We made it! Looking back, this semester flew by and I can’t believe all that I have learned. With how many bumps in the road I hit along the semester, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and thankful for Professor Collin’s support along the way.
We started with the semester with a “Get to Know Your Camera” assignment, where we learned the basics of using the camera and the other equipment we were given. Having taken photography classes before, I went into this project pretty confidently. However, if I’m being completely honest, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I had never really worked with video before and I was intimidated by the thought of having to put the photos together.
I enjoyed the photo essay because I got to focus on something I work with in my art, which is abstractions. I thought the addition of sound was cool, but preferred the one without sound. This was one of my favorite projects because I enjoy working with photos so much more than video and audio, and I think that showed.
For the video essay, I interviewed my friend Debjit, who is a DJ on campus. This project taught me the importance of holding shots and using a tripod. While I really enjoyed the project and would like to do something like this again, I had to use some shaky shots because I did not have as much video as I thought I did.
We also did an audio package, which I surprisingly enjoyed. Although there are some technical issues in the project, I was really proud of how it came out. I had never used a voice recorder before and was still getting used to Premiere, so given those challenges, I think I did a pretty good job.
I did my full video package on MakerGirl, a UIUC startup that encourages girls and young women to get involved in STEM fields. This project was one of the toughest for me because I kept it until the last minute, which is the one thing Professor Collins warned us not to do! This video could have been really great, but because of not managing my time, I feel like I had to string it together and it came across that way. I also interview a complete stranger for this package which by now I should be comfortable with, but it still makes me insanely nervous. I was proud that I did that and happy with the how the interview came out though.
The final project before our group project was a how to video. I liked this project a lot because I got to do something I love, which is painting. I always see these how to videos on instagram and youtube, and I’ve used them sometimes to learn new skills, so it was interesting to be behind the camera and see how they are produced.
The group project was, by far, my favorite project of the semester. My group was amazing (shoutout to Dre, Will and Frances) and I felt that the topic we covered was interesting and very relevant to this campus. My main responsibility for the project was making the info graphic, helping with the writing portion, and designing the website. I am an Art and Design minor so it was cool to see that come together with a journalism class. I learned so much from this project – both about teamwork and about our topic of mental health. I think the reason this project was so successful was because of how our classmates received it. Mental health is not an easy topic to talk about, but having the support and openness of our classmates made it that much easier.
All in all, I really enjoyed this class. I was consistently excited to walk in and see my classmates – it felt more like we were all hanging out than in a classroom environment. Professor Collins was incredibly supportive and created an environment that felt welcoming and exciting. Looking forward, I’ll continue to practice my camera skills and get more comfortable with interviewing people. I’ll miss you 215!