For my project this month I have been reporting on a petition made by students to convince Mr. White into using a smart board setting called creative pen. I had fun making use of my phone and being able to get footage easily. I had an interesting shift in my plans late in my project, because I was originally going to report on Mr. White's refusal to use the pen, however, late in the project he allegedly used the pen for a student's birthday. I used this shift as a turn in the story. Another difficulty I had was with the student I was interviewing being unable to interview due to prior commitments so I had to choose another student to interview. Mr. White denied the fact that he used the pen, however, I was able to get a picture of him using the pen, which he claims was me using photoshop. During my next project, I will make sure to use a microphone, because in Mr. White's interview there is a lot of background noise even after I placed the camera close to him. I will also make sure I am not seen in the reflection of anything, because I noticed after filming that I was in the reflection of one of my interviews. Finally, I will collect more relevant B-roll to the story. I filmed and edited the project on my iPhone, even though it was a fun experience, next time I will use standard equipment due to frustrations with iMovie and limited settings. To watch my latest video click here.
I am currently working on a news package about a petition started to make Mr. White use a special setting, called creative pen, on his smart board. So far I have recorded some B-roll of Mr. White teaching in a batman costume and some shots of the petition along with my voiceovers for the intro and one for a transition going from student interviews to Mr. White's interview. I was going to focus on Mr. White's reluctancy to use the pen, however on February 27th, he used the pen to write a happy birthday message to Cassie. I spoke with Cassie and she sent me a picture of the Mr. White's writing and has agreed to do an interview. I sent emails to the 4 students who started the petition, however, they declined an interview. After Mr. White used creative pen I convinced him to do an interview after he previously declined to clear up the point that "he didn't cave into the demands of the petition". I currently need to get B-roll of Cassie in class and a reenactment of Mr. White's initial refusal to use the pen. I will also collect the interview of Mr. White and Cassie, which I have written questions for. I am going to try apple's "everyone can create video" project, so I will only be using my phone and iMovie to edit.
Recently, I have been retaking broadcast tech 2 to learn new media skills. So far I have worked on ProPrompter and getting a variety of shots to tell a story. I've worked on visiting different locations at my school and getting different camera angles. I ended up visiting the art room where I practiced taking steady and focused shots with my iPhone. I have also been working on the teleprompter for the upcoming Ladue View. I am working on fixing the script when there are errors and making sure the prompter is up to date. So far, the Laude View is coming together nicely and I am excited to see what the end product will be.
Broadcast tech has been a great class this year. I enjoyed how I was given creative freedom for all of my projects. This freedom gave me the ability to make many projects I am proud of. I did not like blogging after every video because, the blogging didn't feel necessary for all of my videos. My favorite project was my final because I didn't suffer writer's block and I had no issues during filming. I would have liked to have a notebook of video ideas so I didn't need to waste class time brain storming. I am taking broadcast tech next year because I am excited to expand my skills in the new studio. Overall, broadcast tech has changed the way I look at videos and I hope to learn more next year.
I have been working on my final for all of May. I decided to try and make a visual essay because I thought that making a video with no words would be an interesting challenge. I asked my friend Orion, who is a photography student to help me film. I was required to use a mirror and thought that having my character look out a mirror the whole story as if it was a window could be interesting. I decided to not reveal the mirror until the middle of the story. I chose to have similarities between the shots with and without the mirror. One example is the empty couch, where I used a canted, birds-eye shot after the mirror is revealed.
My story features me, however, it is about people in general. I decided to make the story about people in general because everyone can relate and reflect. I chose to film in my house because there was a TV and a curtain. The curtain helped hide the window until the end, while the TV was used to play a show that helps show contrast when it is turned off. The video will hopefully provoke thought and reflection within the viewers. I had to move a lot of things out of the way before my filming, however, I found an old clock that I decided to use in the video to show how people are frequently worried about time. If you would like to view the video click here.
April has been a very busy month for me. First, I finished the JUUL investigation with my group. You can watch the full video by clicking here. The project needed minor editing adjustments and new B-roll. I also started a news story about Ladue High School replacing the student iPads for computers. That project will likely be out by the end of the month.
This past month has been busy and exciting for me. I have continued my work investigating JUULing at my school. My team and I have finished all of our interviews and put out a teser trailer. We have also continued to get B-roll for the final product. Our final video will be out in the next month. If you would like to watch the trailer, click here.
Recently I and two other students in my class started working on a news package about JUULing. JUULing is a major problem at our schools and we are hoping to cover all the facts about it. We have read articles written by health experts and students at other schools. We are also learning techniques to help us mask the identity of people we interview. Many of the people we will interview like to JUUL in private and would like their identity hidden. We are planning a slow release starting soon.
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This month I have been working on a project about Jaden Smith. I decided on him because some of his tweets over the years have been pretty funny. I also enjoyed how he was in a recent American anime, which the concept of made me laugh. The anime also started many meme, like the big Toblerone. I had some time difficulties, like how I original wanted to include interviews of others trying to decode his tweets. I didn't get to those interviews however because I only had a few weeks to work on the project. I was able to fill in the interview space by talking about some of his past tweets. If you would like to watch the video you can visit my video page here.
As many of you may know I have been taking a broadcast technology class this year. Sadly, today is my last day in the class. I would like to leave a review of the class before I go. I liked the freedom I was given on projects like the 6 word story. I didn't like projects where I had to follow a list and check things off, like the 30 unique shots project. Overall I enjoyed many of the projects, my favorite being 6 word story. I would have liked editing more because I enjoyed that part of video production. I am going to take broadcast 2 next semester because I am interested in learning more about video and I would like to do more editing.