The Edit and Reflection on your ‘Documentary in a Day’

#6

Approaching people for an interview
We went out and found some people who were willing to do an interview, and asked them some simple questions about home. Some of  the interviewees were very happy to do it, but some of them not so much and felt a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. It was also hard to approach people as not everyone was willing to be interviewed. However, I found it a lot easier this time around as we had previously done this exercise before.

Setting up the light for an interview
We used two types of lights, the kino and LED lights. One as a fill light and the other as a key light. The fill light is used to separate the subject from the background. We have practiced how to set up the lighting equipments before, so on the day it was not a challenge for us. I really liked how the lighting turned out. It was very suitable for an interview and separated the subject from the background nicely.

Besides that, we also used a lapel mic instead of a boom that day. I think it was a good choice for when we did the interviews as it allowed us to record the interviewee’s voice very easily and clearly. It was also very easy to hide the tiny mic, and that the mic line could also be hidden under the clothes.

The interview is the hardest for me. Even though we wrote the questions a few days before the interview, having to ask others the questions were a big challenge for me because I found it hard to guide them to talk more about something that is personal, and in some cases, that could be something that they are not willing to share with people whom they do not know very well.

Edit

I always feel very happy and excited when it comes to editing the footage that we have shot.

For this project, I want to focus on interviewee’s answer about home. I made titles “what makes a place home for you” and “feelings about home” to bring focus on the interviewees’ answers.

There were also some challenges face when editing my project. The first is that we could hear other people’s voice in the interviews. There were also some ambient sound. When editing the project, I had to figure out what to do with those sound problems. I used the marker tool to tune down the other person’s voice and added some background music to make it less obvious. These are two ways that can be used to hide the ambient sound and other person’s voice. I also used the marker tool to tune up and tune down the background music, because I wanted the interviewees’ voice to remain the primary sound throughout. In order to do that, I needed to tune up the interviewees’ voice and tune down the background music in some cases.

I also purposefully added some gaps between the footage for a better transition. The gap creates silence and gives the audience some time to ponder on what was being said.

For video transitions, I used many effects on this project. By doing so, it creates a smoother transition between the different footages.

HOME from GUO on Vimeo.

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