Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My First Video Shoot

I am working on my last project for my integrated media and storytelling class, which is going to be an iMovie, with some added pictures and audio. Today I went and shot the video and pictures, and I just wanted to share a few of the things I learned along the way. I'll be posting the finished project once I get it all edited (I promised my subjects I'd put it up here) so stay tuned, but in the meantime:

  • It is harder than you'd think to make sure you aren't cutting off a subject's head in your shot
  • I drink too much coffee to hold a camera steady
  • Sometimes the B Roll contains the real gems
  • People are comfortable in a group, but get them alone and they can freeze up
  • Fluorescent lighting is no one's friend
  • A rolling desk chair can be a fun, and useful prop
  • I still hate how my voice sounds when it is being recorded
  • The smaller the camera, the less people realize you are shooting them
  • Sometimes getting the shot means getting down on the floor, or up on a table
  • I'm really tall, I'm really nice, I give good hugs, and I'm like totally old enough to have a husband by now. (My subjects might have been more interested in me than the science, but the interviews were great!)
Now here's a little hint about what shooting my last project entailed, and what my topic will be:

I love my blogging buddies!

5 comments:

  1. Ha ha. I can't wait to see the finished product! I'm working at an after school program at an elementary school these days and some of the stuff the kids say is just my favorite. I can't wait to see what magic you've captured on camera!

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  2. What kind of video camera do you use? I'm wondering if I should keep my older sony handycam around for future projects like this.

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  3. I was using the video function on my Canon Powershot, for a student's budget it does the job but I honestly am in the market for a new camera as well.

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