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Rough Editing and Radio Spots

This was my first year of doing rough editing and honestly I didn't really know what to expect. Being on the pre-production team for the last two years, I had gotten used to my work being done outside of school so when I had to set aside hours of my school day over the course of a few weeks really messed up my schedule. I got used to it soon enough, and found it to be quite interesting. While it gets tedious to listen to the same story over and over in hopes of cutting it at exactIy the right point, it was eye opening to get to hear the story over and over again. It was an different experience to get to hear the raw emotion in people's voices as they tell their personal and touching stories. One of the biggest differnece I noticed while working on the post-production team this year was a chance to get to hear a lot more personal stories. 

Now our next job is to write radio spots. This gives us a chance to string together people's personal stories to get one main point across. Now instead of just reading about my specific person's stories I am branching out and looking at various different people. Each having there own perpective on a specific topic, own personal stories to share, and most importantly, their own voice. I've only just begun with the radio spots, but I can't wait to really get started.

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Finished Rough Editing

We have finished  rough editing the chosen stories. By this point, I have listened to or read many stories from different people and most of the stories are really moving. I was assigned to edit audio from Kathleen Robbins's interview. Her stories about being transgender and figuring out who she was are really inspiring. After hearing and reading all these stories, and being an intervewer myself last year, I am very excited that I am working on this project. The stories we have to work with are amazing and I wish we could use more of them than we can. 

Rough editing was very confusing at first. It took me practice to figure out how to select and use the markers. After I fugured it out, however, it was very fun. I only took me one day, where I used our free time in English and Uni Period. I am looking forward to making the radio spots. 

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Listening Time

As I listened to the stories for rough editing, I kept wondering if the interviewee knew they were being "rough edited" at that very moment. I wonder if people know the process that the interns go through to get the final documentary. I remember last year, when our class interviewed the people we are now using for our project, thinking why it took so long to make the documentary. I hope the listeners of our documentary know how long the interns worked to get to the final product, with rough editing being only part of it.

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Visual or Audio?

Have you ever heard of Darlene Love? Or maybe more recently Judith Hill? I hadn’t before I watched the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom on Netflix. The synopsis offered by IMDb.com is as follows, “Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.” This documentary just recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and rightfully so. I was completely blown away by both the powerful women that were portrayed in it and the style and editing of the documentary itself. Naturally, I thought of our own Right to Marry radio project. Although 20 Feet from Stardom is a visual representation, the techniques, transitions and other aspects are very reflective of what we hope to accomplish in our own work. Music and words are used beautifully as a transitioning tool. I would recommend this documentary on the transitions alone!

We can also view 20 Feet from Stardom as something to compare audio and visual documentaries. Although serving the same purpose, visual documentaries offer, well, the visual image. This visual image opens up so many doors for the producers, offering something concrete that the viewer can latch on to. On the other hand, audio documentaries allow us emphasize the interviewee more. The listener focuses more on the emotions and the tones of the voice. This does put more pressure on the producers. We must weave our story in such a way to emphasize further what the interviewees want to say.

I would definitely recommend you check this documentary out on Netflix! I have attached the trailer from YouTube with this post.