At the end of this week’s lab, Robin strongly encouraged us to have at least formed groups around an idea, because even if that idea could not come into fruition, at least the group would be like-minded. I really couldn’t decide which of the ideas I wanted to be a part of. If you’re interested, these were mine:

The Inner workings of an independently owned restaurant/cafe:
– Owner
– Employees
– Work politics and policies
– Work hours
– Financial situation
– Food culture
– Style/Décor
– Customer strategy

Posture (and body language):
– Types of nonverbal communication
– Underlying emotions
– Effects on appearance
– Interpersonal attitudes
– Interpersonal relationships

I actually think these are the best ideas I’ve ever had for any class this whole year, though they do pale in comparison of the ideas of other people.

ANYWAY, Paul had lost the footage for the exercise that our class had shot. In all honesty, this was a relief to me. When we’d arrived back to the classroom after shooting the interview, I noticed one of the cords wasn’t plugged in. I thought that perhaps it had fallen out during the hike back upstairs, but I had been stressing all weekend. What we ended up producing in the editing suites that following Monday, was in opinion the best we could do given what that group had shot. The class seemed to enjoy it as well, seeing as we all wanted to use it for this week’s task. This week’s task was to shoot visual material that could replace the visuals in that interview. I tend to think that all the groups will probably end up with the same type of footage. This time I made sure to keep an eye on all the levels and pay attention to whether everything remained plugged in. I’m probably just gonna be worried until I can see the footage.

This week’s lecture focused on interviews and whether they were a necessary part of a documentary. I think this is an interesting concept because documentaries are stories. But they do not necessarily have to be a person‘s story. It could be the story of something. Its history. Its use. Even then, you could interview the people who use it, who are a part of its community, who have experienced it. And even if a person is not interviewed, their voiceover could be used. In fact, you could even go down a route where people aren’t even utilised to tell a person’s story. I think it’s really up to how the filmmaker wants the story to be told and how they want the audience to feel as a result.

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