How do you “write” a story with moving images?
Students of EN504 have been pondering this question with two guest lecturers who provided students with an inside-the-scenes look at creating video.
Erica Moura of the Boston Herald
On Thursday, July 3, Erica Moura, a multimedia reporter for the Boston Herald, explains how she films and tweets — all on the same assignment. She talked very specifically about the differences among writing a feature story, taking still photos for a feature story and shooting a video of a feature story. The class watched one of her videos, a short look at a recovering addict, which was both lively and moving. Video of her talk will be posted, pending permission, on this blog.
On Tuesday, July 8, Naomi Kooker, Regis College journalism instructor, delved into the challenge of creating a storyboard and organizing some of the elements — the introduction, the background, the narrative, the ending — and showed us raw footage of her interviews for a video production exploring the Regis Lay Apostolate, which was a pioneering postgraduate lay volunteer program that grew out of the heyday of Catholic Action and the lay apostolate. She demonstrated tips for interviewing subjects — such as positioning them a bit off center, avoiding back lighting, learning to stay silent while they speak (instead of the usual “uh huhs”) and asking leading questions that provide evocative answers. She also talked about the process of editing — she might talk to a person for several hours, but only a few minutes might get into the final cut.
Sisters of St. Joseph Lay Apostolate
Naomi had some followup suggestions:
Video editing: The basic rule is 10:1, basically 10 hours of editing to get 1 minute of video; but that can change. Most of our EN 504 students will NOT shoot 10 hours of film. But the ratio is interesting to note.
Here’s a helpful link from Naomi:
Naomi also writes, “I did use VoiceRecord, a free app to record the voice overs for the documentary… just be sure to be close to the mic on the iPad or use some kind of attachable mic…I think Media Technology has one! ”
Many thanks to both guest speakers.