Rogers' Rescues (rogersrescues.com) is an all-breed canine rescue based in New Jersey that saves dogs from overcrowded rural animal shelters before they are euthanized. This documentary follows a group of animal rescue volunteers as they travel to shelters in West Virginia and Kentucky to rescue dogs by transporting them back to the northeast where they can be adopted.
This film was born back in 2007 when after doing my first few packages as a freelancer for Classroom Close-up, NJ, I started looking for an independent project I could tackle on my own. I had recalled seeing this page about Marianne's "Pet Projects" on her website (amp-your-biz.com/pet.html) and thought there might be an interesting story to tell in the world of dog rescue. It was certainly a new world to me, I'd never even owned a dog. Marianne and I ran the idea around a bit, pitched it to Rogers' Rescues, and in a few weeks I was shooting the first tapes of b-roll at a pet adoption event in PA.
Most of the additional shooting happened that same fall including the Shelter Run segment where I was able to ride along on a three day dog transport. Due to scheduling and project conflicts it ended up taking almost a year to get some sit down interviews done with the gang from Rogers. Other than some small pickups and b-roll shots, shooting completed in the fall of 2008. The first rough cut was finished in early 2009. Then, it spent another year being polished, reviewed, and sitting on the shelf while paying projects took priority. It started to take final shape early this year and Marianne was actually able to show the rough cut to some rescue folks at a football party and get some feedback. Finally, six months later, the version you see here debuted online.
The full "making of" story about this film is chronicled on my blog: bauser.blogspot.com/search/label/Rogers%27%20Rescues
Filming for this project took place in NJ, PA, MD, WV, and KY. The majority of footage was captured using a Sony PDX10 shooting in DVCAM mode. During the Shelter Run I also used a pocket-sized Canon HV10 shooting in HDV mode. In total, we recorded about 15 hours of footage and interviews to make the twenty minute film. Post-production was done in Avid Media Composer and the soundtrack was scored using SonicFire Pro.