Great Conversation Film title screen

The Film

The Great Conversation tells the story of the historical Cloquet Middle School building and the people who walked its halls. I co-planned, interviewed, filmed, edited the feature-length film. The project received attention from local news outlets.

Optimized Film Analysis Application

My coworker and I developed a custom web application that allowed us to watch footage at increased speed and take brief, rigidly-formatted, time-stamped notes.


We utilized a combination of tools to extract meaning from our notes: regular expressions to clean up the text, distributions of keywords, and word clouds.


Using the time-stamped notes to fill our timeline with relevant clips, we quickly pulled together a rough draft.


We premiered the finished documentary to positive reviews from community members. It’s currently available through the Cloquet Public Library system.