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Hi, Luke… I agree with Birdcat, nicely done. the shots were clean and well composed. I have only two items to add to Birdcats. At :06, like he said, you can’t here your on-location introduction because the water fountain behind is competing too much with the voice. But I like the scene as an “opening” to your video. A trick to try next time you want a wide shot is to get yourself and the camera farther away from the noise source, then set the camera as wide as possible, and position yourself closer to the camera, but in the left or right third of the frame. Then you’re still doing your “stand-up”, you still see the scene behind you, and you’ll be able to hear the voice track better because you’re closer and away form competing noise.
The other thing I’d mention is when you’re editing, to fade the “wild” sound, [natural sound on the tape], between shots so they don’t end as abruptly as at :49. We hear a kid start to scream, then it’s bluntly cut off. Also, around the same, you have a lot of shots without natural sound, then this one with the lion pops in with the wild sound, so think about being a bit more consistent.
I loved the shot right after your standup with the two people consulting a map – and their voices are heard very clearly. This gives a nice feeling of the adventure about to begin. Really nice photo work – keep it up!