taping a graduation
Posted 13 June 2006 - 05:26 PM
Posted 13 June 2006 - 05:44 PM
As to what you should shoot, that usually depends on whos paying. If its one parent, be sure to get their kid walking accross stage, if its a school, you may be asked to get everyone. Co-ordinate with the money-men and see what they want. Be sure to get lots of cut aways though. If you get 10-15 shots of the parents either before the cerimony, or during a dull moment, you can use those anywhere. Same with shots of the kids in the seats. If you have the freedom to get a variety of shots and dont need every kid walking accross stage, dont ignore the whole event. It is really easy to get wrapped up shooting the stage and sometimes you miss the best moments. Follow a kid from the stage until they walk to the stands and hug their parents. Get good moments from the kids celebrating their accomplishment (these moments are almost always off stage. Eitehr they run into parents, a teacher they had or other friends.)
you can use tracks from the teacher and validictorian throughout the walk scene. If you set a mic on the podium and shoot continuously you would be free to get plenty of cutaways while still getting the sound bytes. Then you can work the most poigniant soundbytes into the walk, maybe with nats of the school band underneath.
Its all a matter of how creative you want to get. Be shooting the stage when you need to be, but get stuff to cover the rest when they arent walking. If you get a chance, you can attend the graduation of another school in the district to see how the event unfolds, so you know what parts you need to be shooting.
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:53 PM
I wouldn't try to make too artistic, because this is about documenting a special event, you can't make it any better other than showing as much as possible of the the right moments. To make it a little more attractive i would put some fast cut impressions in between the regular scenes with music to it. You could also interview some students and ask them silly questions and edit those in between the more serious moments.
Posted 17 June 2006 - 07:22 PM
Posted 18 June 2006 - 11:13 AM
And as a reply to the above post .Yes im getting a written release from all the kids
Posted 19 June 2006 - 10:55 AM
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