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Post-Production

LOGGING SHOTS: To log my shots I watched the full video capture twice, paying attention to how the thigns she said could be tied together and fit with a cohesive piece.  Then I found those pieces and put them together in a video to being my rough draft. This is really simple in iMovie 09 because you can drag things to the timeline without effecting the original capture.  Which means later I could still easily adjust and precision trim the clips i grabbed in the rough draft.

SCRIPTING AND EDITING: I made a short list on scratch paper of what would make sense in the video. I jotted this down as I watched the full length video and before I assembled the rough draft.

RESHOOTS: I have all the video footage I need. I think I will look for more stills to insert in the background.

REFLECTION: At this point I am satisfied with the material I have but want to put more work into the arrangement and editing.  I edited to tell three mini stories. I could also have just focused on Professor Sullivan’s life, but I wanted to convey a full story about SCM.

IMPROVISATION: I think my ideas are evolving and changing. At first I wanted things to be very clearly separated into the three categories, but as I went I realized I liked them overflowing a little bit.

REHEARSAL: I am satisfied with the organization of the words and stories told. The narrative seems to have good form.  I am definitely missing more interesting things to look at. I plan to add more layers of video. I like the audio as it is, spent a good deal of time this morning and last night making sure her voice carried properly thorugh the clips and that the transitions did not cut her off. I believe that I am communicating effectively to my audience but am very excited to share in class and see what others think.

GENERAL: I am really enjoying this class to evaluate and appreciate video.  I now watch ordinary TV and movies with a critical eye, trying to evaluate what makes it interesting. I pay attention to camera angles and framing.

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Progress Report

The video shooting went well. I enjoyed using the equipment and am pleased with the quality of footage and audio that I have.  I have organized the footage in iMovie 09 and assembled a 4 minute clip that contains the bare bones of the interview that I want to include in my finished project. Permission to post online is still pending.

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Content and Form

Well, as previously stated, things are quite up in the air right now. But alas, I got a response from another professor in the SCM program, she said she could do the interviw on Thursday if need be, but I should try simply calling Professor Palekar because he would most likely love to do it, but has trouble getting through all his emails.

The content of this video will be pretty strictly Supply Chain Management. But it will evaluate SCM in general, then Palekars experience with it, the uniqueness of U of I’s program, and finally the students of SCM on this campus.

The form will merge with this content as the content progresses from the general to the specifc.  Obviously the clips will include a lot of the Professor speaking and lots of other shots mixed in. In the beginning the shots will be very non-specific, just showing businesses and offices, and later as the discucssion turns toward SCM on our campus, the extra video will start to show things we recognize on campus.

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Production

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Yes, I believe Palekar will be excited to explain the basics of SCM and will enjoy telling tales of his students. I also hope that he will feel comfortable talking about his own achievements.

SHOT LIST: I would like lots of shots of the Professor teaching his students, I will use these mostly in the second half of the interview when he discusses the students. I also plan to have lots of footage of people moving around in the business buildings. If he discusses specific companies, I can find pictures of their headquarters or distribution centers.

COMPOSITION AND FORM: The media will consist of video, video interview, pictures, and time lapses.  They will over lap and layer to keep the video interesting. I will be sure to layer them effectively so that the audio and video complement each other.

REFLECTION: I am excited to talk to Professor Palekar about his life and his students. I am confident that he has enough interesting stories to discuss. Mostly I am nervous b/c I have not heard back from him and I would really like to get moving on this project.

IMPROVISATION: Well, I had a major alteration, of subject! I have also changed focus from talking about the sacrifices the subject makes to just looking at the good that the subject does. This will make the video a happy, go get’em video, rather than a sad, look how miserable video.  I decided to make this change after talking to the Red Cross PR people, they said that talking about the sacrifices might not shed the positive light that I want.

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Production

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Yes, I believe Sullivan will be happy to answer questions and will elaborate without needing much questioning. The one time I met she was an engaging speaker and would talk quite a bit.

SHOT LIST: I would like lots of shots of the Professor teaching his students, I will use these mostly in the second half of the interview when he discusses the students. I also plan to have lots of footage of people moving around in the business buildings. If he discusses specific companies, I can find pictures of their headquarters or distribution centers.

STYLE AND ELEMENTS: I am thinking about doing the interview in several locations. His office plain and simple, his office with view out the window, and back of a classroom.  Lighting should not be a problem b/c the building are very well lit with fluorescent lights. He has a West facing window, so I should plan to make the out the window video in the morning to avoid glare.

STORY BOARD: I made a storyboard using index cards to layout the general idea of how things would flow. While making the index cards I thought of my idea to change the location of the interview.  The audio track will stay pretty consistent with just Palekar’s voice, and very little or nothing else.  I don’t plan to use music at all, maybe some noises that go with the additional clips.

COMPOSITION AND FORM: The media will consist of video, video interview, pictures, and time lapses.  They will over lap and layer to keep the video interesting. I will be sure to layer them effectively so that the audio and video complement each other.

IN THE FIELD: For surprises, one was that the atrium of BIF was set up with dozens of round tables. This actually turned out to be nice because the Professor could sit at one table and have students studying in the background. Also, her office had a south facing window, which helped with lighting in the office. I was expecting to have issues with light because it was mid afternoon and the sun would not be coming in most windows.  I was pretty excited about all the shots.  Her office looked like an office that someone actually works in, rather then being cleaned up for the camera.  I was also happy with the angles I found in the classroom, I was concerned it would be difficult to get good positioning.

REFLECTION: I am excited to talk to Professor Palekar about his life and his students. I am confident that he has enough interesting stories to discuss. Mostly I am nervous b/c I have not heard back from him and I would really like to get moving on this project.

IMPROVISATION: Well, I had a major alteration, of subject! I have also changed focus from talking about the sacrifices the subject makes to just looking at the good that the subject does. This will make the video a happy, go get’em video, rather than a sad, look

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Ahh, Real Monsters!

That was a great Nickelodeon show. But the real scare is that the Red Cross backed out on me. They got nervous about stuff and now I’m not doing them for my project. That’s okay I guess, I was going to be sad that they didn’t want it online anyway, hopefully my next subject wont mind the project being on youtube.

So, I emailed Professor Palekar of the SCM program on Saturday. I haven’t heard back from. Although, I know he is a very busy person and the Universities email was down yesterday all day, he’s probably got email backed up and meetings and classes this morning.  I think I will go ahead and make my storyboard and production work assuming he will agree. If he doesn’t then I don’t know what I’ll do.

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More Pre-Production

Today in class we discussed ideas for the project more.  I want to make sure I pay really close attention to “layering” the video to make it engaging.

Basic story lines to run:

1. Interview with Red Cross worker about her story and beliefs

2. A drive being set-up and taken down

3. A donor giving blood

4. scenario of people needing blood, maybe just the sound effects

5. distribution center busy with things moving around

Over laying these parts abd playing them through together will help the video keep moving.

Uh, I was trying to write this during class and now i have to many thoughts to write. The next post will be about my storyboard.

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