Having finished Assignment 3 (which you can check out here) in J215 it’s a good time to take a step back and look at everything that I have learned so far. I was thinking when we were doing this assignment about how much about video and sound editing I had already learned, even with just one assignment that involved the two. I’ve learned things I never would have imagined myself learning, and I’m so thankful for that. It’s been fun, as well as incredibly educational. I learned a lot about the equipment I’m using, as well as to have confidence in my own self and the images and video that I take. Sometimes even when you doubt yourself, the project turns out good in the end!
My Assignment 3 was titled “Motion and Stillness”. The project was a Video Essay, so very similar to Assignment 2, just with all videos instead of pictures.
For this week’s project, I made my video essay a series of videos of different aspects of a typical on campus, filming people only from about the ankle down. I got this idea because the wide variety of different styles and personal expression on this campus has also been very interesting to me, especially the wide variety of shoe style. I was a little worried that my idea wouldn’t translate as well as I saw in my head into to video, but after spending some time filming from the sidewalk view, I’d say it turned out well and I am very pleased with me work.
This is the angle I used throughout my video to capture campus life in a different way.
I definitely felt more comfortable and confident when using adobe premier. I was excited about the project because I was excited about my idea, but I did not realize how time consuming/difficult collecting video is! Since recording every day life relies on things beyond my control, I spent a lot of time filming before I found the perfect shots that I wanted to use for my video essay. I had to get a lot of imperfect shots for every shot that I liked. I was also initially concerned about the project, as a video essay is a little bit of an abstract concept for me and I was having a hard time figuring out how to create a beginning, middle and end in about one minute of video.
Students doing homework in the Townsend lounge of Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR)
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.
It’s one of the craziest days on campus: Sorority Bid Day. When you get to run home to the house you wanted and start lifelong memories with new friends. As a freshman, it can be scary and awkward. But for the rest of us, it’s one of the happiest days of the year.
For Assignment 3 (video essay) in Professor Collin’s class, I wanted to capture the fun of Bid Day in my sorority, Alpha Phi. After having my life taken over by recruitment for the past couple of weeks, Bid Day is an amazing day where all the hard work pays off. I loved capturing how colorful and energetic this day was in my video, which you can watch here.
The video essay was pretty cool. Originally I was going to go bowling and play a game and get various shots of that but I could not find anyone to go. I also was a little last resort with filming my video essay. However, I was happy with how it came out although I am not good at cooking anything else. The idea that I was going for was apartment living and eating. This is my first year not living in dorms so it hasn’t been hard cooking for myself but it hasn’t been easy either. I will say that I have been eating less fatty foods. As far as the actual filming, I didn’t have any problems with my camera besides having a few shaky shots because I couldn’t get close enough on the stove top on the tripod. My main goal was to making the space I had not seem cramped. The only think I would change is that I’ll probably do my reflections after class so I won’t forget next time.
Overall, I enjoyed documenting Rosh Hashanah, and the feedback I received from my classmates as well as Professor Collins was all very positive. I struggled with deadline, but I did manage to make it. I did not manage to include a well thought out blog or hyperlink to an additional page which would have added to my story. I added that after class though. The main reason I fell behind was because I originally intended to use sound bites from my voice recorder and have a few voice overs of myself explaining the story. This will come in handy for next week’s project and the video package. I am eager to do better, so I may practice editing ahead of time so I can work more efficiently in the classroom.
It was also difficult considering I could not shoot videos inside the hall where the service and dinner took place for Rosh Hashanah, but regardless it all worked out.
School is back in full swing at the University of Illinois and the campus recreation centers are booming with activity as students have settled in during the first month. For senior Tim Szklarzewski and junior Jason Man, this means that nearly every afternoon from today until the school will be filled with hours upon hours of basketball.
Lower courts in the ARC at UIUC (Courtesy of Ray Cunningham)
According to Szklarzewski, he and many other students spend the majority of their afternoons at one of the UIUC campus recreation centers: CRCE. The student population has been making the most of the 15 basketball courts, 2 indoor soccer courts and the wide variety of multipurpose rooms.
Students are spending their time playing pick up games and also competing in the many intramural activities at the campus recreation centers, consisting of basketball, soccer and volleyball, among others.
For this essay I took shots of my assistant coach and got information on her from the website. I think I was pleased with how this essay turned out because I focused on something that I enjoyed and thought it was really cool to be able to film on court. It was also a fun activity to do with the new assistant to get to know her since she just arrived last week.
While I believe that I am getting better at video I know I still have a lot to learn. However, it is nice to see some of my video shots coming out clearer then they did for assignment 1. It was also fun to see my on court shots come together with the sounds of Atkins Tennis Center as well as one of my teammates practicing. I thought it came together nicely and the sound was a big help. I am looking forward to working with video in the future.
“I think I’m finally getting the hang of this,” I thought to myself after finishing my 4th assignment.
A view for the balcony of Nicholas Fortin’s Apartment |Taken by Nicholas Fortin
After experiencing multiple problems while completing each of my first three assignments I came into assignment 4 thinking that I would have to deal with more of the same. While I won’t say that my fourth assignment went from my an idea to a finished video without a hitch, I will say that I didn’t experience the large-scale problems that I was expecting. In fact, I put together what I think is a pretty entertaining video, which can be viewed here, without having any moments where I wanted to pull out my hair because of stress.
By assignment 4, I made a little discovery about myself that I feel has had a long time coming: I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no idea how to get a good angle, how to get the right sound, how to create a narrative structure, how to splice together different clips so that the video and sound balance, or how to make an actual video altogether.
Michelle has no idea what she’s getting into.
I had no idea what to do for my video essay.
So what did I do? Well, I decided to take all these frustrations and reflect them in my video essay instead of doing something creative or feature-like or worthwhile or, you know, good.