This assignment is the last of the semester and it was arguably the most difficult assignment we’ve had in this class. But difficult isn’t a bad thing! Many of the skills that were taught in previous assignments (rule of thirds, interviewing, editing, etc..) all came into play for this grand finale. We were required to create a 2-4 minute video project, where we needed to interview at least 2 people and have at least 5 seconds of ambient noise.
Taylor and I chose to do this project on Bright Agrotech. Although only 4 years old, this company is very successful and has a very inspiring and empowering message.
Taylor knew about Bright Agrotech and thought it would make a good story. And he was right! Although at first, I was confused about what the business was, I ended up being extremely impressed. Being at the greenhouse and having a visual of what Noah was talking about was helpful – I’m hoping the B-roll footage will be enough of a visual for viewers. Also, he mentioned there is a plant tower at Big Hollow Food Co-op downtown, so I stopped by and got some footage of their tower.
For Noah’s interview, Taylor and I set up the tripod and placed a chair in front of some plants so we would have a nice background. However, when Noah saw the chair, he said he would rather stand. The tripod wasn’t tall enough to film Noah (he is a very tall man and the tripod is only 4 feet tall). So Taylor held the camera steadily for over 5 minutes. I think it is very important that the person you are interviewing feels comfortable and I’m thankful Taylor had such a steady hold on the camera.
I really enjoyed going to the greenhouse and meeting Sam and Noah and learning about something so interesting! I did not enjoy the editing process. At all. Normally, I love to edit. However, I had major computer problems. My computer kept randomly shutting off and my editing program (Nero) was glitchy. When I played back what I had edited so far, the video was choppy and the audio wasn’t in sync with the video. I had to export the project 4 times so I could see the progress I had made and look to see what changes I needed to make. It took me 13 hours to edit, which seems far too long for a 4 minute video.
It was also challenging because I had to figure out how to condense so much information into 4 minutes. There was a lot that Noah and Sam spoke about that didn’t make it to the final cut. Deciding what parts of the interviews to keep and what parts to cut was difficult.
I would love to use video in my future career and I hope that whatever job I have will provide me with some good video equipment! I think working at a news station would be fun. Definitely behind the scenes stuff for me.
This was a fun project and a good way to end a great semester!