I recently attended the 2013 JEA/NSPA National Convention held in Boston Massachusetts from November 13th to the 17th. Led by my Broadcast Technology teacher, Don Goble, four of my classmates and I had a great time at the convention. Before the convention began on Friday, we attended a workshop in which we learned advanced video techniques and were instructed to make a short film. We were given four hours to find and shoot a story revolving around the theme of "overcoming".
I had a great time working with my partner Austin Bliss, (you can check out his website here: http://austinfilms.weebly.com/ ) but we had major problems finding a story at first. Neither of us find it natural to talk to people we don't know, so it usually took a lot of time to build up the confidence to ask people for interviews. After two hours we were close to giving up, having already asked a salvation army volunteer, mall workers, and even another group for an interview, and being turned away each time. In our moment of despair I saw another conference attendee passing by and decided in that moment that we would interview him.
After I checked to see if it was alright to interview him, he said his name was Christian Hicks and that he was in a bit of a hurry to lunch. Austin and I quickly improvised and asked him purely food related questions, seeing as how the only b-roll we could likely get would be that of Christian in the food court he was headed to. Filmed and edited in about two and a half hours, our final product was met with jeering laughs and snickers when we debuted it to the other workshop attendees. Though it was technically adequate, I believe the primary fault was the uninspired, very focused take on Christian's search for lunch. To be honest, even though we had a pretty lame story, I was just happy to have finished the project in time. Thanks to Christian for the last minute interview and being willing to work with us.
Check it out.