When video works: audio, lighting and eyes
Everything about this story is compelling. Murali Krishna is perhaps the nicest guy I’ve met. Very gracious and accommodating. And given his resume of success and life accomplishments, I’m honored that he fit me into his schedule for the above video interview.
My boss, Kelly Dyer Fry, conducted the interview. She is a gifted storyteller. You can read her story here. It’s the second project we collaborated on this year, read the other here.
I lit up Dr. Krishna’s office with four cameras: two stationary Vados, a Canon 7D as the main camera and a roving Sony HVR A1U.
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- Video: Murali Krishna: Mental Healer (2011-11-24)
The Sony produced bizarre colors in post production. I couldn’t decide whether to tone down the saturation or completely reduce the saturation (black and white). Still not sure which would have looked better. That’s what you get mixing a wide range of cameras.
Audio was also hit and miss. The wireless kit had a short. But I had previously had Todd Fraser record one of Dr. Krishna’s mental health seminars just to get another version of his story. And it paid off. I had originally intended to edit back and forth between the story in the office and the seminar, but the audio issues made it almost imperative to do so.
This is one of those productions that makes the job more of a career and something you cherish doing. It’s just that I wound up editing at 1 am because there’s not much time to fit an extra large project in with the daily obligations. But you find time, no matter what the clock says.
I liked the natural light in Dr. Krishna’s office to create a back light and overall ambient. I killed his overhead fluorescents and added an umbrella light as a key. I also added a small Lite Panel just below Dr. Krishna on the table in front of him. The goal with some uplighting but also to add some light to his eyes. The effect of light in a subject’s eyes can be effective. Of course he wore glasses, so it comes across more as glare.
But the final frame of his interview is perhaps the most effective of the entire video, when you can see the pain in his eyes as he looks into the camera. I can’t imagine going through what he did, losing a parent or seeing a parent suffer would be about the most painful thing ever.
Kelly Dyer Fry serves as Editor of The Oklahoman and Vice President of News for OPUBCO Communications Group. She oversees content across multiple platforms including The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of... Read more ›
Dave Morris leads the digital operations as Digital Managing Editor and on-air host for The Oklahoman, a Gannett property and Oklahoma’s largest media organization. Morris has been with The Oklahoman since 1996, starting as a sports reporter.... Read more ›