The wireless mic has a receiver where I can plug my headphones into it in order to monitor the sound. It all sounded GREAT throughout the entire shoot. I was very happy with the quality. When we finished shooting, I realized I missed one simple step. I could hear the audio great through my headphones, but forgot to plug the actual receiver into the camera to allow it to capture. To say the least, it was a dumb mistake, but a HUGE learning experience for me today! It is probably for the best that this happened because I want to get all of the little kinks and mistakes out before I am out in Montana with much more important interviews that we CANNOT redo. Joe and I will be able to reshoot the Kickstarter video on Monday before he leaves, which will be fine. It seems that each time we shoot, the composition of the frame gets better, the sound improves and the delivery of his lines becomes more condensed, clean and well expressed. We will have a good video for Kickstarter video put together soon and it will be worth all of our trouble. Joe and I have both learned a great deal during this process. We look at it like this... with all this practice, I am only preparing him for the bigger, more important interviews in Montana!
Tonight, my instructor, a classmate and I all worked out a few trials with the Sennheiser wireless mic hooked up to my camera. We wanted to make sure we understood each setting so we don't run into issues in the future. The camera I have is not meant to have external audio attached to it so a lot of trial and error is needed to make sure it works!
Also tonight, we discussed more about my story. The biggest issue I have had so far with my story is how to tell one year of one person's life in a short, 20 minute film. Its pretty difficult. I have to make sure that each scene/event in the story has true purpose and just like any classic narrative story it needs to lead the viewer from the beginning, to a climax and eventually a resolution. I am trying to find out the best place to put the climax of my story. My instructor gave me some very good advice tonight. He said, I will know where to put my turning point if I first figure out what my story is ultimately about. For example, if my story centers around his recovery and overcoming adversity than the turning point needs to be earlier on (say, maybe halfway through) The turning point would be where Joe flips a switch after viewing an inspiring documentary and starts to work towards his independence. He starts to work towards adapting all of his hobbies so he can enjoy them again. In order to give him time to build up to his independence and train for hand cycling (his first adapted hobby) we need to start seeing that early on so the viewer can feel how hard he is working. Another way I could approach it is by having him struggle, struggle, struggle throughout the beginning part of his recovery and have the turning point be really late in the film. That way we will be happy when he finally is able to get a grasp on his injuries and learn what he needs to do in order to become independent. I'm not really sure where I am going to take it yet, but this weekend I am going to spend A LOT of time fleshing it out. For the next class I have to have at least two scenes written out completely WITH dialogue.
Montana update!: Joe and Amy are leaving for Montana on Tuesday morning. I am still planning on going, but still need to find an assistant to bring with me. My good friend, Devin is most likely going to be joining me, which would be amazing and a tremendous help! I trust that Devin would be a great addition to the trip because it would be nice to have another creative eye out there! He has had two trips to New Orleans for documentaries so I am confident he knows how to work with limited gear and quick setups. I hope that he will be able to join me. We may be driving... we may be flying... either way, its going to be an incredible experience once we get out there! So excited to have footage from Montana in my film. It will add a lot to the flashbacks and the conclusion/resolution of my film!
Thats enough for now. More to come after my long weekend of script development.