For this project, I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have a backup plan. I was going to go to the vigil for the slain UNC students. My video would be emotion, moving and I would have plenty of willing subjects.
But sometimes good ideas come out of nowhere.
On my way to the vigil, I walked past a troupe of girl scouts selling cookies on the corner of Wright and Green streets. Initially, I crossed the street to avoid being guilted into buying cookies because of how cute they are.
But, with the sun setting quickly, I came up with the idea to see if the scouts would let me use them for my story. The lighting was better and the subject a bit more uplifting.
I asked the moms helping out if I could record the girls, and I got permission for all but one of the girls. There were also not comfortable with a one-on-one interview with the girls.
I had to make due, but I think it worked out pretty well. I did have a lot of trouble cutting around footage with the one girl who I did not have permission to be filmed.
Another issue I had was that I kept moving my camera. I have no idea why I felt the need to pan every two second since I know that wasn’t allowed, but I did anyway.
overall, I’m not super thrilled about how the video turned out, but I did like the subject and I made due with what I had.