“With over one hundred and ten hours of footage, editing a documentary film can be an extremely daunting task. Without any real strategy in mind, I began editing while we were still in the shooting process by focusing on moments that really warmed my heart or made me laugh. I pieced together these short clips not really knowing where, or if, they would fit into the film.
With slight revisions, most of these pieces did make it into the final film. Here are the original versions of these scenes, along with short explanations of what inspired me about these moments.”
–Director Saffron Cassaday.
Meet the Cast of Cyber-Seniors!
Meet the cast of Cyber-Seniors: A documentary film that chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors.
“During the first couple of lessons, we witnessed a series of “ah hah” moments. The seniors’ eyes would light up and they would lean in close to the computer screen with awe each time they discovered something new. The introduction to YouTube really brought some of the seniors out of their shells, we even witnessed a few sing-a-longs! This video is a compilation of some of those first moments, when the seniors realized all the magic the Internet can bring.”
What is Facebook?
“This was one of our first days on set. We were introducing the program to a group of seniors and trying to drum up some interest. I was immediately struck by the huge generational differences between the teenagers and senior citizens, and how comical these differences could be. While trying to offer helpful explanations, the students were overwhelming the seniors by giving far too much information on topics they had never heard of. I feared that this initial meeting would turn the seniors off the idea entirely. Thankfully, the seniors still signed up and gave the program a chance.”
Common Computer Mistakes Made By Seniors
“About half way through filming, we shot some interviews with the student mentors to see what they had learned so far. They had many positive things to say about their newfound friendships with the seniors, but the humour really came from the common frustrations they all had. They playfully vented about the seemingly simple computer-related tasks the seniors still could not grasp. Evidently, we had tons of footage relating to these struggles as they happened in lessons, so I decided to throw together this montage of the common computer mistakes seniors face.”