On Day 2 of Gnomedex I got to the convention hall early to interview people as they arrived.
I'd recently been talking with a lot of people about what makes citizen media / personal media different from big media.
We are documentarians of life as we see and perceive it.
I don't go into a story with an angle. I don't have an idea where I want a story to go. I just doccument my experience.
Except for this video.
This time I decided to have two angles by asking each person two questions.
Question One, what was exciting about Gnomedex?
Question Two, what was dissapointing about Gnomedex?
By asking each person these leading questions, I thought I would be able to produce two reports. One about how great Gnomedex was, and the other about how dissapointing it was.
So I asked each person these questions and then shut off the camera. After shutting off the camera I had wonderful conversations with each person that I met. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
Next came the editing. After putting together the 'Gnomedex was exciting' edit, I determined that there wasn't musch that was actually dissapointing about Gnomedex, so I added everyone's answer to that question into the credits.
Gnomedex: Exciting 0:00 - 2:23
Gnomedex: Dissapointing 2:23 - 5:16
This exercise showed me how much of an influence the reporters angle can have in shaping the story.
I have no angle.
Thanks to everyone who agreed to be intereviewed:
Doug Kaye - IT Conversations
Dave McClure - Simplyhired.com
Chris Pirillo - Gnomedex
Sean Gilligan - vblogcentral, my video hosting provider
JD Lasica - Darknet
Bre Pettis - imakethings.com
Greg Narian - Sparkid.com
John Wall - TheMShow.com
Eric Rice - Ericrice.com, audioblog.com
Gnomedex was a production of Microsoft, Lockergnome, and Yahoo!
I recorded this report for Rocketboom.com and they have the option of airing it, excerpting it, or not airing it at all.