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September 23rd, 2017
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Filming How We Make It, hand made Vs. factory made, which is better?

Filming a new series is always an interesting process. This is my fifth new series and my first documentary styled production and there is one thing that I’ve learned, as much as you may plan in pre production, the real content is captured on location, in the field.

A worker sands a fiberglass "master" to be used in making a "negative" mold.

A worker sands a fiberglass “master” to be used in making a “negative” mold.

This new series is being produced to showcase local factories in Trinidad and Tobago, that make various products of everyday use. A simple enough production, tho complex in the sheer number of products to be completed for the season. I have started gaining interest from a few major manufacturers including Angostura as a leading brand. This great start got me thinking, maybe I should add in some smaller outfits, with humble output goals but productive non the less.

The first of these was the decision to film a small pottery operation that manufactures Concrete Pillars, Balusters, Medallions and more, for use in home construction. Decorative, strong and well made, these items can be seen on many homes throughout Trinidad and Tobago, and more likely, throughout the Caribbean.

A concrete column being hand made on a potters wheel.

A concrete column being hand made on a potters wheel.

While at the small dusty factory, one thing became very clear, although there was no heavy machinery or automated equipment, the standard of products made was of a very high standard and surprisingly standardized in their design. The workers were all well versed in their functions and the operation was smooth and efficient.

A stack of finished balusters, ready for sale.

A stack of finished balusters, ready for sale.

Artisans or Laborers, call them what you will, but the question began to take shape. If there was use of heavy machinery, would these products been manufactured any better? The process, raw materials and completed products all seemed of very high quality and even the bags of cement that were delivered while I was filming was immediately used in the process, reducing the down time that raw materials were keep before the actual manufacturing process.

This factory and many others will be the content of this new series, and will give the viewer the opportunity to weigh the benefits and challenges between factory made or hand made, very different in process but also very similar as they both describe, How We Make It.



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