Another Attempt at a Flexitarian Film

The farm feature that got snowed out. 

By: Christina Renninger

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Good news is, I was able to film my farm. Bad news is, Eugene got hit with a snow storm in the wake of my editing that ultimately closed campus down (including the equipment check out room).

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On Friday November 22nd, I shot my interview with Christine Deck, the owner of Deck Family Farm and filmed all of my b roll. I made sure to get a large variety of video shots, including different angles and also a lot of diverse nat sound audio. After spending just over 3 hours on the farm in Junction City, I was feeling pretty confident with my footage and audio. When I scheduled the interview, I jumped on the earliest date they could do it, which was the following day. I knew I wasn’t turning in my video until week 10, but I wanted to have it locked in, and film when the weather was clear. Very cold, but clear and as we all saw in my first attempt at video: “My Flexitarian Film Failure” I haven’t had the best luck with weather.

I saved my editing for week 9 and 10. And what I found out was that even with using a wind sock, my audio was a little damaged with gusts of wind. When I filmed, it happened to be a very windy day. I have used the DR-05s plenty of times, however, this was my first time using a mic with a wind sock. What I found was that it doesn’t seem to block out all of the wind. And also, a lot of my nat audio was overwhelmed with wind. So, I salvaged what I could and decided to do a voice over. However, the day I had set aside for the voice over recording was Friday, December 6th, when the snow hit and campus closed. I was also planning on renting a camera to get some more b roll. I envisioned getting some shots of Deck’s products in stores. So, with the unfortunate and unlucky events of the snow storm, I put together what I could.

Also, I would like to note that for some reason my audio can, for the most part, only be heard in the left speaker. I think this has something to do with the microphone placement when I did the interview. It was really close to her face and sometimes rubbed against it. Or maybe it was the settings on the Tascam. I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of that issue.

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I stitched together what I had and could use in Final Cut Pro and exported it. Click here to watch my second attempt at a flexitarian film. As you can see, without a voice over, a narrative arc that fills in the holes and leads from a beginning to end is kind of lost. Below I will attach links to watch and listen to raw footage that I didn’t use.


Raw Footage

Looks like this week I also got to experiment with Sound Cloud. I stitched together multiple sound bites from my interview, exported them in Final Cut and uploaded the mp3 file onto sound cloud. Click here to listen.

I also stitched together some raw footage of my b roll on the farm. Click here to watch it on YouTube.



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