This week, two new experiments. We tinkered with how to phrase our questions better to get quicker answers. And, instead of the first week’s regular tripod (too bulky) and last week’s all handheld (too jiggly) we borrowed a monopod. It turns out to be the perfect tool for alternating between holding a camera steady and moving quickly alongside people as they rush to work.

Today’s topic: summer jobs.

In a recent Slate magazine article, we read that only 25 percent of teenagers across the country have summer jobs this year. Why? Partly because they’re enrolled in summer academic programs but also because of the bad economy. It’s hard to find a job when you have little to no experience.

The best question strategy: Asking people about their personal summer jobs first, and then asking them about how they felt about the overall topic. It’s easier to get people to talk about themselves than ideas.

Curious to hear what they said? Check back with us tomorrow!

Editing successes: For the first time ever, all footage was shot at 24 frames per second. No more conversion.

Thanks to our timelapse from last week, we now have a regular introduction to work with. We’d like to make a few more. Anyone know of a good spot to take a time lapse of the Mission from?

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Hélène Goupil

Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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