By Claudia Johnson
My first Krannert show turned out to be better than one could have expected.
I have never been to a show at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I have also never seen a string quartet.
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.
Stress levels rise as students deal with constant pressure from piles of homework, extracurricular activities to go to, work that needs to be done and everything else school-related. As college students, there is plenty on our minds. But one thing we shouldn’t have to worry about is the negative effects stress can have on our health and well-being.