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.
I’ve always liked to take pictures, even though I really haven’t ever known that much about it before. It’s been an entertaining hobby that I picked up on when I was little, watching my dad fiddle around with the camera on family vacations. We often joke with my dad that his grand-kids won’t know what he looked like while my sister and I were growing up, due to the fact that he was the one taking so many pictures, rather than being in any of them. If you’re reading this and have any interest in seeing the video I made for my assignment, you can check it out here!
I was really excited for the class after our first meeting, especially upon finding out the teacher was fun, but could teach me a lot, and also after receiving the nicest camera I’ve ever held in my hands. The first assignment worried me, however, as I was learning a lot. There was a new camera, with new focusing options, as well as new software programs, a new computer system, and other things. I was worried my nervousness and inexperience may have hindered my ability to take really good pictures and videos for the assignment.
For assignment #3, I decided to film the multiple facets of student life inside the public undergraduate dorm, Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) located on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It became an interest of mine to see what students were up to on a Thursday night, as well as to see if or how residential life has changed since I last lived in ISR (a couple of years ago, as a freshman). Students are seen purchasing food, studying, and even playing an instrument in the common areas of the main lounge on the ‘Townsend’ side and the la carte shop CHOMPS.
Fall is underway and we all love comfort food around the holidays. Why not make a spin on the infamous chocolate chips cookies by adding nuts to the mix. There are two different ways these delicious cookies can be prepared…one is for the simple a complete box mix and homemade cookies for the intermediate. Here’s my shot at making a batch of delicious cookies for you all to enjoy.
I enjoyed completing Assignment 2. The camera quality is great, so I loved taking pictures. I also love the idea of creating a theme for the assignment. The only thing I struggled with was capturing the natural sound for the photo essay with sound. Because my theme involved waking up and getting the day started, I was unsure about what sound to capture as I roamed through my apartment to complete daily tasks like brushing my teeth or pouring a bowl of cereal. However, now I understand that anything and everything has natural sound and it can be captured if listening closely to everything you hear. Overall, it was a learning experience.
A lot has changed since the first time I walked into Multimedia.
On the first day of class I really didn’t know what to expect. I went into Multimedia thinking that since I had put together several videos for classes in the past that I would be able to hold my own with the curriculum. At first, I was dead wrong. For the first few projects I was met with multiple setbacks, forced to resort to plans B, C and even D to finish my work on time and I had to ask for the help of fellow classmates as well as online forums to work both my camera and Adobe Premiere. But as the semester moved along and I completed more projects, I realized two things. First, that Multimedia got easier once I knew what I was doing and second, that as I grew in the class I learned the importance of one of Dr. Collins’ biggest points: flexibility when solving a problem.
Multimedia taught me not only how to be a great journalist on multiple media platforms but also how to be ready to counteract any potential problems with alternative plans. With that being said, lets take a look at what I specifically learned from each of the projects in Multimedia. I have linked each full project and blog entry in the title of each of my sections and embedded each finished video into this blog.