Today is my final blogpost as a broadcast tecnolgy student. I came in 5 monthes ago thinking this class would be an easy A, but I was wrong. There is so much preperation and organizing before any shoot and so much trick to remember. I would spend more time on te planning part of my videos so I feelt more confident bout what I was doing and what i wanted. Overall this has been an amazing calss and I would suggest it to any student intrested in media and film. learning about the rules of the filming game was tricky but rewarding after I got the hang of it. Out of all my videos I would say my news broadcast is my favourite. I spent so much time on it and although it can improve alot, I am proud of the way it did turn out.
This final video for Broadcast Tech 1 was challenging, but very informative. I learned the importance of varity of shots and good B-roll. I would improve upon my interview composition and smoother transitions. I look forward to practicing and improving upon my skills. I will be sad to leave this class but hopeful can continue my work in Broadcast Technology 2.
Steve Hartman, a journalist on CBS, started a series called, "Everybody has a story. In this series he would throw a dart at a map, travel to the random location the dart hit, then thumb through the a telephone book and randomly point out a name and number. And if they agreed to let him interview them that his story. I watched two very different Steve Hartman Stories, One on a retired cafeteria worker who continued to give out and make food for her community, and a woman who thought she had nothing to say, despite loving and caring for her two foster kids, whom she considers her own. These stories were very systematically put together using the, "HEY you, see, so" method that Steve Hartman created himself. He would first get the viewers attention with his unconventional way of finding a story then, no matter who you were he would relate it back to the viewer. The see, so steps were when Hartman would then tell his story and evoke some form of emotion from his viewer. I encourage all to go and watch his stories. I have a link to the videos I watched below.
For the past couple weeks the Broadcast tech class has been working and practice on how to stage a professional interview. We are learning how to form a story, position the camera, and get the right answers from our interviewees that we need for the story.
After reviewing my practice interview with the class, they helped me to see that my listening skills and light placement in the interview needs improvement. I excited to continue learning about and working on my interviews in our next project. If you'd like to see my end product with the cut soundbites from my interview, they are available on the "my videos" page to the left or click on the button below. Thanks for watching!
The six words I chose to capture the theme of pressure in high school are, "Pressure drowns you, until you rise."
As a junior in high school, with college applications soon approaching, I am feeling pushed down by homework, classes, tests, extra curricular activities, and my job. Despite my busy schedule I know that I just have to rise to the occasion and keep my head up o make it through my last leg of my high school years.
In my short film, made of only six shots, the student (played by Anna Zheng), is struggling with her classes and workload. She is discouraged that high school seems too much for her, and having to add the stress of college is unimaginable. The student hits a breaking point and reaches out to a mental health flyer for a hotline. She soon begins to work harder, talking to her teachers for support and guidance. At the end the student although not fully where she would like to be has made grand steps toward her wellbeing and looks forward to the future.
Although, I dramatized my own feelings, I know many high schoolers around the country suffer from mental health problems on accentuated by the stress of school. My goal was to show that no matter the struggle there are people to help you, if not a teacher then a hotline. Though the present may seem glum there is brighter future, for one who is ready to work towards it . I hope everyone watching enjoys the short film and if they have an questions and concerns please email me at the bottom of this page. I will be including the hotline numbers at the bottom of this post. Thanks for watching.
St. Louis County Youth Hotline - (314) 628-2929
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn." - Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's famous six word story has inspired film and english students alike to push their boundaries and limit their word choice to only six word. this enables students to learn of the importance of deliberate word choice to convey a whole story. For our purposes here in Bteah, we will be doing a video from 18-30 seconds, with the focus on six diverse words and six diverse shots to tell a beginning, middle, and end. Inspiration for these stories can be found anywhere. Hemingway cultivated his idea from a new paper article he read as a child, titled "Tragedy of Baby's Death is Revealed in Sale of Clothes." His motivation for writing a story of six words was a bet among his author friends. Hemingway bets $10 he can write a story using only six words. After the collections were made he is said to have written down, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." He than collected his winnings.
Despite not having the motivation of earning money on my side, I am interested to create a strong and precise statement. After careful consideration of what is relevant to my life, I have sketched in simple six words about the pressures of High School. More specifically, Junior Year. For many 16-17 year olds, this is the first year where, in order to prevail and come out successful, they must work for it compares to coasting by in previous years. I plan to dig deeper, for this is my first idea. My idea is one of the continuos pressure to learn and complete homework, and do well in classes, That if given the chance can depress a student, unless it is matched with determination, hard work , and perseverance. "Pressure drowns you, until you rise."
Last week, the Btech class of W2 attempted to learn and practice how to take shots and edit. We were given the task to accomplish a video scavenger hunt and then, using the footage from the scavenger hunt, edit to the extreme. Before this I only used Imovie to edit any films. But with Final Cut Pro, the editing program this class uses, I have so many more options to manipulate my footage to just the way I like it. The end product was a sequence of 18 different shots, of specifically asked camera angles and subject. Each shot was given a filter, a text, and a overall low instrumental audio. The whole project was a complete, hectic mess; but it was also a wonderful learning tool. Because of this, I consider this project a beautiful mess.
Welcome to my Broadcast Technology Blog. This is a window to anyone who would like, to look in on my style and thoughts. I am excited to share my work and receive feedback and comments from viewers like yourself. Beginning with the I am project.
I had difficulty finding my story until I looked through my pictures and videos. I did my best to convey a beginning and an end through the age of the pictures. I hope everyone who visits finds a video you may relate too. comment if you have any questions or concerns.