Final assignment: Make a short video (3-6 minutes) in any genre involving, loosely, the theme of light.
Makensie and I paired up again to work on this project. Our idea – a short film involving a chance meeting at a traffic light. Oh. At dawn. We somehow talked the wonderful and talented Chrissie Larkin and John Boynton into getting up before 6 am and meeting us in downtown Atlanta to do all our filming in a short 40 minute time slot. They were fantastic and shooting actually went over by about 40 minutes. Which is great that we got so much footage, but proved to be a nightmare in editing, since the light was changing so rapidly. We also added a bunch of timelapse videos we made of dawn, dusk and traffic lights. I really enjoyed shooting those, even though they also involved getting up pre-dawn, finding parking, spilling coffee multiple times all over myself, and setting up. Secretly, I loved it all.
I’m learning a lot. I’m learning my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. I’m learning that I have a LONG way to go as far as shooting goes. Everything I shot was either framed awkwardly or had too much shake. However, I LOVE editing. Not sure about Final Cut Pro X – it hasn’t been as user friendly as they”d like you to believe. And I’m still pretty much clueless about color correction. Aach!! But I love piecing together bits here and there to make a cohesive whole.
Final analysis: Many headaches and hurdles but definitely worth it.