Video Montage Production Notes:
First of all, I thank the Almighty that I had a production plan. This week was challenging and without that plan, I would have been surely lost. It kept me on track, as I ran around the club setting up shots, wrestling with equipment, learning new approaches, I kept referring back to that piece of paper and I was right in the fight again. It was also helpful because, it really helped getting everyone, managers and cast understand the goal and get behind the project. I emailed it out Monday to recruit voices and get necessary permissions. The pre production plan is critical if you actually need to get anything done.
So the rest of my week looked like this:
Monday – Handled logistics planning, recruited task, got support from management, scouted location and times for vocals. I did all my readings and took notes so they could soak into my brain during the week ahead. I knew that I had no time and had to be extremely efficient with the blog stuff.
Tuesday – Shot all day on the ORDRO on top of my regular work. It was a cloudy day so I took most of my outdoor shots that day. Also did most of the raw voice recordings. Realized my cheap tripod was total crap.
Wednesday – Finished up shooting and took time lapse of kitchen. I don’t know if you have ever tried setting up a tripod in a busy kitchen, but YOU CAN’T! So handheld was the best I could do and even then, when the Chefs see the IT guy show up with a camera, you get a lot of “OK Fellini” and “Ahah, now you really got us under surveillance..”
Thursday – Most of the day was spent creating the soundtrack, mixing vocals with music. Cleaning up and color correcting stills.
Friday – Post production begins, went through all my footage and selected the best clips saved to a directory called “Prime Cuts”. Resized, color corrected and stabilized some items.
Saturday – Post production continues. Wife mentions that I am starting to smell.
Sunday – Added foley sounds. Added title plate and credits. Rendered out final. Posted.
Many of the rooms were tough to shoot in due to the light. There was cool daylight mixed with incandescent light. Others were dark. The ORDRO AC3 was proficient in different shooting modes for daylight, indoors, tungsten. Surprisingly, The iPhoneX has a great camera and actually takes great 4K footage in a pinch. I had limited time so I could not shoot any scenes with members, I relied mostly on stills to tell that part of the story. I noticed that there is so much detail that is lost when you compress the film from 1920 to web but it also smooths out some of the quality and makes the whole piece more cohesive. This is a good first step toward a more finished video and will serve as a great “proof of concept” for management to pursue a longer video. It was fun to be creative, connect and collaborate with staff and am really appreciative of how people stepped up on such short notice. Malcolm’s voice was perfect for the intro and close. It was a great learning experience for me as I learn the craft.
Shawn is an Information Technology manager in Washington D.C. and a graduate student at Quinnipiac University pursuing his masters in Interactive Media and Communications.
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