After editing roughly 500 hours of footage, a local resident’s video has sparked a new sense of pride for Clinton County.
“I tried to get as much of the county as I could,” said Brett Rudduck of his “love letter and a counter to negative online comments about the area.”
The genesis of the video started three years ago. Rudduck had all the footage on his hard drive collected using his DJI Osmo drone, with one or two shots being done with a cell phone camera. Rudduck put it together with footage of notable county landmarks such as the Clinton County Court House,the Port William Dam, and Sugar Grove Cemetery.
When he recently uploaded the video his personal Facebook page he thought, “maybe my friends will like it.”
The video, posted on Sept. 20, has been shared by thousands of users. One of those users was Kristy Davis, a Blanchester native who moved to Texas in August 2018 to fulfill her dream of being a full-time photographer.
In her Facebook post — shared on her Shutter Lee Studios page — Davis said: “In case you guys are wondering where I’m from! I was born and raised in Ohio. … Texas has been wonderful and kind to me! I will always hold Ohio dear to my heart, but Texas sure has made it up to a close second! I was so excited when someone made this video about my sweet hometown. I just had to give you guys a visual of where I grew up and what it’s like in Ohio!”
Comments similar to that were Rudduck’s favorites to read, said the City of Wilmington Law Director, who resides here with his wife, Amanda, and his three children.
“When people who are, say, living in Wyoming and haven’t been home in 35 years, I think it has an impact on them,” he said. “I remember when I lived out of state for law school, seeing something from Wilmington … seeing something you’re familiar with that you haven’t seen in a while kind of struck home.”
There is one thing Rudduck wished he included — footage of the Sgt. Steven Conover Memorial Highway sign. The shot would’ve been right after the shots of the Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman memorial near Sabina.
“I felt sick when I uploaded it because I had left that out, even though it was supposed to be in there too,” he said.
While he knows that this video and the positive response won’t stop all negative commenters, it was more for the rest of the county.
“Five percent of Clinton County aren’t helping with anything. Then there’s 10 percent who are constantly complaining and harping. The video was for the other 85 percent,” he said. “This was for those who maybe don’t hear or see the positive stuff but know it’s there.”
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