Lighting Without Lights Challenge - We've been away for over a week so finding a place to film this was a challenge but made it much more fun. The last few days we've been in a beach house near Rehoboth Beach. The good thing is the house had lots of chairs (10+) that we could stack as light stands or to hold bed sheets for reflectors and modifiers.
Key Light: We ended up using 2 lamps (120W each) without the lamp shade stacked on chairs for the key light. Then we used a white bed sheet as a diffuser. The bed sheet was hung between two sets of stacked chairs.
Fill Light: We used another bed sheet and more stacked chairs to create a large fill reflector for the fill light.
Hair Light: Our hair light was a flashlight we found in a draw and then we used some wax paper to diffuse the flashlight. This was all stacked on top of 2 chairs and a pillow for height.
Background Light: Liz interviewed me and I had wanted to be a chef when I was little so we used a kitchen as the backdrop. For the background light we turned the stove hood light on to light up the background.
Overall we ended up being really happy with our lighting setup. We think our video ended up being a little over exposed once we got everything downloaded and into final cut express but didn't do anything to adjust it in post. We would have set everything back up and readjusted but wanted to make sure we got this uploaded in time instead.
We decided to take the route of an intro for a single episode instead of a recurring title sequence like intro. Think intro for an episode of something like CSI but only much shorter. (30 secs is much less time then you think!).
Foley: Running in Rain - Actually running in place in a giant puddle of water
Foley: Women Scream - Recorded scream of a women on a roller coaster ride
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Mason's Sprinkler Adventure - Since we are still very new at transitioning from photography to video we decided to choose an "event" that was a little simpler so we could focus on getting a variety of shots and getting used to working with different prime lenses for video. We ended up heading over to our good friends during a hot summer afternoon and filmed their son Mason setting up and playing in a sprinkler.
We used the 35mm lens and 100mm lens for this video. The 35mm was used because we knew it would give a fun whimsical look to the video. We choose the 100mm for some tight close ups of Mason turning on the sprinkler.
Summary: Paula, a woman who grew up thinking she was supposed to do what everyone did: go to college, get a job, live happily ever after. However, very early on she realized that what she wanted was different. This in the back of her mind she went to college to become a veterinarian but again questioned her choices and what she was supposed to do when the school only seemed to want to do research on animals that was actually harming animals. So instead she decided to take care of horses and has loved every minute of it. Although tough, it is the utmost rewarding to her and she wouldn’t live life any other way.
Notes: This was tough editing down to 2 minutes. Spent most of the time cutting content. We probably could have used a bit more time to run through all of the b-roll but were running out of time before the deadline. Overall, we are pretty happy with how it all came together.