Lighting and camera set up all ready for recording. This is one of eight locations.

Stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve been working on a video for work. With twelve days to complete the project, I recorded 19 to camera pieces in eight locations. To get a fair portion of the footage I spent 10 hours in the car driving a tad short of 500 miles in one weekend.

500 miles and 10 hours.

Back when I worked in multi-media production, if a project needed a video I had the staff to write the scripts and we’d use a director and full video crew. Post production was either in-house or taken to an outside edit suite. If all the staff were busy I’d sometimes write the scripts, direct any voiceover recording, and produce the offline edit. For this project there was no money (or time) for any of that; I was the producer, director, camera operator, lighting rigger, sound technician, production assistant, and editor.

Lighting and camera set up all ready for recording. This is one of eight locations.

The end result isn’t perfect; I should have insisted on some more concise deliveries and some more re-takes. But, the interviewees were nearly all volunteers giving up their personal time.

I wanted the final edit to be less than eight minutes. However, I was asked to include as much usable footage as I had. I decided to keep it below 15 minutes, anything more would have been too much.

The Video

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