ATWATER VILLAGE — It’s hard enough to get people to vote in a neighborhood council election, let alone get them to a candidate forums and debates. But now residents of Atwater Village have a chance to meet and listen to their council candidates without attending a meeting. The videos of 21 candidates can now be watched on YouTube in advance of this Saturday’s council elections in Atwater and several other neighborhoods.
The job of recording the candidates fell to Courtney Morris, who is a candidate herself, and her iPhone. The candidates were sent questions in advance of their recording session. All but three of the candidates were interested in participating. Morris, in an email, explains how she did it:
Most people took between 5-10 minutes total to film their interviews. I met up with them at the place of their choosing and did all the recording on my iPhone. My fiance, Matthew Weil, edited the videos, but we didn’t cut into what candidates said, he just added the title cards and music for us.
I recorded them over the course of 2 and a half weeks. Each candidate was given the option to watch their videos at the time we recorded them, but most chose not to.
I only wish I had been smart enough to keep the additional footage for a blooper reel, because there were some excellent moments of extreme tongue-tied-ness.