Last week I flew out to New Orleans with a light HD camcorder and a 60 lb bag of lighting equipment on my shoulder. I was shooting my first family history documentary - four interviews that I’ll weave together to tell the story of a wonderful Southern family living in an idyllic Southern town.
One of my unexpected favorite parts of the interview was this reading. One of the interviewees had stumbled on a church program that focused on the importance of family stories. She thought it was akin to divine intervention.
Linda Smith Reading from Reflect & Record on Vimeo.
As you can see, the interviews can get very emotional. I’m tearing up behind the camera. Each interview is fascinating and beautiful. It’s a rare opportunity to reflect - with seriousness and intention - on the meaning of time gone by.
It’s a real privilege to be a part of moments like these, and in some ways, responsible for bringing them about.
* The above video is completely unedited. It will get nicer with editing!
**Also, re: heavy and huge lighting equipment bag: Fly Southwest! Tell them when you check in that you’re with media or a commercial filmmaking company, and you can preboard so your precious gear does not get checked.
I just discovered Storyboard on Tumblr, and I am now a fan. Just look at this great video with David Remnick.
As I film mostly interviews, I like to see how filmmakers fill in the space between the interview subject. This can be quite challenging in an office setting. Luckily, the New Yorker has a vast collection of interesting covers.