I have just found a video on Vimeo that is much more interesting than you might think. The video was on the importance of props in your videos, not necessarily news stories, but mostly in anything that involves actors acting out a script. It says how props can do almost anything, the nice thing about it is that it even gives some examples from some popular movies, old and new. I thought that it was a lot shorter than 9 minutes, it was interesting enough that it felt short. We could use this video as a class to help with short films, music videos, PSAs, commercials, and many more in the sense of using props right. We could also take this video and learn from it how to make a normally boring video into a very interesting one, we could do it in a commercial or even a PSA, there are even more that I have not thought of yet though. I will let you watch yourself, you can learn of these things, and maybe even more than what I have said here, I might have missed something that we all could learn from. Hope you enjoy it. Bye.
Last night I watched the new movie Tomorrowland. I thought it was pretty good, but like everything, there's good and bad. I will start out with the bad, it seemed like a really rushed timeline, they wanted to get too much done in a short period to save room for a slow-moving ending. They could have worked out the timing a little better, I would always think that something was going to happen next, but instead it just rushed through it, leaving some seemingly important parts out. It did have a good idea though, it had a nice story line, besides being rushed, and it had some pretty great plot twists, props, and shots. They had a couple of spots where it was obvious, compared to today's technology, that some of it was computer generated, but the actual shots were nice, nothing in it distracted from the video, and that's the type of shots I like. Overall, it was rushed, but had a great story, just a warning, if you watch it, be prepared for things to happen too quickly. I will put the trailer below, hope you like it!
I will start off this blog by saying that practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. I learned this from Ms. Tochiki, and she plays a part in this post. She plays a part in it because with her I learned to play the trumpet, and I had to practice it a lot.
One thing I got out of practicing was learning how to do it for very long times without getting bored. Playing a few same songs over and over again starts to get a little boring, I have learned to practice things without getting bored by doing the same thing, but hanging it up a little to keep it interesting.
Another thing I got out of practicing the trumpet is how to practice effectively. For the any instrument you can slow down a song if it is too fast, learn it that way, and slowly speed it up. The same can go for speaking, say it slow, speed it up.
One final way I have learned to practice efficiently is by only practicing what you struggle with. When you practice easy things or things you have already mastered, it's a waste of time. Instead it's much more efficient to work on the things you actually need to work on and improve upon.
Being in band and learning to play the trumpet has helped me a lot with practicing, along with Ms. Tochiki's help. When you practice one thing, you can always find a way to use the skills that help you practice with one thing for another. Well, come back soon for more!
As you probably know, I am part of the STN Fall Challenge for the Feature Story category. It is basically an extended Spot Feature, it is 6 days long and 3 minutes, or a shortened quarter project, instead of a quarter, we only get 6 days. Today is the 3rd day of the competition and we are going along great. The topic we were given is United Nation, what we are doing with this topic is the story on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese-American battalion that was created after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to prove that the Japanese-Americans were loyal to America because many people believed that they would choose the side of the Japanese if Japanese soldiers were to march into the US. Many were placed in internment camps, the country began to not trust Japanese-Americans, and that is why the 442nd wanted to prove their loyalty. For this story, we interviewed two veterans, one from the combat team, and another who worked with the 442nd in the MIS (Military Information Service) to basically get all the information that a colonel would need for an effective strategy. We are at the editing stage, placing b-roll into the sequence on our first draft. I will put a link to the contest site below so you can check it out, I will post our video up when we are done with it so come back and check it out! Bye for now!
With quarter 1 ending, quarter 2 is going to get us if it is ready or not. How will I make it through it? With some goals I will set right now. These goals will help me throughout the quarter, maybe even the year.
One goal I will set for this new quarter is to try my hardest to get both of my blogs done before Saturday, even though I am late on this week's two. I will reach this goal by getting one done by Wednesday, and the other done by Friday, Saturday at the latest. This will help me get better grades, even though I already have an A.
Another goal I will set for the quarter is to get what ever I can do for my project done as soon as I am able to. I often set off the work for my projects longer than others, but not quite at the last minute, but it still makes me a little rushed. I will just simply force myself to get the work done, even though I may not feel like it.
The final goal I will tell you about today is that I will try to get my usual school work done much faster. I normally wait until the last day to get my homework done just because I did it once and didn't feel like changing it. I will try to now though.
Now you know some of my goals to improve in school this new quarter. I will try my best to keep these goals. Hopefully they will form new habits within me that will last much longer for the quarter. Well, see you later, bye!
While editing, I found a way to reduce the amount of hissing in the background of interviews and other videos. I will show you how here.
This is the week that our 1st quarter projects are due! I have already turned it in, but I can still say how I feel about it.
I feel pretty good about my project for this quarter with the fact that it was nearly impossible to get in contact with the subjects once the first interview was done. That set me back pretty far, I only started editing this week because of it. I could have gotten a better story though, it was not too great on that part.
I think I had done the best on the editing. It went fast, I solved all of the mistakes I feel I had made during editing, and I think that this will help support my grade if the story does not do enough.
I feel like I will get at least a B+ or A-, I think that it was good overall. The worst parts would be the story line and some of the audio. It came out pretty good overall. With the amount of time I had to complete this story, taking a long time to get to the final script due to interview subjects not cooperating the best, it seems pretty good.
Over all, I think that it was a good enough story to get me an A, though I could have done much better if I was not rushed as much because of the lack of interviews I had. Well, it's fall break, come back in a week or two for 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.