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.

First Interview… DONE


This week, I was able to record my first interview with Julie. Up above is one still from the footage we got. My friend Tom came along with me and we brought along two cameras: an XA10 and a T3i, a Lavaliere Mic, and a Boom Mic (just in case). We performed the interview at her apartment complex in the lobby since she felt that her apartment would be too small for it to happen there.

The interview went really well. It was very laid back, and she didn’t seem nervous at all to talk to me. We’ve known each other for a while, and so our interview didn’t feel so much like an interview as much as it did a conversation. There just happened to be cameras on.

Her interview will be the main story telling aspect of the documentary. I’ll be transcribing the interview later during the next week, and we’ll have most of the B-roll ready to go soon as well.

Also, as a quick side note, I got back with Cafe Rio and they told me that they had no problem with me filming them work from the dining area but they didn’t want me to go into the kitchens at all. All filming will have to be done on the customer’s side of the counter.

Setting up the Interview, and filming B-roll


There was a lot of things that I’ve been able to accomplish for this documentary. First off, I was able to land an interview with one of my friends from my old singles ward who just so happens to work at the Cafe Rio that I’m hoping to base my video on. Her name is Julie, and we are going to try and have the interview this upcoming Thursday. Wish me luck with that!

Also, for the past few weeks, I’ve been able to gather a bunch of footage of the students of BYU-Idaho bursting out of the I-center. There have been great opportunities to do so, especially with so many people going to devotional lately for Elder Oaks. Hopefully we’ll get some more great footage this next time when Elder Anderson comes.

I’ll let you know how it goes when the interview happens. Catch you guys later.

Filming two videos at a time.


Filming this documentary is going to be a tough one for me, since I will be filming and editing this project at the same time as my Senior Project video. That means I’m filming both a short film and the Café Rio documentary back to back. That being said I’m chomping at the bit to get this started.

Right after a successful shoot with my Senior Project Crew, I stopped by both the Northpoint apartments (although, I think I’ll have to meet up with them earlier and on a weekday), and I met with the manager of the Northpoint Café Rio. We swapped information with each other, and she said that she’ll check with corporate to see if it’ll be okay to include Café Rio in a documentary. Later on, I hope to get in contact with one of the employees who works there on Tuesdays to use as the subject of documentary. I think that following around an employee, observing them in their normal day (not only in the restaurant) would help the audience latch onto the story of the video pretty well. I’ll continue the hunt.

I’m filming a Documentary


This semester at BYU-Idaho, I will be creating an 8 minute documentary, and it will be about the Café Rio restaurant that is located right next to the BYU-Idaho stadium. I’ve noticed that ever since the store opened up here, that every Tuesday, they are slammed with customers from campus around 2:55pm, which is right after devotional ends. I’m going to try to interview both employees and managers of this restaurant to see how they handle this weekly onslaught, and will try to capture the feelings they have as the customers come pouring in.

I was told that if this documentary turns out to be good enough, they may have some room to put this on TV! That alone gets me excited for this project, not to mention all of the awesome sequences that have already in mind for shooting!