Every unit has multiple weapon systems to engage enemy targets in different ways. The Soldiers assigned to these systems must stay proficient in how to safely and accurately employ these weapons. Cobra Battery utilizes the M320 as a way to engage buildings, vehicles, and dismounted enemies. It has munitions for smoke, high explosive, illumination, and crowd control.
As a part of the qualification, grenadiers must complete multiple engagements of various types of targets, including two engagements in chemical protective masks. The grenadiers have to estimate distance and use proper firing techniques to fully qualify.
For this video, I documented the qualification of this system as well as giving a description of the weapon system. For inspiration, I watched other weapons videos such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cFThAjGCKU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egAPL0P3z8s&list=PLP47akGwI69tPc2ku6vQiUX_9WE3WuDHO
I then shot the footage using my cellphone’s camera while completing the range. I didn’t get some of the shots I would like due to my other responsibilities on the range, but I wanted to show the various firing positions and Soldiers in action. After collecting the footage, I recorded with Audition a voice over for the video. I laid out a basic overview of what I wanted the sequencing to be with this tool:
|0:00||Title slide: Cobra Picture||Background Music Begins|
|0:06||Establishing Shot||Introduction Voice over, shooting|
|0:30||Photo 1 and Photo 2 of M320||Description of M320|
|0:50||Near shot, side shooting||Firing options|
|0:55||Close-up shot over the shoulder 1|
|1:10||CBRN Engagement 1 &2||Qualification Results|
|1:20||Close-up shot over the shoulder 2|
|1:25||Ending Credits Slide||Closing audio, music fades|
After composing the general order of audio and video, I then had to edit a few of the clips that were too large for the frame of the video. I changed the scale on these videos to fit this frame.
For the images of the M320 I used keyframes to provide a zoom out effect on the system. I then used transitions on some of the clips to film dissolve into the next frame.
Courtesy of Luca Boldrini https://www.flickr.com/photos/lucaboldrini69/4281952215/
Courtesy of Army Program Executive Office https://www.flickr.com/photos/peosoldier/
I added a backing song that I found on Soundcloud using creative commons license For this track I faded the song in an faded the song out using audio transitions, crossfade.
To conclude the video project I added a title image and a closing credits slide.
This project was challenging to set up all of the images and audio exactly how I wanted. For a future version of this project I would like to play around with how a “bug” would look thoughout the video.
Your critiques are much appreciated to make this the best video story possible.