I had a goal in the last week to confirm my interviewees and locations , but I ran out of time between finishing another assessment, packing for moving, and helping on Lana’s shoot. I had managed to confirm Rebecca as an interviewee on Thursday and she said she would be able to get in contact with last year’s winner of the adult competition and encourage him to be an interviewee too. By the time I did have chance to organise locations, it was Sunday and I wouldn’t have been able to get in contact with businesses.
It is now Thursday and I have made some progress. I have confirmed my second interviewee – David Dudfield, the winner of last year’s adult Dan Davin Award.
I will be filming the interviews on Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30pm in Queen’s Park, providing the sun is out!
I have also talked to one of the ladies at the library and asked if I can borrow some of the books they have that Dan Davin wrote to include in my B-roll footage and she has given me permission for that. When I have confirmed locations and dates for the B-roll I only need to ring Cynthia and she will let me borrow them.
I’ve done a couple of storyboards for my B-roll so I could show Rebecca during our second meeting on the Tuesday just been. They aren’t anything special, just quick sketches to give an idea of what I’m thinking. The first is a person sitting at a desk writing, and the second is an over-the-shoulder shot of what the person is writing. I’m hoping to have some slider shots of this situation just to add some movement to the video. Watching what Corey was filming for Lana’s video (most of the B-roll being on a slider), gave me a really good idea of what I should be doing for my own video.
A really important piece of B-roll to include in the promo vid for Dan Davin is the Dan Davin bust which is at the Community Trust. Rebecca said that the Community Trust purchasing the bust from the Southland Museum was really where the Dan Davin Literary Foundation began, so including it in the video is quite important.
I will be going to the Community Trust tomorrow (Friday) to talk to the people there about filming the bust. Hopefully this will happen on the same day as the rest of my B-roll filming. I am hoping this will take place at the Civic so I am going to have a look around there tomorrow to see if there are any places there that will be suitable. If so, I have been told that I will have to film there either Monday or Tuesday as they have events on the weekend and Wednesday. As I have already confirmed to shoot interviews on Tuesday I will need to make arrangements to film on Monday.
Today’s class felt like it was full of good things. We had a chat over Skype with Richard Bell which I found really enjoyable. Being interested in music videos myself, it was really good to hear from someone who has been involved in making them since they were first taking off and becoming a viable industry. We then presented our progress so far on our promotional videos and were given tasks to complete for next week that will help us get our projects on a roll, such as confirming interviewees and writing a solid list of questions for each person. After that, we grabbed the light meters again to recap how they work and what their purpose is. I wouldn’t say I necessarily enjoyed this part of the class, but I certainly found it very useful and it helped to reaffirm the knowledge that I am gaining on the exposure aspects of a camera through the photography I do in my own time.
Having spoken with Rebecca who, if I remember correctly, is the chairperson of the Dan Davin Literary Foundation. She seemed very enthusiastic about the promotional video, which was really encouraging. She said she would be happy to be interviewed for the video and also said she would try to encourage last years winner of the adult award to be interviewed too. I now need to write a list of questions for the both of them and decided on locations and possible back up locations as I was hoping to film at least one of them in Queen’s Park. If the weather isn’t good for the day I plan to shoot (which will be between the 12th and 15th of August) then that obviously won’t happen. I am hopeful though, because on Lana’s shoot at the Boat Club yesterday it was meant to be a pretty dull and rainy day, but we had sun for most of it.
Rebecca suggested using some of the locations that Dan Davin wrote about in his books or maybe the house he grew up in. I drove past the house to have a quick look and it would certainly be a nice location, but Rebecca says she doesn’t know the new owners so I feel it wouldn’t quite be right to ask these people if I could film in their house.
Rebecca also mentioned that Dan Davin wrote about the Civic which was also one of the locations we discussed in class that would be possible to use. I definitely like the idea of using this. I will now need to get in contact with the people at the Civic so I can have a look around and hopefully book it so I can then get onto planning out the b-roll parts of the video.
Over the last two weeks we’ve been learning how to use DaVinci Resolve, an editing and colour grading system.
Compared to Premiere Pro, it’s quite confusing because it works very differently. The most obvious difference is probably the way Resolve creates layers. In the adobe programmes, the layer that appears on top of your list is the dominant layer, the visible layer, but in Resolve it works the other way around so that the layer at the bottom is the dominant one. So far I haven’t found this particular feature to be confusing. What I find most confusing and difficult to remember are the keystrokes and what they do. Thankfully we’re still being given tutorials and so reminded of these keystrokes and what they do, but sooner or later I’m going to be needing to use this programme by myself. Since Resolve is free to download I’m going to get it on my computer so I can use it at home in my own time.
This week we also gave a presentation to show what research we’ve done on our clients and the progress we’ve made on the project so far. I was expecting to be the only unorganised one who’d only just contacted my potential client and not heard anything from them, but I wasn’t. That was a bit of a relief to be honest.
I put as much information on my presentation as I could, but since I’ve not yet met with the Foundation it was difficult to things such as their promotional needs. When it came to talking about that I just made some assumptions from what I had read or seen on their website, and also mentioned the obvious reasons for promotion like gaining publicity.
I had planned to make a promotional video for one of the local churches, but I was told that a church wouldn’t quite fit for being a non-profit organisation. I was a bit put out about this as I had already been putting together a rough plan of what to have in the video and I really thought it would work out well.
Instead I had a look through the list of possible clients we were given whose details had been collected last year. There weren’t many organisations that stood out to me. I was really interested in approaching the Invercargill Public Art Gallery, but after looking on their website I discovered the art gallery is closed until further notice. Another organisation that caught my eye was the Dan Davin Literary Foundation. They work with New Zealand writers, supporting and promoting them. Having an interest in writing myself, I thought that it would be a good idea contact them and find out if they would be interested in working with me.
Since I had admittedly forgotten about this project during the week, I only sent the email on Saturday evening. Hopefully I’ll get a response in my favour soon.