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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.

VO and VOSOTVO 1:

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.

VO and VOSOTVO 2:

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.

VO & VOSOTVO 3:

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.

 

 

 

Farm Lake

Farm Lake, where many U of I students go to attend barn dances in the Fall, is filled with beautiful scenery. Not only is it a beautiful place, but there are peacocks running around everywhere!

This week, I had to take a trip to Farm Lake to drop off a check for my barn dance coming up later this week. I had never seen the grounds during the day, so I took the opportunity and dragged my camera along with me on my trek out into the woods. The owner of the farm, Loretta, was in her house with friends playing board games. She gave my friend Caroline and me permission to roam throughout her property, which we took full advantage of.

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