First stage of filming done, now moving onto the next

Now that I have submitted the first draft of my project, I am extremely excited to continue on the process of continuing to develop my multimedia project and filming my mini documentary. During the first phase of filming, I was admittedly nervous. It has been a while since I have formally filmed content, and even when I have filmed in the past, I had very little experience and training in the process of filming and editing. During this upcoming stage, I am looking forward to being more confident behind the camera, and I hope to learn from the mistakes that I made in my first few filming sessions.

One of those mistakes is that I didn’t leave enough space between when I asked a question and when the interviewees started to answer. During the filming, I had asked my interview subjects to wait a couple of seconds before answering each question, but in many of the clips that I wanted to use, there isn’t enough space. In the scenes I am filming now, I am requesting that interviewees wait for a non-verbal signal from me before they start speaking. During one of my first three interviews, I was also having an issue with the sound. My lavalier kept picking up a weird buzzing sound, so I omitted it and filmed using the camera’s mic, so the sound isn’t as crisp as it is in some of the other scenes. After the fact, I realized that the sound it was picking up was an extremely loud refrigerator in the hallway of the building. In retrospect, I should have moved the scene to another location so I could still use the lavalier, and not have the buzzing sound included.

One Reply to “First stage of filming done, now moving onto the next”

  1. These are good lessons to learn – and with practice, your filming skills will improve. Eager to see the next draft of the story and your video!

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