Trouble With My Documentary…..

Throughout the 8 months I have been working on my documentary ‘The Price of Life’ I have been faced with quite a few problems from finding interviewees and stories to editing and I am pleased to say that I have learnt a lot from this experience. As Alan Rosenthal says,

“Everyone knows that things will go wrong-that the weather will be foul, that cameras will break down, that planes will be missed, that cables will be lost, that food will be lousy and that tape recorders will go out of sync. But if you can remain calm and humorous and calm under those situations, then things will be alright” (2007:201)

I have to say it has been really difficult to stay calm with these situations but I think overall my documentary has come out well considering and I am happy with the outcome. However, whilst I thought I was done and the editing was complete, I was sadly mistake as I noticed some of the sound was not quite right and the credits were inaccurate. As I really want this documentary to be the best that it can be I was going to sort out these minor issues and finish it. But this is where things started to go wrong once again.

Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 19.36.35Yesterday my hard drive broke and whilst normally this wouldn’t have been too much of a problem, my laptop doesn’t have the space to hold all my HD video files and so they had to be stored on that which means I can’t re-edit anything anymore. I’m really annoyed about this because I feel that these mistakes are really letting the overall programme down. Luckily I constantly export the movie file every time I finish an editing session just in case something like this happens as it has taken a lot of effort and I don’t want to lose it all completely. This means I did have a version to hand in for my journalism deadline but it’s not one I am completely happy with and just wish I could have made those changes. Although with this version we managed to sort out the sound problems there was nothing I could do about the mistake in the credits. This is not too much of an issue but I would have like it to have been perfect.

Documentaries are incredibly hard to make. They require a lot of patience and a lot of time but are very fulfilling throughout. As an aspiring wildlife documentary maker this experience has been very enlightening and despite the many problems I have faced, I have never wanted to do this as a career more than I do now. I am going to re-edit my documentary once I can have my hard drive recovered as I am determined to make it as good as I possibly can.

Rosenthal, A (2007). Writing, Directing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos. 4th ed. USA: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. 201.


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