The process of filming and producing my draft video brought about some very unique challenges, (as I’m sure it did for everyone else). I knew that any preparations or ideas I was considering would have to be completed within the guidelines of “social-distancing”. These limitations made for a challenging, but uniquely fun assignment.
With the objective of my course theme being centered around “art” and “non-profit”, it was an easy decision to focus my video around art. There were a few limitations in regards to selecting a story-format. Taking into consideration the social restrictions, I decided on a promotional/ inspirational format style. I wanted to produce something uplifting and optimistic that was focused around art, but that could be watched and enjoyed by anyone.
The basic storyline would open on the studio-art desk in my apartment, there would be shots of the “main character”, from the neck down, sitting at the desk and painting. The narration would start after a few seconds of the establishing shot and begin describing how “art” is a part of everything in our lives. The narration would continue throughout the entire video as a sort-of philosophical and poetic monologue. The video would then progress into a series of clips that represented memories and/or flashbacks. These would be sequenced in between shots of the main character sitting at the desk and making art. The video would change every few seconds in a montage-style that loosely correlates with the narration. At the end, the video would finish back at the original desk and then fade to credits.
I decided on this format for several reasons. I would avoid any copyright issues by using my own footage that I had personally shot, or that had been shot by a friend. I would be able to incorporate a wider range of video than what was available in my apartment. And I would be able to safely utilize multiple “sets” and “characters” without breaking any health-guidelines.

Once I had established a storyboard, and composed an audio-narrative, I collected the existing video footage I wanted to use. Next, I reached out to a few friends to get official copy-write permission for any clips that had not been filmed by me.
My next step was to create the “establishing shot” and main film set for the video. I made sure to use a phone-stand or stable surface to shoot from to reduce any movement in the video. I then shot the same scenes from various angles and used tips from the Week-11 Readings; “Basic Shooting Principles“.
Once I had collected all my raw video footage, I organized it into the project’s folder and imported it into Premier Pro. Using the techniques we learned in the tutorials, I was able to select specific clips to arrange, and customize them with the tools in “Effect-Controls”. For the establishing-shot I added a key frame to adjust the position & scale so the clip would slowly zoom inwards. For the last clip I added a “fade-to-black” so the ending would smoothly blend into the credits. I also chose certain video segments to add a “dissolve-film” effect so the transition would appear smoother.
For the Final Video Story I have a few additional ideas and effects that I would like to incorporate. However, I’m looking forward to the feedback and suggestions from my group members during the review.


4 thoughts on “Draft Video

  1. Hi, Valerie ann,
    You made it really hard for me to provide “constructive criticism” because your video is so good, and I feel that you hit every element that was discussed in the lesson for this video assignment. I really enjoyed how inspiring your video is! I particularly like the narration, it everything you say about your craft. I can tell you are a very artistic person, and that you are surrounded by art in your life.

    I really liked your transitions and the art effects you included in each one of them. With that said, I have a couple of suggestions for your consideration. These are things I would do, but not necessarily something you have to do.

    In the entrance, in second 9-10, when you say, “how you walk, what you wear, the way you laugh”, I would suggest matching your narration with the slides we’re seeing in the video. Especially when you say “the way you laugh” it’s like one or two seconds before the video where there’s someone laughing – I think this could make those statements a lot more powerful if they’re matched with images.

    I would also suggest, if possible, to add a music background to your video. Because of the nature of your topic, art – it would benefit from having a nice music background to give it more emotion. Overall though, I really enjoyed your video and as I said before, it was very inspiring. Congrats!

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  2. As the rubric indicates blog professionalism and style accounts for a portion of the overall assignment grade, I feel inclined to mention that there are a handful of grammatical errors that could easily be addressed prior to final submission of the blog post. For example, review your use of quotations and other punctuation to ensure it is used in appropriate circumstances and review your paragraph structure as you have some paragraphs separated by a space and others have no separation.

    This video was very well-done and looks very professional! The style, along with the various images, creates a sense of art that only magnifies the messaging that you are conveying with the narration.

    Some of the first few video slips after the establishing shot made me question if there is a connection with the larger theme of the video… specifically the video that looks to be a television interview and the people laughing. As the creator, you are probably able to easily identify the relationship, but from a viewer’s standpoint, those images do not portray a sense of art to me, which may or may not be okay with you.


  3. Valerie,
    I am truly a fan of the poetic monologue. Your imagery was vibrant and beautiful. I have to say my favorite part was the footage of the character typing the words of the narration. Very thoughtful and impressive. I enjoyed the various aspects of art that you touched on to let us all know that art surrounds us in our everyday lives, and we are artists ourselves even though we may not consider ourselves to be.

    I am finding it difficult to offer my critique on this project as I feel you have done extremely well. After watching the video multiple times to find something to critique I have come up with just a few comments worth mentioning. In the opening shot when you are filming your desk, I think it could be extended for a few seconds longer to build depth and anticipation of the story to come. In the final shot, again showing the image of the desk, it would be nice to have the shot shown for just a few moments longer so the viewer could reflect on the clip. Your video was very lovely and deserves more moments of stillness for the viewer to linger on the beauty.

    Wonderful job.

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  4. Out of all the amazing Adobe Creative Programs we learned this semester, I would have to say that Premier Pro was probably my favorite. The process of creating and producing a film has always inspired me, and I was excited to learn the complex process for myself. I had a lot of fun shooting footage for my draft video, and I was eager watch the videos that my group members created, as well as read their suggestions and feedback.
    The current pandemic certainly limited the possibilities to shoot footage in most public locations, but I was really impressed to see the clever ways in which people adapted and made the best of a bad situation.
    I always look forward to the feedback assignment in each unit. It gives me a new and different perspective on each project, and is incredibly useful. The suggestions regarding my draft video were thoughtful and well written. For example, one idea that I look forward to trying, was to add some subtle background music to help give the video more “emotion”. I hadn’t thought of also adding music along with the audio narration, but I think the right music track could be a great addition to the video.
    Another suggestion was to extend the length of the establishing shot and ending shot to help/encourage the viewer to reflect on what was being narrated during the video. I originally had made those two scenes longer, but during the draft editing process, I trimmed them down quite a bit. I think I’ll end up extending those shots, to try and establish a moment of “refection” like my group member suggested.
    In addition to all the great ideas from my group, I’ll also be recording a few extra “takes” of the audio narration. I think that slowing the audio down a little bit might fit the overall feeling that I’m trying to curate a little better.
    I’m excited to try-out and implement the great tips and suggestions from my group, and I look forward to seeing the final videos that they produce as well!


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