Sneak peek at the motorcycle documentary

Riding season is winding down - it's gorgeous now but won't be long before the last leaf has fallen and the deep freeze begins. I'll get in as many rides as I can before I have to dig out the battery tender and fogging oil.


Working on the documentary has been fascinating. There are so many elements that come together to make it work. I've been working out the documentary with my producer and we've found that the audio beats the video in importance. We're putting together the story like a radio show - the spoken word is the the structure, the frame, and the video will be placed on top of that frame.

We found that the old fashioned method of shuffling around index cards on a table helped us best in working out the plot. Each index card was a bit of dialogue that our subjects talked about and having them spread out before us really made a logical flow of ideas visible.



Documentary seems to be similar to travel photography; you go out having a rough idea of what you will find, but you really don't know what the story will be until you come back and see what you've shot.

In the meantime, I'm getting deep into learning video editing. I'm taking what I've learned about processing my photos and applying that knowledge to the similar tools in the video editor.
It's all the same things, a bit of contrast, adjusting the white-balance and saturation, a subtle vignette.

Here's a short video made with a bit of the extra footage we shot - just made to teach myself the tools, and give a hint of what's coming. I had fun recording the miniature soundtrack too.
It's all pretty pictures with no story - just the sort of video I was lambasting in the last post!



All for now, I'm off to ride to Ontario for the weekend, see you on the road!


2 Response to "Sneak peek at the motorcycle documentary"

  1. jeffkatzer Says:

    I'm still here, hanging on every word (or frame in this case). I like the "pretty pictures" video.
    We just returned from a little moto ride through the North Cascades...did a short travelog video of our trip: jeffkatzer.wordpress.com

    Keep em coming. Kat

  2. Charmin Says:

    After a few time I came back to check your website, and what a surprise! you are now working in a video documentary, good to hear you are looking forward learning new things... Good luck Anton

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