The first thing that strikes me when I watch this video is how clean your VOs and interviews are. You really captured some excellent audio for these two areas that are free from the hiss or noise that has popped up in other videos in our class. Excellent job! I do hear your nat sounds in your b-roll which is also good. It's important to keep that audio in there to give the viewer a sense of what it's like to be there. However I do hear audio being cut in and out in the drone shot at the very beginning. I'm not sure why it cuts out when Mia starts talking (maybe you dropped the levels to not get in the way of Mia's voice) but if so, it was a little too much. The audio should never cut out completely to where we can notice it. Then it comes back a little too loud. Drone shots are hard in the sense that the audio that you get from them will of course have the sounds of the copter blades spinning. Maybe closer attention just needs to be paid to the levels in the future. I'm wondering if nat sounds from near the plant could be substituted instead? The other thing I noticed was that since you used so many shots from the plant, with them came the sounds from their locations. Some were loud and some were very noticeable because it may have been high in pitch. More time needs to be taken to monitor the levels to make sure that none stand out too much. Next time, try and play back your video and just listen to the sounds as your story progresses. Note the areas where you can noticeably hear the levels change and then go back and adjust them. It really does help to close your eyes and just listen to your story. You can do this with any type of video that you do, even PSAs. Sound is so important to your story. Some say it's half of your story but I say it's more. Think about this....if a video had terrible sound, it would be very difficult to watch. Even with the best looking video, varying sound levels or no sound at all would kill a video. But on the other hand, if your sound is good but the visuals not so much, it's still watchable. I think it's easier to forgive bad video than bad audio. On the video side, you have lots of b-roll and that's great. But many of your shots of the plant are just that.....shot after shot after shot of different parts of the plant that don't really tell a story. For example, when Brad talks at the beginning, he mentions the high cost of oil and how that affects your electricity bill. That would be a great place to maybe get some shots of barrels of oil and an actual KIUC bill that shows the added fuel surcharge. That could break up some of your b-roll so that it's not all about the plant. His interview is also a little dark on the left side of his face. A small LED light could help to brighten up a subject like this. You also have shots of the KIUC power plant in Port Allen that show up in your video but they are in the wrong place. They should appear when Brad is talking about how the price of oil is tied to our electricity rates. He's from KIUC so showing their power station there would fit better. He also mentioned Eric Knudsen. Did you guys ever think to maybe contact him for an interview since he seems to be the person that started this idea in the first place? Having him speak might give you better info about what really happened and how he contributed. He doesn't appear to be part of the Green Energy Team now and I wonder why? I also want to see your b-roll better match up. When Randolph explains how the bio mass plant works, a shot of the wood chips or trees would have been better to use when he mentions that. I like how you opened the video with the drone shot moving towards the plant and having the video end with the drone shot moving away from the plant. That was a nice touch.
Overall I think this is a good story that explains a lot about this bio mass plant and is technically sound. Your shots are solid, your interviews are solid, and for the most part you have excellent audio. There are some adjustments that need to be made and I would like to see if we can somehow get in touch with Eric Knudsen to see what he has to say but these are all things that can be fixed. This is a 3.8 out of 4 or an A. Nice job!