production (research, collect, shoot, inscribe)

Authorship :: What role will you, as the author/creator, play in the video?  Will you narrate, ask questions from behind the camera, be a character in the video, remove your presence entirely, or use a combination of these approaches?  What strategies will best allow you to craft your message?

I will ask questions from behind the camera and remove my presence entirely. Mostly, I will be shooting and asking interview questions at the same time. I will be a narrator, generally introducing the piece at the beginning. I think the combination of narrating the introduction and removing my presence during the interview would work as the best strategy in order to covey my message.


Content :: What information do you want, or need, to include in the video?  What background information will an audience need in order to understand your topic?  What kinds of questions and conversations will get you the information you seek?  If applicable, make a list of interview questions that may help you draw out information from your subject.

 This piece is about finding out how other people think about a well-rounded person. I believe that a well rounded person is somebody who works hard not only in his field but also in other fields. In order to be a well rounded person, I play music, socialize with my friends, stud hard, eat well, cook, play soccer and so on. I wanted to know how others define a “well-rounded person” and how they live their life to be well rounded. An audience would not need any background information to understand my topic before watching this piece. My three questions will be 1. Please briefly introduce yourself 2. What is the definition of a well rounded person and what are the characteristics? 3. What kind of activities do you do to be a well rounded person? 4. Why do you want to become well rounded?


Shots :: Make a detailed list of shots you absolutely need for the video. Make another list of shots that you want or hope for.  This list should include where you intend to shoot, how you intend to shoot (close up- far away, panning, tripod, hand-held, etc), and what you hope to get from these shots.

Shots that I absolutely need

–       Interview footage (waist up, tripod, different angles)

–       B-roll at Espresso Royale (close up, panning, hand-held, out focusing, zoom in and out, different angles)

– A lot of b-rolls of round objects (close up, extreme close up, hand-held, out focusing, zoom in and out, different angles)

–       From these shots, I want the audience to understand the interview.

Shots that I want

–       B-roll of Illini Tower front desk (hand-held, far away, panning)

–       Interviewees spending time with their friends (hand-held)

–       B-roll of campus scenery (hand-held, close up, far away)

–       I hope this extra footage would help the audience to have better understanding of my piece.

Anxieties and Obstacles :: Look back through your responses to the three writing prompts above and think through any obstacles or anxieties you have about your production plan. Write them down. Brainstorm possible alternative plans. Be ready to improvise.

I am worried that I might not be able to get enough footage from the interview. To solve this problem, I am considering giving interviewees questions before the interview, That way, they will have time to organize their thoughts and ideas and be able to provide good answers. I am also concerned about the interview shots. I know that shooting from different angles is better than shooting from the same angle. However, in order to create interesting and dynamic shots, I would need one more set of equipment (tripod, camera and shot-gun mic). In case I am shooing with only one set of equipment, the alternative plan would be to add many b-rolls when I edit the video. The more I have b-rolls, the less I have interview footage. I am sure that this can make the video more interesting and fun to watch!


Writing Warm-Up (4/10)

In that kind of situation, I would usually be the one who takes a role between a mediator and listener. (In reality, I am actually not allergic to any kinds of food and I love any kind of pizza.) In order to make everyone happy, I would listen to opinions and thoughts from the two opposite sides and see if their opinions are reasonable. If so, I would find the middle point which reflects and satisfies the both sides. That way, not everyone can be 100 percent happy, but at least they are 50 percent happy! A is 50 percent happy, B is 50 percent happy. So A and B are 100 (50+50) percent happy! That’s my formula. To live in a society with other individuals with different tastes, characteristics, life styles and everything, I believe that it is important to cooperate and be harmonious!

Writing Warm Up (4/8)

My beliefs

1. dogs are better than cats

2. People need to respect and protect the environment

3. No pain, no gain

4. Personality is more important than knowledge

5. A sound mind in a sound body

6. One’s image is not created by oneself, not by others.

7. Past is past.

reflection (show, share, listen, critique, analyze)

reflection (show, share, listen, critique, analyze)


Process :: Read back through your pre-production, production, and post-production journaling and identify what were, for you, key moments in your process. Write about how these key moments, experiences,choices led you to your finished piece.

During the pre-production period, my key moment was choosing a topic for Module 2. At that time, I had 3 or 4 options, but I found GRMD, only Korean Traditional Percussion group in UIUC the most interesting. During the production stage, my main concern was whether to shoot the interview with two cameras. When Brad showed us some examples of students’ work from previous semesters in the class, I thought shooting an interview from two different angles was very interesting. It didn’t give the audience a second to be bored. So I thought about doing that, but then I had to check out two sets of equipment (tripod, camera and microphone). Moreover, I wasn’t sure if I could handle two cameras while leading the interview. Therefore, I decided to go with only one camera and the interview turned out well with only one angle. During post-production stage, I faced tragedy. Some of my files were in MTS format which iMovie does not read so I used Miro converter but it took me forever. Therefore, I decided to convert only two or three footage that seemed to be useful. Having these moments, experiences and choices, I now am here with my finished piece. Through these stages, I was able to learn new information and skills.  


Feedback :: How do you feel about the feedback you got on your video? As you gave feedback to other students, what things did you notice in your classmates’ works? What were the most helpful and influential kinds of feedback that you got, gave, or heard others give?

First of all, I realized that my video was pretty long compared to others’ work. Since this project is a documentary based on interviews, I thought it would be okay to leave with 9 minutes. If I knew the video should be around 5 minutes, I would have made it short. I also got feedback from the audience that there is a repetitive section where my interviewee explains about four instruments and later on there comes a performance scene that includes performers presenting their own instrument with a brief explanation. Other students gave me an advice to take out the interview part and leave the performance scene. Other helpful suggestion was given by Brad. He said it would be a good idea to begin the video with performing scene instead of immediately starting with the interview. The last helpful advice was about controlling the sound. I used microphone to extract clear audio and it turned out great! However, it was difficult to hear interviewee’s voice over the music audio. If I had more time, I would turn down the instrument audio and turn up the interview part.  


Self-reflection :: What did you learn about yourself (the way you prefer to work, how you tackle problems, deal with uncertainty, synthesize information, etc.) during this project?

I prefer to work at a slow pace. I never rush myself. I always go to UGL and have a seat in front of a giant Mac screen. I think it is so much better to use a big screen when editing. For an hour, I just sit there and freely brainstorm myself. As I edit, I like to go back and watch from the beginning to check if everything flows. When I face problems, I ask. For example, after I realized I shot footage with no sound, I asked Brad for an advice (to use them as b-roll). When I had trouble detaching audio and adding b-roll, I asked my friend, who has taken this class two semesters ago, to figure out a way. When I deal with uncertainty, I usually take a break and get a cup of peach flavored Italian soda from Espresso Royale. Having a sip, I begin to think from various perspectives. A few minutes later, I finally find a way out of uncertainty.


Future :: Your finished project is a text, a rhetorical gesture, a cultural production. Are there other audiences beyond your classmates for your work? Where else can you imagine screening/sharing this video? How and what kinds of conversations could your video start or contribute to?

I think my finished project is more like a cultural production. It is about a RSO which plays Korean traditional percussion instruments at UIUC. As I was producing this piece, I have thought it would be a good idea to provide this project to GRMD as their promotion video. This video can be screened for the purpose of introducing the RSO or recruiting new members at the beginning of semesters. For example, GRMD can play this film before their performance for the audience or as an intro video at the Quad Day.


Final Question :: Identify one important question your instructor or classmates didn’t ask about this project. Write about that.

Q: If you have more time, how would you do it differently?

If I had more time, I would spend more time on editing. As mentioned above, there are repetitive scenes which the interviewee describes four kinds of instruments and a member presenting each of instruments during the performance. I would cut out the interview part and leave the one at the performance. Also, I would shorten the video to at least 6 minutes. I was not sure about the length of the video and hit 9 minutes. If I have more time, I would work on cutting some footage and make the video more compact and shorter.

Post-production (organize, edit, synthesize)

Reflection :: How do you feel now that you have some of your footage?  What did you learn during theprocess of shooting?  Did you have any happy accidents, discoveries, tragedies, or surprises?  If you were to go back and do it again, what would you have done differently?

My first shooting was just a tragedy. I did my best to shot the best footage, but the microphone was loosely plugged in and I lost all the sound. However, after talking to Brad, I realized that my soundless footage could be used as b-roll. Therefore, I have used some of soundless footage as b-roll! If I were to go back and do it again, I would test the microphone and the file format to make sure the footage actually work on my computer.


What Do You Have? :: Log your shots (review your raw footage and make rough notes). Make two lists: keep (usable) material and kill (unusable) material.  For the usable material, name and note the chunks of video that include themes, ideas, or visually interesting material. For the kill material, make brief notation of why these shots are not pertinent or successful.

Keep: Introduce GRMD, what do you like about GRMD, how does it affect your life, what is your favorite piece, what was the latest performance, any promotions

Kill: Too detailed, unrelated, unnecessary, off-topic


post-production (organize, edit, synthesize)

What Can You Say? :: What can you say with the material you have? Take a moment to consider the possible difference between what you intended to record, versus what you actually captured. Take a few minutes to improvise three different paper edits (quick written, descriptive narratives) based on the footage you have. Use your notes to help you decide which of the three ideas is the most interesting to pursue.

Based on the material I have, descriptive narratives seem like a fitted one. The interviewer, who is a member of GRMD (an RSO) answers questions and also uses description. For example, when she describes each of the look of four instruments and there are b-rolls of those four instruments. She also describes the latest performance at Edison middle school. Her storytelling again matches with the b-rolls such as arriving at the school, warming up and getting ready for the performance, performing and so on.


Reshoots :: Is there anything else you need for this video? If so, make another detailed shot list. Make notes on how you intend to shoot and what you want to get from each of these additional shots.

I believe I don’t need any more footage.


Evolution :: How has your project evolved so far? How have your ideas changed from your initial inspiration?Have there been surprises, discoveries, problems? Have you improvised? Capture and inscribe your experiences and your process.

So far, my project is going well. I was surprised that I am still keeping my initial inspiration and develop ideas based on it. In pre-production journal, I have stated that I wanted to create a movie which promotes and advertises GRMD because I wish GRMD continue promoting and spreading Korean culture to the world. I am actually really satisfied that I successfully took actions based on my concrete main idea. Oh, there was a tragedy. I realized that soundless footage were in a MTS format which can’t be read on iMovie. As recommended, I downloaded Miro converter, but it took me more than 8 hours to convert all the footage I had. So I ended up only converting few. Next time, I will definitely double check if the footage have the appropriate file name extension.


Timeline :: What do you need to get done in order to assemble a rough cut (aka, rough draft or sketch) Be specific. Show your rough cut to a few classmates or other peers. Take notes on this feedback. Make additional drafts, keep getting feedback and taking notes on what you need to do next, until you arrive at what feels like a final cut / completed piece.

I think I need some interview questions or footage. By knowing what to ask, the whole filming process becomes much easier. In my case, I started with the interview footage and began to build on top of that. For example, having interview questions or footage, I can draw in my head what scenes to shoot as b-rolls.