I am feeling accomplished and a little more comfortable with this whole multimedia feature assignment today. Much to my relief, I got a lot more done today than I anticipated.
I was on Istikal again today. I went to meet with my new subject for this feature piece; the pantomime. We interviewed for about and hour, which went really well. I got clarification on the interview from yesterday (which didn’t go as smoothly), my interpreter and I worked really well together, and I got most of my questions answered. I feel like I have a much better picture of this woman and what she does, which is important because I have to know exactly what I want to ask for my video interview tomorrow.
After the interview, she performed for about and hour. She did 3 routines and they were really amazing. I felt like I went from simply watching it to understanding it thanks to all the talking we had done. It’s really incredible to be able to see a person’s passion come to life right before your eyes. While she performed, I videoed it. It was really hard!!! She moved all over the place and so quickly that I felt frantic trying to keep up with her. After her first performance I made the decision to go with one angle at a time. So if I set up low, I would wait for her to come into frame and shoot until she moved out of frame and then set up from another angle and do it again. That worked out a lot better, except that I kept feeling like I was missing things. The important thing is that I should (hopefully) have some useable clips from all different vantage points. Also while I was videoing, I would switch to photographing intermittently and that, I felt, went really well.
This multimedia thing is a whole new world to me and I can’t really gauge how I am doing at it because I have no experience doing it. I find the video thing really intimidating. However, I am here and I have a great teacher, so I am going to take advantage of this opportunity. I hope to build on this experience and expand my talents beyond photography.
That is all for now. I have about a million hours of editing and transcribing to do.
Peace and Love.