Behold, tis DONE!!!

It’s done! It’s finally done!

This took a lot less time than I thought to finish. I filmed all of my vox pop footage and edited it all into the project in one day. All of those interviews are at the beginning before the title shows up. I already got done with most of the editing in the previous weeks, but once I got those final interviews I decided to finish the rest of the edits all in one go. The result is what you see before you.

I am really happy with how this turned out. I probably mentioned this before, but I was working on this documentary at the same time as I was working on a short-film that I wrote, directed, produced, edited, and even animated. A lot of my time and energy was placed in that short-film and this documentary interchangeably. the fact that both videos turned out so well is a miracle, and I can’t be happier with them.

Hope you enjoy my video. Thanks for going on this journey with me.


So close to the End!!!

Last week, I got busy editing this video like mad! I got it to the point where I only really need to film one last thing, and then add music. The last hing that I need to film is the Vox Pop. Now, I already did film a few Vox Pops asking people what they thought of when someone mentioned the words “Cafe Rio” or “Taco Tuesday” to them, but when it came time to edit them into the documentary they were unusable. I used lav mics during the interview, and I guess they didn’t work very well because the audio turned out to be horrible. It might have been a blessing in disguise though, since most of the interviews turned out to be really awkward anyway. What did I learn from this? Use better audio equipment, and make sure that the people feel comfortable talking to you with a camera on.

Next time, I’ll be recording my audio on an H1 Zoom and  a boom mic.

As for how the documentary is doing in post, I think it’s doing pretty well. I got lots of footage the other week of the employees doing their thing, and the story is really starting to take shape. After the vox pop is done, all I’ll need is to find the right music, and I think we’ll be good to go.

Shoots and Edits, Edits and Shoots

The past few weeks have been really fast paced and really fun. I was able to get some B-roll footage of the restaurant interior as Taco Tuesday was happening. Unfortunately, it was a much less intense Taco Tuesday than what they are actually used to. We may have to come in next week as well for the crazier lines.

I got some real good work done in the editing room. I was able to cut the footage of the interview with Julia into a pretty good narrative, and have inserted some of the time-lapse footage that I’ve been working on for the past month or so. Up at the top of this post is the finished time-lapse. Hope you enjoy it.