Weeklyish update for "Introduction to Video Production"

At this very moment, I should be polishing up the script for my video project. I have run into some difficulties regarding that, but more on that later.

I have actually not posted lately, and thought I should run down some of the things I've learned in class, as well as talk about the actual shooting and interviewing.

I will start off with one very sound piece of advice: If you are taking a summer class, DO NOT MISS EVEN ONE DAY! I had to shoot a scene, use multiple angles, and matched cuts. I managed to not only totally miss the target on the gist of the homework, but also had to deal with over 80% of my clips out of focus. Not good. To prove it I will post the end result here in order to wallow in my shame.

I bring you: (WARNING: DO NOT WATCH. This is terrible, and technically awful.)

I promise anything forthcoming shall be exponentially better. How could it NOT be?

Our teacher, Hayot, has been training us on techniques for interviewing and shooting. Unfortunately, I did miss that class, and with it some real basic knowledge. For instance, in one of my interviews, there is a pole behind the interviewee for several minutes on screen. Though it doesn't totally destroy it the scene, it sure does detract from it. Luckily the content more than makes up for that mistake, in my humble opinion. My project involves two interviews (plus a little from the coach) of women involved in the Arkansas Rampage, a women's semi-professional football team that has fairly recently become active in the area. The women I interviewed, as well as everyone from the team, are really cool people with a drive and desire to play football. I got some really good soundbites, of which I am to distill 3-5 minutes worth of audio with which to play during the video clips.

I've managed to transcribe much of the interviews and label the clips, but ran into a little difficulty this weekend, as mentioned previously. I should have a script written. Hayot provided us with an example as well as a pdf that goes into some depth about the process. Both are extremely helpful, but the problem still existed. The only way to explain it is to show you a video documentation of the event. It was shot on my dslr, thus it is shaky, and the light isn't that great, but.....Well....you'll see....Made with Microsoft's movie maker....Not Final Cut Pro....Damnit.

So I was unable to get into the editing bay. I could not load up that damn sexy Final Cut Pro and start tickling the J, K or maybe the L key...I was unable to sit at the machines that I now desire. How could I go this long without becoming a mac user? Pride? Prejudice? A hatred for Steve Jobs? It is unclear. But now I seem to feel the need to own one. It's like I am sick, and only a mac will set me straight. I hate you, Steve Jobs.

I would have posted a sample of my interviews, but I have apparently run out of space on Vimeo. Or might as well have....I can only upload a file no more than 340 megabytes in size. Oh, the huge manatee.

On a side note, I got my first chance to actually be on the scene during an honest-to-Bob documentary shoot. I suppose I am a grip, technically...

Since they made me sign a non-disclosure agreement, I will lie and say it is a documentary about mullets and their legacy through the decades.

I wish I was working on my script.


  1. will wait for more ^^ keep it up

  2. I thought the car was going to hit the people crossing the street. Huh.


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