For this final assignment, we again had to pair up with someone in class but this time to create a 2-4 minute edited video, rather than audio interviews or Soundslides. The video had to be a coverage of some sort of event, or some sort of journalistic feature event. Lauren and I partnered up again and we chose to cover UW’s Friday Night Fever, showcasing the comedy act of Vinnie Montez. Friday Night Fever is a free weekly event that is available to all students and is utilized an as alternative to weekend drinking and partying. We were lucky to pick a Friday that was not only easy to cover, but extremely fun as well.
I really enjoyed this experience, through and through. It was the first video project I have done since high school and I was extremely pleased to see how much I still enjoy video work. My favorite part, as I’ve said before, is the video editing process. It is probably my favorite thing in the world to do. Lauren and I recorded a lot of clips and footage of the show, so we had plenty to choose from when it came time to editing. Speaking of, I also really enjoyed the recording aspect of the project. Recording isn’t always the fun part, but given that the event and performer was amazing, it was a really good time. We made sure to capture Vinnie at different shots and angles, as well as shots of the crowd and those in charge of putting on Friday Night Fever. A variety of shots is what makes a video interesting and engaging. One thing I didn’t enjoy about the assignment was waiting for the video upload to YouTube. That took a good hour if not longer.
Something that surprised me about this project was how easy I was able to get back into the groove of things. I didn’t feel the least bit uncomfortable about recording or interviewing Vinnie, and there was only a couple of minor things that I had to remember when editing in Premiere. One thing I wish Lauren and I would have done differently was get a couple of interviews from students in the audience after the show. It would have given a different perspective to Friday Night Fever, which is what we were really trying to emulate with our video. I also really wish we had better recording equipment; I was really disappointed with how bad the quality of the video came out.
If I had a dream job, it would probably be editing video and audio. I could definitely see myself using it as a career. It’s a perfect way to communicate with and give information to an audience, both journalistically and emotionally. Video is an incredible skill to have, especially based on the testimonials we heard from our guest speakers from the Denver Post. I truly hope I can utilize these skills I’ve acquired, both in and out of this class, in a future career.