In the spirit of Halloween, I got to attend a festive costume party with the Guide Dog puppies in training at the Avamere Rehab in Eugene. Avamere Rehab It is a nursing home that welcomes outside activities from groups like the Guide Dogs of Lane County to come and bring joy to the live in residents. The patients could play with the puppies and I loved watching how overjoyed they were to be with animals. Because of their proper Guide Dog training, the puppies were so well behaved and calm around the patients, so the patients were never frightened and always comfortable to pet the puppies and play with them.
It was a great experience to be participating in the activity and really be in the moment with my video subjects, but this made it very difficult to get accurate, different angled shots, both close up and wide shots. With this, I used a more portable tripod that was more moveable and this caused a huge issue for me…I wasn’t able to keep the camera as steady and focused. I think the content I grasped through the video is very decent, but as far as the quality of shots and being able to see the puppies because people were in the way – I had a hard time. Despite my struggles, I had so much fun filming and am so happy I got to videotape a group of dogs with a story that I can’t wait to share.
The best part? I got to play with the little pups when I was off the job.