Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Film Festival at Carson-Newman

Last night my documentary short, Building the Ferguson Family, was shown at the Mossy Creek Documentary Arts second annual festival, held on Carson-Newman's campus.

The response was great, and I got second place in the student film category.  The films were voted on by the professional filmmakers who brought their own films to be played, and I talked to one particular filmmaker after he and his producer showed their "work in progress" film and did a Q&A session, and he gave me some helpful advice, and we had a great conversation.  It's so nice to know that there are other people in the industry that want to do something powerful and meaningful with their work!  I feel energized by the conversation I had with him.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Updates on Projects

I have three works in progress right now:  a short church video, a documentary short on one family's experiences with international adoption, and a memorial video for families of 9-11-2001.

The Church Project
So I've run into quite a few bumps on the way with the church project, which is just a short PSA type project that focuses on the Wednesday night activities of Dandridge First United Methodist Church.  The main problem was that the media center at school sent me out with the wrong type of equipment, and I didn't quite know what I was supposed to be checking for, so it ended up being a huge misunderstanding on all ends.  But now I know what to look for when I check out camera equipment!

The project was filmed and photographed a week later than I'd anticipated because of the previously mentioned miscommunication, but it turned out well.  I've edited all of the footage, and all the project lacks is a musical score, which I'm working on--I may even ask my composer for the adoption doc if I can re-use a score for this project, too.

The Adoption Doc
The adoption documentary is due this week in my Advanced Production class.  My professor has extended the deadline from Friday to this coming Tuesday, but I'm going to shoot for Friday if at all possible.  I've already alerted the family that their copies will be to them by the hopeful date of next Wednesday.

A good friend (of both the family and me) agreed to create a few pieces of music to use as possible scores for the doc, and he gave the disc to me last night.  They sound GREAT!  I am so pleased with them, and he will be getting a big thank you in the end credits of the project.

I also have to clean up the audio for the film, because the interviews are of different quality, and together they sound drastically different.  So that will be the biggest challenge facing me as I go back into the editing studio this afternoon.  I'm hoping to spend at least three hours in there today, working on this particular project.

The 9-11 Memorial
My godmother has been a part of a support system for several families who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks.  This past year, because of the ten year anniversary, she wanted to do something special for the people she's befriended and helped in the past decade.  We started by getting photographs from across the country with a special flag--one where the stripes are made up of names of those lost in the attacks.  We received the photographs after 9-11, though, and had to scramble to get a video put together.  However, the software I was using was, admittedly, not of a very high caliber, and when it would not send or copy to a DVD, we realized we had to start over.

So now I'm taking the pictures and redoing the project in Adobe Premiere.  It's working out much better, although the project will be done later than we were hoping.  I am, however, hoping to get it done with early next week to get the DVDs off to her as soon as possible.  All I lack at this point is music, which I think I can either find royalty free music that will suffice, or get my musically talented friend to let me use another of his tracks.


So there are a few updates on how my projects are coming--slowly, but surely.  Remember to check back here if you are interested in seeing the finished works; if possible, I'm going to try to post them shortly after they're completed.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Church Project

This Wednesday I'm going to create the church project promoting my own church's Wednesday night program.

I have an appointment with our director of discipleship to have her read the narration for the project, and then I have spoken to the leaders of the small groups to take candid photographs of each group during their meetings.

I am also going to have to edit the project on Wednesday night, which will be interesting.  Hopefully it won't take too long, being only a short package.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Project Ideas

I am currently working on a couple projects, both of which are in various stages.

The first project is already in progress.  It is a documentary short about a family who has gone through two international adoptions.  I have already begun the filming process for this particular film, and it has already proven to be very rewarding.  With this project, I hope to accomplish several things:
  • Document the family's experiences so their children will have something to reflect on in the years to come
  • Create awareness of the international adoption process
  • Gain knowledge of filming with children and within interview settings
This project should be about 5-7 minutes in length, and I hope that I will be able to really capture the beautiful story of this family and that I will do that story justice through careful camera work and editing.  This project is also going to be submitted for a grade in my Advanced Production course and will also be submitted to a campus documentary arts festival.

The next project is in the planning stage.  This project is a public service announcement (PSA) of sorts.  The package will be made for my church as a source of advertisement to be placed on our church Facebook page as well as (hopefully) our church website.  With this project, I hope to do the following:
  • Learn to use photographs effectively as an addition to a narrative interview shot
  • Create awareness of Wednesday night worship opportunities to church members
This PSA project will be somewhere between 45-90 seconds.  This, like the first project, will be submitted for a grade in Advanced Production.

Well, those are the two main digital media projects I'm focusing on right now.  I'll update with any progresses I've made as things unfold.  Also, when I have finished projects, I'll post them here to display my work and get reader feedback.

Thanks for reading!