Today I was out in Bray filming Aaron’s cutaways. I chose Bray because it is close to where Aaron is from and he spends a lot of his time there. As he is heading off to South East Asia next Wednesday I was stuck with time and had to get all the cutaways in the one day.
So the midterm presentation is coming up and I thought it would be a good idea to put a trailer together to show everyone my progress so far and give them an idea of what they have to look forward to in the main documentary. I started out by importing all of the footage into Premiere Pro and syncing up the audio and footage which didn’t take too long as I had them all organised in their own folders.
I thought I would work through the footage by placing them in their own sequences and putting together a really rough cut so I knew what usable footage I had from each interview and work from there.
I found this really helped me to stay organised. I was able to take certain parts from each sequence and place it into a new sequence where I could put together the separate interviews. I was able to refine the footage that was already cut roughly and make it into a story. This all came together and formed the trailer for Skin Deep.
You can watch the trailer here!
I have had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa several times now but I hadn’t spoken to Aaron yet, that is until today! I had arranged to meet Aaron in his house and conduct his interview. As spoken about previously, Aaron’s sister sadly passed away 13 years ago from Cystic Fibrosis. He got a tattoo on his shoulder in commemoration to her when he was 18. I asked Aaron about his relationship with his sister, the day that she passed away and also what it was like for him as he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis too.
The interview went really well, he was very open and honest with all of his answers and wanted to get that part of his story out there. The next steps with Aaron is to go with him when he gets his new tattoo and get some shots of him in the tattoo studio etc.
While interviewing Lisa I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some still shots of her which could then be used in the poster and advertising for the documentary. I had different ideas of how I wanted to set it up. Do I want her to look sad because the story she tells is so tragic? Do I want her to look happy because she has this tattoo that she loves and means a lot to her? I wasn’t too sure while taking the photos but it seemed so much more natural for her to just relax and allow me to take a “natural” photograph of her.