My husband is an enormous fan of Casey Neistat. For those of you who have not been introduced, go meet him here. Given this insider information, I enlisted my husband's help for this week's assignment. If left to my own devices, my six year old would be filming me on my Nexus 5x, which means my raw footage would have been a close up of my chin or the top of my head. My husband would help to ensure that I had something worthy of all the work I have done here in this cohort.
I have long held that my husband and I would never work well together in a work kind of environment, but I was willing to sacrifice any sense of peace of hearth and home for an A in this class. I am just that dedicated.
I managed to wheedle my script down to 2 1/2 minutes. I am hoping to shave off more time in the post-production process, but I thought better more to work with than less. If I have too little, I don't want to have to go back and film more footage. My movers come on Thursday and I am in transition for the next ten days after that, so that wouldn't be pretty.
I waited for my husband to set the stage. May have been better not to wait for him. He is something of a micro manager, and he didn't really understand the elevator speech vision vs. Oscar worthy documentary. This took some time to work through. Once we settled that, we had to clean. The bookcase filled with serious tomes is covered in My Little Ponies, Legos, and Starbucks cups. That took some work to sweep away. Then, of course, the star had to get ready. By the time we were ready to film, it was 10.30 at night. Sigh.
My husband is the Stanley Kubrick of directors. I am the Stephen King of listeners. For those of you who don't know about the 36 year old feud that revolves around the classic film The Shining, learn about it. It is the stuff of legend. Needless to say, our visions still didn't align during production. We managed to work through our differences and he had some great suggestions. Per his advice, I used my computer as teleprompter and set that in front of the camera, so that my line of sight closely matches the camera lens. There are awkward moments in the raw footage where I stand up to scroll my teleprompter, but he says we will work that out in post-production.
I need to add B Roll Footage, Music, and Factoid Card.
I need to create my Factoid cards and choose the images for my B Roll footage.
I need to edit out all the awkward pauses in my 3 minutes of raw footage I collected.
Hopefully, I will have 90 seconds of something at the end of all of this.
P.S. My husband really insists that I mention that my footage was shot on a DSLR camera. I have no idea what that means, but it's a cool looking camera.