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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Today I slept in (much needed) I woke up at 8 and couldn’t believe how tired I was! I quickly went downstairs to eat breakfast, and then came back up to the room and got ready. At 10:30 Becky and I headed over to the Church. I interviewed Mrs. Washington the Church’s secretary. The interview went very well, and I think I got some good footage. Becky and I then went outside to shoot the exterior of the Church. She even drove around the block a bunch so I could get a nice panning shot of the Church, along with the the neighborhood and Holy Ghost Catholic School. Becky then dropped me off at the Church were I spent a majority of my time inside the Church filming b-roll. The Church is so incredibly beautiful that I honestly could have spent all day filming in it. Father John then met me in the Church and asked if I would like to take a drive to the old Church. I packed up and he showed me around the Parish. It was wonderful and I really enjoyed my time with him. We arrived back at the Church and I talked with him some more as I waited for Becky to come pick me up. Once I arrived back at the hotel, Jorah and I went to Popeyes!


Here are some screen shoots from the Church.



5:30: Sunrise shoot at.

7:30: Had a delicious breakfast.

9:10: We left for the Times Picayune. Megan, Colleen and I went along with photographer John McCusker to a ground breaking event for Tv Station WYES.  It was really cool to see what it was like to work as a photographer at a large newspaper. It was also really interesting to hear the stories John had about Katrina. We then had an amazing lunch at a place called Liberty.

2:30: Jorah and I went to the Zoo to see the White Alligators!!! We got there right in time for the the feedings! It was really cool and I got some cool pictures of many of the animals!

After we finished at the Zoo, we walked to the bus stop and waited about 30 min for the bus. Once we got back to the hotel we were exhausted and starving! We decided to go out with Devin, Megan, and Tony to get dinner in the French Quarter. I got a sandwich with enough deli meats to feed 3 other people! It was really good and filling!

Today we all woke up at 5:00 am to meet downstairs at 5:30. Our sunrise shoot today was at the French Quarter. I feel like I got some good b-roll footage of the city, but can’t wait to get more. After our shoot we met at the lobby for a critique. After the critique we headed to Megan’s shoot at Lil’ Dizzy. Father John actually helped Megan find the contact for this restaurant, which happened to be its owner Wayne Baquet. We enjoyed an amazing lunch buffet at Lil’ Dizzy, my favorite was the fried chicken! After lunch Megan set up for her interview with Wayne, while Colleen and I set off towards the Church. I met Mrs. Washington at the Church and she let me in.. I couldn’t believe how breath taking it was inside. Stained glass everywhere with these amazing vaulted ceilings. Father John came in shortly after to say hello. Colleen left to go pick up Devin and Megan. Father John and I chatted for a bit and then I was running around the church trying to get as much b-roll as possible. There was so many different beautiful things to shoot it was hard to decide which to film first. Before long Colleen was back with Devin and Megan. I was so extremely happy to have them there to help with my interview with Choir member, Silvia Thomas. Silvia’s interview went very well she was such a wonderful woman. Once the interview was completed people started packing into the church, it was time for choir practice. Found out that there are 40 members in this choir. It was so cool to film this. I was so impressed with the singers. It makes me so excited to watch how their hard work will pay off at Sundays Mass. I also met a man named Calvin Parker (member of the choir). I asked if he would mind being interviewed for my film. He said that he would love to and that he will be in contact with me tomorrow or Thursday. I look forward to hearing from him! All in all today was very successful and I had a lot of fun!

Today I woke up at 5 am for my first sunrise shoot! I met Becky and Devin downstairs at 5:20 am. It went great except for the foggy lenses and my 70-200mm lens not working. The sunrise was absolutely stunning! We rode on the ferry twice and I got some really nice looking footage. I arrived back at the hotel at 7:30, just in time for some breakfast. Around 10:30 am Megan, Devin, Tony, and I all went to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, where I finally got to meet Father John Cisewski in person. He was just as wonderful as I expected and he was gracious enough to be my first interview. The interview lasted around 40 minutes and went wonderfully. I was then introduced to the Berry family. The Berry’s are one of the families that Father John has helped. They were kind enough to all come in the room and be interviewed. It was interesting to hear both Father John, and the Berry’s opinions on certain topics, such as the crime rate, or Mardi Gras. I also met Mrs. Washington, the Church’s secretary. She was a delight, her presence got me really excited for our upcoming interview. After I finished at the Church we all went to a restaurant called, Voodoo BBQ. I had a slow pulled pork platter. It was really tasty and the Mojo BBQ  sauce was to die for! After lunch we went back to the hotel and got ready for Megan and Tony’s shoot at The Three Muses restaurant. Megan conducted her first interview with the owner of the restaurant, her name was Sophie Lee. While Tony filmed Sophie’s  husband, who played with  his bands at the restaurant. After we were finished with this shoot we came back to the hotel and had a meeting about our upcoming schedules. Now it’s time for bed, I have another early morning tomorrow.

Today was the first day in New Orleans! I woke up at 4:00 am to get to the airport by 5:15! Our flight to Memphis was delayed so once we got to Tennessee we were in a rush to get to our gate (which happened to be on the opposite end of the terminal). Once we arrived to New Orleans we took a shuttle to get the cars. We arrived at the hotel and then quickly walked to the Katrina bus Tour. After the tour we went back to the hotel and got ready to go to Tipitina’s. Tipitina’s was a lot of fun, there was live Cajun music and dancing! Devin, Jorah, Tony, and I then went to a restaurant called Dress It. The food was really good and I had some amazing tator tots. Today was really busy, but so far its been great!

Today I put together a small folder that I will carry with me. In the folder I have:


*Important contacts (with phone numbers, email, and address).

*Equipment Checklist.


*Camera and Audio settings.

*Shot list.

*Shot log.

*Typed interview questions.

*Interview Key words on note cards.

*New Orleans Map.

*Delta itinerary.

I can’t believe that tomorrow I will be in New Orleans! I am so excited!! I have been packing all day and getting everything organized. Some preconceived notions that I have are:

1. It’s going to be extremely hot. I looked at one of the days it said it was 91 degrees but will feel like 110!  I tried to pack as many tank tops as I could fit in my suitcase! I also made sure I packed my sunscreen!

2. It’s going to be a very long and tiring week. I want to wake up for every sunrise shoot and go to the Church almost everyday. Use my time wisely.

3. New Orleans sounds like it can be dangerous. I need to be aware of my surroundings and use the buddy system. Be smart with all of my equipment.

I am nervous for my interviews, because of this I am trying to get as prepared as possible. I have been researching my different question topics and writing note cards. I also did another practice run through with my equipment. It’s going to be hard to monitor two cameras, audio, all while trying to ask questions. I hope I can get at least one person to help me monitor my equipment.


I talked to Lois Washington who is the secretary of St. Katharine Drexel Church. Mrs. Washington has worked for the Church for 30 years and Father John had thought that she would be a wonderful person to ask for possible interview ideas. She told me that her schedule for Wednesdays are usually the best to meet so we scheduled for 10 A.M. She also told me that interviews will not be a problem to get, and that she has started a list of possible people for me to interview. I told her that there would be some days where I will be with my classmates getting b-roll footage around the city, but would like to spend the majority of my time at the Church filming different things. She said that would be wonderful and I am allowed to film as much as I wanted.  I also was calling Father John about a specific time to schedule his interview. He was in a meeting at the time so I left a message. I should hear from him shortly. But here is what I am thinking for my schedule, it will get more detailed when I talk to Father John tonight or tomorrow:


Sunday June 19th:

-fly to New Orleans

-New Orleans Grey Line Tour.



Monday June 20th:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church. (Lois said that this is a very busy day for the Church, so will hopefully get some good b-roll with people interacting with each other).


Tuesday June 21st:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church.

-possible evening sunset shoot at Chalmette Battleground.


Wednesday June 22nd:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church. (Meet with Lois Washington at 10 AM along with Father John’s Interview(maybe)).


Thursday June 23rd:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church.


Friday June 24th:



Saturday June 25th:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church.


Sunday June 26th:

-Early bird shooters

-Go to the Church. (Mass)


Monday June 27th:

-Early bird shooters

-Possible B-roll of the city. Or go to the Church.

When thinking of Voodoo I picture something dark and evil. Voodoo Dolls that allow you to hurt others and the poisons made by its followers. I decided to research a little on Voodoo since that is one of my interview questions. My interview question asks how the Catholic Church feels about Voodoo. When I wrote this question I thought the Catholic Church would be against Voodoo. I was extremely surprised to find out that there is more then one type of Voodoo and that New Orleans Voodoo has actually adopted many of the Catholic Religion practices. Also the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic. I think it will be really interesting to here from the different members of the Church to actually hear first hand what they think of Voodoo.

This weekend I took home all of the equipment that I will be bringing to New Orleans. Everything seemed to work just fine, except the light panel. I am not sure if it just needed new batteries or if I was doing something wrong. I went through a quick interview setup and had my boyfriend be my interviewee. I just had him say his name and where he is from. I then took the footage and brought it into FCP and synced the sound (from wireless lav), then sent it to compressor and compressed the synced footage to DVCPRO HD 1080 x 1920. After this I recorded the view from my apartments window and the traffic sound using the Zoom H4N recorder. I again synced the sound and sent it to compressor. After I had both short pieces compressed I took it back into FCP and edited a 15 second test edit. All in all I feel like the equipment test went pretty well. I even watched some tutorial videos on both the 7D and the sound equipment.