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San Diegans Look At Their City’s Future Through A Lens

Freelance videographer Bill Bork kneels to film volunteers rehabilitating the front yard of a wounded Coast Guard veteran, April 26, 2014.

Aired 4/28/14 on KPBS News.

Filmmakers across the region — both professional and amateur — grabbed their cameras, GoPros and smartphones to capture scenes of San Diego life for a national documentary.

In between sorry's and excuse me's, filmmaker Bill Bork navigated his camera around dozens of volunteers raking, digging and painting at an Ocean Beach home.

"It's chaos," he said.

A veteran in San Diego's freelance videographer industry, Bork is comfortable on project sets for commercials and short films — one of his works was just accepted into the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival — but his assignment on Saturday was not a typical gig.

The white-haired cinematographer was participating in "One Day In San Diego," a citywide 24-hour filming event. It encouraged filmmakers across the region — both professional and amateur — to grab their cameras, GoPros and smartphones on the same day and capture scenes of San Diego life for a national documentary.

One additional challenge: the content should touch on the theme of "the future of your city."

Above: KPBS News video journalist Katie Schoolov tweets about her One Day In San Diego shoot, April 26, 2014.

A handful of the filmmakers are hired, like Bork, but the project relies mostly on volunteers. Approximately 100 videographers had turned out at a kickoff event Friday night.

On Saturday, local videographers covered topics ranging from wildfire preparedness to the role of women in STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. KPBS News videographer Katie Schoolov documented a paraplegic woman's martial arts and self-defense training.

MORE: See What Some San Diegans Filmed For "One Day In San Diego"

In Ocean Beach, Bork and "One Day In San Diego" producer Jodi Cilley focused on volunteers rehabilitating the home of wounded Coast Guard veteran Mike Beuoy.

Cilley said the event, organized by the group Rebuilding Together San Diego, really fits the concept of the project because it shows community members joining forces to build a better San Diego.

"We're here at this Rebuilding Together San Diego event, which is about working together as a community to improve the future of citizens and people, and in this case of veterans and wounded veterans in our community," she said.

In honor of the community's efforts, Mayor Kevin Faulconer stopped by to declare April 26, 2014 "Rebuilding Together San Diego Day."

Despite the challenges of filming, Bork said, it was a fun event to show off.

"I just think it shows community service — people doing what they do best: to come and help somebody else," he said. "I think that's awesome. I wish there was more of that."

KPBS is a partner for "One Day In San Diego."

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