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Peter Huoppi May 22, 2012, 1:14 p.m. permalink

The challenge with shooting something like this by yourself is that you want to be able to show both the action (the speakers) and the reaction (the crowd). You face the dilemma of what to shoot when.
I don't think the first sound bite (Deanna) was too long - I was interested in what she had to say. But I think the single quick cutaway to the crowd was not enough. Ideally, you'd keep recording her sound while pointing out to the crowd to give some more views of people's reactions.
The opposite was true for the following speakers. It was a little disorienting to see the crowd and hear someone speaking, but never see who it was.
When it came to the Chancellor, I was left wondering what the reaction of the crowd was to her.
I'm glad you got some comments from the people in attendance, but it felt like they were just tacked onto the end. It might have been better to mix them in between the speakers and cover them with more b-roll.
I'm glad you posted this for review, as we don't see a lot of 'less than a day' stories on the site. Things like this are tough to shoot because you don't get second chances. I think overall you did a decent job, but I would have liked to see more sequences of action/reaction.

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Andrew Nixon May 23, 2012, 4:04 p.m. permalink

Thanks for the  feedback! Yeah you gave me a lot to think about as a one-man show acting quickly and turning around the whole piece in hours.  I have some tricks to keep the workflow going fast and efficient.

I wonder if I had a shot of the crowd reaction going at the same time, I would have to anticipate who was going to react or I would have to get a wider shot of the reactions.  I might need a second shooter to ensure that there would be enough b-roll that matched the dialogue. I don't know how else I would get both angles without a break in the narrative. My head hurts, but that means I'm thinking.

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