Running Time: 5 min, 33 sec
Geek of All Trades is a profile piece produced in June of 2007 at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. It was the first project for the digital film program, and was part of the "Documentary Camera and the Interview" module.
The crew consisted of 3 students including myself. We each took turns covering camera, sound, and lighting. Everything was shot on location in Brookline and Boston, MA over a period of 2 days using the Panasonic AG-DVX100 24p format. The edit was done using Final Cut Pro.
The original story line we planned to focus on was Carla's interest in Bollywood films. We chose this mainly because one of the students knew Carla and thought she was not your typical Bollywood fan. As a result, we shot a lot of footage discussing Indian cinema, how Carla's tastes developed over time, and her favorite films.
Once production was over, each student had to do their own edit. There was a lot of material to pull from (about 2 hours worth), but I didn't feel our original story idea offered much depth or arc to the character, so I started to explore other ideas. I kept going back to Carla's web site ( geekofalltrades.net ) to learn more about her, and it was her web site that got me thinking of exploring what "geek of all trades" meant to her. What I eventually came to find more interesting was the breadth of Carla's interests, as this seemed to offer a much richer and deeper character for viewers to get to know.
Editing the footage from this perspective proved to be a challenge since it was a bit of a departure from the interview questions we had focused on, but I managed to stitch something together. As many often say, the movie is made in the editing room.
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