Working on P6 has been a load of fun to work on even though I had to start over twice. Through this project, I was trying to show something that I’m passionate about without having my voice or myself showing in it. It was a challenge because I’ve never really done anything like this before but it was worth it. Putting the video together was a struggle at first because of the two screens. I had to be really precise about the timing otherwise the soundtrack would be off. The most difficult part about working on the P6 project was looking for examples of the reflections in real life. I would say that was the first for me because I don’t really think about what it would look like in real life until I stop and think about it. Finding the right kind of music wasn’t that hard because I could hear inside my head what other drum beats would sound well with certain movements. I decided not to do any voice over and see if I could convey the meaning with music only. A lot of the drum beats, along with movements, tell a story and that’s what the whole point of the video was. I wanted to do a video with Taiko drumming because it’s something I’m very passionate about and it’s something I grew up doing and it has been a wonderful 13 years and counting years of fun. I loved how I was able to combine two of my favorite things at the same time.
I decided to do this because I’m new doing video so was a little nervous. I always wanted to do a documentary, but I am not very good at talking though. One of my really good friends got out of prison and I thought about what it must have been like. I stated to dig deep about what I wanted to know and decided to ask her if she would answer a few questions for me and of course she was nice enough too. She has a lot of hope, and I think with the right tools and programs that she’s invested in now she will make it because I myself have done it too. There is hope for recovering addicts.
I wanted to show that more vulnerable side of someone who has been incarcerated and institutionalized people who survived the night in prison with nothing but their shame on their mind and go long days mourning their families because they made a mistake. I also wanted to show that maybe prisons need to have more staff and counselors for programs so when they do come out of prison they have the proper treatment. Many addicts repeat the same lifestyle because it becomes a habit and they need to learn how to change that habit and learn healthy living, for most them, the first time in their lives. Some people do get what they deserve and then others get others get not enough or too much for the crime. It’s really just brief look in to a justice system that needs a lot of change and some hope for the addict who still suffers and for the one who tries to stay clean. There are people out there who do want to change and start a new life.
I did cut out a lot of my video and had some mistakes so I cut those out. There are some cuts in it I tried to make them as smooth as possible. We did do this about five times, and I still couldn’t get my zoom right and you could hear it on the mic. I am very new with video I just usually capture still images. This was definitely a lot of fun can’t wait to start doing more media like this.