Flower Fiasco

1 Sep

Well, it’s the end of our first week of classes, which technically weren’t classes at all, as we had to attend a week of Multimedia Bootcamp. The bootcamp is designed to give us a crash course on all the tools we will need to be able to do well in the UM visual journalism program. And they do not play around when it comes to bootcamp. It goes something like this:

Day 1: Here’s a camera, here’s the basics of how to use it, now go shoot an interview.
Day 2: Here’s Final Cut Pro, here’s how you use it to edit video, now edit your interview from yesterday.
Day 3: Okay, here’s a camera for the weekend, go shoot your first assignment.
Day 4: Edit your assignment into a 90-second piece for your first critique.
Welcome to grad school, get crackin!

So, in true Shannon and Megan fashion, our project ended up being full of problems. We really thought we were on the ball. We had our subject planned out, we thought about what kind of imagery we want, we had a shot list, everything. Our plan was to interview one of the flower vendors that are on many of the streets around town, because we knew we wanted really beautiful B-roll footage. So Friday after class we found one that looked nice and asked the woman who worked there if we could interview and film her on Saturday. She agreed and we spent the rest of our evening planning our interview questions, our shots, etc. We got up early Saturday morning and got there an hour before she did, JUST TO BE SURE. I mean, we were on top of our game, guys.

And this is about the point where things started going wrong. The woman and her husband arrive, only she says she doesn’t feel well and does not want to do an interview. But she says her son will be there tomorrow and he speaks better English, so we can interview him. She also gives us permission to shoot as much as we want. So we shoot a couple hours of B-roll and then go home to regroup. We rewrite our questions, go over our footage and make a plan. Still on top of things, right? WRONG.

Sunday morning we get up and go back to the flower stand at the same time as yesterday. However, the lady neglected to tell us that they open up later on Sunday, so we sat for an hour and a half under an overpass on the side of the road. This is what a cranky, impatient Megan looks like while waiting for an interview that we think is standing us up:

grumpy megan

photo by the lovely Shannon Sanders

Finally the kid arrives and tells us he isn’t interested in doing the interview. No reason, no explanation, HE JUST DIDN’T FEEL LIKE IT. I mean, he’s sitting under an overpass for seven hours, so clearly he has a very busy schedule…
It’s noon on Sunday. We have to have our footage by 9am Monday morning. Time to regroup.  In a last ditch effort we went across the parking lot to another flower stand, hoping and praying they would be nice and help us out.


Some flowers we got from the flower stand

And it ended up being the best decision we could have made. The stand was run by a mother and daughter who were so accommodating and sweet and who had really beautiful flowers. We interviewed the daughter, Carolina, who was very charismatic and had a great story of how her family came to Miami and became flower vendors. We actually ended up with some really great sound bites from her that we had to cut out of our final video due to time constraints.

So here’s the final product, for your viewing pleasure. There are of course lots of problems in it, as it’s our first time shooting video, collecting audio, editing video and audio, etc. But we’re hoping that by posting it, we can document our progress as we (with any luck) get better and better.
We hope you like it.
-Megan and Shannon


6 Responses to “Flower Fiasco”

  1. Will Watson September 1, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Wow, that’s incredible for your first project! Folks like that remind me why I’m a progressive, and why this is the greatest country in the world!

  2. Josh September 1, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    I think it’s awesome.

    If you absolutely wanted me to find something to critique, it would be the audio. Get underpass noise to fill the cuts between her comments. I’d just set the camera (or whatever you used for recording audio) in the area to record the ambient noise, then just fade it up around those low areas.

    Or just cross-fade the existing audio a bit more.

  3. Kim September 1, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    I loved it!! Great work!! 🙂

  4. Mom September 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Loved it….of course I got teared up. God bless America!

  5. Beth Ibrahim September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Shannon!! How are you?! I found your blog through your posts on facebook. Love it! great first project! She was a great interviewee

  6. Megan's Dad September 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Great job girls, yes I know you will get better and better

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