Coming into class I was very nervous. I felt like I didn’t have as much experience as everyone else and that I was going to fail. Thankfully, after the second class I started feeling more hopeful. I have really found a passion for broadcast that I wasn’t finding with print journalism. I consider myself a creative person and shooting video gives me a lot of satisfaction. I like that I have artistic say in what I shoot and edit which has given me a lot of confidence. Dr. Collins has really taken the time to talk through everything and I really appreciated it. I feel like I’m getting better every time I shoot and write and it’s a really awesome feeling.
For my video essay I decided to shoot a Mindfulness and Meditation Club meeting at the KU Union. I filmed almost the whole hour and felt pretty good about my shots, until Dr. Collins said in class the next day we weren’t allowed to use pans or zooms. That took out quite a few of the shots that I had, but luckily I had enough to make the run time. Feedback that I got was that I didn’t have any tight shots and that some of my shots were shakey. I had never used Premiere before, so that was overwhelming at first but I got the hang of it.
For my Vo and VoSotVo I felt a lot more prepared and confident. My plan A was to film the Tyler the Creator concert, however, that failed miserably. So I went with my plan B which was to film the International Jayhawk Festival. I got some great, vibrant shots that I was really happy with. I took the criticism about my tight shots and I made sure to incorporate those. I loved my nat sound and my sound bite, so I was really disappointed when it didn’t work on the projector in class. It worked on my laptop so I had no idea that would happen. I felt really good about my delivery and that my script was better than it was last week.
I had a lot of fun while making the VOSOTVO and the VO. It was easy to find shot of buses and snow on Jayhawk Boulevard. I think the hardest part of filming, for me, was the interview. Since the bus driver was on a schedule, he didn’t have a lot of time to talk. On my bus ride to Jayhawk Blvd., there’s a parking lot where the driver always stops at for about 5 minutes. I was prepared with questions, but I didn’t think about where I would get my shot of the bus driver. I ended up putting him in a spot where the sunlight ruined the shot. I also had my camera set at an angle that was too low. My footage was usable, but it could’ve been a much better shot.
I enjoy producing videos, so I didn’t have a lot of trouble doing that either. I think I struggled more with writing to my video edits. How I decided to edit my video was to write one or two sentences at a time and then find video that I knew would fit to those sentences. It made the process easier, but I realize now that I didn’t think enough about how the script sounded. I needed to be and could’ve been more conversational. I know that the snowy weather is pertinent to all students. I could’ve made my script more conversational by being more personal while also speaking with caution. Part of the problem were my shots. If I had more shots of people on the buses or the bus drivers, I would have had more freedom to speak personally. I also need to work on my delivery. I think that my delivery will have more character when I’m talking about subjects that matter more to me. I need to find a way to talk colorful about matters I don’t care much about while not sounding fake and cheesy. I think by writing more conversational, I will sound more conversational in my delivery. I also forgot to include my slate in my VOSOTVO. If you’d like to watch my VOSOTVO or VO, then click the hyperlinks.
I really enjoyed making the video essay too. I don’t think I conveyed my idea well though. I needed one or two more shots to explain exactly what was going on in the video. I’m starting to realize how deliberate I must be while producing videos. I don’t necessarily need sound to convey a message, but instead, I can use artifacts, facial expressions, and rhythm to make the viewer see and feel whatever I’m trying to convey. I’m looking forward to doing more projects like these after having learned so much more. I think that if I start to report on topics that really interest me, than I will naturally write more conversational scripts and produce more appealing visuals. If you’d like to watch my video essay, then click here.
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.