It has been a busy, hot three days. I spent the last few days in Gettysburg at the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, running around with a bulky tripod and headphones on a DSLR in 90 degree heat. It was a great experience to work on my multimedia skills and learn some of the techniques I hadn’t learned previously. I took art video classes, but a journalsim video workshop made me realize a lot of important things. Tripods are awesome, and frame rates can change everything. Audio is so important and you have to think like you see.
I started out trying to find a subject that would be a local tie to State College that the paper can use when it comes time for the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. I happened to run into the right person at the right time and was put in contact with Zach, a State College native and Penn Stater who is interning at Gettysburg this summer.
I was limited to time with Zach, since he was in training most the day, so even though I knew I found a great story for the paper, I wanted to do some more in depth video work. So Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and headed to the battle fields where a volunteer workday was underway. Tasks were happening all around the fields, from fence building, painting and walkway clean up. I headed to the cemetery where volunteers where cleaning and enhancing the memorials for those who have served. As I started to roam among the people two gentleman chatting caught my attention. I started to record and met Pat, a Navy Veteran who drove 690 miles to volunteer.
Most the weekend was spent hitting record instead of the shutter, but out of the limited amount of stills I took, here are my two favorites.