The way I usually make a video is that I shoot everything and hope that I can cut it together into some kind of story afterwards. There actually isn't a lot of planning involved. When interviewing people I might have scratched down four or five questions beforehand, and then sometimes I forget to bring my questions. And then there is quite a bit of time spent setting up the shot and getting people wired for the sound. So my subjects, Dr. Peter Blair, Betty Allan, and Danielle Delves, deserve a lot of thanks for their participation in this video. You accept a huge responsibility when someone entrusts you with their moving image. I can think of probably dozens of ways you can make someone look bad and far fewer ways to make them look good.
Katya did a lot of shooting during the day and when I was done with my case list we would look for someone and somewhere to interview. The operating room I worked in during the first week had amazing natural light. One wall was made up of frosted windows, so it was perfect to shoot in. We did our first interview with Dr. Blair there. Unfortunately, later on when we wanted to shoot in it the GYN team was operating in it. I really wanted to record all the interviews in the hospital because Baguio General is such an interesting facility, but it was difficult to find locations that were reasonably private. We also had serious issues with ambient noise, such as chatter and air conditioners.
The short clips are a small part of the interviews we recorded, and a lot of good material was left out. It is amazing what you can find out about someone in a formal interview, stuff that wouldn't come out in everyday conversation. I probably wouldn't have known how passionate Dr. Blair was about the problem of poverty (not only in the Philippines but in Canada as well) for instance, or the story Betty told about the kid with burns (that happened during a previous mission, by the way). One thing I learned is that people tell some of the best stories when the interview is over and camera has been turned off. Next time, I plan to keep the camera running after I've announced that we are done.
As far as the equipment we used, we had a Canon Vixia HF M31 camcorder, and a Canon Rebel T1i EOS 500D. The Rebel shoots HD at 1080p 20 fps, but focus is only manual in video mode. Katya also used her point and shoot Nikon which shoots in HD. We used a prime 50 mm 1.4f lens for the interviews, which works really well for shooting indoors with natural light, and a Zoom H1 portable digital voice recorder attached to a tiny lavalier mic for sound.