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Airboat Rescue 1 Mark Mazur on Ice
Fog and Ice: Mark Mazur shoots Lake Poygan on an icy day on March 12, 2010. The following weekend, the ice melted

Telling the Story

What were your initial thoughts about the story about the Lees and Rescue 1?

Trent Hilborn: I thought it was a incredible story that really needed to be told. I thought it was something that would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to try and tell this family’s story. 

Mark Mazur: I think most families at that point would’ve just grieved and then moved on, but they actually did something about it. They know what they’re doing is preventing this from happening to other families, which is really admirable. 

Grace Lim: I wanted to tell their story in so many ways because I am fascinated by people I don’t understand. How does one cope with the tragic death of a loved one? I wanted to know how do you transform that heartbreak into something greater than your overwhelming grief.

Airboat Rescue 1 Grace Lim and Shawn McAfee
Poster Art: Airboat Rescue 1 project photographer and designer Shawn McAfee of UW Oshkosh Learning Technologies goes over the first batch of movie posters with journalism instructor and writer/director Grace Lim.
Shawn McAfee: I’ve known the Lee family for more than 15 years years and thought they were just great people. I should have known better than to tell Grace about them because a story to her isn’t just a story to be shared over lunch. If it’s a good story, she’ll want to share it with the world. Now I  know why her husband starts many conversations with the words, “This is off the record.”

What was it like collaborating on a project with University instructors who have extensive real-life professional experience?

Trent Hilborn: It’s a really great experience working with industry professionals who are also professors at UW Oshkosh because it gives you a different level of quality than you’re used to. You can bring what you think is really important and they’ll show you what’s worked before and those two things really benefit off each other.

Mark Mazur: Working on this project has taught me another way to tell a story. And that’s what I want to do after I graduate – I want to tell stories. It’s all about hands-on. You learn so much more than you could’ve in a classroom. I’ve definitely learned a lot about human nature and the stuff that people can actually do for each other. It’s not too often you see people going out of their way to help other people at such an extreme level.

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