For the video essay I was really nervous. I thought my topic was good, but I was nervous about using the camera equipment for the first time. I panicked a little when Dr. Collins said in class that we weren’t supposed to do pans. I had done pans when I had filmed the day before, so I was worried I wouldn’t have enough footage. I had plenty, so that was good. Using Premiere for the first time was extremely frustrating, because I was teaching myself and I felt like it took way too long to edit. But, I am proud of myself for learning and teaching myself. I took note of the things I needed to do, like have more of a variety of shots and to use video transitions, and I got ready for the first Vo and VoSotVo. Watch my video essay here.
Vo & VoSotVo 1
I definitely felt more comfortable with this assignment. I knew how to use the equipment, I knew how to edit the video, and I thought I was good to go. Well, my Plan A was to film a concert I was planning on going to anyway. Except I got there and it was just not working. If I had gotten there earlier it would’ve been easier, but I definitely didn’t manage my time correctly. So I went with my Plan B which was the International Jayhawk Festival. I believe this video turned out better than the concert would have. I really loved the rich colors and sounds I was able to use in the video and I thought the video had a lot of personality. I really liked how my sound bite came out and I think I chose a really likable person. I still had a few jump cuts but I had way more variety in my shots, except this time my shots were too long. Watch my Vo here and my VoSotVo here.
Vo & VoSotVo 2
This one was on a topic that I really care about: theatre. It’s my second major so I knew that I would get some good footage for it. The play I went to shoot was a show about cyberbullying, so I knew I could write a good script to tie into it. I liked my soundbite because she was very animated and likable. My shots were okay, I wish the set was more interesting because then I probably would’ve enjoyed filming it more. This time I had went too far and I had shots that were way too short. I also should’ve made the person I was interviewing move upstairs to the set, even though that probably wouldn’t have been much better. I really loved the shots I got of her getting her makeup done, though. Watch my Vo here and my VoSotVo here.
Vo & VoSotVo 3
So, when I originally thought we had to do our VoSotVo on a current event I thought I would use the current event I did on anonymous cyberbullying. When I found out we didn’t have to do that, I already and gotten a soundbite that I liked so I thought I was would just roll with it. I wasn’t crazy about my B roll, I thought it was boring honestly. I couldn’t think of anything else to use other than shots of students scrolling through social media and I’m not sure how effective that was. However I loved my Vo footage. I took so many shots of the jazz festival and I knew the nat sound would be really cool. I probably put the audio levels a little too high, but I wanted to make sure you heard the trumpets, saxophones, etc. Next time I will make sure that my transitions aren’t as long. Check out my Vo here and my VoSotVo here.