Looking back over this project, in my eyes i enjoyed the task that was set us and it allowed me to be creative with the footage and how we did it, initially i wanted to make the footage different to anything else i had seen before. The past People to People projects have all been pretty much the same format just with different characters i somehow wanted to make this different and add my own unique edge to things.
Whilst filming we wanted our guest to feel comfortable in the interview and also in a setting that was relevant to the story being told and to his life, so we chose to sit him at a piano in a music studio with drum kits in the background, this created great shadows from the lighting which i believe added more depth to the documentary. Another thing which could be looked at in different ways is the can that is in the shot, we left that in as it shows that the character is comfortable in the interview and throughout the footage we used it as a metaphor for some of the lines Neil was saying, for example at one point in the short documentary Neil says he felt isolated so the can has a shadow cast over it to create the isolated feeling.
Editing the footage was enjoyable, but a long drawn out process. Sifting through 50 mins of footage trying to chop that down to three minutes and create a strong narrative was no easy task. But i believe we have managed it to great effect, Personally i don’t think 3 minutes i along enough to create a strong people to people piece i feel it should at least be 5 minutes to create a strong narrative around the character, some of the footage we have from Neil, some quotes he pumps out are pure gold on film but we couldn’t put it in as it strayed from the narrative unfortunately.
We would be more than happy to create a longer version of the interview for anybody interested in Neil’s life or any of his other stories along the way, we did touch on several other topics. All in all i can say I am extremely happy with the final outcome of this project and i feel me and my group did a cracking job, I would enjoy working with them again on future projects.