I was given a brief to edit a mashup of judge comments for So You Think You Can Dance 2010. A little like the edits that Casetteboy produces:
I love Casetteboy’s stuff and was so excited to see him in the BBC talking about winning The Virtual Revolution.
After a mammoth digitising session I was able to move on to subclipping the judges comments.
Whilst subclipping, I used what the various judges said to name each clip. This meant that I could print out the bin and piece together sentences like a giant word jigsaw puzzle.
With a little help from Post-It notes, I was able to clearly see each sentence.
To give the edit a twist, I then replaced the actual footage with key words that each judge said.
It was an interesting way of working as it meant I could practice my title tool and keyframing.
The mashup edit will be available on Monday for everyone to watch.
I hope you enjoy!
As ever, these are my own opinions and views and not those of my employer.
It’s been almost a week since my last post and I apologise for that. With a weekend shoot, a birthday and an illness to contend with, my blog unfortunately took a back seat.
Shame on me!
Where was I up to….
Ah yes, the shoot with Tommy and Lizzie from SYTYCD went really well and ran smoothly; in and out in 20 minutes.
Both Tommy and Lizzie were lovely and really helpful. They had clearly been filmed a lot in recent weeks, as they didn’t have to be told twice about putting a question in the answer.
I did have to ask Tommy to repeat one question, as I realised I hadn’t framed the DG logo out correctly. He was fine to do that and it meant I didn’t have to spend hours blurring it out in post production.
I shot it on Z1 and used dedo for catching the interesting brickwork in the background. The actual room was well lit with natural light because it had large windows.
I sat the two interviewees facing slightly away from the windows so they were softly lit.
Once the interviews were done, I went back to the office and edited the footage together using AVID. By the end of the day the interviews were ready to be viewed online.
It was an interesting difference to the day I was about to have, filming for Dragons’ Den Online using a DSR 450 camera.
Ahh back to the big boys! How I’ve missed those cameras…
Posted in Editorial Guidelines, Shoots, Technical Skills
Tagged AVID, dedo, DG logo, Dragons' Den Online, interviews, Lizzie, So You Think You Can Dance, SYTYCD, Tommy, tripod, Z1
I’m just putting the finishing touches to the paperwork for today’s filming.
The Call Sheet is nearly complete thanks to the help from my Production Co Ordinator (who, in other news, has recently been made Production Manager so well done her!).
The Risk Assessment has been signed off and we have been given clearance from the location. Contracts were sent back and fourth and an agreement was finally reached.
I have the equipment all ready; a Z1 camera, Sony clip mic and a tripod. I’m also going to take Dedo lighting with blue gels just in case the light in the room isn’t the best. It looks to be a bright day down in London though so hopefully I won’t need the lights.
I am taking blue gels in case I need to use the dedo’s with natural light streaming through the windows.
Balancing of light temperature is something I learnt on a shoot I did 2 years ago as part of BBC Aspirations. I think, because it was something I figured out myself, it increased my confidence with lighting.
I think the key thing is to play around with different scenarios if you have chance. You learn so much by having a practical go of filming.
Anyway, I’ll continue my printing and will blog about the shoot soon.
Posted in Pre Production, Shoots, Technical Skills
Tagged call sheet, clip mic, dedo, lighting, risk assessment, sony, SYTYCD, tripod, Z1
Editing for any website, at times, can be a difficult thing. You have to manage a polished sequence with half the resources (if not less) of a linear team and much, much less time.
This week was a good example of this and for those of you that read my other Blog entries, you’ll know the fun it brought.
A video to accompany the adventure is now available*
*Please read in an advertising VO style for this to have full impact.
Next Shoot… looks like I shall be interviewing two contestants from SYTYCD if the contract with the location all goes according to plan.
At the moment they want a deposit up front and we don’t usually work that way round.
The two people I am interviewing only have an hour to film with and there’s no point in dragging them across London for such a short time. Also they are rehearsing all so it’ll just needlessly tire them out.
Hopefully it will get sorted tomorrow and I shall be able to get these interviews. Otherwise I may have to wait until next week.
The Risk Assessment was signed off today for the shoot which is good.
Meanwhile I am going to collect the kit tomorrow so I can check through it before I head to location and it’s back to the editing station so I can complete the judge comment mash-up.
And in unrelated and boring news, I also have to pay my council tax first thing tomorrow morning woohoo!
Posted in Editorial Guidelines, Post Production, Shoots
Tagged contracts, council tax, filming, interviewing, mash-up, risk assessment, shooting, So You Think You Can Dance, SYTYCD, Voice Over
Victory is mine!
Today I finally completed the 60 Second Recap, got it signed off and finally published. Who said that persistance and pestering piss people off? They get the job done and that’s the important thing!
Also, the collection of words give great alliteration.
OK, so now for a bit of geek. Please scroll down to the next piece of text in bold if you don’t fancy the following…
I think the Firewire connection has been damaged somehow on the J-30 at work.
It means I have to be a little crafty and wire the Digi deck to the DVCam deck with a Composite Video A/V Lead so that I can connect the DVCam deck to my laptop and use this to digitise.
Great news regarding a short term fix for digitising.
Bad news because it means I don’t get the correct timecode and have consequently found it quite difficult when syncing the multicamera footage for the Learn to Dance tutorials.
It usually means I have to find a piece of obvious audio wave that is visually noticable, so that I can use as a point to mark. Then, because I use AVID, I can go to Bin > Group Clips > choose inpoints to sync the camera angles.
It’s fidley but not the worst thing that could happen.
Ok, geeky moment over.
I’m now on to organising a shoot for Friday afternoon with Lizzie and Tommy from this years SYTYCD. I’m interviewing them about their experiences during the series and will hopefully be eiditing this on Friday afternoon ready to publish ASAP.
Although the ASAP may have to be AS(as I can do it) as I’m back up to Manchester this weekend for other filming on Saturday.
Have you figured out what it is yet? I promise I’ll let you know in due course.
There may even be pictures!
Answers on a postcard… or alternatively you can tweet me your suggestions.
Posted in Post Production, Shoots, Technical Skills
Tagged A/V Lead, AVID, Digi, DVCam, J30, Learn to Dance, Lizzie, Manchester, Multicamera, So You Think You Can Dance, SYTYCD, Tommy