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.
Recently I have finished a news package that I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. I decided to make my video on cubing (the solving of rubik's cube puzzles in short amount of time.) I chose this topic because I have a friend who cubes as a large hobby and it fascinates the people around him. I had a few difficulties finding variety with my B-Roll so I decided to use shots from the subject's channel. Overall I enjoyed the project a lot and it was fun to see how a news package is put together. If you would like to see my new video you can go to my video page or watch it on school Tube by clicking here.
Our class has been continuing our interview unit and we are about to make a full length news story. To make sure we are ready to make a news package we watched stories by Steve Hartman and analyzed tactics he uses one of which is called hey, you, see, so. This tactic first, gets the audience's attention, (Hey) then it explains why it is relevant to the viewer, (you) and lastly, the tactic gives more of the story (see) and tells why it all matters (so). For example, in his story "Middle school football players execute life-changing play" they grab the audience's attention by describing an amazing play but not revealing what that play is. The reports then explain the play and details about it and mention the kindness involved giving the audience a personal connection. Lastly, they show a kid explaining how the play changed his life which shows the "so" or why it matters. In another one of his stories, called "Soul Food" he grabs the audience's attention by claiming that he randomly picked a person to interview and saying that the audience wouldn't believe what he found because it was to good to be true. The story covers a women's tradition of feeding her entire church on Sundays. The story goes into detail about her history and family. The story also describes her generosity to help the audience feel connected through her kindness. The tactic of Hey, You, See, So seems to be used frequently in media and I am excited to get to try it out myself.
Recently my class started a new unit about interview strategies. I learned a lot and wanted to share some of them with you. First of all, I learned not to ask yes or no questions and instead ask my subject to tell me about things. I also learned how to set up microphones. Lastly, I learned how to compose a shot for an interview. You want to put your subject in a third in the video and have the interviewer diagonal from them. You also want the shot set up so only the subjects shoulders and head show in the video. Lastly, I learned that as the camera operator to never look at the subject. The new unit has taught me a lot about interviews.