OGDEN -- This time last year, Kera Williams spent a good part of a month carrying a camera while making her way around Antelope Island on a horse.
Her work came to fruition in DVD form, as the director and editor of "Bison Memories: The Antelope Island Roundup."
The video chronicles the annual roundup of the public bison herd on Antelope Island, conducted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and volunteers.
"Bison Memories" is one of four documentaries Williams has created for the Standard-Examiner since she started working for the newspaper about three-and-a-half years ago. When she started at the newspaper, she worked editing video and photographs, but soon found herself behind the camera.
"I studied photography, so I have a background in photography from school," Williams said, "but this was another outlet for creativity."
For the bison roundup, she visited Antelope Island two to three times a week for a month.
"It was a whole different world I guess you can say, on the island," Williams said.
The project took Williams out of her comfort zone, putting her in constant contact with one of America's largest wild animals.
"At first I was a little timid about the bison," Williams said. "You never know where things are going to go. I have to be focused on what I am videotaping and I have to be aware of my surroundings."
Bison, she said, can be really docile, but they can turn quickly and, shooting a documentary, she has to work with what the bison offer her.
"They weren't acting for me," Williams said. "We weren't setting up scenes."
To keep up with the animals and the people conducting the roundup, Williams had to learn to be comfortable on a horse, an activity she had only done once before starting the project.
By the end of the project, she said was riding alongside the bison, with her camera in tow.
"That's one thing I love about my job," Williams said, "I get to experience new things all of the time."
Making a documentary is not simply showing up somewhere with a camera.
The documentary involved a lot of planning and developing a close relationship with the Division of Wildlife Resources and the volunteers.
The bison video began with a basic concept and an outline with Standard-Examiner reporter Dan Weist.
The pair immediately identified who they should interview first, recording conversations with more people along the way.
After shooting the footage, Williams and Weist went to work developing an overall script. After completing the script, Weist recorded a voice over. With all of the video and audio done, Williams went to work editing.
"It's kind of like a puzzle you create," Williams said. "As I edit, I constantly change things. It kind of develops a life of its own."
Besides documentaries, Williams shoots and edits shorter videos that appear on the Standard-Examiner website.
"I enjoy it because it give us another resource to reach out to another generation, another audience, it shows we can do much more than just print," Williams said. "It just show that we are keeping up with the times."
Copies of the "Bison Memories" DVD are available through the Standard-Examiner.