Why I decided on this topic
Baseball has been my favorite sport ever since I remember. After years of playing, I have become pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the game, and one things I always thought was pretty cool was the different styles that people used to tape their wooden bats. When I first started using a wooden bat I always stuck to the simpler style where I covered the whole handle in tape, but as time went on I decided to try some new ideas out and ended up really liking a newer style called cross-taping (see below).
Here is an example of cross-taping, where the tape almost looks like diamonds on the handle.
For our third assignment we worked on shooting and editing a video essay and focused on incorporating natural sound into our video. Unfortunately I kind of misunderstood this and originally narrated over most of my footage but fortunately I was able to salvage some solid shots and found some decent natural sound. Regardless, you can watch the final project I came out with here. For the rest of my reflection, keep on reading!
My friend Will Sachet shows a big smile; just like his shirt
This week I completed our second assignment! Honestly, going into it, I was very clueless as to what I was going to do. In class before we actually started, our class came up with the four main words to focus on for the assignment which were afraid, fear, excitement and hopeful. This really puzzled me to start, but after some thought the best idea I came up with was taking pictures of my friends. Below, I will be reflecting on some of my results. Or, you can watch my final 12 pictures I selected here!
Walking into class the first day, I did not know what to expect. Boom, off the bat everyone received their own equipment. From that point on I knew this class meant business and that we will be jumping into things quickly. When assigned the first assignment, I was comfortable with it since I have had some experience with cameras prior to this. The part that I had no clue about was adobe premiere. I have seen others use it and was introduced to it, but editing and doing it myself was going to be something I needed to learn.
View from the balcony of my apartment.
Hey! My name is Thomas Polcyn, and I am a sophomore in Broadcast Journalism. I actually came into the university planning on going the print route but after taking some of my journalism classes and getting involved on campus I have decided to go the other way. On campus I am one of the assistant sports editors at the Daily Illini, and am also the campus representative for Barstool Sports! With them I have learned a lot about writing, editing, and using social media. I’d consider myself to be pretty strong in the areas I have taken before, but I definitely have a lot of room to improve still and am looking forward to doing just that in this class.
The process of Assignment 1 is what I would associate with the inevitable“if something can go wrong-it will” mishaps Dr. Collins hit on in the JOUR 215 syllabus. The type of short-lived, think-fast, why me — and more specifically why now situations that keep us as journalists and students conscious and adaptable to the fundamental skills we really need to sharpen. It’s not your stature in familiarity with the technology, the uniqueness or thoughtfulness of your work; No, in fact, it’s not only our ability to ask great questions that will lead us to a successful journey, but our ability to find ourselves answers. As scary and overwhelming the thoughts of deadlines and remembering all the specific directives may be, I have continued time and time again to learn the importance of remaining calm and inventive during times of pressure and difficulty.
And to end, Carpe Diem classmates. The melange I managed to concoct, amongst my own difficulties.