Going behind the scenes of Silverdale Heritage DVD

It’s a wrap.

More than 80 interviews and at least 100 hours of footage later, the Silverdale Heritage Project DVD is complete and will be screened for the first time at a gala premiere dinner next week.

The final product consists of a 90-minute documentary on Silverdale’s history and a bonus DVD of stories and short features on community service organizations and project sponsors. A core team of people dedicated to the project, and especially the filming crew, spent countless hours on production and editing.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t even count that high,” said Chris Davenport, owner of Poulsbo-based video production company Galloping Pictures Inc.

Davenport is director and editor of the DVD compilation which will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Red Lion Hotel Silverdale.

“I’m really excited for Silverdale to see this,” he said. “This is different because this has been ... a whole community coming together to do this and the community demands different things than if I was just doing this by myself.

“The spirit of this is capturing history.”

Tim Knapp, maintenance supervisor with the Silverdale Water District which first commissioned Davenport’s company for a video marking the 75th anniversary for the water district last year, has been the driving force behind the Silverdale Heritage Project and the informal group of community members who have been meeting for months to make the DVD a reality.

“(The gala premiere) is just a good chance for all who are involved and all who are interested to get together and celebrate ... what the community has worked through and got finished,” Knapp said.

Released just in time for the holidays, the two-DVD set goes on sale that evening. The Silverdale Friends of the Library will collect all proceeds of the first 250 DVD sets, $20 each, they sell and will continue to collect a fraction of the proceeds thereafter.

The Friends will offer the Silverdale Heritage Project DVD at the Kitsap Mall information booth Dec. 10-17. Afterwards, the DVDs will be available at the Friends’ weekly Tuesday book sales.

During the next six months the Silverdale Friends of the Library, acting as the non-profit treasurer, and the

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