I'm posting this video here because I'm not asking for critical feedback (I'm well aware of all the flaws in it.) First, there is story here.
My 11 year old grandson back in West Virginia wanted grandpa to film his magic show, so that he could be a YouTube star. So, when we visited for Christmas, I made arrangements to take delivery of my new HPX170 camera while there, so I could record the show.
To say filming conditions were less than desirable is an understatement. The only available place to shoot the video was in the living room of our house, which is currently being remodeled. So, we hung up a green sleeping bag as a back drop, hoping to insert a keyed background in post (didn't work). I bought a cheap $20 tripod at Walmart (which on an unfinished and unbraced floor was more than a bit wobbly). We also had no good lighting, so we used the ceiling lights of the room for back and fill, and a 100 watt bulb in a reflector, mounted on a chair back, for the key. Add to that a shy 11 year old boy who had never been in front of a camera and my first attempt to use the new camera. All together, it was the perfect recipe for a cinematic disaster.
I mailed the camera and P2 cards back to Kuwait, where I just finished the editing and post work. I won't bore you with further details, other than to say that this project gave a whole new meaning to the term, "We can save it in post!"
Here is grandpa's finished production of a little boy's very honest Magic Show: (Runtime 06:05)