I have been in the freelance video journalism world for about five years now. Prior to entering the VJ (video journalism) world, I co directed El Inmigrante, a documentary about the US/Mexican border crisis, I did some short narrative films, and finally I used to work on film sets doing various jobs. But I eventually, during those years I became a second assistant in the camera department. I really enjoyed being a 2AC. I loved when I clapped the slate I settled in and then watched the talent and the director do their work.
However, I got into film to make stories, not just be a crew worker. So after being inspired by working on a NYU masters film project in Creede, Colorado I decided that it was time to make my own content. After a few short films El Inmigrante got launched and we were full on in making a feature documentary. For a very limited budget we did pretty good with the film. I am very proud of what we did as a team in creating that documentary. By creating your own films and producing them yourselves, you may not get all the funding that you would love to have, but you get a lot of freedom to make the film you want.
I feel that it is important to teach aspiring VJ’s that once you enter the professional world of creating content for a news agency that you have to being ready to work as a team with your producers. It is nearly impossible that your first cut will be the final cut. Some times there are minor changes, but at some times there are major edits to your original cut.
Here is an example of my first cut of a recent story I did for the BBC. Since this edit is not the final, I went back and did some minor changes to the text slates that are in this version of the story. But for the most part this is my concept of how I wanted to tell the story.
After I got my edit list from the producer, here are the second wave of changes.
Finally, here is the edit that went live on the BBC.
I you have time to watch all three versions of the story, you can see the differences. In short, video and film is a highly collaborative work environment. I love the process of it all, but still to this day I love making our own content. It is in this place that I feel free.
Know Your Rights is a PSA (public service announcement) that I helped create way back in 2006. The video was used to help give people an idea of what to expect in a documentary style format when they enter the legal system.
I learned a lot about the system while I made this film. I loaded it up to Vimeo, so that by chance someone will come across Know Your Rights and gain some insight on the legal system.
Here is a link to the Zircon Container Company videos that I shot and edited.
Doing the video work for Mild To Wild was very fun. It was a ton of work. Here is a show reel that I made just to show off my shooting style and to get people in the mood to river running. I will post the other video’s I did for them here pretty soon.
In the spring and summer of 2010. I embarked on a journey to film promotional material for Mild To Wild Rafting, based out of Durango, Colorado. The rivers are the Upper Animas, Piedra, San Miguel and the Salt River in Arizona.
Camera: Panasonic HVX 200
Here is a PSA produced by Hilride and Outdoor Alliance. This video contains whitewater footage that I did for Mild To Wild Rafting, which is based out of Durango, Colorado. I like how the footage came out. It is interesting to see how another group takes your images and uses them into their own creation. I feel it is always fun to see what the other directors and editors do with the footage.