Let me tell you a little secret — the life of a digital media producer (I think that’s my title anyways) is actually pretty fun.
After nearly one year here at the Yakima Herald-Republic I’ve developed a pretty good workflow for video production that starts with planning and ends with a finished video piece. Every step of the way I am in control of. I shoot my own footage, plan and conduct my own interviews and edit all of that footage together. It’s a one-man life cycle that is comfortable.
And I’m willing to guarantee anyone who produces video would agree — it’s nice to be involved in all aspects of production.
But not everything always works out that simply — sometimes we even have to work as a team. Shocking as this may sound, having help can sometimes be difficult. YH-R photographers Gordon King, Mason Trinca and myself found that out first-hand this past weekend while shooting the annual Gap2Gap Dash — a relay race throughout Yakima.
The planning was all done by Gordon — the Photo Chief at the paper — he had a rotation down for the three of us to cover every major area of the race course. The plan was for all three of us to shoot stills and video clips from our areas. I would also be responsible for shooting the video interviews and then gathering the clips from the other shooters and put together one comprehensive video package.
Although it’s not every day that we gather clips from other photographers and mix them into one piece, this project would not have been possible otherwise. Between running, road biking, mountain biking and kayaking, there was just too much for one videographer to handle — and luckily with three of us shooting we didn’t miss a single area.
So after the race was over and the interviews were completed, it was time to return to the office and put together the project. That’s where a funny thing happened — all my concerns went away.
Although we were all shooting on separate cameras with different settings and ideas on how to compose a shot, you could tell that everyone involved knew exactly what to do. From there my Final Cut event was filled with a variance of great looking shots from action clips to beautiful natural landscapes that create this interesting course.
In the end, the difficult part was narrowing down all of the clips, not worrying about hurting someones feelings.