Looking Back at the Old
Washington Missouri Bridge
by Emma Piar-Shaw
With the new Missouri River Bridge in full use and the old bridge demolished, I wanted to reflect on the history of the old bridge. I thought that this would be a great story since the new bridge has struck up quite a bit of conversation in Washington.
I interviewed Marc Houseman who is the museum director at the Washington Historical Society. Marc knew so much about the old bridge and he gave such a great interview. I was also able to use interviews from the new bridge story that I previously worked on.
After slating and logging all the interviews, I was able to piece together the script pretty easily and only needed some help coming up with a few voice overs.
Since I was able to attend the bridge opening ceremony back in December, a lot of those clips came in handy when laying in b-roll. After I interviewed Marc, I was also able to film pictures of the old bridge, the ferry boats, toll booths, etc. I think that those pictures really add a lot to the story and I’m very grateful I was able to use them!
I did struggle to get good b-roll of the new bridge since I filmed this while the old bridge was still beside it, so I ended up finding an artist’s rendition of the new bridge. Our adviser also asked one of her photographer friends if I could use some of her pictures for the story. She was excited to share her work with me for this project.
After laying in all my interviews, b-roll, and voice overs, the story was almost complete. All I needed to add in was a few more pictures of the old bridge and a clip of the new Missouri River bridge’s website.
Overall, I’m really happy with the way this story turned out. I hope that people are able to learn a few things about the history of the old bridge that they may not have known before.