The Making Of!
Budwig-Videos.Com is a labor of love, a commitment to helping others with their health challenges by creating an easier way for more people to learn how to understand and begin the Budwig diet. When I started this project I had no idea how difficult making "simple" videos would be. My son, Steve, is a remodeling contractor in San Francisco and is very busy with his own work but was willing to help me with this project after I learned how expensive videographers [even student videographers] are. After doing a great deal of research, we realized that the most cost-effective way to create the videos was to buy our own equipment [2 cameras, microphone/audio system, lights & a Mac computer for editing].
I began studying Dr. Budwig's books and articles in 2005 when my sister was diagnosed with cancer. I have researched and written about healing cancer the Budwig way almost daily since then. My sister is doing well now. Having taught college and corporation classes and programs, I like helping others.
This is my view when we're shooting. We shoot with two cameras at the same time in order to get both the close up shots and the full shot of me speaking. Each video on our site has eight to fifteen different little segments, smoothly edited together. The small camera has to be repositioned several times as well as foods being prepped at the beginning of the day and before each scene. As my kitchen is rather small we light the "set" with four 4’ fluorescent bulbs, as a large amount of light is needed so that the video looks normal when played on the website. We learned that the hard way with our first video being too dark. That's Steve, my son, behind the main camera.
This is Steve's side of the work - the sound & look of each video & making sure that the message is consistent. We re-shot many scenes in order to improve them. Steve also has to constantly monitor the quality of the sound to make sure that we are not picking up background noises such as neighbor's barking dogs, construction noise or children playing. We've had to delay shooting at times due to outside noises. Steve also monitors the quality of the video coming through both cameras on his Mac to make sure that there is nothing in the shot that may be distracting to the viewer. All of this focus on quality has resulted in several videos we are both very proud of.
I hope you have found this interesting. We thought you may like to see just how much work goes into shooting what appears to be a rather simple video.
Kind regards, Sandra Olson, M.Ed.