"Snowfall" is a short nature documentary Tim Hall, Adam McGill and I created for our 2nd year Media Major Project for University. The film explores the effects of heavy snowfall on the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park in Spring 2011.
We encountered a couple of problems in the making of the film, the major issue being that we had to change from our original subject idea of the positive ecological role of wolves in Yellowstones' ecosystem. We only had 10 days to film in the park and about 5 days in we hadn't gained enough footage of wolves to make a film focusing on them as the key subject.
But luckily we did manage to gain shots of a variety of wildlife in the park and heavy snowfall during our visit provided us with the opportunity of a new story to work with.
The problem was that we hadn't prepared for our original idea to fall through and hadn't planned any shot lists or story boards for our snowfall idea and this lack of preproduction shows through in the final film.
But living by and studying in the Lake District in England, travelling to the U.S.A as first time visitors to Yellowstone Park, we couldn't know exactly what to expect in creating a wildlife documentary there and I am pleased with what we did achieve.
Making this film was a fantastic opportunity and learning curve.
The film was shot on a Canon 7D. A first time for all of us in using this camera, the camera was new to the University available for student loan only a week or so before our departure to the U.S.A. The camera was literally brand new in its case and christened with its first use in Yellowstone!
I am very proud of the shots we gained and even though the structure is lacking as we had no preconceived shotlists or storyboard for the snowfall concept, I am proud of the postproduction which helped best assemble our shots to deliver the story.
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