Overall, this one semester class taught me several new things about journalism, broadcasting, and interviewing in a fun and enjoyable way. My favorite project was the six word story, because I really enjoyed the simplicity of the video and the camera angles Sean and I used. I also was amazed at how great Final Cut Pro is, and all the new things you can do with it, such as color correction and the sound fading techniques. I think my least favorite project was the iAm Movie, because I did not like editing on iMovie, however it was a good start to the semester. In conclusion, I'm glad I took this class to increase my skills on Broadcasting and Journalism. I hope one day I go into Journalism for college.
As the school year comes to a close, we had one last project to do, a news package on an interesting story in the community. I decided to interview one of my favorite classes and teachers, Michael Faris, the main percussion director and teacher of Ladue. As Sean and I started, we got B-roll from Ms. Davidson who filmed the entire percussion concert, which was big help for us. We also interviewed a few of my good friends and students of Mr. Faris on what his class is like and how he teaches his kids. At first, Sean and I were nervous to interview Mr. Faris because we were afraid he would answer with many short answers. However, he actually answered very well and we received almost 10 minutes of an interview. The editing, however, was very tedious and a bit annoying. Sean and I got tired easily editing clips down to the millisecond. yet, the outcome was almost perfect. I am glad we got to end on a good note. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings me.
Steve Hartman, a broadcast journalist on CBS, has a segment on the CBS Evening News "Everybody has a Story". He will pick a random city in the US, travel there, and pick a random phone number to call, and that is his story. One of those stories was about a veteran in Oregon who wasn't much of a talker, but sure did have a story. The story started off with a wide shot of the Oregon scenery, and then introducing Eric Colton. Steve started the interview in a comedic way, joking about how Eric proposed on the phone. However as the story progressed
Now that the interview has been shot, it's now time to edit. This process for me was a bit tedious, however the final product was well done. It's a little difficult to put the B-Roll in right at the exact moment of switching shots. It is also challenging to only get the best clips of the person talking. Sometimes you might have to shorten or lengthen shots to the exact frame, yet all these aspects make the interview look excellent. I had a very positive and satisfying experience going through the process of a interview. I'm glad that I know the basics so later in college and jobs I will not be clueless on what an interview is and how to make one. I am eager to know what we do next in this awesome class.
This week in Broadcast Technology, we are learning how to interview formally and quickly, and what aspects make a quality interview such as B-Roll and the thirds of the camera. I interviewed my friend Sean on his fast typing. The first thing we did was set up the camera and the microphones on Sean and the camera. I made sure that the camera was over the shoulder and Sean was on the other side. I then asked him several questions on his fast typing skills and how he will use them in the future. After that, I got 3 to 4 shots of B-Roll of him typing. This included his computer screen, and his face while he is working. These different shots are good so the audience can get a visual of Sean actually using his skills in school. Overall, I thought this interviewing process was simple and fairly fast to do. I would love to go more into interviewing later in life and see how the new channels interview and TV shows do it as well.
Now that I learned about how six word stories begun, I got to make my own. I made mine about getting in trouble and how the dumbest things could land you in the principal's office. I have to say, this was definitely my favorite movie to watch yet because I loved the transitions to the next shots and the simplicity of the movie. I also found the editing process a little amusing and entertaining with the sound effects and music I used fitting perfectly. However something I did not enjoy about making this short film was the shooting. I found it very tedious having to use the white balance several times and fitting the camera in the perfect position for the shot. But with all the hard work me and Sean put in, the movie turned out fantastic and the results were just what I was dreaming in my head. If you would like to see it just go to the movies page. I cannot wait until what the next project brings and learns.
This week we are researching Ernest Hemingway and his famous six word stories. Ernest was born in Oak Park, Illinois, yet him and his parents moved to the Chicago suburbs later on. During this time growing up Ernest found his love for writing and even joined his school newspaper. After he graduated he directly got a job for the Kansas City Star. However the writer enrolled in the army during World War 1, but later returned to become a reporter for American and also Canadian newspapers. at the time, a few of his fellow colleagues challenged him to write a story in only six words. He accepted the challenge and wrote one of the most famous six word stories to this day. "For sale: baby shoes, never worn" Due to the stories several meanings and analyzations that could be made, the tiny feature was a hit. Hemingway passed away in 1961 from suicide, but his short messages will live forever.
After Sean and I captured the shots for our first project with a camera, we needed to edit them. `I had been desperately waiting to try out Final Cut Pro X other than the same old iMovie. I was ready to get more technical, and learn what transitions and effects looks best for a movie. Mr Goble did a perfect job of explaining that. Step by step, he demonstrated what each button did and how to use it in specific situations. It was not as challenging as I expected it to be. It is just more of a variety of things to do, which makes it a little overwhelming for people. I hope I can soon get it for my own computer and start making videos on my own. Next we are going to start studying more advanced shots, such as WALLDO which is wide, angled, low, linking, depth, and opposite.
This week in Broadcast Technology, we got the chance to go on a scavenger hunt, where my friend, Sean and I traveled around the school to look for specific shots. I was very enthusiastic for this project because I love shooting things that might seem different and unique. Several shots were easy to get, like something red or a soda/snack machine. However a couple of the shots were a little awkward, especially when we had to ask the police officer to shake our hands. Although there is something about looking around, trying to find the perfect shot that makes videotaping so fantastic and enjoyable. Another aspect I found interesting is when students or teachers walk into your shot. People may think that that is ruining your shot, however I think it makes the movie look real and authentic. All in all, the Video Scavenger Hunt was a great project that gave me and Sean a introduction to getting unusual and unexpected shots for broadcasting. I can't wait to start editing it.
For our first project of the new semester, Mr. Goble assigned us an iMovie project. I had used iMovie before, however I was a little nervous to show my class different aspects of my life that I wouldn't usually tell them. Such as going to summer camp, and a percussionist. Yet for my first assignment in Broadcast Technology, I thought it went fairly well. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and asked questions about the pictures afterwards. All in all, the iAm iMovie was an enjoyable first project and a great way to start off the semester.