Am in the process of reviewing and labeling footage we got at a really great shoot this Tuesday. Not only were we able to get some excellent B Roll of the deconstruction crews tearing down a shed, we also interviewed both of the crew members who have been working on the property.

One of the workers actually uses a lot of reuse materials in her own home improvement projects, which is how she got involved with Finger Lakes ReUse. She offered to show us some snapshots of her work to potentially work into the documentary. Also, the crew said many people have stopped by the work site to pick up wood and discussed their projects. They’re in the process of getting Eli and I in touch with one man who is using all ReUsed materials to build a shack for himself to live tax-free, off-the-grid.

We’ve also been very diligent about setting up shoots this week. We’re going to have the chance to get footage of volunteers tearing down the property next week as well as shots with a price analyst and student at Cornell who helps the ReUse center to find appropriate prices to charged for ReUse materials in comparison to places like Lowes and Home Depot. A trip to a landfill a half an hour away is in the works, as well as an interview with a demolition contractor (plus hopefully some footage from a demolition site to compare with our deconstruction footage.



Today was a productive day for the crew and we started off our morning with a visit to Finger Lakes ReUse to shoot and interview with Eric. As I mentioned before, Eric is the contractor for deconstruction projects. We were able to sit him down amongst old doors, faucets and other fixtures that he’s collected in home deconstructions past, which made for a nice visual. The store where we were shooting is the place where all the deconstruction materials (those that weren’t recycled) are sold at affordable prices to be reused.

In addition to talking with us about the semantics of home deconstruction, Eric chatted with us for a long time about his personal definition of sustainability and how it drives his work at Finger Lakes ReUse.

After our interview with Eric we hightailed it out to the build site we visited about two weeks ago to track the progression. By now the roofing had been taken off of the shed and main structure of the house. There were gaping holes where the back side of the home used to be and holes replacing toilets and bathtubs. We stuck to many of the same camera angles we shot in the past in order to be consistant as we tracked the deconstruction process.

It was great to meet Eric for the first time in person. He told us about some upcoming events we can look forward to shooting such as a community build early this April. He also put us in touch with a student working for him via Cornell with the task of assessing prices of building materials at places like Lowes and Home Depot.

Early next week we plan to return to the store and follow some of the items customers purchase from the center back into their homes. We’re also in the process of getting in touch with a demolition business and locating a nearby landfill where we can get footage to juxtapose deconstruction scenes.

Super Susty!


Just got off the phone with my primary contact at Finger Lakes Reuse Center — Eric — who oversees the deconstruction process. It was kind of a bummer because he informed me that today he is tearing down a house out in Lansing until 4 p.m. It’s a day project and I think we missed it. However, we finally set up a time to interview one on one tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. He suggested I make an event on google calendar and invite him to it. The idea is that he give us a tour of Finger Lakes Reuse Center over in the Triphammer mall.There should also be an opportunity to get some playful shots of the materials that have washed up at the store in deconstructions passed.

In terms of upcoming projects, I’m a bit concerned because he said they’re in between work. He said more substantial deconstruction projects won’t be happening until around April 9, which is a bummer. In the meantime, we’ll have to keep busy collecting footage at the store and getting interviews with some of Eric’s crew.

Lift Off

This is the first post in a series that will chronicle our progress documenting home deconstruction, a sustainable alternative to demolition offered by Finger Lakes ReUse Center.

We started out strong. In February we visited a deconstruction location in Danby and collected multiple shots of deconstruction on a home and nearby shed. Two crew members were working on deconstructing the house piece by piece. We got there early and the lighting was in our favor. The first half of the morning was spent using the rising sun to our advantage. We panned across the property and took various shots of the home’s exterior.

Later in the morning we moved inside and shot crew members at work. One was deconstructing a small bathroom on the second story. In the basement, a woman was tearing down decorative molding on the ceiling. We left the shoot before noon because a class of high school students were coming to volunteer and we did not have the proper release forms prepared for minors.

Stay tuned for video clips, production information and our personal bios. We’ll be updating the website, in addition to this journal of our progress.