STC Instructor Gets Documentary Published in Telfair Museum's Jepson Center
April 9, 2018 – Daniel Hancock believes that tourists visiting Savannah, Ga. are not getting the full experience of everything the historic city has to offer. Everyone goes to River Street, Forsyth Park, City Market, or even walks through the Historic District, but Hancock knows there is more to see off the beaten path.
Hancock has always been invested in history. It was always his favorite subject in his early schooling at Jeff Davis High School in Hazlehurst, Ga. and was one of the few subjects that kept his attention. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from Georgia Southern University. A requirement for post graduate degree was to either write a huge research paper or do a project. Rather than spend his post graduate years writing, he chose to create a documentary on the Bonaventure Cemetery.
"I wanted to show people how beautiful the cemetery actually is, as ironic as that sounds," Hancock said.
At an internship fair he pitched his idea to the Bonaventure Historical Society, (BHS) and after showing interest in his idea, they chose him to be their intern for the year.
The 17-minute documentary covers the origin of the cemetery and how it has evolved since its beginnings in 1762. Hancock estimated that he spent over 150 total hours on the project, which involved research, filming, writing, and editing. He started working on the project in August of 2015 and finished in April of 2016.
His graduate committee, which was comprised of three of his professors who judge the work to see if it was original, creditable, and relevant, found his work to be satisfactory, and signed off on the project, allowing him to earn his Master's degree. Hancock figured that was the end of it and gave it to the BHS for them to use.
However, a few months later, he received a call from his professor asking why he wasn't responding to emails from the Telfair Museum's Jepson Center. He was confused and began pouring through his emails to figure out what was going on. He eventually found the email in his spam folder, and immediately responded to the museum's request that they feature it in the exhibit.
The Telfair Museum in Savannah is the oldest museum of art in the South, having been completed in 1886, and is comprised of three buildings: the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center. Hancock said that having his work on display in the museum was incredible.
"I almost missed out on a huge opportunity because of my spam filter," Hancock said. "It's crazy how they liked it enough to reach out to me...that's the most mind-blowing part of the whole thing to me."
Despite his success in filmmaking, Hancock sees himself staying in teaching. He teaches U.S. History for STC, and says the students have been engaged in his classroom, and that the staff at STC has been very supportive in his two-year tenure at the school.
"Everyone is just so friendly," Hancock said. "If there ever is a problem, I'm never nervous to go ask because the staff is so nice and helpful."
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Daniel Hancock Gets Documentary Published in Telfair Museum's Jepson Center