So, two weeks and 17 interviews later, I’ve finally finished interviewing the staff at NEJ. Some people dropped out or didn’t sign up to begin with, which was something I hadn’t had real experience with before – people are nervous about getting in front of a camera. Having always done university projects with other media students who were pretty used to it, I underestimated The Fear of the Lens (cheesy horror movie anyone?).
This also affected people who had done the interviews – it was a challenge to get them feeling comfortable enough to give natural answers. There was a really magic moment when one of the guys, who was extremely nervous about being on camera, just for a moment forgot that he was and delivered one of the best lines of the week. That was a great feeling.
You’re very aware that these people are placing trust in you to show them in a good light, overcoming their own fears about being in front of the camera. It’s a humbling responsibility.
My ingest and file management has also greatly improved. Having never handled content on this scale before, I made sure to set out folders and a workflow for getting the footage ingested into Premiere.
The scale of this also meant I’ve had to transcribe all the interviews and do a paper edit prior to actual editing, a skill which I gained from my time with Atlas of the Future doing Meaning Conference transcribings. Quickly seeing the benefits of being able to go through and highlight the best parts and more easily visualise how they can fit together. It is melting my brain though.
And because I love a gif, here’s some of me setting up and then packing up in the workshop: