As you can probably tell from the join date, I'm slightly new here.
Strangely enough, I came across it after googling "Breaking the 4th wall". Purely out of boredom that one.
I worked on a short documentary last year for a college/university project. After it was complete, I tried adding to it and modifying bits. Trying to improve the video for putting up online and make it better.
Whilst I'm very happy and proud of what I achieved, considering it was the first documentary I had ever done, I've still been trying to hunt around and get constructive feedback on things that are good, what works, what could be improved (and how) and what issues there are.
I've picked up a list of things though-out editing it and watching it back many hundreds of times. Some shots over-exposed, a couple of interviews could have been framed better, one of the interviews has the sound echoing a bit (although that was due to the clip-mic dying and having to rely on an on-board camera mic).
And so on. But still, I'm very self critical of what I do and I'm always looking for ways to make things better, learn and improve on mistakes etc.
I don't know why I haven't considered joining such video communities before. It's not even crossed my mind and surely should have been the first place to check out.
Anyway, I'm rambling on a tad too much so here's the info on the project and technical details. Hope you enjoy and I hope it's not too much of me asking for feedback.
A Story of Steam
This short documentary tried to uncover the legacy of steam locomotives in Britain. From being the work-horse and backbone of the British Railway network and then almost fading from existence. However, we still see them today in their full glory. So why do steam engines still appeal to so many people across all generations? What is their past and how have they been looked after over all these these years. Above all, what do people think of steam - both those who worked with them and enthusiasts alike.
We follow steam from the 1960's through to the modern day and speak to a number of people from various generations who share their stories and views on what Steam is to them.
Sony FX1 (Primary Camera) - HDV
Panasonic HMC41E (Secondary Camera and Sound capture) - SD Card
Rode Mic (sometimes two) attached to Panasonic Camera (Primary)
Lapel Clip Mic attached to Panasonic Camera (for interviews)
On-board mic for Sony FX1 (back-up and secondary when Panasonic was unavailable)
Edited using Adobe Premier Pro
DVD creation using DVD Studio Pro
Sound editing done from within Premier Pro
All music used with permission from the artist, John Beagley.
Images used with permission from various photographers.
Filmed at a number of locations include Nene Valley Railway, Crewe Heritage Centre, various London stations, Knebworth and Berkhampsted.
Narration recorded in a sound studio set up by a friend. We re-recorded the voice overs three times till I was happy with it in editing. The person narrating for me was not best pleased by the 3rd attempt.
I created a bonus video about the APT (Advanced Passenger Train) to go on the DVD, which is also available on my channel. I was asked by Crewe Heritage Centre for a copy of it for them to place in the APT exhibit. So if you are ever there, please do look out for it!
Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the video. All feedback is welcome. Good and bad - so long as the later of which is constructive = )
-Richard.C (Geo Ghost)