Producer/Director, Michelle Derosier, approached about 40 individuals from the city of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation of various ages and backgrounds (indigenous and non-indigenous) to listen to their thoughts, concerns, and stories. Michelle wanted to discuss future hopes and aspirations for the community as well as examine the current challenges. She met with various youth, women, business owners, scholars, grassroots activists, researchers, leaders and community helpers. She connected with them through the use of social media and word of mouth, or what she likes to call, the moccasin telegraph. From the beginning, Michelle felt it was extremely important to reach a broad, diverse cross-section of the community and Fort William First Nation to gain honest, well-rounded perspectives on the issues facing both communities and the country as a whole.
The Walk-a-Mile Film Series was shot over a four-month period. There were 21 shooting days that resulted in approximately 35-40 hours of footage.
The editing process took several months. The first step involved Producer/ Director Michelle Derosier pouring through every second of footage, narrowing the selection of clips that would eventually make it into the final film. It was at this stage that the main themes and messaging was identified and grouping of the content was done. From these selects, Producer and co-writer Dave Clement took over in the Supervising Editor. Working in both from Thunder Bay and later remotely from North Bay, he coordinated the efforts of the editing team, structured the docs into their five parts, placed the visual narrative, arranged the music and carefully worked on every one of the thousands of edits in the film. It was Dave who pulled it all together in the final edit assisted by Sarah Furlotte and Josh de Haan (of 48th Parallel Productions) and Michelle Derosier in the editing process. Finally, the films had to be colour corrected, sound mixed, had titles added and exported to the various file types viewers can access today.
Putting it together was a huge task, given the short time frame and small crew that worked on the series. However, it is our hope that we have created something that contributes to bringing about positive social change in our community, our region and our nation.