Our office was asked if we could create some sort of video to help represent and celebrate the Michigan Aerospace department's centennial. The centennial was officially being celebrated in September 2014, but the video was produced much earlier so it could be screened at different events that the department was hosting or was a part of around the country during the preceding spring and summer.
My senior producer, Marcin Szczepanski and I worked together to develop the theme of the video and the questions we would ask during the interviews. It was Marcin's idea to go up in a plane and have that experience help carry the feeling and theme of the video - but he was nice enough to let me be the one to go up in the plane :)
Many of the interviews were shot with both of us present, a couple I shot myself, one I shot with Joseph Xu, another video/photographer in our office, and one I shot with Kate McAlpine, one of our writers. Almost all of the interviews lasted between 30 and 45 minutes.
I shot all of the b-roll inside the small plane, and Marcin and I both shot some of the footage before the flight. I also shot the footage of the students working on the model plane (Solar Drones team with the dramatic lighting - yes, I used lights for that, but the students were actually working), as well as the historical display items (which are located in the Aero Dept. Building - FXB Building) The PEPL shots were done by Joseph. Some of the other b-roll footage was borrowed from other videos our office has produced. Sandra Salgueiro, a student who appeared in the video, provided the GoPro footage of him flying and the near-space balloon video of the earth. Additional footage is from NASA and/or is in the public domain.
I edited the video, with Marcin and our EP Dan Kim providing feedback.
The music was licensed through KillerTracks.
Equipment used for our footage:
GoPro Hero 3
I came into this project well after everything was filmed for it. Marcin Szczepanski, my senior producer, filmed everything for this piece, and Nicole Casal Moore, a writer in our office, conducted the interview with Dr. Soloway. There were also many other interviews conducted with graduate students, middle school students, and the middle school teacher that didn't make it into the finished piece.
The footage for this video sat untouched for many months as other projects came up, but I eventually was selected to edit the piece. I went through many different rough cuts while trying to understand the right direction for this story. In talking with Marcin and our EP Dan Kim, we decided to focus the story on Dr. Soloway and his passion for his work.
Background on the story:
Dr. Elliot Soloway has made it his mission to shepherd mobile devices into the K-12 classroom environment, but it hasn't been easy. Having been involved in the classroom environment for more than 40 years, Soloway has witnessed the evolution of the use of technology in education, and has even had an influence on it. The use of technology in the classroom is begining to change quickly, says Soloway, and it is his goal to shape its implementation so students and teachers can get the most out of these new systems for learning.
Dr. Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan with appointments in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Education, and Information.
The University of Michigan Supermileage Team is an engineering project team in the U-M College of Engineering. The team competed for the first time in June, 2012, at the SAE Supermileage Competition in Marshall, MI.
The Michigan Solar Car Team is an engineering student project team at the University of Michigan. In January 2015, the team traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE to compete in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge - a 3-day road race though city and desert featuring solar car team's from around the world.
The team typically competes in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the American Solar Challenge in the US. For this race, the team was made up of mostly alumni (students who had been on the team in previous years but have since graduated), which created an interesting dynamic between the team members.
I was invited to travel with the team to cover their experience (I am an alumnus of the team, but I also currently work for the University of Michigan as a videographer, which was the primary reason for my going). We were there for 2 weeks, and this video is one of 3 that I produced (the two others were lead ups to the race itself and were published while I was there). I shot the majority of the footage myself (with a few but important shots coming from my colleague Ben) and edited the final video.
Cameras: Canon 6D, T3i
Audio: Zoom H4n, Sennheiser Wireless Kit, Rode on-camera shotgun mic
Edited on FCP 7