Project 502; we showed the video to over 500 students in one sitting, the video that has over 3.5 million views. It was not just some project where students were selected at random to be involved. It was a project where only those who have honed their skills in film production to an extent to where they stand out were selected to be involved in its creation. My friends Jared, Heather, Dylan and I all stood out from the rest of the students in our period. Jared stood out because he would have tunnel-vision on finding “the perfect shot.” Heather stood out because she was arguably the best editor amongst everyone in the class. Dylan stood out because he was passionate about learning topics he found interesting; when we uploaded his clips, he would notice his errors and find ways to revise and improve his clips. The reason I stood out was that I was about the details in the clips I produced. I would argue for the use of tripods, microphones, lights, and scripting when we filmed clips for assignments and even Project 502. When it came to sequencing, I would go into the individual frames and make minuscule edits when in Premiere Pro.
Frames sound like they are few in amount; however, frames are the number of photos taken in rapid succession and smashed into a second. That is where the name frames per second (FPS) comes into play; the more FPS in a video, the smoother the video will appear. Inversely, the less FPS there is in a video, the choppier the video will be displayed. The 28 minutes and a seven-second-long video we recorded was at a rate of 30 fps. The approximated total would be 57,600 frames assuming each second was guaranteed their 30 frames; however, we removed a significant number of frames from the video to make the video have as little errors as possible.
We were selected in making the Every 15 Minutes – A Story of Choices video at Citrus Valley High school. This video required that we dedicate a lot of time towards meetings and a lot of premature filming. We spent over a hundred hours on meetings, filming, and editing; let alone, we dedicated approximately 73 hours towards the editing alone. The video was made to be directed towards teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Those selected makings were my friends and I in making the Every 15 Minutes – A Story of Choices video at Citrus Valley High school. This video required that we dedicate a lot of time towards meetings and a lot of premature filming. We spent over a hundred hours on meetings, filming, and editing; let alone, we dedicated approximately 73 hours towards the editing alone. The video we created was for teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The organization Every 15 Minutes made the Every 15 Minutes program, where many high schools conduct the program to raise awareness towards the students. A reason this program began was that back in 2001, a person in the United States died in an alcohol-related traffic collision every 15 minutes; otherwise, 96 people per day. That number changed dramatically in 2016, where 29 people per day killed because of an alcohol-related traffic collision. The death per minute changed to approximately one death per 51 minutes. Between 2001 and 2016, the numbers have significantly improved; however, the issue remains, there are still people driving while impaired by alcohol and taking the lives of innocents away.
The program conducted is simulating a mock car crash involving student actors with first-responders performing their procedures regarding traffic collisions. My friends and I filmed the different branches of the simulation; Jared was filming the Redlands Fire Department using their equipment to pry the cars’ doors off, Heather was filming the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s practitioner, Dylan was filming American Medical Response (AMR) take the injured victims to the ambulance and 40 King, and I was shooting Officer Mead conduct a field-sobriety test on the influenced-driver, Carson. The four of us dividing our attention across the multiple branches allowed us to be able to get significantly more footage for the simulation part of the video. One of the key moments from the primary day of filming was getting stand underneath a helicopter while its blades were still spinning.
We did a lot of premature filming, we filmed the party scene, the Loma Linda Medical Center’s helipad, and the police station for Carson’s breathalyzer test. For the party scene, we placed small cameras around the house to get multiple angles for when we went into sequencing. For the helipad scene; we were not allowed on the rooftop while the helicopter landed, so we duct taped a GoPro onto the ledge to get a shot of the helicopter landing.
The overall summary of this mock car crash was that Carson was arrested for vehicular manslaughter; the victims, Chris and Erik were immediately sent to the Loma Linda Medical Center to get their injuries taken care of; Maddy was found dead on arrival, and her body was taken by the Coroner’s practitioner to be taken to the morgue; and Harley received severe head trauma.
After the simulation, more filming took place at the San Bernardino County Superior Court of California. Filming in that room felt tense, the audience was full of my peers, and I was the only person in the courtroom actively moving around because I was the only filmer present while Jared, Dylan, and Heather were editing and filming their parts. The lawyers argued against each other where Carson’s lawyer was trying to feign his innocent and the district attorney was aiming for the maximum life sentence possible. Filming the argument put me in an awkward situation, I was not sure where I was permitted to be at, so I just positioned myself in locations in the courtroom where I would not be questioned.
Afterwards, the officers placed Carson into a holding cell, and I was allowed to film, but also not allowed to shoot inside the holding cells. Inside the room, we did not have much time to get a lot of filming done, but I quickly told Carson to pretend to call his parents so I could get a clip of that and him sitting on the bench feeling remorse over his actions.
At the Loma Linda Medical Center, Chris Shiley landed at the helipad and was immediately taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) and soon passed to severe brain trauma. Erik Knight was taken to the hospital via ambulance and received the care necessary, but was told that he would be permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The filming of both their operations was realistic, the nurse was faking cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Chris and did a fantastic job. There was not much for us to film there and, in full honesty, we only needed two cameras for this, but we used four cameras anyways.
My main contribution to this project was the filming; I focused on getting multiple angles for usage in editing, I took shots in spots that no one else would have suggested otherwise. It is incredible to think that our video reached over 3.5 million views, it shows that our video is reaching the broad audience that we wanted. Where it started with us only displaying it to our junior and senior peers, it showed the life-changing effects that can occur from a traffic-collision with alcohol involved from a party. These repercussions affect parents, responders, the victims, and the offender. Where life can be taken away, and time can only move forward. That is the reality for people outside of these simulations, where innocents are becoming genuine victims to these events. This was a project that my friends and I made where we faced all the emotions that came out of the video from the filming and to the editing; this is what I was selected for.