This project was very nearly a disaster. Talk about technical hiccups and being on the brink of tears. I need a glass of wine.. or five. Continue reading
Assignment 4 proved to be the most difficult for me. I tagged along to watch a practice at the Armory for the Illini in Motion, a dance team here on campus. It was easy to get footage because they were constantly moving…never a dull moment. The difficulty came during the editing process. Continue reading
“I think I’m finally getting the hang of this,” I thought to myself after finishing my 4th assignment.
After experiencing multiple problems while completing each of my first three assignments I came into assignment 4 thinking that I would have to deal with more of the same. While I won’t say that my fourth assignment went from my an idea to a finished video without a hitch, I will say that I didn’t experience the large-scale problems that I was expecting. In fact, I put together what I think is a pretty entertaining video, which can be viewed here, without having any moments where I wanted to pull out my hair because of stress.
By assignment 4, I made a little discovery about myself that I feel has had a long time coming: I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no idea how to get a good angle, how to get the right sound, how to create a narrative structure, how to splice together different clips so that the video and sound balance, or how to make an actual video altogether.
I had no idea what to do for my video essay.
So what did I do? Well, I decided to take all these frustrations and reflect them in my video essay instead of doing something creative or feature-like or worthwhile or, you know, good.
What would a J215 assignment be without a hiccup or 17? Continue reading
But assignment four gave me an opportunity to experience the event, and that was the best part about this assignment: It took me to a place I wouldn’t have gone otherwise.
Going into assignment 4 I had no idea of what I wanted to film. At first, I tried getting cool shots of everything outside, but quickly realized that the lack of snow and gray sky was not pretty. I decided to go inside the union to see if anything was going on. I started filming everything, Jamba Juice, bowling, pool, meeting room etc. I thought I could make a day out of it and have my film reflect a day in the union. I also filmed in the little cafe of a girl singing. It wasn’t till I began editing that I realized the girl singing and getting a cup of coffee could be my whole story.