Story by Dominic Winter
LINCOLN (SNR) - The recent diocesan trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. included five VIPs, responsible for filming footage of the trip.
Father Andrew Heaslip, digital media coordinator for the Diocese of Lincoln, teamed with Tess Wahlmeier, a UNL student from Hastings; Laura Vyvlecka, 16, of Prince of Peace Parish in Kearney; Megan O’Grady, 17, and Claire Theisen, 16, of St. Michael Parish in Hastings. Vyvlecka, O’Grady and Theisen were winners of a pro-life video contest announced last fall. For their winning entries, they received scholarships toward the cost of their trip with the diocesan group.
The group filmed 110 GB of highlights and interviews from the whole trip: the journey, the Masses in the city, the rally, and the March itself. Father Heaslip said the recordings are intended to display the presence of the Diocese of Lincoln at the March, and the wider picture of the March itself. The footage was released this week on the diocesan website and Youtube channel after he and Tess finished editing it.
Father Heaslip said the filming went “extremely well,” with the students doing a “tremendous job.”
“The quality of the footage was great, with huge variety,” he said.
Before the filming, the five met for a coordination meeting, determining who would film where on each day. Their equipment included two cameras with video recording capacity, an audio recorder, two camcorders, and a professional-grade camcorder.
During the March itself, Laura and Tess stationed themselves at the end of the March to capture the entire event and put it in time-lapse on the final video, while Claire and Megan interviewed Lincoln Diocese students and took up-close footage of the March.
Father Heaslip greatly appreciated the budding film expertise in these young women.
“It was good to get the students involved and go to a higher level in filming the March for Life,” he said.
Theisen shared aspects of her experience: hitting the basics of the trip in film. Besides the March itself, where she was impacted by the joy and common purpose of the crowds, Claire enjoyed the Catholic youth rally the night before and the Mass most of all. She expressed a hope for the videos.
“I hope they attract people who usually don’t touch on religious things and go to the March: something they don’t usually do,” she said. “Seeing the joy in everyone else made me happy and excited in my Faith.”
The March for Life video, and the winning video entries in last fall's contest, are posted in the Register's video gallery.