In theory transitioning between photography and video should be a fairly smooth process. A good shot in video is composed with the same elements as a good photo, but I’ve learned it’s not that simple. A videographer must maintain rigid control of the elements around them for the length of the shot, which is not to say they don’t welcome interesting but random subject matter in their shot. A photographer, on the other hand, only has to maintain control for a moment. It’s a subtle yet critical difference between the two, one that I didn’t fully grasp until video boot camp started.Essentially video boot camp is an entire video-journalism class condensed into a week. It’s fast paced and challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding.
I think what has surprised me the most over the past week is how simple and yet complex Final Cut Pro is. I might not be technologically inept but technology has such as steep and constantly changing learning curve that I often ignore it, which is admittedly ignorant on my part. Final Cut Pro is different because although there is a learning curve, it’s not insurmountable, especially with our teachers guiding us every step of the way. In fact I’m motivated to learn more about the program with every video we make because I can see my mistakes the way other people do. While it’s mildly terrifying to think that at the end of this journey we will have a rough cut of a documentary, its also exhilarating because I know our group can pull it off.