Tuesday and Wednesday last week I helped out Rick and Julia with progressing with the editing for our Chewing the Cud film. Rick gave me a brief run down on the controls for Final Cut Pro and then I got down with the nitty gritty editing. I started by editing Russel Breese’s interview which had some problems due to some of the background noise however, we got some great shots of him! During the editing process we are looking for the most interesting stories that really show the importance the livestock market once had and the culture that came with it.
While editing each interview we have been cropping out some of the best memoirs and anecdotes to have in our film. For each interview we made an ‘assembly edit’ which contained some of the footage with the best stories and best shots. Once we have completed all of the assembly edits we will then go onto creating the first cut.
I again had the pleasure of editing a couple more interviews which I really enjoyed, not only just the interesting stories but the learning experience that it’s providing. Last weeks work on editing has really helped me gain knowledge and skills for production and post-production.
Last Thursday (16th Jan) Rick and I went to the new livestock market to film cut aways. Rick pulled out a rather large list of shots that we tried our best to work through. We started by getting some close ups of some of the sheep in the pens and then we had a great chance to get some shots of the sheep running through the pens and some sheep being unloaded from a lorry.
Shaking off the cold we carried on and then tried to get some shots of the pigs. This proved quite difficult as most of them were asleep on top of each other! Soon after though Rick managed to get some great shots of the pig auction and some of the farmers bidding.
The next part of the morning we moved into the cattle ring to get some shots of cows and also some videos of the cattle auction. We grabbed a spot right at the top of the cattle ring and filmed as each cow came into the ring and the auction began. I really enjoyed this part of the day, seeing how huge some of these cows were and how much they sold for was great and trying to hear what the auctioneer was saying got to be quite humorous!
By the end of the morning I think we could satisfyingly cross off a number of shots from the list and say morning well spent!
Overall I had a great week doing both editing and filming and it feels good to be getting our hands stuck in the project and I am very much looking forward to see the outcome.
Abbey Kaye, Volunteer of Chewing the Cud