I filmed this back in October for Ball State University's Indiana Outdoors show. As the producer for this documentary, I oversaw a team of five students; this involved tasks such as organizing the day's shoot, conducting the interviews, keeping track of equipment, teaching the new film students how to use equipment, approving the videography, and procuring permission forms from dozens of participants.
I love being a producer. I am very organized and energetic. I work well under the pressure of an on-location film shoot. I love finding solutions to problems; when a team member has a question and I can help them learn something - its the best feeling in the world. I am definitely a "people person;" I know how to communicate with my team members, and I find collaboration very fulfilling. I got such an adrenaline rush from this shoot, as I always do when filming. We spent most of the day getting B-roll and interviews. Luckily it was nice weather, though the light was constantly changing because of the clouds moving in front of the sun, and every few minutes we had to adjust the camera settings to compensate.
Our organization wanted us to have permission forms for all the children there, which was probably our biggest challenge. The Haunted Forest was very busy for Children's Day, so we were constantly asking parents to sign permission forms for their children to be on camera. Then we took photos of the children we had permission forms for, that way we could match up the pictures to the footage when editing to be sure we didn't show the faces of any kids without permission forms. It was extremely hectic, and for one of my team members, a freshman, this was her first shoot. She was very nervous about approaching people and asking for signatures. I walked her through it a couple times, had her come with me as I talked with parents, then set her loose to get more signatures by herself. It was so rewarding to watch her shyness turn into proud confidence as she successfully interacted with the participants. By the end of the shoot, she was so excited about filmmaking, and convinced that making documentaries was her dream job.
Indiana Outdoors recently finished this final edit and uploaded it to their youtube channel. I am happy to finally be able to share it on my blog. For more on Indiana Outdoors, you can visit our website, indianaoutdoorsbsu.weebly.com/
I hope that this video will air on PBS sometime during the next school year - keep your fingers crossed!
This documentary is 3 months of study abroad condensed into 9 minutes. I collected footage while in England, which was fun, but turned out to be a lot tougher than I'd anticipated for several reasons. I only had my little Nikon Coolpix L120 (basically a higher end point-and-shoot camera) with me. The resulting footage isn't exactly HD quality, and its very difficult to get it to focus correctly while recording. I had limited access to a nice Canon DSLR through the college I attended in London, but I'm happy with the shots I got with that camera. Unfortunately I only ended up being able to use the Canon a couple times - when I visited Rochester Castle for example.
I also didn't have a tripod or mic, and was usually rushed during filming. Not all the students liked being on camera, so I struggled to get footage of everyone looking like they were happy and enjoying themselves. But even with all of that, I still managed to edit together something that I'm quite proud of. At the very least, it allows me and my fellow students and professors a great way to look back on this past semester. Not only can I use this to share what I did with my friends and family, I am also getting credit for it in a class.
I also overestimated the amount of free time I would have to edit the footage while in London. Originally, I'd plan to do a series of video blogs - releasing one every few weeks while I was over there. But with the workload from my classes I ended up editing only one other vlog while abroad. I asked professors for an extension over the summer to finish the editing, so that I didn't have to spend all my time editing while in London. This allowed me to do fun things like my homework and sleeping instead.
It took me about a week to edit this together. The music is all from Nerdfighter artists, used with permission by DFTBA.com. Enjoy!