In our final project, my partner Kaylon and I, learned various things. We interviewed Dr. Hahn and his AP world class. We used digital camcorders to capture the progress of his classes finals projects. We learned how to angle the camera and raise it in a way that makes it possible to capture good footage. We also learned how to angle the microphone to that it wouldn't interfere with our shot. In addition to recording we learned how to edit or films using final cut pro. Editing proved harder than filming and we struggled a bit. However, in the end, with help from Mr. Goble and several class mates we were able to figure out how to create a successful video. Overall, the project was fun to create and a greta way to end the class.
The headline newscasts we completed for broadcast one taught me some of what it takes to be a news anchor. A good story is based on a good script and the way one writes a newscast differs from typical writing. Unlike the writing one would do for an English class, news stories are clear, concise, and to the point. There
In our interviewing project I learned how to use wide medium and tight angles to create a good video. I also learned that natural sound in the background is a good thing as long as it doesn't take over the sound of the video. The Walldo technique for video recording I also learned is the hardest to understand. My greatest success in recording my project is getting a lot of B-roll that I was able to pick and choose to use for my film. There were many opportunities to get good b-roll and I was able to capture most of them. The biggest challenge I had was getting good sound bites from Chris. There was a lot of wind and it kept getting in the way of recording and I had to edit big chunks of his interview because of it. I also had trouble with B-roll for coach Aronberg. He never really stopped moving which made things hard to get a consistent shot. Overall the project was really fun and I enjoyed going to the soccer fields and recording everything. I also enjoyed editing it all together and creating my video to share. I am excited to get better in the class and create better videos and interviews that I am proud of.
In learning how to edit we practiced on our own videos using iMovie. We learned how embed pictures into a video without having an unwanted space between a video and a picture. We also learned how to place sound bites in place of the sound of a certain section of video. The videos we watched taught us the simplicity of editing though I was still confused. However I found it interesting how you could also place different video footage over the video footage of what your editing so that if the person you're interviewing is talking about planes you could pan to a video of planes. While the videos were helpful and interesting editing is the one thing I still need help in understanding better simply because there are many steps to be able to access all the cool tools iMovie has to offer.
Interviewing contains two important elements, sound bites and interviewing tips. Sound bites are parts of an interviewing cut out and put back together of the parts of the interview you want to keep. Sound bites are important when interviewing because the make it easy to compile the important parts of an interview into one rather than a long video filled with unnecessary responses. In addition to learning about sound bites, we learned about interview tips. The most important tip of the section is to remember that the interview is more of a conversation then a rapid fire of questions. To start an interview, interviewers are to ask the interviewee their name and how to spell it, this makes sure when you are introducing the interviewee you have the correct pronunciation of their name and how to spell it. An important way to maintain an interview as a conversation is to start questions with "Tell me about....". By using this form of questioning it makes it easier for the interviews to give detailed responses rather than only answering a question. It is also important to close an interview with "Is there anything else you'd like to add?" This guarantee stat any important information you may not have mention will be talked about.
The next section apart of the course is sound. In the sound section we learned about nat sound, meaning natural sound. In class we watched a video on nat sound at a gun range and how journalists fit it in for effect. We also watched a video on nat sound with in a video with Stan the donut man. The natural sound in both videos is subtle while also being noticeable enough as to flow with the video and not be distracting. We also learned that everything has natural sound one just has to listen closely enough to notice it in some cases. On iMovie to greater enhance nat sound in a video we turn the volume up in percentage making it possible to hear the sounds recorded. Things that one wouldn't normally suspect has nat sound does for example someone typing on the computer or someone walking. For practice, I recorded a high impact class using workout equipment while music played in the background. Th nat sound my partner and I found was really fun the detect and enhance and it was one of my favorite lessons.
In the shooting tips section of our iTunes U course we learned about how to shoot good B-roll as well as Walldo. Shooting good B-roll requires wide, medium, and tight shots which are varying angle shots that make up the a video. A wide shot, like its name, makes up the entire setting of where you are filming and is from far enough away to fit everything in. A medium shot is a shot where half of what your filming is shown while a tight shot is as close as possible while still being able to see what you are filming. Walldo, an acronym for wide, angled, low, linking, depth, and opposite. Each letter refers to a different way one can shoot B-roll for a film. After practicing both I found that I like wide, medium, and tight shots better simply because it was easier to to the steps and have my footage turn out.
In the visual storytelling section I found that there are nine key elements to make journalists better and creating videos. Emotion is the first of the nine elements. Instead of a video filled with facts that become uninteresting after a short period of time embedding emotions provide storytellers with a broadened storyline. Visual appeal is the next on the list and it simply makes videos more interesting and entertaining for viewers. However visual appeal is not always obvious and can be found in the most unlikeliest of places. Action and movement follow visual appeal and are the motions and processes that are found in a video. Audio, events and moments, and characters follow and each contribute to uniqueness of one's video. The seventh of the list of nine is newsworthiness which refers to something noteworthy or unusual that is worth viewers attention. Settings and locations and Focus are the final steps of the list of nine and establish where the video is taking place and the central premise of the video respectively.
In the research category of our iTunes U course I was introduced to making films on the iPad as well as mobile and citizen journalism. Making films on the iPad was really interesting simply for the fact that an iPad films like a professional camera. The same type of equipment used for professional cameras to make movies can be found for iPads. I didn't realize an iPad was a real tool that can be used to create a legitimate film. It seemed as if it would only be used for home videos or concerts. I enjoyed watching the kids my age making real movies and all the different equipment they used to make it possible. In reading the article about citizen journalism I learned about semi-independent citizen journalism and independent citizen journalism. Semi-independent journalism is citizens assisting in varying ways to a previously existing professional journalist. This means citizens who read an article written by a professional reporter who then decide to comment their take on the topic are considered semi-independent journalists. Independent journalism is independent journalism without any reliance on professional news.