Mandie was a good sport for our in-class assignment this morning – a 10-second, unedited interview. I asked her what she’d be doing on a beautiful Saturday like today if she weren’t in class. My video skills, apparently, are decent but still plenty of room for improvement. Like…. should have tried not to have other people in the top left, and should have tried not to cut off the tops of their heads! Also, could have put Mandie not quite so far right!
Bob McCall is the cat’s meow.
I’d like my final project to be a documentary on protests outside of the White House. All year round there are regular and one-time protesters, everything from the anti-war crowd to Palestinian activists, tax activists, opponents of the president, etc. Some of them sing or shout, and some just set up their booths, hunker down and let their posters speak for themselves. Some are one-man or one-woman operations and others are large.
Why do these folks set up shop here? Do they think the president is watching? Do they want to get journalists’ attention? Are they hoping to reach out to the thousands of tourists who visit the White House each day?
I’d interview some of these protesters and also passersby to find out more about why they do what they do and what people think of it. My plan is to use stills and audio to capture the images/sounds of the protesters as they mix with tourists.
Then I’d use video for a couple of interviews with historians and White House officials about how this practice got started, what are some of the most infamous or important protests at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and what impact/usefulness they have (perhaps also some publicly available file photos from Vietnam/civil rights era would be good here?)
The main potential challenge I see is whether I’ll be able to get a good, representative sample of protesters in the late fall when it’s colder outside and Congress is in a lame-duck session. Some of the biggest protests in recent memory are by tea party activists and anti-war organizers. If I find only smaller scale protests, can I narrate around the fact that I won’t have my own images of some of the bigger ones?
I will interview an individual who commuted to work from Montgomery County to downtown D.C. by public transportation for years, but now drives to work in D.C. instead.
I will interview another individual who is committed to mass transit and thinks it’s the best way to get to work.
I will point out the pros and cons of each mode of commuting to work and ask what caused one person to drop mass transit and drive instead. I will ask for examples of specific incidents that may have influenced the decision to drive to work, such as were you frequently late to work, how did you deal with the delays. I will ask how train delays compare to traffic delays.
My interviews will discuss the advantages provided by public transportation but I will present conveniences afforded in driving to work as well. Additionally I will review the economic impact of commuting to work by automobile and discuss whether the advantages of mass transit outweigh the disadvantages.
Generally, I will try to present each person’s case regarding their chosen method of transportation.
I will use video and sound for the interviews and plenty of photos illustrating the modes of mass transit.