I really enjoy editing the Theme film clips that are created for each of our interviewees. These film clips are generally less than three minutes long and focus on a primary theme from our interviews/conversations. I edit these clips after I have broken the original conversation up into a number of main films and have written accompanying outlines which are loaded up onto the person’s People (archive page), e.g. Marcus Fair.
The written outlines for the main films are the hardest and most time-consuming part of the whole process, so it is a great relief when I come to edit the Theme clips. They are real fun to carve up and try to keep under three minutes, which I probably do over 90% of the time. I then write a short written description—often a quote from the film—which appears under the film clip when it is posted on our YouTube Theme channel. Here is an example of a film clip, Like a Family, randomly selected from a collection of 248 clips.
‘These guys, for some of them, it is the first family that they’ve ever connected with, or ever felt part of. Who are you tell them that they’re not, or that we’re not a family?’ James Deakin is Founder of North Wales Recovery Communities (NWRC).
These Theme clips are linked together into a YouTube PlayList for that person’s interview which to date have comprised of between 22 and 39 film clips. [NB. James Deakin has two such Playlists as he was interviewed by both Wulf and I.] Here, as an example, is a link to Wendy Dossett’s Playlist. Click on the first film and after that is finished, the second film will play, and so forth through the 33 films (totalling just under 64 minutes).
The individual Theme film clips are also grouped together as a collection into what I call Theme Films. They appear in the Themes section of the website. They consist of clips from multiple people, as in Mutual Aid Part 1, or just one person, as in the case of Shame. I do hope that the description described in this blog post is not too confusing.
Tomorrow, we will look at the Theme clips generated from the conversation between Rhoda Emlyn-Jones and Wulf. The photograph above is taken from Llanmadoc Hill on Gower (my ‘heart place’) in South Wales.