Two months, two minutes: The Blacksmith micro doc


About two months ago, I started filming my first micro documentary. Now I'm just about finished editing all two minutes of it (that's a long time for me), making tweaks here and there until I'm satisfied. Mixing the audio and video may be the best part, because that's when the story comes together. I've got the clips spread out before me, scrubbing through them and trimming the fat, like meat on a cutting board.

My plate of General Tso if there was any doubt. Photo taken by  Candra Umunna

My plate of General Tso if there was any doubt. Photo taken by Candra Umunna

I made General Tso chicken last weekend for the first time. I don't do much cooking, but it is very similar to editing a film. It's all about knowing how much is enough. My girlfriend and I added a lot of spices to the chicken. We coughed, sniffled, gasped for air. I thought it may been ruined, but it tasted really good. Cooking is a little more forgiving than editing; we all have to eat. And if it's pizza, you're golden because even bad pizza is still good.

So I guess I'm saying I hope the documentary turns out just as well as the chicken. Or at least pizza.  

Test footage from my phone

I picked up an anamorphic lens adapter by Moondog Labs for the iPhone 6S, and a grip to hold it all steady so I can film things at a moments notice. I drove to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center, a ten-minute drive from my home, to get some test footage to see how the rig performs. Since there isn't a neutral density filter I can attach to my phone, I film during sunset to limit overexposure. A phone doesn't replace a dedicated video camera, but it's an enjoyable experience. So far.