While taking an internship at Howdy Farm, each intern is required to complete an internship project. I have chosen to start making videos for Howdy Farm as my internship project. The original intent for this project was to start a YouTube channel for Howdy Farm that would include regularly uploaded information videos about gardening, health, and the environment. This has proven to be much easier said than done.
I decided to start the YouTube channel before beginning to film my own videos because because Howdy Farm has had a few videos that were previously created by other Howdy Farm members. However, as of right now, I have not been able to fully upload any videos yet. I have the original files saved to my computer, but when trying to upload them to YouTube, it seems to either refuse to upload completely or upload and not be accessible to the public. I have come to the conclusion that YouTube just doesn’t like me- but until I work out the kinks- I have decided to start filming an introductory video to the Howdy Farm. While I would have loved to just jump into making the informational videos up front- I made the executive decision that people should know who we are and what we do at Howdy Farm before taking advise and other information from us.
The main points of the introductory video include: who we are, what we do, where we sell produce, our partnerships with people around town, and why people should be a part of Howdy Farm. I thought that including these talking points would makes us more credible and relatable when people watch the upcoming informational videos.
I just started filming today and I ran into a few issues. I filmed during volunteer hours so I could get some interview footage of volunteers and members sharing their experiences and emotions about Howdy Farm. The first interview was a disaster- the microphone was making a crackling sound during the interview, causing the sound quality of the video to suffer. Next, the camera memory filled up right as I found the best solution for the microphone problem. Throughout filming the interview, I continuously had to delete previous photos to make room. This added an extra 20-30 minutes to the interview time. Lastly, the camera ran ou of battery during the interview before I was able to take any decent footage. I felt horrible, because I felt like I was wasting time- but through this experience I have realized that having technical difficulties is part of the life of a videographer. I also realized that I could use these experiences to improve future film clips.
For example, I now know to make sure there is enough memory on the camera before filming. I will store previous photos/videos onto the computer before filming to ensure adequate memory space. Also, I have learned to charge the camera each time I use it to ensure that I will have adequate battery for my next filming day. Although the day ended without any decent footage, I ended up learning a lot that can help to make the filming process more efficient.
Since I don't have a video available for everyone to watch yet- please enjoy this beautiful picture of Howdy Farm rainbow chard in the meantime!
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!