As I told you, my biggest mistake happened last school year during 1st quarter. We were filming interviews in the town of Kapaa. My project was on the Traffic in Kapaa. On a Saturday afternoon, me, my mom, and my dad set out to get some interviews from the businesses and tourists in Downtown Kapaa. So from 3:30 to 6:30 in the after noon, we filmed interviews and b-roll nonstop for 4 hours. We filmed some music shops, bike shops, and some restaurants. We also interviewed 3 tourists. I felt really great at the end of the day. We ate at the restaurant that we filmed at. But then the next day in the morning and I reviewed the shots. THERE WAS NO AUDIO IN ANY OF THE INTERVIEWS WE DID YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. Almost 4 hours of footage and interviews had no sound at all. I don't mean sound that is very soft. I mean sound that wasn't even recorded. It was horrible.
On that morning I was close to crying. I learned a valuable, yet the most basic lesson, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR AUDIO! Audio may be coming in through the headphones but it may not be recorded on camera. You have video but no audio. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR AUDIO!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. But as always, I gave it a second chance and went out to film again that next day. For some odd reason, the answers that we got in the interviews we did the next day were the answers that we were looking for. The answers that we needed and wanted to hear from our interviewees.
Even though we screwed up horribly during the production of the video, in the end, it all worked out a lot better than what I expected. It aired on Hiki No, it won the Olelo Youth Exchange Competition, it placed in the 2014 STN Spring Nationals, and got nominated for one of categories for Hiki No! So after all the crying, it turned out to be a successful video. Just to let you know, my partner for this project was Kekoa Wehner. He also goes to CKMS.
Well thats my lessoned learned. Always check your audio, never give up, and hope for the best. Until next time, bye!