Public Service Announcement

24 10 2009

For my TV Production II class at Rowan, we are constantly busy planning, filming and editing films and mini-projects. Our latest assignment is to film a PSA, otherwise known as a Public Service Announcement, about a local, non-profit organization. The topic of my group’s PSA is the Worship Church in Glassboro. The PSA is supposed to be one minute in length and its purpose is to inform others about the club; sort of like a commercial, advertising this Rowan organization.

The blog post following this one is a photo essay about our PSA. All the photographs you will see were taken by me over the course of two days, Sunday, October 18 and Monday, October 19. They were the last two film shoots of the project. The first takes place in the science building on Rowan’s campus for the group’s Sunday worship sessions. Monday night, we filmed in a bowling alley the group visits each week. The members in our PSA group are Rob, Meaghan, Sam and myself; all senior Radio, TV and Film majors at Rowan.

The pictures you will see are all from the production process. In filmmaking, there are three processes; pre-production, production and post production. Pre-production is planning the film, scouting locations, drawing storyboards and finding the cast and crew. Production is the actual filming of the film and post production includes editing, sound mixing and special effects.

I hope you enjoy the photos and have a good understanding of what filming was like on those two nights.


words of wisdom

13 10 2009

“The best editors make the best film directors.”
– Charles “Chack” Ackerman, a Rowan Alumni who graduated in May

I love this quote. He said this to me one day last spring. I think it’s true because editors know what shots work best together, if two shots need a cutaway shot in between them for the scene to flow well or not and what footage is usable and what isn’t. Since editors know all this just looking at a shot in post-production, they also have a good eye at noticing all these factors during production. When good editors take the role of director, they have the potential to create a very well thought out, smooth flowing film, usually with great continuity as well.