Documentary in a Day-Call me Director

Making a documentary looks like so far away from me before I became a member of this class-Sound and Image.At the beginning,we got a theme named’HOME’ for our documentary.Beforehand,our group think about What will our documentary be about? We definitely consider that our documentary should be worthy of our audience’s time.Try instead to focus on the contents and the people appearance in the documentary. In simplest terms, try to film things that are interesting and to avoid things that are boring or ordinary.I think we chosen a worthy topic.Home not just one simple word for people,it also means a lot for each people ,and even included different deep meaning to people.So our groups figure out the contents with all of the passion.

After the first shoot,we realized that we got a lot of problems.Firstly,our prepared questions were not appropriate for the Interviewees,they could not get the point about most of the questions when they heard at the first time,and it wasted lots of time to explained the real meaning to the interviewees.

Secondly,it must be the audio.When an interview is shooting,the interviewee’s voice by the audio recording is the most important factor of the film.As I know,the producer would like to spend hours on set design and lighting,but they just use only a few minutes on audio. Without sound, I think it would have no film,all left with is a talking head that does not transmit any message to the viewer.There was a big problem about our first shoot,we set up our interview on the Bowen St..We originally thought there was more silent than the Swanston St.,but we did not notice  there was a kind of power station with low noise.Finally we just got a not clearly audio record that time.From this experience I learned that we should check all the details even conclude  the environment.

Thirdly,the question definitely is about the light.As you see the first picture,we filmed a girl in the bright room,and I really like the shadow on her left face and make her looks so confidence.

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As you see the second picture,we set up the light like we were in a dark room,and the light makes the curtain behind the interviewees looks like so strange ,and makes the atmosphere a little dramatic.

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As we see the third picture,we set up the light looks like she just in a very dark room ,and makes her back totally dark,it looks so different with the second one,but they were the same the light makes it totally different.

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I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen people with huge crews and massive lights spend hours lighting an interview that could have looked stronger by just working with the window light that was there.Sometimes, we just setup what we think we are supposed to for an interview. Or we feel bad if we don’t use our most expensive and coolest lights.Light is very important to the shooting.But, as with most experienced skills, if we grasp the basics before moving up, we can often do much more and gain much further.

As you see the following picture,we got the different frame,I guess we just used the different camera,and it has the different resolution,and we did not check this before we started to shoot,unfortunately.Next time,I will check this before.More practices can give more experiences anyway.

After that set up things,I started to edit with my clips we shoot.The big problem for me is the video’s length.I got almost one hour clips,and I must cut them into less than three minutes.So check the useful clips for the final video is a big work for me,I must check them seconds by seconds,thinking about the light,the audio,the frame,the content,the focus.I already can image that be a filmmaker the work would be a huge part for editing.But for me,it also be an interested part,I really like the wonderful clips we got,so I can see them hundreds of times without any complaint.Fortunately I got the perfect clips can use and totally connected with the content’Home’.

At the first,I added the title of the video,I used the title effects to make my title ‘HOME’ have the symmetric just make the word looks like on the water,then I added each question we have made some attention to people know about the content clearly.And I also used the colour grade to make my video looks like real film.The final step is add the music, it is easy for me, because I have done it before.

Here is my video,named ‘HOME’.

HOME COMPLETE ME from Ailee Ma on Vimeo.

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