I was grouped with Laura and Jaine for my last assignment. I couldn’t ask more with this group. We had a nice understanding since the beginning and we started brainstorming our heads for good interviewees. We all had nice ideas but we finally went for Laura’s person. We decided to take interview of Annabelle Lee. She is the producer at The Hui. It was amazing to have her as our interviewee. She was comfortable in front of the camera and very much cooperative. I was the director for this assignment. We, as a team, were great during our work. We discussed the questions before hand. Jaine was the reporter so we made sure she was okay with the questions and I was helping Laura with Camera work as well. Although we had our own duties for this assignment, it was good to see helping each other in their work. Our footage and interview place were good enough to lessen our editing pain. First, we decided the question and answer from the footage and then we edit step by step according to the requirement. I don’t think we had much trouble during this assignment but it was indeed a good experience. It was a good learning in terms of shooting and editing the story. When we edit the raw footage, we could actually see where we can improve next time. I like this particular assignment because of the editing work. It gave us the confidence to operate the Premiere Pro CC efficiently.
This time for the Vox Pop, my partner was River. We decided to ask a question about Auckland Future Party. It was quite challenging to have people talking about election and that to about Auckland Future Party as their policies were considerably unknown. Many people seemed to be reluctant for big camera set up. This time, I was the interviewer and River was filming the footage. In the beginning, we faced difficulties to convince people to answer but later, it was smooth. But it took us more than two hours. We traveled quite a bit which was also exhausting. I found students more cooperative than professionals. Students were in fact having some good information. The major problem I later found was in audio clips. With the microphone, the audio become quite noisy with environmental sounds. I tried to edit it with denoiser audio effect and also audacity but the noise apparently cannot be removed. There is also some issues with video frames. Overall, it is not the best work but I learned some additional editing techniques and also an experience for vox pop.
I come across a woman who is having 12 cats. She made me curious because I wanted to know how she was handling all financial costs of these cats and living her own life.
I gathered from the assignment that we need to be more specific when we do the video stories. It seems to be more complex in terms of structure because we have to deliver the angle of the story in just a few seconds and we have to be very specific.
The most challenging thing for me was to find a specific angle to deliver in 40 sec. After enough brain storming and with help of Jessica, we finally could make this story news worthy.
Also, the assignment was quite helpful to get myself familiar with the camera gears and also how to select frames and focus on the subject.
It helped me to understand editing software as well. Another thing, I liked about the assignment is that it would help me to visualise my future stories.
I am satisfied with my final video. Of course, we need to improve, but seeing the time frame and News Intensive schedule, I believe we manage to produce a fine video.