I knew that filming at The Arch might be dificult, seeing as it's a national monument. I ended up playing phone tag with Rose Hoots, the kind woman in charge of distributing permits for filming at the parks. I finally got through to her while at the JEA conference. She gave me a leter of authourization, allowing me to film. I was really hoping a security guard would ask me not to film so I could whip out my permit, however that unfortunatly didn't happen. What did happen was I could not for the life of me read that script, which is why Jane is the one doing that stand up, so thanks Jane, you're a huge help!
When I decided to do a short stand up on The Hill, I knew I needed to get inside a restaurant, so I contaced Zia's. They so kindly let film inside of their restaurant to capture the film I needed. However it took some time, as I had to wait until someone order the toasted ravioli, because I couldn't mention them without showing them. I'd also like to thank the kind customers of Zia's for letting me film, eventough they probably didn't want to be disturbed during thier meal. Also thanks to my sister for holding the iPad...yeah I forgot to mention that! The three videos I produced were shot and edited on an iPad.
In this session, we discussed concepts and ideas for editing that for the most part were review of what we had learned in class. So I guess Mr. Goble and Ms. D are doing something right. The showed us examples to discuss techniques for organizing information and the use of sound bites and how to play off of your b-roll. They showed us the gun control video which we has already seen in class here at Ladue. He showed us how they used gunshots at punctuation marks.
This class told us how and why students should produce long-format news stories. We covered the difference between short, two-minute stories, choice of topic, research, and workflow and more. It was interesting to see what his students had done. Like investigating a teenagers ability to obtain alcohol from an online vendor.
In this class we learned about on camera delivery and finding your voice. We learned about vocal inflection and what happens if you use it in the wrong way. The teacher also told us about vocal frying. She also taught us the importance of dressing nicely and presenting oneself in a certain way that makes you more pleasing to the audience.
I went to a class taught by Mr. Hernandez from Mira Costa. He taught us some certain things about microphones, noise versus sound, volume versus levels, soundbites, NATS, and sound editing. Much of this class was review for me, however I learned some new things about pickup patterns for microphones. I also learned the terms condoner, dynamic, and cardioid. We talked about the three C's of soundbites, colorful, clear, and concise. We also watched the Virginia gun control package, which we have watched in Broadcast Tech, as Lillian would say, "Throwback to B-Tech I!"
In this class we learned 10 tips for social media. This class was primarily about print journalism but the information can be translated to broadcast journalism. Below are some of the notes I took that I think are the most important things that I learned in this class:
1. You need to develop a policy - be accurate, objective, and clear. Needs to be treated as an extension of your publication.
2. Have a purpose - think about audience. Don't be on social media just to be on it. You don't have to be on every social media. Each platform has a different purpose.
3. Get your staff on board - staff should follow publication.
4. Follow and be followed - follow students, alumni, other schools, etc.
5. Engage with people - respond to people when they tweet you or write at you. Seek people out and initiate a convocation. In school and in community. Engage with other publications.
6. Be consistent - post daily. Look at trends like Throw back Thursday. Top tweets once a week from kids at school. Create a weekly photo album for the week. Balance, don't overwhelm followers on social media.
7. Use twitter lists and stay organized - hootsuit and tweetdeck - make a list of people/tweets. Set tweets to go out at a certain day/time.
8. 80/20 rule - nobody likes an attention hog. Know your audience and what they like. 80%-don't have to do with your publication. 20%-your publication.
9. Don't be a robot - it's okay to have personality. Be conversational when promoting posts.
10. Learn form other people - follow other social media programs, advisers, pro. Organizations.
11. Publicize - make your account to know. Start hashtags. Have contests-Follow through.
This was a really fun event to film! There was so many things going on, I didn't even scratch the surface of what Olivette On the Go had to offer. There was a 5K for adults and fun run for the kids. There was also a ton of different food franchises with tents and trucks setup throughout the fair. I got a very early start on this video, starting before we even had our monthly in-class meeting. And editing for this project went very well. I had only one time when I couldn't find a piece of footage I thought I had. I'm so happy I chose this project this month.
This past month I worked in partnership with HEC-TV. I created three educational videos one on the butterfly house another on the old courthouse and a third on the jewel box. I had a lot of fun making these videos. However these videos did not come without their difficulties, as I had to film myself without having a camera person. At the jewelbox I had a fairly easy time seeing as it was well lit inside, it was a good place to film. at the old courthouse I felt I would encounter some difficulties in getting the correct shots, however, I got the best shots I could. I feel that the strongest video I made was the one about the butterfly house. I got some great shots of butterflies flying and eating. This was probably the most fun I creating a project.
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.