IDEA AND INSPIRATION
I’ve had this idea since the beginning of the semester. I decided to do an instruction type video on the basics of driving a manual transmission.
My video emphasizes the visual shots of my voiceover. So I didn’t have a lot of room to do any crazy edits with my shots. It focuses more on camera movement backing up what I’m explaining. I used B-roll of the road because I felt in that particular moment of me, there wasn’t a lot going on so it was an awkward shot of my legs not really doing anything.
That being said, I actually hate my rough draft. I had to get the footage during spring break and I made the mistake of shooting vertically in the beginning clips. I can’t fix this because I can’t go back home and reshoot. I also originally thought that the project was going to be 3-4 minutes instead of 1-2.
As a result, I’m left with footage that really isn’t compatible for a 1-2 minute project and the beginning is shot in a terrible vertical angle.
The excess footage I had caused me to have to edit out big chunks of my footage so I could basically get the bare minimum description I needed for each clip. I added tiny transition text slides to inform the audience I’m transitioning because I didn’t have enough time to use my actual footage to do so.
Most of the footage I had to shoot myself, which is why I didn’t think to shoot horizontally. I was distracted by having to use my other hand to go through the driving process.
The clips where I am driving were taken by my brother. I didn’t want to do anything dangerous while I was driving.
The mark in and mark out features in Premier Pro were my best friends. I used them to cut out unnecessary pauses and shorten my footage.
The biggest challenge I have is finding a way to fix the vertical clips. I could keep the audio, and then replace the footage with a slide of text. It would seem a lot like a PowerPoint slide, but I think it would be better than leaving the vertical shots. Also a benefit that could come from it is that it would help better explain all the information that I’m throwing at the audience. I would also be given more freedom with visual transitions so I could make it work.
SOURCES AND MATERIALS
Any footage that shows me driving was taken by my brother.