Well here it is, my first and final draft of my video project for the adobe premiere unit.
The footage features this year’s Alumni Show, from Nuthouse Improv Comedy Club here at WSU.
Nuthouse Improv Comedy was the first club I joined when I enrolled into WSU.
One of my inspirational heroes, Stephen Colbert, started his career as a comedian in Second City, an infamous improve comedy troupe based in Chicago. So, instinctively I joined to learn and see how improvisational comedy can benefit my life.
There is a lot more to Nuthouse than trying to get the most laughs.
There is a lot of communication, trust, confidence, and adaptability involved in the club meetings and rehearsals.
This show was a unique experience, for my project, and learning about improve. The alumni show event consisted of two shows in one weekend. The first show (featured in this video) consisted purely of the Alumni, the second show also casted current members of the comedy troupe. Getting to see the former Nuts coming back and were able to come back for a weekend as though a day hasn’t gone by since they left.
For the show I had two cameras stationed on opposite ends of the stage, and they essentially captured the entire cast in all the right angles.
I had one camera rolling nonstop from beginning to end, then the other took footage at 2 minutes blocks to save battery space. The first camera acted as cornerstone for audio and video. The second camera acted as the “sniper”, if the cornerstone didn’t have it, camera two would take the shot.
By Unlinking the video and audio from camera one from each other, editing was very simple. I only had to coordinate the videos to the sound, and not having to deal with both.
A bummer during the editing process was the first scene of introducing the cast. The Technician was new and this was her first show, but the volume of the music drowned out her voice. Luckily the president of Nuthouse kept old headshots from when the alumni cast were still in school and he was generous enough to send them to me.
The problem with this though was they were not digital, so the pictures he sent me had all these glares, if I had more time I would have gone on photoshop to fix the glares, but from the tutorials I saw there wasn’t much I would have been able to do.
After that it was simple enough for the footage to fit on the screen by the effect controls > motion>scale. Then adding the headshots and titles.
Now behold, my first completed film.