This week, we finished our min documentary. At first, this project was really stressing me out (it still kinda is), but now that I’ve gotten the interview part out of the way, the rest wasn’t so bad. I decided to interview Sivy. I met her through a friend on campus. Me and Sivy don’t have any classes together and just never really had the chance to meet outside of our mutual friend. Through the interview, I got to know more about her.
I interviewed her in her dorm, which doesn’t have the best quality because the air condition/heating unit is kind of loud and the lighting in the room isn’t great, so that’s one obstacle I had to overcome. Another difficulty that I didn’t think about before hand was how I was going to film it. I knew that I was going to use my iPad, but I had no plans for how to actually set it up. I ended up just holding it at the angle I wanted while me and Sivy sat across from each other. I went into the interview with pretty much nothing planned. I wanted it to feel like more of a conversation and not an interrogation, so I didn’t have any specific questions prepared. Luckily that wasn’t a problem. I ended up with almost an hour of footage! After recording, I edited the video on Splice. In hindsight I should’ve picked a better editing app because although I’ve been successful using Splice in the past, it can very glitchy. That was definitely the case for this project. The app crashed frequently and despite the autosave feature being extremely useful, it was still frustrating to have the app crash so many times in one sitting. It would also play the video back in a very choppy manner even though that’s not what it originally looked like. Anyways, I still continued to use Splice and edited the whole video in this app. It was pretty easy to cut the footage down to 2-3 minutes because I found that we talked about a lot of more personal things that didn’t fit the them of the documentary. I condensed it down to the parts where Sivy talks about being at KSU so far and hobbies that she enjoys. I also added music to the background on some parts of the video. I didn’t get any b-roll footage of her dorm, because I didn’t want to make her roommate uncomfortable, so instead I inserted a video from outside the dorms. I would’ve liked to add footage of the classrooms on campus as well, but I thought it would look weird without the students there so I opted to leave it out. The only other media I added was photos of Sivy’s art. Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. Some parts didn’t really match up with what I visualized, but since this was my first time doing video editing, I’m cutting myself some slack. Video editing isn’t my favorite, but I will say that it is really satisfying to watch it all together.