VOSOTVO #1 – Pet Fair Weekend

Shooting the first VOSOTVO for a grade was a lot of fun even though it was a rainy day. I once again got very lucky here because the rain stopped when I arrived and held off until I was done. In order to shoot this piece, I went out to Savoy and had the opportunity to see some animals. Seeing all of the farm animals made me miss my County Fair and the exotics made me want to go to the zoo! It was a great event and I’m glad I could go and enjoy it, even while I was shooting! Check out my VOSOTVO here. However, first, read my lead below. Throughout the video, I would be reading the script over, so if you’d please, read that while you are watching for more information about the Pet Fair at Prairieland Feeds in Savoy. End the video with the tag too. Enjoy!

Lead:

Being on capus doesn’t always offer a lot of hands-on animal contact if your major doesn’t include it or if you don’t have a pet.

 

Voice Over:

The Annual Pet Fair was held from eleven to four both Saturday and Sunday. This is the 23rd year and about six-thousand people were expected. Owner, Garry Herzog, says it’s evident why the pet fair is a success.

“Every year, it just keeps getting bigger and I guess when it comes to animals, you can’t really go wrong. People love animals,” says Garry Herzog.

There, you could fins exotic animals like snakes and tigers and farm animals too. The store also had specials on all items. Even the rain couldn’t keep the people away.

Tag:

This is an annual event, so be sure to keep an eye out for it next year for your chance to learn about rescue programs throughout Illinois and Indiana and for your chance to have some time with the animals.

Natural Sound Piece – Lincoln Avenue Traffic

When I was shooting this piece, I got very lucky. As I was walking to record at the fire station, the alarm sounded and the trucks were blazing trails (no pun intended). Additionally, it was interesting to walk around and find traffic, which wasn’t hard! I had a great time shooting this and even though I got a lot of weird looks, I kept on shooting as the cars drove past. Enjoy my natural sound piece here, but first, read my anchor lead and finish it out by reading the tag (both found below).

Lead:

Getting used to all the traffic sounds can be a challenge for University students coming from a rural area. Here is a look at what those living on Lincoln Avenue hear everyday.

Tag:

Both students also say that even as juniors, they had to get used to the noise again as the semester began. Lucky for them, they only have one year left of the Urbana noise.

 

StevenM Clearing the Air

<ANCHOR ON CAM>

CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS JANUARY FIRST…

AS THE UNIVERSITY WILL BE A SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS.  (:07)

<TAKE VO>

SMOKING ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WILL BE BANNED ON JANUARY FIRST 2014.

SMOKING ON STREETS, NEAR BUILDINGS, OR ON CAMPUS IN GENERAL WILL BE BANNED, THIS EVEN INCLUDES SMOKING IN PERSONAL CARS. (:11)

<TAKE SOT>

“IT’S EITHER THIS OR THIS YOU KNOW, SMOKING OR NOT SMOKING.

I DON’T SEE WHY THERE CAN’T BE SOME HAPPY MEDIUM.”

<VO CONTINUES>

WHILE SOME MAY FEEL THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO QUIT, THE UNIVERSITY OFFERS HELP AND ALTERNATIVES ON THEIR WEBSITE AT ILLINOIS DOT E-D-U. (:10)

<ANCHOR ON CAM>

I GUESS WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE SMOKE CLEARS TO SEE HOW CAMPUS REACTS. (:07)

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Clearing the Air

<ANCHOR LEAD>

“CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS JANUARY FIRST…

AS THE UNIVERSITY WILL BE A SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS. ”

In doing this project I learned that not only do non-smokers want the ban, but even some smokers want it. Some people don’t like the smell or invading other people’s space, but they still feel as if their rights are being infringed upon. What I find most troubling is, people can’t smoke in their personal cars where no one is being harmed except the person smoking the cigarette. The campus is taking necessary steps to ensure the health of the greater good, but in doing so they may be silencing the voices of others.

<ANCHOR TAG>

“I GUESS WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE SMOKE CLEARS TO SEE HOW CAMPUS REACTS.”

 

StevenM Flu Season

It’s flu season which means lots of soup, OJ, bed rest and flu shots.

It’s flu season meaning immunization time. With sneezing and coughing students around sometimes hand sanitizer isn’t enough.

Champaign residents can visit their local CVS and students can visit McKinley Health Center.

Getting a flu shot sure sounds like a pain in the arm.

Flu Season

<Anchor Lead>

“It’s flu season which means lots of soup, OJ, bed rest and flu shots.”

I thought about doing my VO on flu season and flu shots because it is that time of year. I was recently getting over a cold and it felt like appropriate timing. I wanted to make sure I had news value in my story so I went with health, but I would like to do something different next time, although I do feel I added to people’s flu awareness this season.

<Anchor Tag>

“Getting a flu shot sounds like a pain in the arm.”

Cutting up at RKOOA

I go to RKOOA to get my haircut, and I was happy to have the opportunity to tell their story. Both Ray and Dennis were more than willing to help and loved being in front of the camera. Although I was able to get customers in the shop, I would have liked to gotten more of an environment shot inside the shop. I thought the shoot went well overall, there are a few things I would do differently, such as getting more close-ups and potentially shooting the brothers in the same frame for more actualities.

Cutting up at RKOOA

Speak out by paintings!

IMG_2923Assignment 5 was to make a video essay with story structure. As I first got the assignment, I tried to think about any special events going on on campus. While I was looking through campus calendar, I couldn’t find any special events. However, as I went in to University YMCA website, I found out that there is actually a small art exhibition going on at YMCA! Right then, I called them for the details and asked for someone to explain about the event for my video essay.

UIUC Freshmen Class – Zara Sikandar

For my VO assignment I did a story on hiking number of students on UIUC campus. I talked to some of the university officials and they told me how the enrollment process works every year.

With an improved freshmen retention rate and increased diversity University of Illinois has set a new enrollment record this Fall. Five hundred and fifteen more students have been enrolled at the university as compared to last year. The admissions office says that more international students have been accepted to increase diversity on campus.

Also for the first time more than ten percent of the student population is Hispanic, up from seven point two percent last year. Where more international students join campus, the university sees a lower percentage of in-state students. This is the second-largest freshman class in university history.

As international students now account to over twenty-one percent of overall student population, the university faces challenge to socially integrate the campus.

UIUC freshmen class – Zara Sikandar (YouTube video)

iOS7 Security Features – Zara Sikandar

For my VOSOT assignment this week for J440, I did a story based on my current event assignment. My story focuses on the new security features revealed by the Apple’s seventh generation operating system.

University of Illinois is a major consumer of apple products. The new activation lock feature on iOS7 can make an iPhone almost unusable when stolen. Deputy Chief of University Police Department V.G Frost says technology is important towards controlling smartphone theft. While the police department notes that a reduction in theft isn’t likely to come about overnight, they believe that security tools are important towards making smartphone theft a lot less fruitful.

As smartphone theft is a serious issue on campus, the police department warns students not to keep their things unattended. So be safe !

iOS7 security features (YouTube video)

First VO/VOSOT

This assignment included making a VO and a VOSOT. For my VO I covered the increase of bike theft on campus. This was an important story because biking is a popular method for getting around on campus because all of the car and human traffic that clogs up the street. My second story was a very serious story that detailed what happened in last friday’s homicide that happened in Urbana’s One North apartment complex. Around here there are not many murders so this definitely was breaking news and a must cover for me.

The Made Fest In Downtown Champaign

I wasn’t expecting to come across this fantastic vintage fest last weekend. It was a part of the Pygmalion music festival so the natural sound was great. I should have used a tripod and I will in the future. I don’t know why Youtube ruined the quality of my video. Everything was clear in final cut. Also, my opening slide with my name is only a few seconds, not sure what happened there but I’m still trying to figure that out. I’m disappointed about the quality now, but you can check out what I saw at the Made Fest here.