Having finished Assignment 3 (which you can check out here) in J215 it’s a good time to take a step back and look at everything that I have learned so far. I was thinking when we were doing this assignment about how much about video and sound editing I had already learned, even with just one assignment that involved the two. I’ve learned things I never would have imagined myself learning, and I’m so thankful for that. It’s been fun, as well as incredibly educational. I learned a lot about the equipment I’m using, as well as to have confidence in my own self and the images and video that I take. Sometimes even when you doubt yourself, the project turns out good in the end!
My Assignment 3 was titled “Motion and Stillness”. The project was a Video Essay, so very similar to Assignment 2, just with all videos instead of pictures.
What It’s All About
In “Motion and Stillness” I was hoping to be able to capture some of life’s hectic nature, and compare it with the stillness of areas just outside of town. I captured film in a cemetery, a sculpture park, and just some wide open fields I drove through in my car. I contrasted the stillness of those places with the motion of campus and the surrounding areas. I often find myself marveling about how we here on campus don’t just “go with the flow” enough. We take a lot of great things for granted, and I think we just get caught up in how quickly our lives move. I think this can lead to us sometimes forgetting how to live the right way.
The big part of this assignment was that we also had to have NatSound and Actualities throughout the whole of the video. It’s not hard, but you definitely have to be careful when you are taking the video to make sure you capture the right sound! I learned that really quickly after I took a video, and had completely forgotten to use my recorder. Thankfully most of my subjects (for this video) were stationary, or repeatable, so it wasn’t a huge ordeal to miss out on one shot! Next time I will definitely have to be more careful, however.
The Struggles, and the Benefits
I think Assignment 3 was the hardest assignment that we have had in class so far. My biggest problem for this assignment was coming up with ideas. And then, once I found my idea, I also had problem finding enough things to video without it becoming repetitive or boring. When I first started editing this project, I didn’t think I was going to like the end result very much. I decided that I was just going to do my best with what I had, and I actually ended up really glad with how it came out.
The struggles of the project had me really worried when I first started editing, but all ended up being well, and I think I gained a little confidence in the meantime. Though I don’t think it’s my best work yet, I’m always trying to be motivated to do better on the next one, even if it’s as good as it gets.
I’m really enjoying getting to work with the camera, and all the other equipment. It snowed today and I went out and took some pictures of the quad because, let’s face it, our campus is definitely beautiful, in addition to awesome! Add that to the opportunities that the school gives you, and it’s a combination that can’t be beat!
I really enjoyed this project, and am looking forward to the next challenges and opportunities that come with Assignment 4 and so on! Though the class has presented some difficulties, I think my classmates, professor Collins, and I have helped each other thorugh them well. It’s a really good thing to see us all working together as a newsroom. I enjoy my class, and like to help people as well! Added benefit. Hopefully that continues going forward. I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes, out of my favorite books/plays.
Thornton Wilder’s book “Our Town” which was originally a play, had a character named Emily whom once said “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?”
It’s always been one of my favorite quotes, and it’s a good motto to live by!