This video was commissioned by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and is the story of a group of Aboriginal Youth Interns and their work in community planning in Guyana.
The project was commissioned when the interns had just one week left in Guyana, so shooting was very tight since the locations of the two areas where the interns were based was a considerable distance into the hinterland of Guyana. Because of the limited time, what we shot was heavily supplemented by still photos that the interns took in the four month tenure in Guyana.
Our team was small - a total of three persons: Jonathan Beepat, Tenisha Harding and myself - and only two persons were able to go to each location. In Morouca, myself and Jonathan and in Mabaruma, myself and Tenisha.
Travel to these interior locations was difficult and saw us travelling in small single engine planes, wooden motor boats and walking where necessary. Needless to say, with the difficult travel arrangements, kit was minimal. We used a pair of cameras; a Canon 7D and a Canon 60D, a few lenses (Canon 24mm - 105mm f/4, Canon 18mm - 135mm f/3.5 - 5.6, Canon 55mm - 250mm f/5.6, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4), a Zoom H4N sound recorder, a pair of microphones (a shotgun and a lavalier), some LED lights, lighting stands and tripods.
I did the edit in Adobe Premier CS5 and that took about two weeks, including time needed to make some minimal changes as requested by the clients. I tried to follow a simple (albeit traditional) multimedia formula and took a lot of structural ideas from the video produced by DJ Clark for the promotional video done for the MA in International Multimedia Journalism offered by the University of Bolton and the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
In this edit, I have removed some of the branding the clients requested at the start and end of the video, in an effort to keep the file size as low as possible.
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