Our friend, Jessica from Vermont asked if I could share my raw A-ROLL from my last project. Her interest mainly stemmed from the fact that I stumbled across a story happening in the hallway. I didn’t have a mind map or a script to ask questions. I treated our interviews like a conversation and listened for specifics that might help me ask my next question. Once I cut up my A-ROLL and discovered the flow of the story, I placed B-ROLL over the segments to hide the edits. This is a CASE STUDY that highlights some basic questions you should always keep in your back pocket. They’ll always keep you safe. Here’s some basic ones I asked:
1) Tell me about the project.
2) Does this have any practical real life connections?
3) What do you see when you end up giving them the opportunity to work on a project together?
4) What did you learn from your students?
5) Is there something you’d like to say about the experience? It can be good or bad?
6) Could you see learning? What would you say that looked like?
7) Is there anything else I haven’t asked that you’d want to say?
The final question you should always ask someone is:
"Is there anything else you'd like to say?"
Often times, some people automatically say "No." But if you don't say anything, it forces a response. Some of the best A-ROLL you can ever hope to acquire can come when you just allow someone to express what they're really thinking. This is also a really solid way to earn someone's trust and let them know you care about what they have to say.
Director: Ian McClerin
Role: Storyteller at Carroll Magnet Middle School
Location: Raleigh, NC
Here is a look at what the file organization should look like when managing a story using Final Cut Pro. You can see the files called Libraries, Events, and Projects. The key to FCP workflow is a plan, organization, smart naming, and a back up process.