For the past two weeks, Laura and I have been working on editing and fine-tuning our documentary on the IPRC. Last friday, we had our first rough cut presentations in front of Phil and our peers. In response to the comments, we’ve been working on strengthening the narrative of our doc, in addition to emphasizing focus on our b-roll footage of the space/equipment.
Yesterday we met with local filmmaker David Bryant who was extremely helpful, especially with getting our doc to flow more smoothly. After meeting with David (and also adding some rad music), we feel a whole lot better about the state of our film.
I am reporting as if it is Tuesday, July 16th.
Today we met up for day two at Portland Community Media in NE Portland where we began to learn the audio techniques behind the fancy JVC 100 video cameras we have started to use. We specifically experimented with three types of microphones, the handheld condenser mic, the ultra-sneaky mic that I can’t remember the name of, and the boom mic. I really enjoyed learning the audio aspect of video, especially because I’ve never used a boom mic (or dead cat mic) before. Let me just say: it’s a good thing I don’t have to bike with all this equipment.
Next we met up at our usual space at PSU where we talked with Josh Kletzkin about pre-production and our video documentaries. He seemed to have lots of experience in the field and was a great resource to begin brainstorming how to approach our first days out in the land of video.
Next: collect some b-roll.
Today (and by today, I mean Friday the 5th), the seven of us summer kids met up at the KBOO community radio station in Inner SE Portland. Here, KBOO’s program director, Erin Yanke, kindly and enthusiastically introduced us to some basic radio technique through a four-hour workshop on digital editing. Put a bit differently, we got to hang out in a rad production room and mess around with big cushy microphones, radio switchboards, and adobe audition. By the end of the session, we had produced two promos (one of which prompted us to explore theremin youtube videos) and both of which cannot be heard below due to issues with file size.
Later in the day, we met up with Phil at Grendel’s coffee house just across the street on E Burnside where we shared our audio postcards again. I really enjoyed hearing all the pieces despite the fact that they made me miss Mount Hood and camp. Listening to each other’s work made clear just how different and personalized our styles are (and also how lovely everyone’s voice is). I’m looking forward to seeing how our differences will pan out for the audio documentaries we will be putting together this upcoming week.
In the evening, four of us went to see A Band Called Death at the Hollywood Theater in NE Portland. Apparently, punk rock (like techno, supposedly) was started in Detroit. In this case, three young brothers uninterested in the popular music scene of the 1970s (dominated by Motown) began to play loud, fast-paced rock in an upstairs room of their house. The story of Death’s discovery and subsequent success after more than 35 years of having disbanded is pretty incredible. I recommend this documentary highly, especially to anybody who loves music.
Next week, I get to hang out at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls with Ann to collect interviews and other interesting sound bits for our audio documentary. Exciting!