I took video of the rehearsals of a play titled Waiting for Godot produced by a campus theatre organization called Penny Dreadful Players. I had to capture footage for this assignment without remotely getting in the way of a busy production crew during rehearsals for the play. This meant that I was always getting out of the way of someone moving props or setting up lights, sometimes interrupting my shot. I feel like this was a good experience because it might continue to come in handy to practice getting my shots and leaving without really getting in the way of anyone at a given scene. I also managed to get an interview with a cast member to include into my video. Learning to add lower third titles, adjusting audio levels when using different clips, how to select only audio or only video from a selection on premier Pro are all useful lessons I learnt through this assignment.
Preparing for Play.
The theatre group Penny Dreadful Players presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, a dark comedy going to be presented at the Stock Pavillion, UIUC on 18 and 19 September 2015.
You can find additional details to the event here.
I was at rehearsal for the show as they went into their final week of practice before the show went up this weekend. You can find the video essay here.
Last week, my friend told me she had to go to the Latin American Film Festival as a part of her Spanish class and asked if I’d like to join. Immediately, my story-alert senses went off; since the Art Theatre is a unique setting filled with unique people, I thought this would be a great opportunity for my Natural Sound piece. Although it went rather smoothly, the event was definitely not as exciting or well attended as I would’ve hoped for my story’s sake. I also wish that I would have taken some more tight shots throughout.
Overall, though, I think my end product encapsulated the atmosphere and experience of the Latin American Film Festival. Check out my video here.