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!
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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