I was browsing around the videos on Vimeo and I came across this one that stood out to me for some reason. I watched, and I found out through reading the paraphrase that it was a promotion film for Turkey's film industry to show their quality of film-making capabilities to Mipcom, one of the most anticipated global markets for entertainment. I watched it and at first it was interesting from the continuous movement in a straight line but it got boring, even though they had some cool effects going on. When the camera reached the end and entered into another camera, the visual quickly spun and all of a sudden it was actual videos flashing on and off the screen and then it got a little interesting. Even now I am trying to think of ways to make a PSA or another type of film seem cool at first, then continue it until it starts to get boring, but then a great way to turn it around and make something seem even more interesting than it would be without that moment before. Well, enjoy the video!
There are many reasons why I joined this media class and why I keep on doing it. I am going to tell you about 3 reasons why I joined and what I am going to do next year in high school. Here it is.
One reason I joined was because it sounded cool and I had wanted to be in on of the honors courses, and the advanced media productions class seemed like the one I would like the most, even though they never really told us anything about the class when I was in elementary school, I didn't even know we would make news stories. I am glad that I decided to join media and not the leadership class or yearbook, those two are not really my thing, especially going on camera in front of the whole school reciting lines, not my strong point.
One reason that I stay is because I really enjoy this class and I think that it is one of the best classes offered at the school. I enjoyed the class and everything we did, except I wasn't too fond of having to do 2 blogs a week, like I think all 6th graders are. Now they are just a habit. In sixth grade I missed a couple blogs, seventh a few less, and this year so far I haven't missed a single one, and I plan to keep it that way. I just really enjoy this class and I wish I could continue in it some more.
I will admit that I do enjoy all of the cool gear that we have and the trips, but who doesn't enjoy it, that's just one of the perks of being in the class. I get to do and learn things that I wouldn't have if I decided to quit the class, and I would really not like that. Media is a part of my middle school life, to me it's like middle school itself, it's just apart of my life. If I were to quit media, things would be really different for me. I enjoy media and it has become a regular thing for me.
Next year I want to go into the high school media course, but my parents don't really want me doing it. I will still be taking the AC Core class, but not necessarily the digital media class. I will keep on doing media with the Above Moon Films and their camps. I think that camera man is a possible career for me and I would like to keep on doing it, not really the story parts though.
I like the media class, but sometimes I just don't have time for it to be my first priority. Sometimes one part of media comes before another. I would love to help out the class as long as it doesn't interfere with my plans that can't be changed. Well, see you soon!
A few days ago I realized that I had never seen any of the James Bond movies before, or 007 movies. Yesterday I got a chance to watch one. The first one I found was Goldfinger. I thought it had a well played out storyline and some interesting techniques. One technique is when James Bond is thrown and when he lands, he rolls. As he was rolling, the camera rolled with him. I thought that it was a very interesting way of showing him rolling, by having us roll with him. They had used a couple of other techniques too, one technique they frequently used was attaching the camera to a prop, like all the examples from the video in one of my earlier blogs titled "25 Random Places to Put a GoPro". They basically give something like a tumbling sofa a selfie stick. If you would like to watch the movie, it's on Hulu. I will also have a link to the trailer, I won't put it here because it has a few slightly inappropriate parts in it. Just make sure you aren't too harsh on them for the graphics, it's from 1964. Enjoy!
Last week, we had our first STN practice of the year. We did the practice on the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday. It was mostly the same for me as last year, but just a little different.
We had gotten our new teams, Kolten is still with me on Spot Feature, but Mia Matsunaga joined the team because Brandon is no longer with us. We worked pretty well together, we had no problems at all. It was a good set up. The main difference is that I am now the leader because I am now the 8th grader of the team.
We had a bit of a hard time getting a story. We walked around for about an hour before anyone really started showing up at Kalapaki beach. There were a few couples, but the ones we asked did not want to be interviewed. Finally we found a couple where the husband didn't mind getting interview, but his wife did not want to be. We only had about 30 minutes left after we found him, but he gave short answers and not really what we wanted. We finished the interview, and he did not really understand what we wanted him to do for us to get b-roll.
Even though we didn't have too great of a story, we made due with what we had. We made the story the best we could, but it did not turn out too great. Normally we finish about 30 to 45 minutes before the deadline, but we had so much work to make the audio better and finding the right sound clips from his interview that we did not finish until less than 10 minutes before the deadline.
We tried our best, but we did not do too great, but we got the most out of what we had. We worked well together, but this practice wasn't the best. We still have a few more practices, what else are practices for, trial, error, better, repeat.
I found another video on Vimeo about acting and not having to use words to express what is happening, what a character is feeling, or what they are thinking. The video is called George Clooney Doesn't Need Words. It's true, you don't need words to tell a story. I am thinking that we could use this technique in our PSA's next quarter, our 4th quarter projects, or in the various STN competitions. It basically shows reactions of George Clooney that show almost exactly what's going on, without any words. You can figure most of them out, and that's how those wordless sections should be. I know that my 4th quarter project did not do so well because we used way too much dialogue and not enough silence and reactions. Well, anyway, here's the video with all of the reactions, great examples of what words should be in videos, silent.
Teasing can be a problem, but not always. I have had some experiences with teasing others, but sometimes people need to realize the real problem. I also think that teasing can also be a problem too though.
I have accidentally teased other before. I have teased others because it was a comeback to them joking around with me, but it stuck to them, they got tired of it and they weren't really able to get it out that they didn't like it anymore. I kept on teasing them until they finally made it very clear and once I understood that, it all was over between the two of us.
Sometimes, teasing can be helpful to someone. I was teased by someone for the longest time by one of my friends, I just tried my best to not let it bother me, and now after a year, I would thank them for teasing me because now I do not get offended very easily at all. I can take any jokes or teasing I have been given so far. I think that I will actually be able to take much more teasing than I have. I think that if more people actually try to not take offense from teasing, people would be able to take much more.
While I realize that some people are a little more sensitive to teasing, some people don't even try to solve it themselves. I have accidentally teased people and they do nothing for themselves, they just tell other people and want them to take care of it for them. That doesn't make you feel bad for teasing them, it makes you want to sometimes tease them more, sometimes you feel like staying away from them forever, no matter how close you were before.
I have teased people before, and I have been teased by others, but I think that the biggest problem people don't realize about teasing is that it is not always the so called bully's fault, the victim sometimes does things that makes the bully only want to tease them more, they also, probably more often then others realize, do nothing, not even trying to solve the problem of them getting teased when a friend only means to joke with them, it might be people not being mature enough to realize it, but also people not being mature enough to let the bully know that it is hurting them.
I recently found a video about random places you can put a GoPro. I thought that it was a video that showed ways to get very interesting different shots. I think that if we were to use shots like they had in this video, our stories would be much more interesting. Some of the shots make you wonder how they did that, and that makes it interesting. I know that I will be looking for some of these more interesting shots. I will post the video below. Enjoy!
My favorite trip is also one of my most recent ones. I would say that my favorite trip was to Utah. I went to Utah for a couple of reasons. It was also my favorite trip for a couple of reasons too, mostly the same reasons as why I went.
The first reason I liked it was because of the BYU Chip Camp that I had attended. For that camp, I actually flew out a half a week earlier than the rest of my family. At the Chip Camp, we did all sorts of things. We built switches/buttons, we made and launched compressed air powered rockets, we programmed LED lights on a frisbee, learned about how memory chips are made and even went into a room where they make them (a clean room), and much more.
Another reason that it was one of my favorite trips is because we had a family reunion for my dad's side. It was the first family reunion that I have ever gone to and it was lots of fun. It lasted a few days. One day we played games, another we went to the park and played in zorb balls, they are tons of fun, if you don't know what they are check out the link. We just hung out a lot. We even did things for the 4th of July. We did fireworks and a big dinner, and in Utah, fireworks are not as restricted, we had little boxes that had little rocket fireworks in them that we shot off, not just little ground fountains.
We did a bunch of other little things. We say movies, we went to the Lagoon Amusement park, we went to a museum. We even went to this place called Lowe's Extreme Air Sports. There they had these big trampolines and foam pits, rock climbing walls, a trapeze set where you swung into a foam pit, they even had a mini American Ninja Warrior set up. The trampolines were extremely bouncy, I watched a guy jump all the way to the roof, and it was a warehouse, with a taller roof than our school library.
I had lots of fun on my trip to Utah. We did lots of things and had a great time. I wish that I could go there again and do it all over again. Well, good bye for now!
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.