For my final project, I wanted to explore a topic that I love: environmentalism. When I was in my environmental science class this semester, my professor, Dr. Berger, challenged us to spend 12 hours without making any unnatural emissions. Many people in my class thought this would be a tough challenge. I thought it would be a fun one. However, soon after I began planning it, I realized how difficult it really is to like completely waste and emission free. I planned this trip with my friend Emily, who runs the EnviroMental Podcast, Andrew, who is a fellow DTC student, and Brandon, who doesn’t really focus on environmental issues. I thought this would be a good group because it is a diverse array of people in their environmental journeys.
In this video, I used the format of a video essay which incorporates voice over and interviews to move the story along and inform the viewer. Other techniques from this class that I used include continuity editing, discontinuous editing/montage, and interviewing. I ran into several challenges along the way. The ending shots have loud rain droplet sounds that I could not edit out without compromising the integrity of the interview. I could have solved this by bringing an external mike to do interviews so that the interviews were louder and had less background noise to edit out. I also could have made my subjects come back and voice over or re-do the interviews. I was also challenged by how to string all of this together. I decided to go to a linear format rather than splitting the footage up by topic, (ie. food, waste, etc). I shot this video on my Canon T3i with a 50mm lens and the base lens. I also used my iPhone XR to film additional video and audio. This video was edited using Adobe Premiere and the audio was edited in Adobe Audition, using noise reduction techniques. Overall, editing and shooting this video was a fun and informative process. I would love to do more activism-based video essays or documentaries in the future.