Self-Reflection- Group Project

It is always nice having a big group cover a topic that is important. In the early stages, I felt like there was critiques about how we were going to make the project cohesive because we are interviewing so many different people, but I feel like as a whole we made a good piece.

I felt like as a whole, the group did a lot of news gathering and passion to make this story work. Also, while Asa, Luke and Erin were out getting final b-roll, Davis and I sat down and created the full story board for the video. Because of the group’s efforts to transcribe interviews, it made it a lot easier. Davis and I then spent two hours sculpting the narrative and felt like what we came up with was the best way to tell the story that wasn’t one-sided and that also let everyone speak their peace and feel heard.

I did a lot of the editing, obviously because that was my grad component. I essentially spent time from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. editing. It only took that long because I had class and ADOP shift. But, I really enjoyed how everyone helped out with edits. It was nice to have people’s opinions on narrative and visual footage, especially in video editing because it is so time consuming. We spent more time talking about sequence structure rather than what we want where.

Overall: I felt like we got a diverse amount of sourcing. I wish we could have gotten a more “man on the street” personality, but I think it was a diverse and told a lot of the story. I think that our video was successful in providing insight into multiple opinions on guns and how different people associate them with different things.

If I were to do it all over again, I would try to include more footage of a “sensible gun owner” and footage of people hunting. I think the hunting could have added to the overall story and content, but I think it was still a successful piece that accomplished what we set out to do.

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Mary Anne Golon

Hearing her at the her master class about editing reiterated how much I look up to her. I mean, the obvious is the fact that she A) worked for TIME, B) worked at TIME during 9/11 and Katrina, C) TOLD NEW YORK TIMES “NO” and D) Now is Director of Photography for the Washington Post.

I loved hearing about how she realized how important the 9/11 addition was to her and how she felt so passionate about going through the edit again and making sure it was the proper way to tell the story. This easily translated to her visual leadership and innovation with the Washington Post.

She showed a truly brilliant of Hurricane Katrina and the 10-year followup. As a person who has family in New Orleans, it was an edit that was represented. But it also was a visually successful edit that had such a rich narrative.

That and I always love seeing a strong woman who is a strong visual leader and widely respected within the industry.

Oh…and can we talk about how she is bffs with Pulitzer Prize winner James Nachtwey, who she casually called “Jim” in her lecture?? I mean….