Thursday, May 1, 2014

1 Oz of Silver Equals 200 Lbs of Salt?

One of the hardest things I've ever done in my life is editing the series 'Hidden Secrets Of Money'. The hard part being the decisions on which parts to leave out. So far we have filmed in 16 different countries around the world in our effort to show the history of money from an Austrian Economics perspective, and from each country we end up with hours of great footage. This is a result of the way the series is produced - Mike is at his best when he is thinking on his feet and speaking from his heart, so we never prepare a script. Instead, I throw a few pertinent questions at Mike in various forms and challenge his theories when we are shooting on location. It means we usually have to do a few takes to get something that we can use, but the result is so much better than what you get with a scripted performance to camera. The one time when we did try using a script was in France, and it was a complete disaster (wait for the outakes from that one!) so we've never done it again.

Episode 5 was filmed very quickly, with no script at all apart from the inerconnecting voiceovers of course. I knew that getting Mike into the ECB Money Museum was akin to letting a kid loose in a candy store, so we simply followed the exhibits around and I asked Mike to interpret the Museum's 'official' explanations. We had just over an hour to complete our filming, and pretty much everything was done in one take...I'm very happy with the way it came out.

While editing, there was one segment in particular that seemed to take a little long to get through, and that was the section that covers the transition from barter and commodity currencies to real money. In order to keep the episode under 30 minutes, I was trying to get this sequence wrapped up in under 8 minutes...which meant doing a little trimming. In the end, the video attached to this article was left out, in the pursuit of time and holding folks interest. I hope you enjoy it.

- Source, The Hidden Secrets of Money: