My partner and I ran into a few problems when filming our interview with Mr. Gallen. We even had to completely reshoot the interview due to poor lighting and issues with sound. This taught me to always double check the exposure and make sure the camera is white balanced. We filmed in the the studio where ram report is filmed. This gave us access to a simple grey background and good lighting after we figured out how to control the exposure. Though it was stressful having to reshoot, I’m glad we did because the the video turned out a lot more clear and neat looking. Filming more than once also allowed me to have more film to choose from when editing the video. This was helpful.
Our final project, “Humans of Ladue” required us to select a person and interview them. I ran into many obstacles in trying to complete this project. Firstly, my partner and I ran on very different schedules making it hard to find a good time to meet and shoot. Our original person owe were going to interview also had a very different schedule than my partner and I. We spent two class periods trying to find times to meet until eventually we decided to find a new person to interview. I had initially thought of my dad but once again, busy schedules got in the way. After three class periods with little to no progress, I approached Mr. Gallen, a paraprofessional who has been in our classroom everyday since the beginning of the year assisting students. Mr Gallen works with the special school district and works one on one with kids. I had seen him around school but never really knew what his job entailed. He was very open to helping us with our interview. I struggled to collect B-role and had to opt for two different days of filming (all of which his cloths changed). Because of this I had to be cautious of continuity errors. All in all, though this project was challenging, I learned a lot about productivity when it comes to filming and think I was successful in completing the project to the best of my abilities given the circumstances.
Creating a six word story took a lot of thinking. How can one convey a story with meaning in only six words? I juggled between two ideas, one of which ended up being too complicated to film. I finally decided on “Can’t think, wonder, finally can think”. I chose these six words to show that sometimes our brains wonder from our given tasks; whether that be chores, work, homework or even a conversation. It also conveys that by giving your brain a break every once and a while, focusing can become easier and you can begin to think less analytically (which everyone needs every now and then). I chose to use the given shots in this order: low angle, medium, extreme wide, medium, high angle, birds eye view. I chose these shots because they best help convey the idea I wanted to get across to the watcher.
Six word stories are a simplistic form of story telling that convey a deep or profound message through only six words. I learned through my research that these stories can be very impactful despite being so short and at times, not even a full sentence. The briefness creates urgency and dramatic effect. Some examples include “Painfully, he changed 'is' to 'was'" and “'Wrong number,'” says a familiar voice". I am exited to begin brainstorming for my six word story.
This week we learned how to use digital HD cameras. We practiced taking wide, medium, and tight shots in the lunchroom room at Ladue. We took these shot and began a project on Final Cut Pro. Learning to use this program was challenging; however, the shortcuts and tips we were given helped speed up the process a lot. I am excited to begin editing my own videos using this software. Our first project included the wide, medium, tight, tight, and extreme close up shots we got in the multipurpose room. We used these shots in out first project, Circus Wagon, while experimenting with different transitions and special effects. In our second project, 6 Shots, we learned how to add audio transitions to make our videos smoother. It was challenging at times to follow along and trying to remember all of the shortcuts. I overcame this by writing them down so i would remember them for later. Over all this introduction unit may not have been the time to be creative, but it was necessary to prep us for future projects, during which we can be more creative.
Through working in a television studio, I have learned that many parts make up a successful program. There are many jobs working together for one result and without each one doing their part, the program would be missing a critical element. For example, without the sound board adjusting the volume and controlling the mics, the intro music could be too loud, too soft, or there could be voices overlapping the audio. Without the teleprompter, our talent would just be two clueless highschool students with blank computer screens in front of them, covertly checking themselves out in the monitor. And without the director, no one would have any cues to begin there designated job. All of the jobs in the studio working as a unit is what makes every broadcast, though to the viewer it just looks like the talent.
In the past week, I have learned that TV studios are made up of a lot of different moving parts. All of them, especially behind the scenes, are needed to have a successful show. The sound board is needed to adjust volume and insure sound quality. The teleprompter is needed so the talent is aware of what they need to say and give them a steady speaking rate. CG and AJA are needed to prepare any visuals for the production. Tech board is in charge of putting the visuals on the screen at the right time. Finally, the director and floor director is needed to insure the broadcast runs smoothly and on time. They cue the talent and when tech needs to play AJA or CG. These, along with the camera crew and talent all make up a successful broadcast.
The iAm project was a good experience because it helped me become better acquainted with iMovie and SchoolTube. I had used the iMovie app in the past to make videos about my summer travels and adventures; however, I had never used it to make a trailer. I learned that this program is extremely easy to use and I am excited to use it again in the future. One challenge I faced while making my iAm trailer was being able to tell a chronological story. I overcame this by opening my trailer with a short video of me as a baby and closing with a picture of me from current day with the sunsetting (to show that the video was coming to an end). I liked this way of editing and will most likely use it again.