Footage review (which never happens just once - you're looking at the same stuff several times as you're putting things together) has probably been my favorite thing about working on Course Work so far - and the whole thing has been fun. The idea behind gathering footage is to gather as much as possible to increase your choices as you edit; most of the footage we shot won't end up being used. It's been an instructive exercise that appeals to my acquisitive side. I've learned a lot about my acquisitive side since I started doing In My Backyard a few years ago (nothing like not having enough audio for a piece as your deadline looms), and while video is similar, it's not the same. It's... MORE, somehow. Sound + vision. It's been great to work with Tim, who has a lot more experience in the video realm than I do. He has been vastly patient with me (at least to my face) as we work on this.
Anyway. What I'm getting at is this: in terms of video production, there's a lot the viewer doesn't see. We're all familiar with "gag reels", scenes from films and TV shows that don't make it into the actual production but are saved for the end of the movie or show as "bonus material". We're probably not going to have time to put together any real bonus material, so I'm leaving you with a photo instead. I think Blue, the farm's dog, was getting a little tired of not playing fetch.
We'll blog more soon, but we're REALLY looking forward to presenting Course Work to you on Monday, December 9, at 7 PM on WILL-TV. Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband will be joining us in the studio that evening, so it should be really fun. We hope to hear from you!
- Lisa Bralts