For my last blog, I am going to tell you about my fourth quarter project, which was also my last one. For my fourth quarter project I did the STN Recap. On the trip, I had a camera almost everyday and I was taking pictures, when we got back form the trip, I interviewed a few people. I transcribed, and I started on the script, but I didn't get started on it until after it was due, I also had my Inside Scoops to work on while working on my script, and they were due a week before our final video was. I got the script in late, and when I say late, I mean three days before the final deadline. I started editing before I got comments on it, and it helped. My script only really changed by thins needed to be added on, so I didn't have to change much of my edited work. On Thursday, I worked after school all day on it to complete most of my first draft of my video. On Friday, the day it was all due, I finished up my first draft and got comments on my second draft of my script. I fixed he mistakes and I submitted my first draft of my video. I went home that day and I watched it over and over again, looking for any mistake. I fixed everything up, and then I submitted my final version. I think that it is much better that my first and second quarter projects. It might be able to have a better story, but I feel that it was great on the technical side of it. I think that at worst I will get a high B on it, and I feel pretty good about it. I have it below if you want to check it out for yourself. Well, this is my last blog, hope you have enjoyed them all. This is my final farewell, hope you enjoy the new student's blogs too. Bye!
There is not that much longer until school is out for the summer, and I will be moving on to high school. This was actually our last full week of school, and so that means that this is my second-to-last blog, as we will not be doing any blogs next week. For this blog, we were asked to write about goals for the summer to help us improve on skills we learned in media.
The first goal I have is to learn better how to work with others. In high school, there are going to be new people that I don't know, and it might be hard at first to work with them. Over the summer, whenever I meet new people I will try to be friendly and get along with them, no matter how hard it is, getting along is the first part of working with others.
The second goal I am going to make for the summer is to watch movies. While I watch movies and TV shows over the summer, I am going to try and identify different techniques and styles of film making, and hopefully I will be able to put it to use one day. I don't think that I will stop videos yet, so I could always use more tricks up my sleeve.
Over the summer, I also will not procrastinate. I will get my chores and other jobs done as soon as possible over the break. Procrastination is an enemy to almost anyone, and I doubt that I will be able to really stop. I will be able to improve on it though, and that is what I will do.
Well, I am going to miss this class, and I wish luck to everyone who is in it next year! I guess I can't say to be back here soon for my next blog because this is one of my last. Well, bye!
For a while now I have been watching the TV sow "The Flash". I like it and so far I have watched every one. One of the things I like about it is that the story line is never very predictable. There is always something in every episode that takes a different path than what you would expect. This is what makes TV shows, and pretty much everything else, interesting. The Flash is very unique in the way it does things. One example is when the main villain (of the older series), is beating the Flash, when they discover that one of the main secondary characters is the ancestor of the time-traveler villain. That is one example. On that is a little more predictable is that he then kills himself so that the villain is never born. Another slightly predictable part is that the world is going to end because of the alteration of the time line, and of course they stop it. What you didn't expect though is that all of this caused a link between two dimensions, and so forth. There are many unexpected things that have happened, and I have tried to predict events multiple different ways, but it seems no matter how many I come up with, I am wrong with all of them. I think that this makes something more enjoyable to watch, I guess it is because humans are a very curious species. I think that more unpredictable events in our videos will make them much better, especially if you plan to make a sequel. Well, come back later for some more. Bye!
Dear Abby was a news paper column with advice for many things. In this blog, we were asked to write a "Dear Abby" for the new media students coming in next year. I probably won't get to meet many of them because I am going to move on to high school, but I a happy to provide them with advice for next year.
The first word of advice I have for the new students is to not forget the small things. You may or may not know this yet, but you will need to have your own SD card, but not just any, you need to have a class 10 SD card, to determine the class, look at the number in the circle. You don't just want one, it will help to have 2, but make sure you never forget it. Ever. I have had an experience where I forgot my SD card, but I had a drone and one of our Osmos, which both take micro SD card, so I ended up having to shoot my whole PSA with just those, no real camera on a tripod. Also, even though headphones are available around the classroom, you will want to always have your own, there is a limited amount. You should also bring them with you whenever you film, you need to make sure you have a pair, you never know when you are going to be looking for the headphones you thought you packed.
You are also going to want to get use to Final Cut Pro 10, Audacity, and Google Drive as soon as possible. All of your projects will become much easier and faster the more you know how to use Final Cut Pro 10 and Google Drive. It's not just knowing how to use it, but being able to use all of the shortcuts and techniques. Your projects will become much easier. It will help a lot if you know how to use Audacity early on, before you start your Inside Scoops, you could always ask your partner a little while before you start working on your Inside Scoops to start teaching you. Audacity can be a little complicated at first, as well as Final Cut Pro 10.
Finally, don't complain too much about having a ton of work. It will seem like a lot at the beginning, and it is, especially until you learn all of the basics. Don't worry, it will get a little easier by the end of the year. Don't go too hard on Mr. M giving you too much work, he is testing a new system for training the new students, so he might give you too much, maybe too little, just try your best to get what needs to be done by the time it needs to be done.
Try your best, if your best isn't enough, then it's simply not your best. You can always do better no matter how good you thought you did before, no matter how much you struggled to get there, you can do better. Good luck to all of you new students. Come back later for some more, bye!
So, we have only a few weeks of school left, that also means that we have only a couple weeks to get our 4th quarter projects done. I am actually farther behind on this project than any other project I have done in this class so far. I plan to catch up though.
I am behind by more than usual at this point, filming was just due, but that is for everyone doing scripted filming, my project is closer to a news story, so I do the filming than the script, so that means that I should have completed my script. I still have most of my interviews to transcribe, and that has to be done before I make my script.
I chose a kind of bad time to do my Inside Scoops because this entire year they have been due the same time as my project, or a week earlier, as in this quarter. My Inside Scoops are due this upcoming week so I have had to kind of put aside my project to get those done. Also, I have to worry about the 8th Grade Slideshow that is due at the end of the year.
I am not too worry though because once I get my Inside Scoops out of the way I will be able to mainly focus on my project. It should not take too long to get the transcriptions done, and not too long to get my first draft of my script up. Once my script is approved, I should be able to crank out a first draft of my video in a few hours, like I have done before.
In the end, I think that I will be able to get everything done on time, but it will be hard and tiring. Well, I need all the time I can get for my work, so come back later. Bye!
Recently, I watched the new Disney movie "The Jungle Book". It is a remake and live-action/CGI film. There was mostly CGI (computer generated image) in it because of all of the animals that they had to use, but one of the best parts about it was that you don't really remember that you are watching TV, which is something you never really want to do when you are making any kind of visual media, so even though there was a ton of CGI, you never really realize it because nothing distracts you and reminds you of it, and that is thanks to the story. If you have a good, interesting story all the time, then people will not get bored and realize that they are watching a video. The movie was pretty good, and this movie has some of the best 3D that movies have had in a while. Well, I will post the trailer for it below, hope you enjoy. Bye!
Most people listen to music every once and while, some people a lot more than others. While I don't listen to a ton of music, I do listen to some. I am a little different though, I like film score music the best, and some swing.
I don't really know why, but the music I always turn to is mostly film score music or swing. My favorite film score music is from movies and shows that mostly everyone knows. I really like almost all of the Star Wars songs, I like most Harry Potter songs, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Mission Impossible, and lots of other movie music too. My favorite composer for film music is John Williams (most Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and more) and my second favorite is Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, the rest of the Star Wars music, some Batman, and more).
I like swing music too, but not as much, I mostly only like Glenn Miller's music, with "In The Mood" being one of my favorite pieces by him, and a little bit of Benny Goodman's. I turn to the swing music a little more when I am doing something easy and fast like some homework. I listen to more film score music in general.
I like this kind of music for really no reason that I can think of other than I like it, especially better than a lot of today's modern music. I never really started listening to this kind of music until I learned how much fun it is in band. This music doesn't really inspire me, it's more of being in band has inspired me to listen to it to get better because listening to good musicians can actually help you play better. As I listened and played this kind of music, I started to enjoy it. It's kind of like when you play basketball you enjoy watching basketball more than a sport you don't play. This music is like basketball to me and modern hit music is like the other sport I don't play. I also tend to listen and enjoy the music I play a lot better than the music I don't play, for the Chiefess Jazz Band we play In The Mood and it is one of my favorite songs.
I'm not really inspired by any music, I am more inspired to listen to music. Well, come back later for some more, the year is almost over too! Bye!
Disney has lately been in the business of remaking their old movies, and next on the list is Pete's Dragon. I saw a trailer for it in the theater and it was pretty good. From the way that they started it out you wouldn't realize that it is Pete's Dragon, you would first think that it is a Tarzan or Jungle Book or something like that. They then slowly give in hints about what movie it is, making it more and more interesting to watch. You can tell that something big is following the main boy and you can also tell that people are worried about him. Eventually he is running and jumps off of a cliff. After a few seconds you see something looking like a dragon fly down after him and then fly back up with him on the dragon's back. Then fades on the title Pete's Dragon and you realize what happened. This will make you want to watch the trailer until the end so you find out what is happening and when you get to the end, one or two of your questions are answered, but you are left with much more and that makes you want to see the movie. I will post the trailer below, so check it out! Bye!
I am in 8th grade in my school's Advanced Media class. I love this class and I have been having lots of fun in it. This past year we went to San Diego, where STN was held, and the year before it was in Orlando. This year it was in Atlanta, Georgia.