I snapped this cool shot while at Steven Moyer’s house on Sunday with Danny and Christian, filming a test interview with the $3,000 in new video equipment. I know it’s out of focus (more precise: focused on the wrong spot), but for shooting in Full-Auto mode with three mini-suns exploding around you and people screaming in pain, I think it turned out quite interesting. But this post is not about my picture, it is about what is happening with the video team right now.
We have entered a state of frenzy, trying to master the new equipment and supplement our existing skills with those of Steven in time for the new school year. That is what the four of us where doing on Sunday. Next year, the video team will have an unprecedentedly large role in the Mac Lab with massive projects like Telling Our Story, and so in order to be able to start the year off strong, the returning members of the team must become proficient – no, scratch that – masters of the new equipment and the industry-grade software we use.
This week, Steven will be teaching us new skills in Final Cut Studio 3 as we edit the footage from last weekend. All I have to say is that everything looks great, especially the audio (well, it sounds great). The lighting equipment finally allowed us to correctly light a scene, and the result was spectacular. The three tests we did look better than anything we have done all year, and they haven’t even been edited yet!
By preparing now, we hope to be ready to run as soon as next year starts. James and I will be leading Mac Lab Media next year, with Danny and Steven consulting.
Safety Tip: The four mega, ultra-bright, super-lights we got are light-sensitive, meaning that when they detect the flash from another camera, like my Rebel T1i, they flash too. Four flashes (mini-suns) + open eyes = FUN! (edit by kyle :P)