For our TV II final exam, we had to conceptualize, interview, shoot, write, edit, and produce a package in two hours. For an amateur team like Erin and I, this was no easy feat – especially since the rain decided to pay Chicago a visit that day. But let me tell you, the gray skies did not stop me from getting some great interviews. How I love Chicago people…
So here we were with the assigned broad topic: How has the economy in America affected Chicagoans’ summer travel plans?
We had three ideas for stories. First, we thought of cover the most basic side of it. We could go around asking people how their vacation plans have changed, if at all, and talk to tourists about coming to Chicago. Blah.
Then we thought we could try talking to local business owners to see if business has slowed during peak times, if less tourists are coming round, or if nothing has changed. But it would be too hard to get interviews on such short notice, and we would have to cover too much ground in the short time we had to film.
Finally we came up with this idea: Explain how the economy has affected Chicago residents, have people talk on why it’s still a great place to visit, and suggest how they might be able to be tourists in their own beautiful city.
Do you think we pulled it off?
P.S. This is the raw version. This is what we turned in under the time limit. No time, lower thirds, corrections, revisions, or feedback. Have mercy. 🙂