This is my final project from my MCDM Storytelling Narrative course. The project involved working with a client while focusing on one person’s narrative to reveal the issues which surround that subject.
Multi-tasking and the ability to be flexible is another must when creating a narrative video as you will piece together several interviews and B-rolls in a shifting landscape as some interviews are stronger than others. The creation process is stimulating and challenging but for me the real take away was the gift of getting to know my interviewees well. The simple joy of listening to people and picking up the essence of what they are saying is really fun and Zen by capturing the moment.
What goes behind the scene in a video and what gets lost on the digital editing floor is another story in itself. Although a bit heart breaking to edit with brevity as your guide, a reminder that nobody (not even your own mother!) wants to watch a 10 minute interview of a guy in a dimly lit grain cargo galley with bad acoustics.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed the process of creating it. My desire is to have this content bring more visibility and greater understanding to seafarers around the world. They deserve respect and recognition for making great sacrifices and take risks in the high seas and dealing with issues such as piracy. Join me in celebration June 25th the International Maritime Organization (IMO) “Day of the Seafarer”. Consider visiting and perhaps donating your time at a local Seafarers’ Center. As Ken Hawkins, Executive Director said, “It’s a lot like being in the Peace Corps but where the people come to you!”.