Day 21: Failure in B-rolling

Yesterday, we visited Yang NaiNai again. This time, we brought two cameras: one for the interview and chat, the other for B-rolling. My job was to capture some scenery footage, some street footage, some tie-dyeing footage, and some pedestrain footage.

Most of my time was dedicated to the finished tie-dye pieces hung on the walls. I would squat down, then face my camera up, capturing the waving pieces attached back onto the walls. The problem is that my focus often goes onto the cars parking on the side of the street, especially that red jeep that parked for almost one hour yesterday. Even worse, the red color is actually really eye-catching, especially when the indigo colored tie-dye fabrics were blurred because of the weird focus mode.

Another problem was the fact that my hands, when holding the camera, shakes. I cannot let this happen. (Imagine a person speaking over a constantly turbulent video footage of tie-dye. Pretty disastrous, I would say.) So for street footage, I just placed my camera on the railing next to Yang NaiNai's stall. Unfortunately, some of the pedestrians walking by could be very distracting (peculiar costumes, taking random selfies, etc.). That kind of failed.

My last attempt of B-rolling was just myself holding a camera, walking down South from the entrance to Xizhou to Sifangjie. I wanted to capture the tourism development in Xizhou. I did not care about the shaky pose or the distracting tourists; I just kept walking. But something came up eventually. I was taking this footage during pitching in, but other Microcampus students might be doing wellness walking/jogging/running. Sometimes, I would see through my camera my fellow classmates popping up in the crowd. I asked afterwards if the others noticed. One said she thought she was hallucinating.

So yeah, that is B-rolling for me. 

Hey I am Clark! Microcampus has been a spectacular experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This experience transformed me and taught me many life lessons. Now that I am in Shanghai, I miss the clear skies, the amazing food, and all the loving memories the Voyagers crew had together. To future Microcampus students: cherish your time in Xizhou and always listen to Mr. T and Ms. Mai, as they are trying to stop a problem before it becomes one.