Autumn is a beautiful season with the trees changing colour, nights getting darker and an excuse to light the fire in the evenings. On the farm, it also means harvest season as barley is cut, silage is made to feed animals through the winter and potatoes are ready for digging.
To capture this special time of year, Purple Rain produced a small series of videos for First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church to mark the occasion our church normally celebrates with Harvest suppers, concerts and special services.
As Coronavirus restricts what can be done physically, there was still the opportunity to involve farmers and those in the agri-food industry and tell their story, capturing them at work in the yard, milking parlour and the fields.
Further to some previous ‘MoJo’ training (mobile journalism) with the CIPR and the Guild of Agricultural Journalists, all the film footage was shot on my iPhone 6 and edited on my MacBook through iMovie. I had a microphone that connected to my iPhone to record the voiceovers so in terms of equipment, it was quite basic. I learnt as I edited and became more familiar with the different features and titles and transitions to make the videos effective.
The videos were uploaded to the church’s Facebook page and received a great response – combined they were shared over 80 accounts including The Farming Life.
I hope you enjoy watching them via the links below that will take you to Twitter.
This article was written by purplerain