Jack Linger Independent Study Fund Interview — Mukta

Good evening everyone!

Today I made my first video in Adobe Premiere Pro on my MacBook Pro. I am beyond proud of myself and I can’t wait to make more films in this awesome program! I did run into a few significant challenges along the way, but thank goodness I found (and am in the process) of finding great solutions.

Before I get into my process, here are a few pictures of some of the notes I took during the Pre-Production phase and the Production phase of this video:

My Script
This sheet shows some of plan for my edits that I developed in the Pre-Production phase. As you can see, it changed as I went through my process.

On August 6th, I had the pleasure of interviewing my fellow Jack Linger Independent Study Fund Recipient Mukta on her amazing summer study titled: Psychology and Climate Change. Make sure to go and check out her blog! I took a screen recording of our conversation as well as an audio recording too; I used quicktime for both of those. I also set my phone up on a Tripod to catch another angle. The full interview ended up being around 16 minutes long and my end goal was to edit it down to around 3-5 minutes. I can happily say that this goal was achieved!

My next task was to take all of this footage and put it into my brand new film editing program, Adobe Premiere Pro. I would just like to say, again, that this was my first time making a video in this program and I am super satisfied with the outcome! This may be a shock to some, but my total editing time came out to around 5 hours for a 5 minute video (it was definitely worth it in the end). That seems like quite a long time, but it’s surprisingly fairly standard considering the import/export time, special effects, transitions, color correction/grading, and other aspects that come along with editing. This process certainly takes a lot of concentration and a lot attention to detail .

For those that are curious, this is what the interface of Adobe Premiere Pro looks like.

Since I am still fairly new to this industry standard program, I didn’t go too crazy with the graphics, sound effects, and other extras that came with Adobe Premiere Pro (that certainly would’ve added on a few hours). I did have to reference my notes a few times and google a few things from time to time, but otherwise I felt pretty confident making this video.

So, a few hours passed and before I knew it, I was ready to export my video! I was so excited and happy with the outcome and I couldn’t wait to show everyone, especially Mukta. Unfortunately, that’s where things went down hill. I was able to get through exporting stage just fine, the problem was with the storage on my MacBook Pro: I didn’t have enough. I even went through all of my downloads and deleted as many as I possibly could. I could just tell that it would not be feasible to go through this process with every video I make. I spent hours making this amazing video that only I could see. So, that was kind of a bummer.

Nevertheless, I persisted! A few posts ago, I mentioned that I got the opportunity to get a MacBook Desktop that I could customize to meet my needs; this will be my solution. I am going to research and find a computer that meets my needs as a filmmaker (y’all will see a post on that soon) and I plan to send all of the footage from my school computer over to the new one when it arrives so I can export it onto there. It is quite a long solution, but it is so worth it!

To conclude, I am pretty devastated that I can’t share this video with anyone right now, but I still want to let everyone know that I am still and will continue making videos 🙂

Thank you all for your support, it means so much to me!!