This project was assigned as the semester two final for Broadcast Tech II. The assignment was to write a story that would describe you in six words, no more, no less, and to accompany the words with six unique shots. While creating the story, I really had to think as to what I wanted to say, and how I would say it in such a shrunken down version. I knew that I wanted the shots to represent me and the things about my life that I love. These shots all had to be creative and different, so no two shots can be framed the same. Getting these shots, I found to be quite difficult seeing as I had to set up the camera, make a point for focusing, then get into the shot, all on my own, and in some cases I found this to be very trial and error based. I also had the experience of editing on Final Cut Pro X, which is very different from what I'm used to but will be very interesting to use next year.
This month at the begining of the video creating cycle, I was out sick, and almost all the topics that were in the sugguestion Google Doc were taken. But I decided to do my story on Jimmy Loomis. His story was interesting, he is a part of the Ladue High School graduating class of 2013, and is the yongest recorded committee man in United States history. When it came to getting the interviews I reqiured for this news peice, I was presented with a few problems. First of all, when scheduling the interview with Jimmy, I found that he almost never on campus, for his classes at Washington Univercity, and that I would have to miss the firts 20 minutes of third period. And when I came to edit it all together, I found that Jimmy's interview was a little bit out of focus, and he was looking up in the interview, instead of straight ahead off camera. I also found in the interview with Cindy Brown, Jimmy's Committeewoman, her audio had some echo to it. But the interviews weren't the only problem, there was b-roll that I had to worry about too. In order to get this b-roll I had to miss my band concert, and film in a extremely dark room where Jimmy's Committee held their meetings. In short, this video caused me a lot of stress and I'm just happy that it didn't turn out horribly.
For this video I worked with Jane again. This video was not only for Ladue View, but a joint show that we were putting together with a school in California. We saw a poll in the Panorama, the Ladue High School news paper, about what problems the school distric's diciplinary system should focus on. Jane and I looked into the poll and wondered why it fell so far down on the list. We also wondered if everyone knew the severity of some of the academically dishonest things they do, and the consequences if you get cought, and how it effected how colleges view you. After turning in the project, Jane and I have re-submitted a re-edditied version to include some more interviews.
This month, I worked with Jane Nelson. She found this pretty cool topic while online, a valentines 5K. When getting ready for the shoot we had to get up pretty early so that we could get to where the race would start before any of the runners. When we got there we had some dificulty with the rain, but we were able to get under one of the tents, where we conducted the interviews. It was really cool to see all of the runners and walkers there, so excited to do this 5K, in the rain.
As the first project of Broadcast Tech II, the newbies were told to make a PSA, or public service announcement. We worked in partners, I worked with Lizzie Green. This PSA would be used as a commercial for Ladue View, which made me a little nervous. We knew that we wanted to do something different. The editing was a little frustrating because it took a really long time to get the videos to pop up when we wanted them to, but when we got it all to work right, it looked great. It took us a while to find the music we wanted to use. We knew we wanted music that would portray the idea that something was going on that wasn't supposed to, we wanted something that would bring a mysterious and mischievous feeling to the video.
Last semester's final for Broadcast Tech 1, we were asked to conduct an interview about anything having to do with Ladue. I chose to to interview my friend Griffin Melson. What was interesting about Griffin is that he built a computer, from scratch. He and I both share an interest with technology, this interview inspired me to build a computer myself. During the filming and editing of this video, I learned the importance of manual white balance. The white balance was constantly changing and had to do some major color correcting to make it look good. I overall had a fun time which I think contributed to how well it turned out. I think that if you're going to create a good video then you have to enjoy what you are doing.