I gathered the audio that I need for the story before break. I then spent the majority of break trying to piece together clips and some basic sequencing. Because of the subject matter, it has been very difficult to go back and listen to Marianne’s letter. The audio is good, but I am having a hard time sticking the images with it.
All of my b-roll is of the day that Marianne went for a dig. I have car footage, digging footage, and her looking around. The issue during filming was that Marianne would just constantly talk. It was hard to film her because she was always talking. However, I think the footage from that event are substantial enough, I’m just having a hard time placing them into the video and make it cohesive.
I also have audio and footage of her before we went on the dig describing what we were about to do. I can use that in the intro–> show images of her daughter –> start letter with images of her digging.
I feel like I have a good story and it have enough, but it’s just a matter of what it is the editing section.
I love CPOY. I only have been attending for two years, but I love the process and the educational value of it. I truly believe that I have grown as a photojournalist attending the judging.
But, recently on Facebook the idea of where the line is drawn between aesthetics and style with photojournalism. The Danish School of Journalism, like many other European institutions, prides itself on aesthetics, framing and art versus caption information and news value. They are brilliant at what they do, but it is frustrating as a working photojournalist to see aesthetics versus journalistic work.
I had the very humbling experience of watching my sports feature photo get to the quarter finals, not get talked about, then get booted haha. I, being a horrifically competitive person, was flat-out grumpy when I saw it get out. However, that is how these competitions go. It was important for me to realize that it being voted out does not change the fact that it is still a decent photograph that has a proper place in my portfolio. It does not change the fact that it beat out at least 600 images. It doesn’t make me any less of a sports photojournalist. Overall, it was a good experience to see my photo up on the projection.
But, it is always humbling seeing incredible storytelling in the picture story categories. Kayla’s stories were beautiful and all I would love to shoot for in my career. It is inspiring to get out there and do great work.
I went out with Marianne to shoot her digging for her daughter in Ivy Bend, Missouri. It is a town known as “meth haven” to locals and a place just above the Ozarks. It was a cloudy day and we drove from her house to her daughter’s alleged murder site. I have heard Angie’s story a million times, but there was a definite change in feeling we pulled up to the house.
Marianne also talked the whole way there about the creepy people living near the property and how we were trespassing. I was a little on edge and was trying to focus on the work and try to get the best footage available. I had Marianne mic-ed up the entire time so the audio should be good. However, the video came out different than what I imagined. I haven’t sat down yet to edit it through, but I just know that it’s different. Part of that is because I had it in my head what I wanted it to look like and the other was that I was so involved with my surroundings that it was hard to get exactly and cinematically in my head.
But it always changes when in the editing room, so when I build a callouss to this experience I can finally go and see exactly what I have and what I need to move forward.