On Monday, we hit the ground running. Our first stop was Prifysgol Abertawe (Swansea University).
The Singleton Abbey on Campus
Dr. John Roper picked us up a few blocks from were we were staying in Mumbles. He dropped us off at the unviersity. There we met our tour guide, Sarah Charles. As she was showing us around the campus, we decided to record the information she was sharing about the University. We chose to use a lavalier microphone that connected wirelessly to an H4N Zoom recorder. The information that she provided was very useful to us as we would be spending the week at the university. Throughout the tour, we made mental notes about the best locations for interviews and b-roll footage.
After the campus we went to a meeting with Bev Evans who is the Head of Admissions and Marketing. Because of her knowledge in marketing and digital media, her advice was crucial in the success of this project. She offered names and contact information for students who would be good interviewees, she introduced us to faculty and staff who offered time and resources throughout our stay in Swansea, and she offered suggestions to make for the best product we could create. One of the staff members she introduced us to was Suzanne Oakley. We are grateful that she took time to set up interviews with over ten students. One of the faculty members she introduced us to was Pete Jones. He is a professor of digital video production at the university. He offered his time, resources, and knowledge throughout the entire process. He gave us pertinent information about different places on the university to capture. It was really exciting to see the similarities and differences in how Swansea University and UNC Wilmington taught digital video production.
After these very useful meetings, we took a break for lunch and discussed our plan for action for the day. We were constantly watching the weather, as it was raining for the majority of the morning. Pretty soon after lunch the rain stopped and the sun came out. We took advantage of this opportunity to shoot some exterior footage of the different buildings on campus.
Zach Capturing Exterior Shots of the Buildings
We used both Canon 60Ds in order to capture the vibrant color of the university. For the majority of the exterior shots, we used the 70-200 mm telephoto lens as well as the 16-35 mm wide angle lens.
After we recorded a wide range of exterior building shots, we headed toward the Swansea Bay. The bay can be seen from the campus of the university. As the sun was setting for the day, we wanted to capture a Swansea sunset on the bay.
The Sun Setting on the Bay
The unique lighting that the sun was creating by shining through the clouds on to the rolling waves provided a chance for us to use our creativity.
Connor Capturing the Waves
Check out some of the beach footage: Swansea Chronicles Pt. 3: Beach Demo. We left the beach soon after the sun set and traveled back to our flat.
Dr. Bolduc and Connor Waiting for the Bus
We cooked dinner that night and started editing Swansea Chronicles Pt. 2: Travel Days. That evening we were really excited about the interviews with the students on Tuesday.
Zach and Connor Ending the Day with Editing