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Stix- Video Essay Assignment 3 Ramirez

The Process

From the beginning I had no idea what I was going to shoot. I like assignments that are a little more specific and tell me what I need to do. Although a rubric was given, I needed some more direction. Kind of like the one we got in assignment two. I put on my thinking cap and came up with the idea to film my new friend and his drumming skills.

My mind was everywhere and in between before I decided to film Matthew’s drumming. I thought maybe I’d film my best friend’s dog or maybe a day in the life of a perspective student. When I found my topic, I filmed him for about 2 hours playing drums. While filming, I had my camera on the tri-pod for a long time until I decided I needed to be closer and get more tight shots. I took my camera off the tri-pod, sat on the floor, and started filming his foot hitting the drum. Then I stood up and tried to get some video from a medium shot. I also wanted to make sure my shots were focused and not shaky.

I also knew that my natural sound had to be perfect since I was filming a musician and the sound of the drums would be a very important part of the video. I played around a lot in Adobe Audition and used de-hummer and noise stabilizer a lot!

Another hard part to making this video was deciding how I was going to end it. I knew it had to be related to how drummers end their sets, so I filmed Matthew placing his sticks on the top of his drum and I thought that would be a good place to end.


Looking back on my assignment, I wish I didn’t play it safe. I did want to make sure I included all the aspects to the rubric, but I should have been more creative. I really wish I got a high angle of Matthew playing, along with some shots behind him. I also wish I added some of the video of him talking to the camera so it shows the audience who is talking. I tried to focus too much on the drum playing, instead of the person playing the drums. I did enjoy this assignment and the editing portion, but if I were to do it again, I would try to think out side of the box a little more. This was by far the hardest assignment and I took the simple route when I should have gone all out.

For the next assignment, I am going to take the critique I got today and make sure that doesn’t happen. I will think outside the box ! Let’s Go!

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Ballin Till We Fallin: Assignment 3 Reflection


Much like I did for my photo essay, I decided to document my fraternity for this assignment. This time, instead of capturing a rush event, I opted to dive a little deeper into who we are. Basketball (as well as a few other sports), is something we hold sacred. Whether we are watching, playing, or discussing them, sports bring us together. It’s something that takes our minds off the stress of being a smaller fraternity, as well as the problems we have as individuals. That being said, this assignment felt a lot more intimate to me than my previous work.

Brothers of Phi Kappa Theta warming up for a high energy game of basketball.

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Race Day- Kerndl


Finally, assignment three is over with!  I looked at a lot of past students’ work and was really looking forward to shooting my own video essay for assignment three.  Again, I was having a bit of trouble coming up with an idea, until I heard from my old track coach.  He told me he would be in town for the USATF meet this weekend.  I always love going to track meets here to see my former coach, teammates, and their parents.  I figured this would be the perfect place to shoot my video essay, so I brought my camera along and had a great time shooting.

Jenna Diers prepares for her 400m dash at the Armory on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

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