On vimeo, there is a channel hosted by vimeo called Vimeo Video High School. It is exactly as it sounds, but it is not a high school. They always have helpful, yet funny, videos to help you with many things. There are all types. You probably have seen many of them already. Lots of us in the media class post their videos. There is one in particular that I will make sure that I share with my partner next year. It is "10 Steps to Shooting Your First DIY Interview". It will give many helpful tips for interviews to my partner with less work for me! I will share it with you down below in case you want to share it, or just see it for yourself. I hope you like it and Vimeo Video High School's many other videos. One last reminder, this will be my last blog post, but it will be continued next year. Don't forget about me for the break yet, I will still be posting my 4th quarter project, so check back for that soon! Bye!
With being in an honors class, you have to expect surprises. Some surprises from this year is one, that I like doing news stories much more than I thought, two, I never knew how amazingly hard it is top get short film filming done when not everyone is 100% dedicated, and three, how it gets harder and harder every year you are in media.
When I first joined media 2 years ago, I thought I was going to like the movie trailers, music videos, and short films better, but turns out that this year I decided that I like news stories better. This was a major surprise to me because everyone would complain about having to do the news stories, so I thought that they were some horrible things. When I found out that I liked the more, and now that I am doing a short film, I have found that it is much easier to do, you need no actors, it is done all in one day usually, it can be done in 5 hours, and the filming is very simple shots, which is one of the parts that I don't like.
Another surprise from this year is from this quarter, and I only experienced it because I chose to do a short film. It is much harder than you would think to film with a group of friends who are not all focused on getting it done fast. When even one doesn't care about getting it done fast, others get sidetracked by them and join them, and then it goes downhill from there.
What I have seen, at least for me, as you stay in media, the class always seems to get harder. You would think it would be getting easier because of all the new technology, but it doesn't. I think the cause of this is you getting better at the class, so you are naturally given more challenges to keep the class interesting. Sometimes you will be overestimated and you will be given a harder task, or sometimes it just because you are being pushed. That is why I think it has gotten slightly harder for me.
I can't wait for more surprises for next year! Just to let you know, this is the last week of blogs for the year. There is still my free blog, and I will still need to post my 4th quarter project up, so don't forget about this place yet, just hold on another week or two. See you later, bye!
There has been many lessons I have learned from media throughout this past year. Here I will tell you three of the most important lessons I learned. The first is how to talk to people I don't know better. Another will be about viewing things through other's eyes. The final one is how to make a great story.
Learning to talk to complete strangers about a specific topic can be a very hard thing to do, but it is much needed in life. I improved, and learned the importance, of this skill due to me being on he spot feature team. To be on that team, and even get a story at all, you need to know how to ask random people if they have a story that fits your topic. This can be very hard at times.
Another lesson I learned was how to look at something through other's eyes. This is very important to know how to do when writing a story, knowing what the different groups of people would like and knowing how to put it all in one. Having this skill and learning when to use it is very beneficial. You will do good in negotiations and other related things.
I also learned how to make a great story, which is very important in film making. I use to be horrible at making scripts for news stories, I am still not that good, but I am better. I also have a hard time coming up with what should come next in a script for a movie or something like that. along with script writing, I use to not be great at making a film or other thing impactful, but I now am better at it.
I know that some of you who will be new, or even returning, to media will have lessons that you will learn throughout the year similar, or completely different, but it is all for you to learn from. See you later, bye!
I have found an amazing way to present a PSA, and I found it in the one of a kind The Boy Who Turned Yellow video. I say this because it uses a technique that I have never seen before in a PSA, friendly story telling. It starts out with a little story of just what you would find in a short film, but it slowly presents facts on the topic of the PSA, and it makes you wonder why that fact was put in, or in this case, why they tell about the nicotine in cigarettes turning your fingers yellow. Eventually, it doesn't come to the standard PSA ending, it ends in a tragic way, the boy turning yellow. I would like to apply this into my PSA for next year, mainly because it is the best technique I have seen for a PSA. I hope that you think that it has as good of a technique as I think it does. See you later, enjoy!
On Vimeo I was browsing some of the Vimeo Video High School videos, and I found a neat one for tripods, which would work great for an action short film, which is what I am doing, and I know some others are too.This tricks can be very useful, no more need to zoom in on an object in the middle of a shot with one, no need to zoom out, less use for our Ronin, and steadier pans! It shows all of these things which can help a lot. I won't tell you how, but I will show you the video. I know I want to use some of these, and I know that some others might want to too. Hope you enjoy. Bye!
It's that time of year again where all the students in this media class gives advice to any of the new students starting up next year. That is exactly what I will do right now. First I will tell you how to avoid and why you shouldn't be late on anything. I will then tell you how to avoid and why you shouldn't think you have all the time in the world to do something. I will finally tell you some other less important things to know.
You never want to be late on anything. it will do more to your grade than you might think it will. If you even turn in your inside scoops 2 days late, your grade for your inside scoops could go down to a 3 instead of a 4. One way you can prevent this from happening to you is by simply starting on it early, work on it when you can, and simply by being productive when you do get to work on it.
You also should also make sure that it is not in your head that you can get this or this done in a week, it's no problem, until you see the amount of corrections you have. That is just what happened to Dalson and I this 4th quarter. We thought a week was enough to get our scripts done in our busy days and we did, but we still are working on it, almost done, but very late. We have had to change it a whole lot. Again, you can avoid this by simply starting on it early, work on it when you can, and simply by being productive when you do get to work on it, just like I said before for the part about not being late on things, which is caused because of this.
You also need to know that you should not procrastinate, and if you don't know what that means, I found a video and posted it up a few blogs ago, but I will post it again below. That is the leading cause, it seems, of people not getting A's on their many projects in media. Also, you want to always work proficiently on whatever you are doing, it will save you a lot of trouble.
I hope that all of next years new students, and returnees, do good next year, knowing what and what not to do. See you soon, bye!
Today I am supposed to talk out what I would like to change the bell schedule to. First of all I will tell you what times I would change school to, and why. Then I will describe the block schedule that would go with that. Finally, I will say why I feel that this combo is the best.
I think we should definitely shorten the days. I would shorten the days down to 8:00 to 1:30. I think that this would be good because then there is still enough time to get what is needed done, with much shorter days. This would be every school day of the week, except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, school would end at 1:00.
With school from 8 to 1:30, we would have our 4 core classes, advisory, lunch, and recess. On regular days, the schedule would be advisory for 20 minutes, 8 to 8:30, 3 minute passing, block 1 for 63 minutes, 8:33 to 9:36, 3 minute passing, block 2 for 63 minutes, 9:39 to 10:42, recess for 15 minutes, 10:42 to 10:47, 3 minute passing, block 3 for 63 minutes, 10:50 to 11:53, then lunch for 30 minutes 11:53 to 12:23, 3 minute passing, then finally block 4 for 64 minutes, 12:26 to 1:30. On Wednesdays, it would be exactly the same but there would be no advisory, and the recess to block 3 passing and the lunch to block 4 would be 2 minutes, instead of three.
I think that this schedule would work out good because many kids would like to have more electives than just two, and also, many kids want shorter days and shorter classes. There might be less time in a class, but if you think about it, kids would most likely learn better and more if they knew their school day would be shorter, which would lead to more productivity, which makes it so less time is needed to learn a concept.
I think that this is a great schedule that many students would love to have. I never knew until now how difficult it is to make a school schedule. I am done for now, so come back soon to check out some more. 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.