Sean Tracy heads up StoryPoint’s Veterans History Project, and coordinated with Honor Flight, a non-profit organization, to fly four veterans (two men and two women) from StoryPoint in Troy, Ohio to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2018. Three were Navy; one Army. He also suggested SSDM document the trip.
SSDM researched and planned for two months and managed and scheduled all pre-production crew and equipment needs, developed storyboards, and reviewed existing B-roll footage featuring the four honorees.
Before sun-up on the morning of the trip, the SSDM production crew flew to Reagan National Airport to greet the veterans as they arrived from Dayton, Ohio.
Three videographers filmed their arrival and followed them throughout the day including the changing of the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a flag ceremony at the Armed Services Memorial, and other memorial visits.
After an exhausting but rewarding day, at 11:00 pm, the veterans returned home, where another crew recorded their return to a cheering crowd of family and friends.
The following week, the SSDM video team interviewed the residents to get their thoughts on the trip and the documentary was edited to various lengths, for specific purposes.
The documentary resides on StoryPoint's YouTube channel, and in the blog section of its website, to recognize the veterans' selfless service to our country.
Short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEMzGqMjr0g
Long-version URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkCnOfYTnCc&t=99s
The long-version won a 2019 Telly Award for best non-broadcast editing and a Davey Award for Best Documentary.