with support from the corporation for public broadcasting

“human” and other information

April 01, 2009 by Dave

My documentary ‘human’ has evolved from day one, shifting focus slightly and refined each day that I’ve worked at it. I only have the footage of one of my subjects right now which leaves many holes in my rough cut. So to fill in…

The beginning will feature the ROTC cadet, Luke, doing PT and I will juxtapose what will come with “flashes” of Iraq from when Danny, the veteran, was over there. I plan on intertwining the two interviews (the opposing views) near the middle of the film and transition completely into Danny for the end. I might “flash” back to Luke near the end to keep the viewer engaged with the beginning of the story but I need to get my footage to see what it will be.

Most of the video of the interview will be discarded and the audio used with Iraq clips, photographs and negative (black) space. I want to create an environment that will make you feel distant, much like how Danny feels now after he Iraq. The first part should be pretty filled with action and with constant moving…to show the energy of Luke.


If you are in need of help with audio during your editing, please refer to FCP4 audio essentials for help. It is very complete and will help you a lot if you take some time to read it.

To create correctly sized photos there is 2 things that you need to do. Go to any mac lab and open your photo in Photoshop. Once it is open, select the rectangle marquee tool from the tool bar. In the tool bar that shows up at top of screen, select FIXED RATIO for the style and type in the ratio you want (4:3 or 16:9). Drag the tool across your photo to select the area you wish to use and let go (you can drag the selection box around to reposition it after you let go.) Go to the IMAGE drop down menu and select crop. Next, go to the VIEW drop down menu > PIXEL ASPECT RATIO > D1/DV NTSC 0.91 Now save the photo and import into FCP.



April 07, 2009

Thank you for continuing to share your experiences with the technical aspects of creating the documentary. Also, I found your rough cut really expresses a very clear point of view. Your vision for your project come through, and I’m looking forward to the final doc.

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