Reflection #2 – Jose Montoya

The last six weeks have been really fun. Our class has worked on a few style of videos including: a Video Essay, VO and VOSOTVO. The next thing we are working on are packages. Overall, I am excited for the next six weeks of the class.

In the video essay, I ran into a few problems. I misplaced one of my SD cards which didn’t help me when I was trying to film for this video. I also had very terrible audio quality for my project. I enjoyed the script I wrote to the project and think it was a great learning experience for me.

In the first VO and VOSOTVO, I talked about KU Greek Life. One of the issues I ran into was the fact that I was leaving to Indianapolis on Thursday morning and the assignment needed to be turned into Dr. Collins that same day at five. It was hard to think of an idea so I used my Current Event #2 for an idea.

In the second VO and VOSOTVO I couldn’t come up with an idea that would work for our class. I was going to film the women‘s basketball game, but it didn’t seem like a good idea at the time. Too bad because this was the game the Jayhawks beat #23 Oklahoma State. Instead, I wrote about school being canceled. I think my NAT sound was wonderful, but I was disappointed when I saw my final video. I felt like I did a good job on the video, but I noticed some mistakes that I knew I could fix in the next assignment.

In the third video I was set to get the best NAT Sound possible. I chose to use RISE at the St. Lawrence Center for my VOSOTVO and the KU Women’s Basketball game for my VO. They both turned out great and I am happy that I chose these topics. This time I didn’t run into many issues and the editing process went fairly smoothly.

Personally I think the class is going well overall. One goal I have for this next project is to ask for help. I don’t think I am great at asking for help and I think that could improve my academic performance in this class.

Video Essay “Frisbee with Friends”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CYS2_pRG5I

VO 1 “Greek at KU”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg5oVnu891k

VOSOTVO 1 “To be Greek at KU”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQogo-zfcL0

VO 2 “Classes Canceled Tuesday“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdPYgWzeRLA

VOSOTVO 2 “Ice Storm Cancels Classes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1KMLuaDcs

VO 3 “Unlucky Senior Night”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiHb1ms-wC4

VOSOTVO 3 “Good News at RISE”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NeYtwDPGeM

St. Lawrence Center Activity

Tiffany Littler: Reflection of progress so far

VIDEO ESSAY:

The video essay was easy for me because I killed two birds with one stone. At work, I got sent to cover a church on fire. I thought this would be a simple VO to use for the video essay. One issue I had though, is I misunderstood the way Dr. Collins wanted our scripts structured. So during class I was scrambling to write everything down on a piece of paper before it was my turn to present.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuWg4xnWP4&index=17&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

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VO/VOSOTVO 1:

 

My VO/VOSOTVO 1 felt like a bit of a train wreck. There was miscommunication between officials at the rec center and it felt like it took awhile to get an interview set up. So I wrote down different ideas and made it to Plan E. Thankfully, my Plan A worked.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1su0k6yV8M&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=37

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gVc18XtlU&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=43

I got the interview done and wanted to get b-roll done of the rec center, but the woman I needed to speak with about what I was allowed to shoot, was on lunch. So I had to come back a few hours later to get the b-roll and everything worked out.

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VO/VOSOTVO 2:

The VO/VOSOTVO 2 was much easier for me than the first one. I didn’t have any issues with miscommunication between employees. I didn’t have an interview set up beforehand, but I didn’t have any issues with getting a quick soundbite.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRLuMNNW-Qc&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=81&t=0s

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0lHVB8W8Is&index=76&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

Getting video was hard because it was a very windy day and dirt was flying everywhere. Despite that, I think it turned it alright.

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VO/VOSOTVO 3:

Originally, I wasn’t sure what to do for the VO/VOSOTVO 3. I used to cover a lot of sports, so I figured it would be fun to cover the last women’s basketball home game of the season. I thought I could use it for my VOSOTVO because getting a SOT would be easy with the post-game press conference.

VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9s_p5dn3T4&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=106

Then I realized I wouldn’t be able to transcribe the interview properly, so I just decided to use it for my VO. I had a hard time editing because the main focus was the seniors, but I also wanted some action shots. Really, only one of the seniors made a great play and that was on defense. I think it worked out in the end, because I used a lot of closeups of the seniors getting recognized.

The interview went great for my VOSOTVO, however trying to get good b-roll was difficult. The tripod I had was very unstable. The light panel I had flickered. I didn’t have time to check out different equipment and redo everything, so I just worked with what I had. I’ve had many issues with equipment and have said something each time I check the equipment back in, but nothing seems to be done. That makes it sometimes hard to get good video. Other than that, I was satisfied with my VOSOTVO.

VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIFDCKzdEqY&index=107&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

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So far in this class, I’ve improved with time management and organization. I’ve learned to listen more, because there are very important details in our assignments that I sometimes forget. I’m looking forward to making packages and news breaks and hope I can continue improving and make things I can use for my newsreel.