I am working on a mini doc about a local business that is currently in the process of being demolished. Basically, this was THE gathering place for years in the community. A department store, with an attached restaurant, it was the place where basically every family in town gathered. Tonight, as I was up there shooting, I had to stop every few minutes as somebody would drive up and begin telling me their memories of the place. It was frustrating that when I asked them to do so on camera, they would refuse, or stop talking right away. Anyway, I realize it is tough to give advice without actually seeing the location, but can anyone out there think of any powerful shots I should get by tomorrow before the place is gone. Once again, maybe impossible to say without actually seeing the location, but I though perhaps someone had experience in a similar situation, and tried something that worked well for them.
These are the shots I have gotten so far;
Master shot of entire scene, half torn down building w demolition equipment.
Close up shot of "do not enter, demolition site" sign.
Racking focus from mesh of "keep out" fence, to grapple on demolition machine.
Time lapse of cars streaming by half wrecked building.
Various shots from different angles.
I really wanted to convince a long time employee to come to the site, so I could include her in some of the footage, but I don't think that will work out. Once again, if anyone has any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them.