Prompt- consider the skills and experiences i have develped during my time at WEstminster inside the Broadcasting curriculum and outside of it; identify three skills/abilities/ talents that i deem paramount for documentary producers and directors and how they should be assessed in my film.
Well, the three that I think i have really learned and grown into would interviewing, writing, and editing.
Let’s start with editing. I think, without a doubt, editing is my strong suit in the broadcasting field. I really do enjoy editing; putting all the pieces together to really tell the story.
with of course the help of a friend
I think people really enjoy some of the timelapses i put into the film and voice over work i think works very well. I only used audio and video from everything i shot down there, so i could not go back and add something with a voice over that would have been good to say, i must have had to say when i was down there, on camera. So that was a lot of fun using a limited source and having to have thought that all out while i was down there. I also think i did a good job of pacing the film with the editing and I do believe that it flows very nicely.
I also decided to go with very basic graphics for the movie because i want the footage i shot to do all the talking. I used a basic white Arial font with a light drop shadow and put a slight movement to all of the titles so that they appear to slowly drift across the screen when they fade in. I really like the way they look.
Secondly. Interviewing. Let’s start with this- I love my interviews. They are absolutely gorgeous. I think people are going to be blown away when they see them. I think. I hope. I believe they are framed up terrifically and the HD really comes into play with these. I love them. In case you did not figure that out.
Grab a kleenex for the tears of joy and then look at that scenery.
Lastly. Writing. The writing for this film came so naturally. Unlike the traditional news package that I have become used to making, Nat sound, and not interviews, really built the structure of the film.
Normally i would transcribe all of my interviews completely and then pick the soundbites I want. I like the metaphor of brick and mortar to describe this. I would use these soundbites as the brick, and then just use a simple Voice over (mortar) to fill in the gaps between bricks and transition between bites.
But in this film, i do nearly the opposite. For each day of footage, i looked at what the main event or story of the day was and then built that day around it. I used soundbites if i had them from teammates to describe the events of the day and then just simply showed what happened with Nat sound and visuals. And i think it turned out tremendously.
I think people will be very much impressed when they see this film. It’s 41 minutes long but i sincerely do not think it feels that long. It has a great flow and i would argue it feels like almost 25-30 minutes. I’m proud of the work I put into it, and even more so of the final result. It is a great showcase of my skills as a filmmaker.