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We have long awaited this time…we have prepared weeks and weeks for this…the time is finally here! One of the great projects that every Double R intern team completes is the pro bono video. We have spent the semester perfecting our craft of scriptwriting, shooting, and editing and now it is our chance to use those skills and give back to the community. Our team came across City Blossoms and was inspired by the work they’re doing for the community. Their mission is to “foster healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and resources.” Because of the great work they’re doing for the community, our team wanted to make a video about their organization, free of charge, to help promote their work! To help future intern teams have a succe
ssful pro bono p
roject, I have developed a list of tips to make your experience run nice and smooth!

 

  1. Find your passion

Finding your passion is a great way to not only know what drives you but it is also important to help you decide what organization closely aligns to your passion. There are a lot of non-profits in the area so
having a starting point will help narrow the list. Your passion can be anything from the arts
, the environment, or even education. Just make sure that whatever non-profit you select, you support the mission of the organization.

 

  1. Research non-profits in the area

Because there are so many non-profits in DC, you want to make sure you know everything about the organization you pick. This includes knowing what they do, if they have any upcoming events that you can cover, and whether they will need your services. It is also important to research so you have an idea of what the video will look like before you start. You want the video to be as visual as possible, so if the organization doesn’t have a lot to capture it might be hard to make a 2-minute video for them.

 

  1. Communication and Organization is key!

As with any project, having good communication and organization with your client is essential! Since the interns are in full control of production, you want to make sure that everything from start to finish is organized. This means that once you’ve contacted the non-profit, you should keep them informed about your timeline and any concerns that you may have. You also want to find out if they have any specific requests for the video (voiceover, logos, color scheme, etc.). This way, both parties are informed throughout the entire production process. Remember what Rosemary always says, “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Production!”

Keep an eye out for our completed pro bono video for City Blossoms!

Crystal

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Double R at Score DC’s “All Things Grants” http://doublerproductions.com/double-r-score-dcs-things-grants/ http://doublerproductions.com/double-r-score-dcs-things-grants/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:38:57 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1958 The post Double R at Score DC’s “All Things Grants” appeared first on Double R Productions.

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When running a small business, it is important to pitch our company to others. Last Tuesday, our Double R crew attended the “All Things Grants” event hosted by DC Score at NOAA Science Center. Receiving grants is not an easy process; the purpose of “All Things Grants” is to invite small businesses and start-ups to provide them with educational information on the Federal Grant process. Double R was there to meet the attendees and inform them on what we do and how a video can help advertise or fund-raise for their businesses or non-profit more efficiently.


We started by setting up the booth, decorating our table and laying Double R cow pattern tablecloth, business cards, flyers and pens for a giveaway gift. Then we set up a monitor to present our past and recent video works.

At first, I was a little nervous about being a part of the booth because I was not sure if I could pitch our company to the people. However, it actually turned out to be very enjoyable. It was fun to talk to the people who showed interest in our business and listen to what they do as well.

Overall everything went smoothly. However, while our booth was the most eye-catching, there were no clear signs that we make videos. As people approached our booth, it seemed like many of them could not correlate Double R with video production. So we had to explain to every person what we do, which was actually a part of our job and all of us did very well. For future references, we could possibly attach video production related words or pictures around our step and repeat, so people could have a better idea of our company. As always, I want to thank my team for being cooperative and making everything go right with a fun atmosphere.

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Arts, Humanities & the Creative Economy http://doublerproductions.com/arts-humanities-creative-economy/ http://doublerproductions.com/arts-humanities-creative-economy/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:53:34 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1878 The post Arts, Humanities & the Creative Economy appeared first on Double R Productions.

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The arts…we all grew up with it! Storytelling, making music, and even creating masterpieces that our parents would showcase on the kitchen refrigerator. Art is the foundation of our creativity that drives everyday life. Realizing the importance of this realm of life, Arts Action DC brought advocates across the DC area to the John A. Wilson building. Members of the creative community met with DC council members to express the importance of the creative community and concerns about the future of art programs. Advocates ranged from filmmakers, fashion designers, and even culinary arts. Each came with a purpose and a passion to strengthen the community and increase funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The morning was filled with various events like a fashion pop up, comedy shows, and performances from various musicians. These showcases gave a glimpse of the talent across DC and how the funding for the arts is being put to use. In the evening, there was a DC JAM session that was curated from the Washington Performing Arts. It was a night filled with dancing, cultural performances, and music from the youth orchestra. In one night, you could feel the cultural vibrancy of the city in just one room.

The Double R team had the opportunity to cover this event by interviewing participants and attending meetings with council members. Our president Rosemary even expressed how companies like Double R extend opportunities for students, like me, to further their passion in a professional setting. Personally, the arts have been an influential part of my life. In middle and high school I was a member of the symphonic band, participated in various speech and writing contests, and am now attending a liberal arts university. I am forever thankful for the impact that the arts and humanities have had in my life and I know that it will remain an important factor for years to come!

Crystal

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News Coverage of NoDAPL Protest on DC http://doublerproductions.com/1873-2/ http://doublerproductions.com/1873-2/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:18:07 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1873 The post News Coverage of NoDAPL Protest on DC appeared first on Double R Productions.

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Native Nations Rise held a big protest in DC on March 10. Activists came to fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). As an intern from Korea, English is my second language. Inevitably, I have faced many obstacles here in the district. Compared to the deeply rooted Asia’s past, the United States lacks in history but makes up in diversity. DAPL is one of the many issues that is mixed into the social, cultural, and political controversies here in the US. I had to start from scratch, researching exactly what DAPL stands for and the five W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why) of this issue.

On the day I went out for the shoot, it was actually my first time being aware of the Native American culture. Interviewing them was such a great learning experience as they informed me of the history of their tribes. They taught me about how long their ancestors have been cherishing Mother Earth. Seeing them stand in solidarity boosted me up to turn this coverage into a really important news story. And here it is.

Big thanks to Matt, my co-intern, for being a wonderful videographer, even in the rain and snow.

Now I can fiercely make use of #NoDapl and #WaterisLife.

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Camera Tips and Tricks http://doublerproductions.com/camera-tips-tricks/ http://doublerproductions.com/camera-tips-tricks/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:19:01 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1869 The post Camera Tips and Tricks appeared first on Double R Productions.

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It is always great to get outside of the office. On International Women’s Day, Crystal, Soojin, and I packed up our cameras and microphones to get the full experience of the day in D.C. Our plan was to find a group of women that we could shoot for our Women’s Day PSA. Additionally, we set out to capture B-roll for the Native Nations march and rally that is coming up at the end of this week. It seemed that we were able to knock out a few birds with one stone on this beautiful day.

The day was not completely full of sunshine though as we had more lessons to learn about video production. Unfortunately, as soon as we got back to the office we learned that our audio had not been adjusted properly on the camera, and some of our footage was overexposed. Luckily, we had a back-up plan. We took still pictures of the International Women’s Day march, and we were able to make a nice video out of that. But, if you want to make a great video for a PSA, here are some tips and tricks that can help you.

First, be sure that you have a white piece of paper to white balance your camera. Make sure you white balance your camera whenever you enter a new setting with different color temperatures.

Next, make sure the image you are capturing is focused. To focus a person or object, zoom in all the way on the subject and then adjust the focus ring until the image is clear.

Now that everything is focused and white balanced you need to make sure your image isn’t overexposed. Bright and sunny days can cause trouble for your camera. A day with clouds and overcast is actually best for lighting. To regulate the amount of light coming into the camera you need to adjust the camera’s iris. The iris ring is usually found near the focus ring. Also, some cameras have filter settings. These filters are kind of like sunglasses and can be used to lower the brightness of an image.

Finally, you need to check your audio settings. This is what ultimately killed our original plan to make a Women’s Day PSA. If you are using a lapel microphone or a hand held mic, you must make sure that the audio settings on your camera are set so that your individual microphones are receiving audio input and not the internal mic on your camera. Usually, this can be done with just one flip of a switch. Also, be sure to plug headphones into the camera so that you can make sure the audio is coming in clearly. Look at the audio levels displayed on the camera monitor as well. If the levels are rising after an individual is done talking, then you should double-check your audio settings. The levels should only rise when an individual is talking.

By following these tips and tricks you will be on the way to producing high quality videos. I hope you learned something and if you have any other tips for future videographers and video producers please share them in the comment section!

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Lights! Camera! Action! http://doublerproductions.com/lights-camera-action/ http://doublerproductions.com/lights-camera-action/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:12:05 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1866 The post Lights! Camera! Action! appeared first on Double R Productions.

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This week was an exciting one for Double R! We began the week with recording the first two pilot shows of DC’s Panorama. DC’s Panorama is a collaboration project between Double R and UDC TV to bring a voice to the people of Washington DC.  Getting to this point took a lot of work from the entire team at Double R. We all pitched ideas to make the show appealing to our audience and researched activists and community leaders around DC as guests for the show. It took a lot of work but in the end, it all came together!

Working behind the scenes during the production process was a new experience for me! I want to work in the newsroom once I graduate, so having the opportunity to be in a control room and helping with various tasks was very beneficial. My roles for the day consisted of being an assistant to the guests and operating the teleprompter. I love meeting new people, so it was great being able to interact with residents in the DC area. The two guests that I got to know were Brandon Watts and Trayon White. Brandon is a student activist at Howard University and used his life experience to influence his interest in becoming a civil rights attorney. Trayon White is a city councilmember for Ward 8 and is passionate about the youth having access to education. This led to him creating HICKS, Inc. (Helping Inner City Kids Succeed).

“Trump in the District” and “What are Humanities & How Do I Meet One?” were the two pilot shows that we recorded. Both shows had thought provoking conversations from people that are directly impacted by President Trump’s policies. I was fortunate enough to have my news package, “A Day Without Immigrants”, featured on “Trump in the District.” This was my very first news story that I have covered and edited since being at Double R, so it was an honor to have it showcased!

DC’s Panorama is an amazing opportunity that I’m so excited to be part of! Giving a voice to those who don’t get a vote on the hill is what this is all about.  Now the hard part – finding sponsors! Make sure you stay tuned for the release of the first two pilots of DC’s Panorama and follow our twitter @DCPanorama!

Crystal

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A Day Without Immigrants http://doublerproductions.com/day-without-immigrants/ http://doublerproductions.com/day-without-immigrants/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:35:35 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1858 The post A Day Without Immigrants appeared first on Double R Productions.

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There have been a lot of protests going on in DC before and after the inauguration. Yesterday was another protest, A Day without Immigrants. Many restaurants and businesses across the country closed down for the day to demonstrate the importance of immigrants to America’s economy.

Our intern team researched and planned our production route. We first went to Busboys and Poets, one of which restaurants closed in support of immigrants, for a standup and then headed to the White House to get footage of the rally. Guess what? When we got to the National Mall, the area was as peaceful as a dove and not a single small protest was in sight.

One of the employees from Busboys and Poets gave us information that the start point of the march was at Mt. Pleasant. So we went there, hoping to find something, but only to hear that the march had already left towards the White House. We came back to the National Mall, but we still couldn’t find any protests. We were confused, wandering around either to try to come up with other alternatives or to wait for a stroke of luck to meet any marchers somewhere. And it happened! We spotted this lady holding a protest sign and just across the street was a crowd of people marching and chanting in Spanish. Almost as a reflex action, we ran hard to follow them. At last, we got some nice footage, interviewed the participants, and took photos of the scene.

Sometimes information or notices that are posted on the Internet may not be clear enough or there could be a spontaneous change of plans. But do not panic, keep your ears and eyes open. As long as you have a good mind and the drive to achieve something, you will get the story. Great work, guys!

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Mistakes and Mischief Offer Growth http://doublerproductions.com/mistakes-mischief-offer-growth/ http://doublerproductions.com/mistakes-mischief-offer-growth/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:42:47 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1854 The post Mistakes and Mischief Offer Growth appeared first on Double R Productions.

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It is only week two for me at Double R and I can’t believe how involved and included I am with the team! In these past two weeks, I have already practiced using the camera and searched for music for a public service announcement. This past Tuesday I helped train the American Trucking Associations’ leadership class for the media under Aquarian Production and Entertainment Services contract.

The awesomeness of the staff and other interns boosts my motivation to be the best that I can be, but on Tuesday I learned that even if you try your best you are still going to make mistakes. Tuesday morning, I was full of excitement because I was going to see what working outside of the office looked like. At 10:30, we had a quick meeting to go over the presentation and who was doing what. Then, everything was promptly packed and we were out looking for our Uber driver by 11… or so we thought. Everything was not packed. We had the camera, the Teleprompter, and microphones, but we had forgotten our lights and makeup bag. These two pieces are essential to a production set. Now, we weren’t producing, but in order for the ATA class to get the best media training we needed all of our equipment. Sadly, this was not our only dilemma. Our Teleprompter was not working correctly. My anxiety was running through the roof! I had to stay calm.

Thanks to the wonderful Lauren, who wasn’t even at the training, we were able to fix the Teleprompter. Also, Lauren came to the training to drop off the lights and makeup bag. She was our savior!

After the crisis I learned a few things. The most important lesson I learned is to READ THE CALL SHEET! The call sheet lists everything you need to take when going out on a video or media training project. It is very important to make sure you have everything listed on that call sheet to ensure a more successful day and a happy Rosemary.

The next lesson I learned is almost as important. I learned that you are going to make mistakes and that is okay. It is imperative to learn and grow from errors that you’ve made. Yes, making a mistake can be embarrassing and even scary. The best part about being human though, is that we all have flaws and we can all learn from them.

As I continue my internship with Double R, I am nervous about making mistakes, but I am also optimistic because I know I will learn valuable lessons and won’t make the same mistake again.

– Matt Baer

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New Beginnings and New Challenges http://doublerproductions.com/new-beginnings-new-challenges/ http://doublerproductions.com/new-beginnings-new-challenges/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:15:52 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1850 The post New Beginnings and New Challenges appeared first on Double R Productions.

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After much anticipation, the wait is finally over! I walked through the doors of 1621Connecticut Avenue and officially gained the title of “The Intern.” In just one week I have already learned my way around Dupont Circle, set up and recorded elevator speeches, and completed the In-the-Camera challenge! In-the-Camera is an exercise that tests your creativity, planning, and shooting. You develop a script with your storyline and record, however, there’s a twist. You have to create a fluid video without any editing. After going through the challenge, I developed a list of tips that can help you thrive when you’re faced with this task!

 

  1. Plan!

This is where the 7P’s of production come in handy: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Production! The more planning you do, the more prepared you will be. It’s okay to read through your script multiple times and make changes when needed. You want your work to be the best representation of your abilities.

 

  1. Engage your surroundings!

With only a couple of interns, it can get pretty boring seeing the same people and same things in every shot. Step outside of the office and use the beauty of Dupont Circle. Even ask people in the office if they would be willing to have a part in your video. Having a variety of shots will make it more interesting.

 

  1. Have fun!

Even if things don’t go exactly as you planned, don’t stress! This is meant to be a fun exercise that you can learn from. If you mess up, keep going! Loosen up and enjoy the moment!

 

  1. BE CREATIVE!!!

Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box. Gain inspiration from your favorite TV show or comedy skit you’ve seen! The more creative you are, the more shots you’ll be able to shoot, and the more fun you’ll have!

 

Filming In-the-Camera was a great way the get the week started. I already learned so much about camera angles and producing. I’m looking forward to working on more projects this semester and can’t wait to grow over the next couple of months. It will be a busy one but I’m ready for the challenge.

– Crystal Brockington

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Prompters, Protests, and Parting http://doublerproductions.com/prompters-protests-parting/ http://doublerproductions.com/prompters-protests-parting/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:46:21 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1813 This week has been another busy week as an intern here at Double R. My big project on Wednesday was learning how to operate the teleprompter. I had never had the opportunity to work with this technology before, […]

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This week has been another busy week as an intern here at Double R. My big project on Wednesday was learning how to operate the teleprompter. I had never had the opportunity to work with this technology before, so I was excited, but I also had very little idea of exactly how to use it. Thankfully, I had Soojin and SanQuan with me who had worked with the teleprompter before to show me the ropes. There were so many aspects to operating the teleprompter that I had not anticipated. The set-up itself was a feat, but using the machine was trickier than I expected. I learned how to control the speed to match the person on camera’s voice, something that was very nerve racking for me, as I didn’t want to mess up someone else’s take because I was running the words too fast or too slow. Secondly, I learned how to actually use the teleprompter when speaking, which was very interesting. It was so difficult to read while looking like you aren’t reading and to seem relaxed when you are intensely focused. By the end of the shoot, I was weary, but I had improved a lot when using it to speak. After doing this project, I have serious respect for all of the news anchors and teleprompter operators out there.

Thursday was my first day working on a shoot outside of the office, and a very exciting one at that! Along with several members of the Double R team, I went out into DC to get footage of protests, as it was the day before the Inauguration. We visited two different protest sites, one significantly more energized than the other, where we interviewed protesters and shot B-roll. My job was to help out with the B-roll coverage and to take videos on the Go-Pro. We will be going out again on Friday to get more coverage of the protests on the day of the inauguration, a shoot that is sure to be interesting and eventful!

Finally, this is my last blog post, as Friday is my last day as an intern at Double R. I have loved getting to work with this incredibly talented and creative team over the last few weeks, and I’m sad to see my internship come to an end so soon. To everyone on the Double R team, thank you so much for always being there to help me when I become confused about AVID (very often), and for teaching me so many skills from how to work a P2 camera, to how to set up for a shoot, to how to interview someone for a news package. I have enjoyed every day, and I’m wishing you all the best.

-Sophia Grande

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