Melbourne's Mobile Libraries

Concept and Filming

This project asks the question “Why are Mobile Libraries relevant in 2018?”. I wanted to create a five minute report-style video exploring this question. The video would contain three interviews from librarians who operate three different types of mobile libraries, which visit different areas around Melbourne.

After some research I found the Yarra Plenty Regional Library, a semi-truck that services northern regional suburbs, the Knox Mobile Library, a small truck that operates in inner-eastern suburbs, and the Yarra Ranges Flexi Vehicle, a van that travels through regional eastern locations.

I prepared questions and interviewed the three library officers over a four day period, filming b-roll at the same time.

After completing the interviews I cut each of them into usable segments, and formed the general structure the piece would follow to best address my brief. Once I was satisfied the stories progression was natural and coherent, I wrote and recorded the voice over.

Editing

I began by editing all my audio in Audition – equalising, compressing, and mastering – aiming to achieve the highest quality, and matching all the different clips in volume and cadence.

I then colour corrected my footage. I wanted the piece to flow well visually and seem like it all belonged together. The raw footage, as it was all filmed in different location under different light set ups, needed some work to achieve this coherence. Some before and after examples are shown below. 

Before
After
Before

My goal when colour correcting the outside footage was to enhance the colour and vibrancy, which are features of the trucks that stand out in person.

Before
After
Before
After

I cut together all the footage and audio in Premiere Pro.

For the opening intro, I used some of my old stock footage – such as ‘The Cube’ library in Wodonga I filmed for my ‘Beautiful Wodonga’ project.

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