I have found another PSA that has a unusual topic. It is about cigarettes, but not the way you would think. It is about cigarette butts and how the are toxic to the environment, another reason why you should not smoke. I thought it was smart to make you wonder what the thing polluting the water was, but then show you something that you wouldn't expect, a cigarette butt laying on the ground in the water. It uses god transitions between animation and actual video, and you can barely tell when it does transition. It is a good idea that people wouldn't usually see, so that and some other facts about bad effects of smoking would be a good thing to add into a PSA about why smoking is bad. If you would like to see it, you can check it out HERE. This video is on vimeo, so you can check it out any where really. Come back soon for my next blog. Bye!
This PSA that I found for this week is a meth PSA. It is something that you wouldn't expect, like all the other PSA's I like to post. It shows it as a person hiding in a bathroom smoking meth. It shows that even taking it and trying your hardest not to get addicted, it will find you, no matter how good you are hiding from it. It is a clever idea thinking of addiction to meth as a game of hide-n-go seek, where the addiction will always catch you. You can check out the video HERE. Hope you like it!
We just had our first STN practice for the year this past Saturday the 17th, and my topic for spot feature was Do-over. It was about if you could go back in time and change on thing in your life, what would you change. We had blog of the same topic not too long ago, so HERE is what I would change if I could go back in time.
I think that we did a good job on our first practice, but there is one thing I would change. That one thing would be to let Kolten do some more work because he really only grabbed the gear that we needed, took a few shots of b-roll, interviewed Jezlene, and helped a little with coming up with what to do for our video. Also, I would also change the fact that I came about 10 minutes late, but the good news is that I did not miss much.
Our story was about Jezlene, one of the 6th grade girls in media, and what mistake she would do-over. It wasn't the best story possible, but it was a story good enough for a practice. We finished editing about half an hour early, but we did the best we could. We took about 20 minutes to find a story, and about 10 minutes to interview. We spent the rest of our filming time on b-roll and voice-overs.
Overall, I think that we did a good job working with our new team for our first practice. There were not even small arguments in our team and we all got along fine. we were able to produce a decent news story for our practice, but you can be the judge of that HERE. It was fun to produce a news story in 5 hours again, the last time I did it, it was about a year ago.
I hope you like the video! I will have another practice in about a month, and I would put that one up too. Just check out my STN practices page soon to find more! I will see you soon!
I have decided to post different award-winning PSAs every once and awhile this quarter to help other people get ideas of what they can do for their PSAs. I will try to put one up for every topic. The one I found today is about saving water. What I like about it is that at the beginning, it is kind of boring and it seems like it will be one of those conserving water PSAs that don't have much thought into it. It makes it seem like it is a boring PSA, but then right as you get the idea of it being boring and you start thinking of closing it, it switches gears and takes an interesting twist, and with it being right when you start to think that it is boring, it makes it more impactful. It has one part in it that I have never seen before in a PSA for saving water, if you want to find out what, I'll give you a hint, and you'll have to find the rest out yourself, the hint is a paper. You can check it out HERE. I hope you like it and that it will help someone out! Bye!
My second quarter goals/things to improve on were learning how to make titles/credits better on Final Cut Pro 10, another was learning new tricks to use in editing on Final Cut Pro 10, and the final was learning how to make scripts for news stories better.
I think I have sort of learned more about the titles and credits generator on Final Cut Pro 10. I say that because one time when I was bored, I looked at all of the text options on Final Cut Pro 10 and messed around with them a little. One goal I would like to replace that would be to make a good PSA that I am confident about. I would like that because my last year PSA didn't really make me feel like it was the best I could do. You can see my last years PSA here.
I feel that I have completed my goal of learning how to edit better because I think that I have gotten better, but not as good as I would wish. I know mostly all the editing basics and a few more complicated things. I would wish to know some more of the more advanced editing tricks to make my editing faster and better. I am going to continue this goal, but learn more.
I am not too sure if I completed my goal on learning to write better news story scripts. I say that because I never really got a chance to write another news story script. I might have gotten better, but I might not have. I am going to find out during one of these STN practices though, so I will keep this goal.
I will try my best to complete these goals and learn more. Wish me luck! 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.