Today was our second day of competition, but I did not have any. That meant I had to do breakout sessions all day until 4. First I went to the Hiki Nō breakout session, and I found out that the speaker really liked the Papa Fu story that I made. After that, I went to a DSLR camera session. The two most interesting things I had learned there was that first that the 70D's auto focus had a much needed improvement, there is a new tracking feature on the camera, when the subject that you set the auto focus to moves, than the focus will move with it. The other cool thing I learned from that session was that there is a application that you download onto a SD card and then plug into the camera that basically jailbreaks the camera, allowing it to do things that were once impossible on a DSLR. After that I went to a audio and sound tricks session. In that one I didn't learn really anything because it was more of our basic things, but maybe other schools just didn't know about. The final session I went to was an animation session. I liked that one because we were able to make the old fashion version of pencil, post-it notes, and flipping through them. We were also able to see how you can digitally animate a figure to move around. It was pretty cool. Afterwards, we had dinner at Seaport Village and then we went over to our rooms to get ready for the party. We went to the party and had fun. Tomorrow will be the day we have been waiting for, the closing ceremonies. Check back tomorrow to see what we won! Bye!
(Here is the animation I made)
If you haven't guessed it yet, today was the day of my spot feature competition. We went down to the Grand Ballroom for our briefing at 8:00 to be ready for the start of the briefing at 8:30 am. We got our topic, which was "An Unconventional Approach." We decided to head out to Seaport Village to see what was open, but there wasn't much to do there. We then walked over to The Kiss statue to get a story from people about their many unconventional approach to what they first thought the statue was about, before they knew the real meaning of it. After that we briefly told them the story if they did not know it, and then asked them what they thought about it after knowing it's story. Even the second opinions were all at least slightly unconventional. After we got all our interviews and b-roll, we hurried back, with only about 15 minutes left, to record voiceovers and get to the editing room. We rushed back, but we did not have enough time to go to one of our hotel rooms to record voiceovers. We ended up doing the voiceovers inside a big cement and metal stairway that goes up at least 28 floors. We were able to get a lot of the echo out of our recordings by lowering the camera audio, and raising it back up in Final Cut Pro. After we made it into the editing room, we sat with Kauai High, who was saving us a seat, and then everything from there went along real smoothly. We got our finalized version done and copied to our flash drive to turn in about 15 minutes before. After the editing, I went to 2 breakout sessions with Les Rose, and then I went to the middle school mixer. The final thing we did today was the award ceremony for the categories that were during the school year. I will have our video posted below if you would like to check it out, and I will see you later!
Today was the first day of the STN Convention. Starting at 8:30 am we had to get our game face on to start work on the Crazy 8's! We were given a topic that seemed really easy, maybe even easier than last year's Sweet Sixteen. The topic was "Historic San Diego." This was easy mainly because almost half of San Diego is historic. Some of us went to the docks, some other places, but we went to Old Town San Diego to get our story, mainly because it is the basically the birth place of California. We interviewed three people, but only ended up using two of the interviews because Kaycee really did not like the last one. We were able to get a good story, and then finish the whole complete piece around 10 minutes before the deadline. With Crazy 8's out of the way, it was time for us to go have dinner with our pen pals at the Spaghetti Factory. After our dinner, we went to the opening ceremonies of STN, and that was a lot of fun. I don't have our video yet, but I will post it up ASAP. See you later!
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.