After this assignment I have learned a lot on using my camera to tell a story. This assignment required us to to take a sequence of shots with a common theme. I decided to focus my theme on “The Story of Dairy.” I began my sequence on the campus farm with pictures of grass and dairy cows, then I ended the video with pictures of milk and ice cream (products of dairy).
My topic is quite simple, so in order to make my video interesting I had to be creative in taking my pictures. I used a lot of different views and angles and tried add some action to the milk pictures. One of the requirements was to incorporate natural sound, so I added some sound of the cows “mooing” and the pouring of milk. This project forced me to use my equipment in ways I never would have thought of before. Overall I learned a lot from this assignment, and most of all I enjoyed hanging out with the cows! You can checkout my project with sound on YouTube, and without sound on YouTube.
Time at camp flew by!! It’s hard to believe it’s already Friday and time to go. Throughout my time at camp, I learned so much about broadcast journalism and made so many new friends. The system of support I had throughout the entire week is amazing, as I always felt like I had someone to talk to if I was feeling frustrated.
Seeing the finished product of a complete broadcast written, produced, and anchored by me is amazing, as I never thought we could all accomplish something like this in one week. This camp has inspired me to pursue journalism or communications as a college major, and has given me great insight into what it would be like to be a student at U of I.
Coming out of this experience, I feel like I am much stronger and more able to adapt to new and challenging classes. I am so thankful that I was able to come to this camp, and it was a trip that I will never forget.
This week felt long and short at the same time. It was a lot of work, but being able to see that work come together at the end felt really rewarding. I feel like I made many connections and friendships at this camp and am happy I went.
It’s been a very long week to say the least. While the work can be very hard it is also worth it, you learn a lot in a very short amount of time and every thing falls in line as far as the news cast and creating it goes
Honestly, it feels like I’ve been away now for months on end from my hometown, but here’s my thoughts on this camp seven days later. At first, the camp was pretty stressful – writing scripts until 2 am and only getting four hours of sleep consequently ; running around for four hours looking for that one, perfect shot ; and the endless leg cramps I would get from sitting the majority of the day. I can say that the camp hasn’t really gotten less stressful over time, but the other campers and I have just learned to tolerate this learning environment.
The teaching method that Professor Collins taught us was, quite… strict. We learned LOTS of formatting things about writing scripts and how to do roles present in a television studio like Richmond Studios that we spent the majority of the time in. There was lots of yelling, and some campers cried during lunch because it was that stressful. I felt like I’ve learnt a lot things about journalism, but the method of teaching was quite interesting. I ever felt like I actually had any “free time,” as the majority of the time we had to work on scripts or shoot film for our packages or we had to take interviews for our VOSOTVOs. One camper quoted the experience perfectly, “it feels like we’re working a nine to five without getting paid.”
Despite being a College of Media, almost no emails were sent to me about roommates, schedules, and really anything else about the camp experience despite promising that in the application and in the confirmation email. It wasn’t until I got into the camp that I really knew the people who were in the camp.
I wouldn’t trade the experiences for the world. The friends I’ve made during this camp will last, hopefully, for a long time. I feel extremely ready if I would need to get an internship or another opportunity that would require the skills that I learned during this camp. Seriously, this experience was amazing.
If you don’t know what to do with an old shirt, this short video will help you with the idea of recreating and designing your own wardrobes. Life is full of surprises! Enjoy
If you don’t know what to do with an old shirt, this short video is going to help you with the idea of recreating. Life is full of surprises! Enjoy
Once again, IJEA News breaks were a success! I had some really awesome High school students who were eager and ready to learn and make it happen! In 3 hours they wrote, shot, reported, edited, and produced a News Break! This is hands-on experience at its best! In addition, I had THE BEST U of I student volunteers who helped our aspiring journalists every step of the way! With the valuable hands-on assistance and expertise from my right hand…Ken Erdey and my left hand…Mike Bohlmann…we did the almost….nearly….impossible in 2-hours!
Journalists for a Day!
Help a group of students from Illinois High schools who, 99% chance, we’ve never met or worked with, nor have they met or worked with each other, produce and record a short Newscast! But…WE did it! 4 of them!!!! Continue reading
The thing I liked about this assignment is that it didn’t feel like an assignment at all. It was not only because I based my video essay on my brother’s wedding weekend. But it was more that I have enjoyed taking videos and pictures so much that it is more of a hobby for me than it is homework. I found myself taking videos of everything over the weekend because I wanted the memories and I am learning how to turn them into cool projects. I am finally getting used to my camera and am looking forward to what I am able to produce in upcoming weeks.
Me with my brother and new sister-in-law!
College Student Studying in Library — Image by © Peter M. Fisher/Corbis
I enjoyed getting out there and doing assignment 3, it allowed me to put any type of personality I wanted to in it. I especially like my piece on distractions, because I am a student and that is my house. Those are some of the distractions I have from my homework daily. As far as shooting goes, for the most part everything went well. I was nervous how everything would turn out when I was both shooting and in the actual video, but I did better than I thought I would. However, I was getting very frustrated when shooting with autofocus. I kept being able to hear the autofocus in my shots, which annoyed me. Next time I’m hoping I have the confidence level to start manual shooting!
My video can be viewed here.