I recently completed a short digital video project on beekeeping to be used as a learning tool for the Denville Community Gardens. I filmed local resident, naturalist and beekeeper Mike Leone, of Rockaway Township New Jersey, to provide both the action and dialogue.
Conceptually, Mike and I wanted to keep the video informative but also upbeat. This was easy to achieve as Mike knows many pearls of wisdom about the importance of honeybees and the work which goes into beekeeping.
I found a terrific poppy royalty-free soundtrack online by Kevin MacLeod to set the tone. I created the intro animation myself by drawing a cartoon bee from reference images. I then drew basic animation paths to bring our pollinator to life.
The filming was done in two stages. For outdoor filming I utilized the Tamron 16-300mm VC PZD All-In-One lens. The broad zoom range lens allowed me to frame environmental and detail shots. Mike and I recorded the voice-over indoors using the R0DE VideoMic Go wired into my Canon SL2 DSLR.
I have received great positive feedback from this Beekeeping production and I look forward to taking on more educational projects in the future. Let me know if you have feedback or comments on this video. I have included a few affiliate links above if you wish to purchase the same equipment I use.
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When my friend and fellow POWWW board member Mike Leone (actually POWWW’s VP) asked for my help in producing a short beekeeping video I took little hesitation in saying yes. We created this short info video on behalf on Denville Community Gardens. The purpose of the film is to explain the great benefits of pollinators while discussing some trials and tribulations that may stump beginning beekeepers.
Initial filming took place at the Denville Community Gardens which is located on Diamond Spring Road just outside of Downtown Denville. I chose to film with my Canon SL2 DSLR which is a great compact and simple camera for clean 1080p video. For filming optics, I chose my Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens for the ability to film both broad scenes as well as close-up shots of the honeybees. Voice Over audio was recorded after-the-fact by wiring my R0DE VideoMic GO directly into my SL2.
Camera information aside, I was very pleased to help web-publish the invaluable information about the ecological important of honeybees. More pollinators = more fresh local food = less processed food with preservatives and refined sugar. Many green and sustainable practices do require a time investment, however the health benefits and feelings of self-gratification make for any easy offset. I also greatly enjoy creating outdoor education content as I can use my multimedia background while both teaching and learning.
If you have any beekeeping questions or video production questions please leave them in the comments and I will route them to the appropriate individual.
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