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Helen Luna: Reflection of work so far

Video Essay:

The video essay was a lot of fun for me. I think I was a little confused about it and at first I kind of panicked because I couldn’t think of what to do. My initial plan didn’t work out so I thought about what I could do in my own apartment. I thought something that college students might like is a quick tutorial on how to make something cheap and easy. I ended up really liking how my shots came out and I enjoyed the process of creating the video.


When we were first assigned the VO I kind of knew what I wanted to do right away. I knew that I wanted to talk about the fact that it was really cold outside while not making that the main focus. I’m not sure why but I thought we were supposed to pan and tilt so I used quite a few pans and my video didn’t turn out as well. I definitely knew what I had to change in my next VO.


When I first shot my VOSOTVO 2, the weather was nice and I really liked my shots but I thought it was necessary to pan for some of my shots. After the Skype session where we discussed my footage I realized that they were unnecessary and I had to reshoot. The shots were a little blue and I didn’t like my shots as much the second time. I felt like at this point I was getting the hang of the VOSOTVO thing.


My final VO was a lot of fun to create. I love going to Clinton Lake and relaxing and I thought more people should know about how nice it is to go out and sit around and take a break from everything there. I actually loved the shots I got and I was able to take shots from different angles that I thought turned out really well.

I chose to do my final VOSOTVO over one of my current events. I really liked the story that I was doing and I reached out to a few teachers at a local high school and finally got in touch with Susan Micka and I really enjoyed getting to speak to her and getting a look at Lawrence High School. I didn’t get the shots I wanted inside of the high school but after discussing the video in class, I realize I could’ve shot some footage outside of Lawrence High School that would’ve been better.


All of these projects have definitely helped me in some way or another. I feel like I’m a lot more prepared now to work on the packages and even the news break. I think the most helpful part of it was being able to present and be critiqued while presenting our projects. I’m finally beginning to feel comfortable talking and reading more conversationally. I do think I need to work on writing conversationally which is something I’m not used to so might take a little time.




Tiffany Littler: Reflection of progress so far


The video essay was easy for me because I killed two birds with one stone. At work, I got sent to cover a church on fire. I thought this would be a simple VO to use for the video essay. One issue I had though, is I misunderstood the way Dr. Collins wanted our scripts structured. So during class I was scrambling to write everything down on a piece of paper before it was my turn to present.





My VO/VOSOTVO 1 felt like a bit of a train wreck. There was miscommunication between officials at the rec center and it felt like it took awhile to get an interview set up. So I wrote down different ideas and made it to Plan E. Thankfully, my Plan A worked.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1su0k6yV8M&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=37

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gVc18XtlU&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=43

I got the interview done and wanted to get b-roll done of the rec center, but the woman I needed to speak with about what I was allowed to shoot, was on lunch. So I had to come back a few hours later to get the b-roll and everything worked out.



The VO/VOSOTVO 2 was much easier for me than the first one. I didn’t have any issues with miscommunication between employees. I didn’t have an interview set up beforehand, but I didn’t have any issues with getting a quick soundbite.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRLuMNNW-Qc&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=81&t=0s

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0lHVB8W8Is&index=76&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

Getting video was hard because it was a very windy day and dirt was flying everywhere. Despite that, I think it turned it alright.



Originally, I wasn’t sure what to do for the VO/VOSOTVO 3. I used to cover a lot of sports, so I figured it would be fun to cover the last women’s basketball home game of the season. I thought I could use it for my VOSOTVO because getting a SOT would be easy with the post-game press conference.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9s_p5dn3T4&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=106

Then I realized I wouldn’t be able to transcribe the interview properly, so I just decided to use it for my VO. I had a hard time editing because the main focus was the seniors, but I also wanted some action shots. Really, only one of the seniors made a great play and that was on defense. I think it worked out in the end, because I used a lot of closeups of the seniors getting recognized.

The interview went great for my VOSOTVO, however trying to get good b-roll was difficult. The tripod I had was very unstable. The light panel I had flickered. I didn’t have time to check out different equipment and redo everything, so I just worked with what I had. I’ve had many issues with equipment and have said something each time I check the equipment back in, but nothing seems to be done. That makes it sometimes hard to get good video. Other than that, I was satisfied with my VOSOTVO.

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIFDCKzdEqY&index=107&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz


So far in this class, I’ve improved with time management and organization. I’ve learned to listen more, because there are very important details in our assignments that I sometimes forget. I’m looking forward to making packages and news breaks and hope I can continue improving and make things I can use for my newsreel.

Get An Extra Boost of Energy for Midterm Week

In the midst of all the cramming and anxiety, now’s the time when heading to the gym is the best alternative. The Activities and Recreation Center, known as ARC, has many options for students to take a step back, release some stress and get away from all the book and lecture notes.


Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) photo. Credit to BodyWork Associates at University of Illinois

With midterm season slowly approaching, the ARC is a great healthy distraction in maintaining a healthy lifestyle . Many students find that they don’t have time to make their way to the ARC, but even an hour a day will help give you more energy to finish that study guide. To motivate yourself a little more, follow the link to get going.

To find more information about the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) click here.

Facility hours can be found here.

Assignment 3 Pool Reflection

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Getting a good stretch in before working out

I enjoyed filming assignment 3 because I chose to shoot fast moving content. Although some of my clips turned out a little shaky, I was trying to emulate the fast pace movement of working out. It was a little awkward bringing in my equipment to a public place, but I focused on my project and got it done. It was also nice finding someone that would let me film them because not everyone is comfortable with having someone film them. If I could go back, I would have liked to shoot more cardio and intense working out rather than muscle exercising. Overall, I know what I need to improve for next time including watching shaky film and holding the camera on certain shots. I had no problem with editing, so that part went smoothly.

Assignment 3 Pool News Story


Gym shoes laced up for the gym

Move it or Lose it!

  Hitting the gym is a part of some people’s every day lifestyle. There is always a mix of physical activities you can choose from at Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE). They have anything from machines, to running on the track, to playing sports. Maggie Benson, a student at the University of Illinois visits the gym regularly to keep in shape. She enjoys muscle strengthening by doing workouts on the ground and cardio workouts on the machines. CRCE is a popular workout destination for students at the University.

Keeping up with physical activity is good for your health. There are plenty of benefits for going to the gym. Exercise strengthens your heart, lowers your blood pressure, helps brain function, and much more. Livestrong.com came out with an article about the benefits of going to the gym. The article can be found here. You can view Maggie’s workout routine here. Maybe you’ll pick up on some new fitness tips!