Community video project under way

A documentary film project about the community of Hayden officially has begun. Images of life in Hayden have been filmed, and interviews with a broad spectrum of Hayden residents will start soon.

The town is creating the 30-minute documentary through the funding from the Gates Family Foundation and with support from the Orton Family Foundation, which recommended documenting the past, present and future direction of Hayden in light of several large developments that could change the town's landscape permanently.

The video is designed to be a proactive approach to finding out what residents think about the proposed growth, project coordinator Tammie Delaney said.

The Hayden High School Future Business Leaders of America are working with the town of Hayden, the Orton Family Foundation and a video steering committee on the project. The group compiled a survey that it is mailing this week to families with children in Hayden schools and will distribute at other locations across town in hopes that a wide spectrum of residents will answer.

To tell the story of Hayden with "accuracy, detail and the heart that it deserves," the video producers need the memories, artifacts and opinions Hayden residents share in the surveys, FBLA sponsor Kipp Rillos said.

"The objective of the video project is to discover and communicate a common vision for our community by producing a documentary of Hayden's history and character as well as a chronicle of its people, priorities and values," the survey reads. "By reflecting on where we came from, where we are and where we want to be, we can develop a visual reference to help guide our community in making informed decisions about the future."

Steering committee member and longtime Hayden resident Ann Copeland said the group already has a head start on the historical part of the documentary, thanks in part to two books and other published documents about Hayden and West Routt County.

"It's overwhelming how much information we already have," Copeland said. "We could do four hours of video just on the history. It will be difficult cutting it down to 30 minutes."

Delaney agreed trimming the video to 30 minutes will be "a big challenge," but she also said editing will mean finding and keeping the "best of the best."

"You look at so many huge community documents that sit on the shelf collecting dust, but this video will be a quick 30-minute reference," Delaney said.

Before FBLA students and professional video producer Daren Fryer begin filming interviews, two open houses about the video project will be held Oct. 17 and 18 at the Hayden High School gym. At the open houses, community videos shot in Landers, Wyo., and Fruita will be playing continuously, and several storyboards will be set up with ideas about Hayden's video.

"We are using this time to create awareness, so by the time interviews are going on, people are ready and excited," Delaney said.

For information, call Kipp Rillos at 276-3761 or Tammie Delaney at 276-3436.

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