Making short video about Taiwan is what kept me busy in the past month. After 10 days of being published on YouTube is has more than 2400 views at the moment. There have been 5 challenges which I had to undertake when creating the video.
1. Go hiking at 4 AM
Yep – 4 am- that early you have to wake up in order to catch the atmosphere of sunrise upon Taipei. Jhangshan Temple, from where I have been capturing the video, is located on one of the mountain surrounding the university campus. You can reach it in about 40 minutes walk, going up many stairs. The little pat his starting right blind my dorm (drum number 10).
Although hiking alone, I have had company at the temple: some of the locals went there to exercise early in the morning. The keepers of the temple are ready for the pilgrims and visitors: they host each newcomer by cup of tea. Morning at Jhangshan Temple has been one of the magicalmoments for me, as I have been amazed by both the beautiful views and hospitality of the locals.
2. Make show at Ximen
In order to make the perfect shot the videographer has to be ready to make some sacrifice- including putting yourself in not very comfortable setting. To be able to make the introduction shot (when I am standing in the middle of the street), I had to make kind of public show for locals on Ximen. Accompanied by Anna, assisting with setting up and security of the camera, I had to keep standing in the middle of the busy street for the longest 40 minutes of my life.
As blond girls in red dress standing on high heels without any movement, I have made the day of ordinary Taiwanese people special.” You are hot!,” shouted one of the local boys to me, embarrassing both people passing by and myself. Other comments will remain a secret of Anna as they have been – luckily- in Chinese.
The “salsa part” has been the most fun chapter of production. Together with Anna as dancer and Ruby as assistant of camera, we have been visiting various locations on our campus and dancing salsa there.
After creating the scene on the roof of Chinese language centre, one of the tallest buildings on campus, we realized that there is no escape: the door could not open! Searching for way to get put from there, we had to address students passing the building by shouting loud. After several minutes, one of the guys finally came to open the door from inside and save us.
It took about 24 hours to re- make the initial vice-overs as I have not been satisfied with the initial version. After sleepless night when improving the text over and over again, my schoolmate Jazza (even though his exotic name, he Jazza comes from England) helped me to edit the text and avoid some of the major pronunciation mistakes. Then, I recorded again and finally went to bed.
5. Move in to the editing room
The post production is always the challenge when creating the video: you have to put all your material together, watch hours of clips and find a way how to put them together. Since my computer is not strong enough for editing video, I had to complete this phase in editing room of the university. Suddenly, my days and night turned into race for the music, subtitles, and the shots. Sometimes I forgot to eat or drink the entire afternoon and several times I found myself not realizing what day it is.
Passing these 5 challenges was both lot of fun and hard work. Big thanks goes to Ruby, Jazza and Anna, sho helped me to make this happen (you can watch making off). All the effort has been done for one aim – to make the best. Anyway, not the video is out and I hope it was worth it. In order to make this judgment, I have to wait for the feedback of the audience.