Water Damage Sniffed Out

Okay – here is a video clip that I did everything on – filmed, edited, recorded audio, photographed, special effects, compression, etc …

I had been working with my client earlier that day doing an audio meditation and had my camera in the car when Father Chip said, “Hey – lets go look at the church and I’ll show you some of the water damage we are working on” and so I gave him a mic with DAT recorder, grabbed the camera and voila – the resulting video.

I should also mention that I shot this during the summer of 2007 not knowing what I now know about setting up shots, using tripods, etc. (and it was the last time I would use a DAT recorder and went out and promptly replaced it with a new direct-to-smartcard portable disk recorder).

Thus it was really difficult in post to tell this story since a lot of the footage had camera shake from me walking around the grounds and in the church doing free-form shooting.

Thus my wife, Katie, created a little sign that hung on my desk during the editing process that said,

Wobbly = Still!!!

Which was my reminder to keep stripping out any shaky footage and replace with stills and then use keyframes with the pan-and-crop features to make the story move along.

Here is the lead copy on their site that sets up the clip –

“Take a tour of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with Father Chip and Colleen … Filmed during the summer of 2007 and published in Feb 2008, this 13 minute clip takes you on a journey of the elusive source of the water damage that was being addressed during the recent renovations – enjoy!”

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