Today I get the chance to tell a brave soul’s story. A story that is hard to hear about, but needs to be told. I will be working on a mini-documentary and will explore the wonders a nonprofit organization is having here in Fresno. It is important to me to get these stories out, so that people can help and people can be aware of what is going on locally. Nonprofits are great organizations that do not get much recognition for the work they do. My hope is after I capture this story and present it to you, that this organization will be on its way to becoming recognized more for it kind acts.
I have already scouted the location, so I know where I will be shooting. My plans to interview the subjects are already put in place. Shooting the broll will be somewhat difficult since I will be shooting it before the interviews. Interviews are usually shot first so that you can use what the interviewee says as a script. From that script you have a better understanding of what needs to be shot for video. However, this is a special circumstance where I will be shooting broll first. Because I have met with the CEO of the organization, I have a pretty good understanding what will be said during the interviews which will allow me a better understanding of what needs to be captured by video.
This is the first time I have created a look for a project. By look I mean a color grade, an emotional landscape that will help convey the message of the mini-documentary. I plan on finishing this project by Saturday. I am off from my full-time job, but love storytelling so much I can’t keep my hands away from the camera, especially when I can help an organization get their word out.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.