By now you know I want to do a documentary. And if you have been following me at all, you know I have no idea what I am doing. But of course that has never stopped me before. Right now I am trying to find guys who are off to DadCon who have no shame and are willing to send me film. What sort of film? We’ll, selfie is fine. And saying what? Well, I’ll get to that.
Here is what I am thinking:
1. Use a phone, video camera, digital camera, etc. I don’t care. If it records, use it. Just make sure it is 1080 HD and you shoot in 16:9 Widescreen (not landscape).
2. Film over multiple days i.e. before, during and after the convention. It doesn’t have to be long, just 2 or 3 min (or less) here and there. Whenever the mood takes you.
3. What you film is up to you, for the most part. I can always use b-roll of you preparing the night before with the wife, kids, dog, etc. Or b-roll of your travel, or the convention, or Raleigh, or in the pub, or you heading home and when you get home. Just do your best to keep the camera steady, and shoot as much as you feel comfortable.
That said, I will need some or all of these questions answered (or answer your own):
Before the convention film:
Who are you (share whatever personal details you feel comfortable – name, age, details of kids, wife, your location, how long you’ve been a SAHD, why you are a SAHD, what’s that like?
Why are you going?
Is it your first, or if you have been before, where and what was it like?
How did you wife react to you going?
What was the planning life (arranging to have someone take the kids etc.)?
Is it your first time away this year?
How important is it too you?
What do you expect?
During the convention film (Typically done at the end of the day or start):
What was the day like?
What did you do?
Who did you meet?
What was your favourite thing?
Where did you go?
If you went to a session, what was it and what was it like?
End of convention Film:
How do you feel?
Was it what you expected?
What was the best thing about it?
Will you be back?
Did it help and how?
If you film when you get home, which would be cool: what is the first night at home like?
This is a passion project with me, but I don’t know what I will get filmed. Truth is, I’ve never done anything like this before, and having a toddler and a wife that travels makes overcoming the learning curve a bugger. But I am going to do my damnedest. I just hope I get a few guys to help out, too.
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