Initially before the class was even in session I was nervous to see what would come ahead of me. Professor Collins initial email had me worried I would be pilled on with more work than enjoyment. I felt as I had it really cut out for myself for taking up Multimedia and Television 1 in the same semester. However now as we have come to an end I was completely wrong, Collins is one of the best teachers I’ve had at the University, she taught me so much in so little time that had sharpened my skills across the board. Through the semester there were a series of assignments that were completed at a gradual pace, adding one element after another until we combined it all in our final project.
For our first assignment we had to get to know our camera. Upon receiving this assignment I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. I found it
interesting that Collins began her course discussing the fundamentals such knowing the different angle shots, and how to position our camera effectively to grasp the attention of our viewers. This assigment made me feel good that I didn’t completely go into this class not knowing things. However looking back on the assignment some of my video was shaky and out of focus, but I believe I have come a long way since then.
The second assignment featured using the series of technique shots learned during the first week of class and making both a photo essay without sound and a photo essay with sound. For this assignment I had to think really
creative. The environment I was in, I didn’t feel like I had much visual elements but thinking about different sequencing I was able to come up shots that I was even impressed of myself. So far so good, my confidence in this class was pretty high.
Up next was the video essay, and I decided to do my topic on getting around campus. The purpose of this assignment was to sequence our shots
appropriately to transition between movements without causing jump cuts. I figured getting around campus would be the easiest thing to cover, but while shooting I quickly found out that it was not as easy as I had believed it to be. Some of my shots also suffer from being shaky and unbalanced, I think the hesitation in what i wanted to cover shows in my work, because I’m constantly second guessing myself and moving the same in the middle of shots instead of holding the frame.
The fourth assignment is when I began to panic just a bit. We were told to create an audio package, but unlike the previous warm up assignments our audio package needed to relate to a current news elements. After days of
searching for a possible topic I decided to cover the approval of local officers to carry tasers. I was proud to have been able to cover such a topic that affected many people, but reflecting on the experience I knew my audio piece would have been stronger had I gotten the perspective of an officer.
My favorite assignment of the semester was our how-to piece because I made chocolate chip cookies for my class. this assignment by far was the most fun and most of I got to enjoy a sweet treat afterwards. From a technical standpoint I enjoyed this assignment the most because it was the most challenging. The time limit on the assignment made it difficult to get every step in my final piece during my editing process. I had to decide what shots were most important and what things could be left out without confusing the audience.
Lastly our final project, news break online, made me want to cry SEVERAL times, by far the most challenging experience with a group project. Things started off smoothly we came up with a brilliant idea to cover early Dementia. However during the completion we hit so many dead walls
because of sourcing. Although we were we somehow able to pull it off with the support from each other and ideas from Professor Collins, I learned that you have to have multiple back up plans as Collins put it. In this case everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I think it was a learning experience that completing stories related to the health field always pose challenges due to the confidentiality of patients and facility care.
All in all I enjoyed every minute of multimedia 215 this semester. I survived it. You’ll survive it. Appreciate the memories and notice what a great professor you have leading you along the way.