Friday turned out to be a most fun-Friday indeed.
After a morning of cinematic inspiration from the talented video-maker, Drew Belz, each video team left the office to make their own production.
The WJI video projects loomed for two weeks as the inevitable climax of our brief WORLD experience. Some were excited for the chance to show off their video-making prowess, but for me, I just wanted to get out alive.
Faith (my partner) and I knew that we had a great subject for our video. Mark Zimmerman, the 25-year owner and operator of Tropical Gardens Mini Golf course, opened up his facility to all our video-making needs. We previously heard about him through a local business reporter, who told us about her experience writing the piece during class. We read the story and knew that he would make for an interesting video subject.
Mr. Belz gave us a morning crash course on all things video-making. He told us the 10 commandments of sound and video as well as other ticks of the trade for making good visual works. He instructed us to record the audio separately from the visuals. Which sounded very odd at first, but made a lot of sense when we arrived on scene.
Since neither one of us had any filming experience, doing it separate from the the recorded interview made for an easier day. Mr. Zimmerman is both fascinating and hospitable. He made our work easy by answering all our questions and allowing us free reign of the course. He gave us free beverages, allowed me to take a few puts on the course and also a few cuts in the batting cage. I fared poorly in the cages, but made a hole-in-one on my first put. Sadly my triumph did not make the final cut of our video.
We had such a good time on location shooting, we didn’t want to return to the office to edit our footage. But return we did and the editing lasted long into the night.
The editing was not as difficult as I suspected, but it was no breeze in the park either. I spent several hours cutting down the mass of audio we collected into a manageable size.
The major difficultly was not finding an interesting story from the audio we recorded, but rather which one to choose. Mr. Zimmerman has a fascinating life and he opened up about a lot of it. He told us about his highlights of owning a business for so long and also the low-lights. He spoke about his always growing family, leading to a scrolling of dozens of pictures on his phone. We had so much material and we only had a few minutes to convey it.
In the end we were very happy with the piece we created. Coming from our combined zero experience, we made something we could both be proud of. The best part of the day was not completing the project however. It was the opportunity to meet an interesting person and learn his story.
People are wonderful and it’s nice to shut up once in a while and listen to them.