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Old 05-11-2017, 03:23 PM   #16
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I never really had a bond with the subject before. The teacher just told me, "here is the person you are interviewing and here are the questions. You're shooting him in the next hour."

So I just met him that day and shot him right then and there.
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Learn the value of "special thanks to..." in your credits. Seriously.
Really makes you want to continue helping doesn't it?
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Really makes you want to continue helping doesn't it?


YESSS!! I have single handedly vanquished the beast



That's a reference to the sequel, obviously.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:32 PM   #19
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Okay thanks, for all the input. Sorry if I seem too stubborn, I was just worried that B-roll would come off as forced. The B-roll I have wasn't long enough for the whole clip, but I managed to stretch it out in slow motion, to make it long enough. Maybe that's not as awkward as not having enough B-roll to cover up the eye problem.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:11 PM   #20
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Just go to the subject and do a close up just of his eyes for 5 minutes. You can use it as part of your B roll. Professor could have purposely had subject look away to see how you would handle it.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:33 PM   #21
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Fear is the antithesis of creativity.

As long as you worry as much as you do, you will be unable to find creative solutions.

You logic makes no sense:
you worry the B-roll looks forced, so you stretched it across the whole video?
You are either describing what you did with irony or you have no idea what you are doing.

I hope you'll post the video.
And while you are at it: where can we see the documentary about you?
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:18 PM   #22
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Well the goal is to put B roll over the sections where his eyes are not looking at the camera, much and slow motion is the way to make it long enough to stretch over. I don't think it's good, but it solves the eye problem that the teacher had a problem with. Perhaps I could have broken it up into sections but didn't have time to do a better edit, before having to turn it in.

As for the documentary about me, the school has it and I'm not allowed to post it unfortunately.
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This gets stranger by the post.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:08 AM   #24
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Well the goal is to put B roll over the sections where his eyes are not looking at the camera, much and slow motion is the way to make it long enough to stretch over. I don't think it's good, but it solves the eye problem that the teacher had a problem with. Perhaps I could have broken it up into sections but didn't have time to do a better edit, before having to turn it in.

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I'm glad you didn't try to hide his eyes with a lense flare.....
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:19 AM   #25
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Did anyone ask how many points you would be docked? Like "You will get a 95, instead of 100 because you failed to control your subjects eyes!" You got dealt either a bad subject, or the professor made the subject look away to see if you could direct well. Since this seemed to be a prearranged interview, did you ever consider prof is pulling the strings behind the scenes? the guy did it worse the second time. Nice job directing him.

Turn it in and learn. And Walter was right. This is why the poetry assignment would have been a great learning experience (free film school). It was a B-roll project. You never could grasp (despite numerous attempts to explain it) that you were not shooting the poem, you were shooting B-roll to fit over the poem!

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I don't understand your instructors complaint. Documentaries are supposed to document reality. If your subject is bashful and introverted and will not make eye contact with the camera that is the reality of your subject. You should get points far being able to get your reluctant interviewee to talk at all. Would your instructor complain that a blind subject wouldn't make eye contact, or that a paraplegic can't stand up? Does he complain about the shot of the Hindenberg going down was taken from the wrong angle?




I once had a mentor who took the same sort of position on my interpretation of a song. He gave me a really hard time. I finally told him to go fornicate with himself, I liked the arrangement. He laughed. Guess what? THAT was the real lesson, to stick with MY vision.
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Old 05-14-2017, 03:27 AM   #27
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I once had a professor tell me that the camera was a paint brush and that I should get a better one for the documentary I was shooting. I just smiled and nodded. I kept using the same homesumer camcorder.

I didn't bother to tell him that the paint brush is only as good as its painter. Needless to say but I'm pretty sure I got the highest grade in that class haha.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:57 AM   #28
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Oh okay. Well my instincts tell me that he is not testing me, and he actually does want me to throw B roll over, or cover it up in some way, but that is just what my instincts tell me.
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Your instincts are really a great tool. Just like your assumptions...
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