Audio Workshop

Last Wednesday, our instructors sent us out to gather some sound to refresh us on how to put together an audio piece. Anytime you gather audio, you look like a fool. It’s a given. Especially when a skateboarder skids by you and there you are running alongside him with your mic pointed at the ground. I’m sure the visual I just created in your head was fantastic. Anyways, the skateboarder just smiled and continued on his way. Most students here, especially when you’re around the journalism school, just know. They understand and many of them are willing to help you out.

So for our in class workshop, we were told to go out and spend 30 minutes gathering sound and come back and put together a short audio piece. It didn’t matter what the sound was. Anyways, here it was I ended up with:

Did you notice the nat pop I used of the coins being dropped in the parking meter? I also used the sound of cars driving by under the interview. I did this to place you in the environment of the story. I did the same thing using the sound of the skate board. I also used it as a natural break in the second interview.

Good audio makes up for bad video. I definitely think this workshop was a good reminder of that, especially since lately we have been spending a majority of our time working on putting together video. It’s easy to forget about audio when you’re constantly thinking about framing and shot sequences.

In addition, with video you have to plan out what video you need to put your piece together before you go out to gather it.  With audio, however, you gather whatever sound you can and then using that audio determine how you want to put your piece together. Sure, I got a lot of sound I did not use, but the more the merrier!

That’s all I got for you this week. I’m still chugging away on my final project. Stay tuned.


In-Class Workshop

This past week my class and I got to practice putting together different sequences. Practice makes perfect! We had three different stations, which are demonstrated in the video below. Nothing like spending your Wednesday afternoon in class reading children’s books and practicing videography skills! I took out the sound because the classroom setting was too distracting.

iPhone Saves the Day

So last Friday I got the chance to interview country artist Maggie Rose for MUTV’s E23. Little did I know that the battery I grabbed from the “fully charged” slot had 4 minutes left. Luckily, I had a grip tight on me that I borrowed from my final project partner and was able to use my phone to record the interview. The grip tight allows you to mount your phone to a tripod. This isn’t the first time I have had to use my phone during a celebrity interview. Back in freshman year, the exec for MUTV at the time forgot to give me a battery and I had to use my iPhone for my interview with Tech N9ne, which by the way now has over 8,000 views on YouTube. You can definitely tell my video and interview skills have improved from the two different interviews, which are below. 

My partner that helped me with the Maggie Rose interview was very skeptical about using my phone for the interview. Thanks to this class I was able to convince her it would be okay. There were definitely pros and cons to using the iPhone. By the time the interview was done and the concert started at only 20% battery left. I was very lucky to go into the interview with a fully charged phone. I was also only permitted to record the first 60 seconds of the first two songs. I was worried about how the footage would turn out being in a dark place. It turned out fine as you can see, but I was not able to make any sequences or getting any up close footage. We were also very lucky to have a well lit and quiet room to do the interview, since I was using the native mic. 

Another really cool thing about the interview was that Maggie’s tour manger pre-approved my questions and told me “I’ve been doing this for a long time and out of a 10, I give you a 9.” The questions I asked definitely earned me the respect from both the tour manager and Maggie and also gave way to some very interesting and in-depth responses. The tour manger used to work for Jason Aldean and is now touring with Maggie to help promote her for the same pay (which is not cheap). They see a lot of potential in her and I agree, that girl can sing. 

It was an awesome night to say the least, plus I got VIP tickets and free roasted chicken and potatoes backstage! 

Check out my portfolio tab if you want to see other celebrity interviews I have been a part of. Here is my interview with Maggie and my previous Tech N9ne interview:

5 Photo Assignment

Scene-Setter Shot: E23 staff member, Chris Green, floor directs MUTV’s entertainment show Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. He is one of many students gaining real life experience producing a weekly show that covers entertainment news and cultural news about the University of Missouri, the City of Columbia, and the nation. His main job is to make sure the anchors at the desk know what camera to look at.


Detail Shot: E23 staff member, Chris Green, adjusts the camera’s iris before filming MUTV’s entertainment show Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. The iris controls the amount of light coming through the lens and when the iris is not adjusted properly the anchors at the desk may look washed-out or too dark on screen.


Portrait Shot: E23 staff member, Chris Green, adjusts the camera’s position before filming MUTV’s entertainment show Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. The headset he wore allowed the people in the control room to communicate with him about various things, such as where the camera should be placed.


Interactive Panoramic: Below is a link to a 360 panorama of the MUTV Studio , which is where filming takes place each week.

Interactive Photo using ThingLink: Below is picture of the MUTV Control Room, which is where everything that happens during production behind the scenes takes place. ThingLink allows you to embed additional photos, text, and illustrative video.

Super Cool Apps

So today in class we got to go out and experiment with the apps we will be using for our next assignment: 360 Panorama and ThingLink. It was a lot of fun given how nice it was. We did, however, get some funny looks as our class raided the quad with our tripods and iPads in hand. Oh well, I think I’m used the looks now… well think is a key word. Anyways, I really wish I knew about 360 Panorama when I studied abroad because it would have given the people back a home a better sense of where I was.

I shot the following panoramas with my iPhone attached to the tripod. The first one was shot standing between Jesse and the Mizzou Columns. You’ll also notice some other journalism nerds doing the same thing as me.

This next panorama was shot standing in front of the Columns with the road leading downtown Columbia directly across from them.

This last one is my personal favorite because you get to really see where I spend most of my time here at Mizzou: The Journalism School. Take a virtual tour if you would like:

I haven’t figured out how to embed 360 Panorama into my blog, so my apologies.

The other app we will be using is ThingLink. This app allows you take a picture and within that picture add another picture, text, and even video. I didn’t get any video from today that I thought added to the picture, but here is an example of what a ThingLink might look like:

Well, I posted the embedded link for ThingLink… and it didn’t work like it should. I think technology hates me sometimes. Oh well, I just posted the link. So here you go!

I hope you enjoyed my experimental work!


Technology does not always work like you want it to

So I’m feeling rather productive at the moment since in just a few days I’ll be on the beach enjoying Spring Break. Anyways, I feel the need to blog about the recent technology struggles I had completing my TV- News Style piece.

Ok, so the journalist nerd I am… I am shooting footage at Suite Leaf – the very last fit camp of the six week challenge. I get done shooting an interview with one of the female participants – have my headphones in – everything sounds great. Well, I played back my audio when we were done and OH MY GOODNESS – Did I interview a man with an unusually deep, strung out voice?!

So FiLmic Pro kind of screwed me over. Basically everything I shot from the actual fit camp was shot because I couldn’t use any of the sound. That’s okay though, I made it work. I tried troubleshooting everything. I ended up frantically emailing my professor, but by the time he got back to me it was too late. I ended up having to shoot the video with the built in camera/video app on the iPad. Unfortunately, with this app I couldn’t use the stick mic, so I went with the native mic, and annoying me had to hush everyone in the room. That was fun. The poor girl I interviewed.. I had to ask her the same questions three different times. The first time she sounded strange, the second time there was too much background noise, and finally the third time was a charm.

Ok, so after going through all the trouble. I decided to come back the next day to gather the rest of my footage and a couple more interviews. Professor Judd got back to me, I tested the mic out that night and reselected 24 fps as he suggested and all was good.  WRONG. I went back the next morning and tried using FiLmic and yet again the sound was shot. I am so thankful to have such cooperative and understanding subjects. These ladies have been nothing but wonderful to work with.

Another issue I had was with the lenses. I got some awesome footage, but I guess I didn’t have the lens on quite right and you can notice it in some of my clips, but of course I didn’t notice it until I got back and started editing. So that was frustrating. I also noticed that my interview shots could have been a lot tighter. It is really hard to get it all right when your doing both the interview and working the camera. It’s a lot to think about when your on the spot and are using up someone else’s time. I also feel like it looked a lot tighter on my iPad than when I watched it back on YouTube from my computer.

At least the editing in Pinnacle ran smoothly! It only crashed once and all was saved. Scripting a broadcast style script before beginning the editing process also helped a lot in that process.

Oh well, its done now and that is forever behind me. I am really hoping we can use a different app to film in for our final projects, which by the way I am super excited for!

TV News Style Assignment

Herbalife is melting away fat. Wellness coaches at Suite Leaf Nutrition are guiding Columbia residents to a healthier life using 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. Journalism Undergrad Haley Hughes looks into the benefits of Herbalife offered by Suite Leaf Nutrition.

To learn more about what Herbalife has to offer visit the Suite Leaf Nutrition Facebook page or pay them a visit located on the south side of Columbia.


So I wish I learned this a lot earlier in the semester. What is storyboarding? Storyboarding is a visual outline that helps put together a journalistic piece. There are two types: front-end storyboards and back-end storyboards. Some of the best journalistic pieces use both.

First, let me explain back-end storyboards. These are typically used in documentaries and in reporting.  They act as a foundation of what you find and have logged while out in the field. They can be general or detail-oriented. So basically, you build the story after gathering what you need. This will take place on paper, or in the resources mentioned later in this post, before beginning the editing process.

A front-end storyboard, on the other hand, is used typically in commercial environments. They are designed to test out ideas on paper beforehand, because it’s cheaper than having a trial and error with a film crew. Front-end storyboards help dictate the production, such as the height of the camera, specified shots, etc.

The front-end storyboard approach helps create tighter stories, allows for new findings, and creates a checklist of things that need to be gathered out in the field. Trust me, it sure will beat getting back from covering a story and realizing you missed a vital shot that is necessary to make your piece cohesive.

Storyboarding involves planning everything from envisioning to writing out what you want for an open shot, broll, interviews, etc. The more specific you can get the better!

Some resources suggested in class were:





Keynote (in app store)

Microsoft Power Point

I am excited to try out this thought process on my next assignment (especially since I am a person who has everything planned out well in advance). 

Pinnacle Studio better than final cut?

Final Cut Pro X can be purchased for $299.99 from the app store. Pinnacle Studio, on the other hand, can be purchased for $12.99, and in my opinion it is just as good. On top of that, it’s easily accessible being right at your fingertips.

The other day my professor mentioned that most people will not purchase an app if it exceeds $1.99. Shocking, right? I probably wouldn’t either, but I think Pinnacle Studio is a good find for the extra few dollars especially for those of you interested in composing short videos. I have no idea exactly how much footage Pinnacle can handle, but it was able to handle my 45-60 second assignment without crashing. That definitely was a nice change from the previous app we used called Voddio.

For my short video assignment, I filmed all of my clips using FiLMIC Pro. I then trimmed my clips to my desired lengths and saved them to my camera roll. I want to note that FiLMIC can be stubborn when trying to trim clips. Despite that, one really cool thing about FilMIC Pro is that it is nonlinear, meaning that you can edit clips without destroying them. Once I trimmed my clips and saved them to my camera roll I imported them to Pinnacle Studio, and that’s where the real fun (editing) began.

Pinnacle Studio allows for three separate audio tracks and a video track. I really like how easy it was to move clips around and to detach audio. For example, if I wanted the audio from my interview I simply would drag the clip to the audio track. If I wanted the video to go along with it, I would drag the clip to the video line. I was also able to add supers, or lower thirds, to give my subject a title. Overall, the app was very easy to navigate and easy to learn.

So is it better than Final Cut? Final Cut is a great resource to use, but for the purposes of creating simple journalistic stories, Pinnacle is something I wouldn’t mind using outside of this class and maybe for future MUTV packages. One reason being, I can edit it from the comfort of my home on my iPad as opposed to driving to campus to use Final Cut, which is only located on the studio computers.

Want a fun challenge? Try spotting the five-shot sequence in my assignment!