good or bad thing?

3.) “The Holy Ghost and its attendant gifts…” as Elder Bednar put it could be applied to any of the CES schools. Without using anyone else’s words but your own, what does The Spirit of Ricks mean to you on a personal level? 

The goal is to figure out what they say.