When I first signed up for this class, I wasn’t necessarily sure what to expect. After going over the syllabus on the first day of class, everything seemed extremely overwhelming and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle this class with everything else going on in my life, but I’m so happy I stuck with it!
I hadn’t had much video experience, so I wasn’t sure how my skills, or lack thereof, would work with the all of the video projects, but I LOVED learning all these new skills the entire semester. I’ve always had a love for photography, but after this class, I really found a love for video and am absolutely considering incorporating video work into my future career.
This class is not a joke and certainly is not a blow-off class. Professor Collins has extremely high expectations, but they are not unrealistic and she is an amazing resource to use along the way.
For Assignment One, we were to make a photo essay and learn to use the camera equipment. I chose to create a story of gardening around my apartment. I found this assignment to be pretty straight forward since I already knew how to use the camera, however this was dipping the toe into the water of learning the basics of Premiere.
Assignment Two was a fun one! It was the photo essay with sound and I chose to tell a story of putting a record on a turntable. My sound bites were the noises used from taking out the record to putting it on the actual player, pressing play and then the song. The only thing I didn’t understand how this project was that we had to create two different videos: one with sound and one without. It seemed a little unnecessary to make one without.
For Assignment 3, we were to focus solely on video and I absolutely loved this assignment. I created a story line on my roommate who works with her hands but struggles from arthritis. Things got a little hectic during the initial editing process, but I’m so happy with how everything turned out! Love, love, love this assignment.
Assignment four was the audio package and I chose to do my coverage on the Made Fest during Pygmalion. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this project because I don’t like hearing my voice and broadcast is not something I have any interest in doing. I found myself getting super flustered during this project because I didn’t realize that my audio was pretty much unusable because of the bands playing in the background. This was a perfect example of why not waiting till the last minute is a bad choice, because if I had, I wouldn’t have had time to go back and re-interview new sources.
For Assignment 5, we had to incorporate all of the pieces into a final package. I chose to do mine on the end of the farmers’ market and found this to be surprisingly stressful. It wasn’t super prepared but everything turned out great.
The final independent project was the how-to piece and I absolutely loved this project. I chose to do mine on how to make juice and I thought this was super fun. I created my own little production studio in my kitchen and played around for the first time with different angles. It took me awhile because of how differently I had shot it, but I’m really happy with it! Get creative on this piece, it’s super fun!
Our final project was absolutely amazing. My group worked so well together and created a project that we were all equally proud of. We all contributed in different ways, with different portions highlighting our individual work. We decided on creating our own website on weebly instead of using the standard one and it turned out amazing! We interviewed lots of amazing people, took our own survey that got over 100 responses and learned so much about mental illness and each other. The main goal of our project was to take the idea of an uncomfortable topic, such as mental illness, and make it something comfortable to talk about. my main contribution was to create the video of Cate Lao, an Urbana resident with early-onset alzheimer’s. We shot the video with two cameras, which made the editing difficult on my end, but the final product was so worth all of the work. This project was amazing and I’m so happy with everything.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this class and am so happy Professor Collins is on staff at this University. Take this class seriously but have so much fun with it!