Overall, I really enjoyed my time in broadcast technology this semester. I think the best part was how much the class pushed me creatively. The projects we did had little requirements and rules, leaving us in charge of planning them out and bringing them to life. My favorite thing we did this semester was working in the TV studio and getting the chance to be a news anchor. It was a lot of fun and allowed me to discover that I enjoy journalism. In addition, I learned about the behind the scenes of television, which was interesting. My least favorite part of the class was the interview project because I didn't have very good BRoll shots to work with, which was my fault. I still enjoyed the project because it gave me a chance to learn about people. All the projects we did were very fun and great learning opportunities for me. In conclusion, broadcast tech was a really good class and I would recommend it to other students.
For our final project in broadcast technology, we created videos on the "humans of Ladue." To go along with the interview we previously conducted, my partner and I went out to capture BRoll or footage showing what our interviewee told us. Then, we put the BRoll on top of the interview, allowing viewers to see the actions that match the person's words. From this Humans of Ladue project, I learned how to include what viewers actually want to see and hear and also how to put BRoll in a sequence. When you're doing a project like this, it's important that all your shots are in a sequence or order so that people can see different aspects in a way that makes sense. It was interesting to start off with a 3 minute long interview, edit it down to only the best minute, and then add action videos on top. Overall I liked this project and it's a great way to showcase the humans of Ladue.
This past week I got the chance to interview sophomore, Kaitlyn Foley about her participation in the musical Footloose. In the days leading up to the interview, my broadcast technology class spent a lot of time learning the do's and don'ts of conducting an interview. Overall, there is a lot more to interviewing than I thought there was. One of the things I learned was how to set up the camera and where to place my subject. It is very important that the person you are interviewing is the main focus and that viewers can see them clearly. In addition, I learned that when asking questions it is better to start off with "tell me..." so that interviewee's share more, instead of just giving short answers to simple questions. In conclusion, I really enjoyed learning about interviews and actually getting to do one because I like hearing peoples' stories and about their lives.
This past week in Broadcast Technology we filmed and edited our own six word stories. For my six word story, I chose the words, "first world problems, I can't complain." I chose these words because often times I find myself complaining about the littlest things while there are people in the world who wake up fearing for their lives. I never want to get caught up in my own little world, so this video is important to me and serves as a reminder that not everything is really even a "problem." In my video, I chose the shots that I felt looked the best and went with my story. Shot #1 was a wide shot, shot #2 was an extreme closeup, shot #3 was a tilted shot, shot #4 was a medium shot, shot #5 was an over the shoulder, and shot #6 was a close up from in front of my computer. Overall, this assignment was fun and a chance for me to make a statement with only a few words.
Today in class, we did research on Ernest Hemingway and six word stories in preparation of making our own. In the process, I learned that the concept of six words stories was introduced by Ernest Hemingway when he made a bet that he could write a novel in six words. For his story, Hemingway chose the words, "For sale, baby shoes, never worn." To me, one of the most interesting things about six word stories is how you can get such a powerful message across in only a few words. Sometimes, you can even get across more than one message. A few of my favorite stories I discovered were, "I asked. You answered with silence." and "Tripped over luck, stumbled upon tragedy." I thought both of these stories told powerful messages and at certain points in my life I related to them. Overall I'm excited to get creative and come up with my own six word story.
Recently in Broadcast Technology, we learned how to use digital HD cameras and how to edit with Final Cut Pro. It was really fun because I've always enjoyed photography and editing. However, it was different because we were using these cameras to record videos. Many aspects of the camera I already knew about but certain things, like white balancing to fix the colors, were new to me. In addition, I learned that the basic shots were wide, medium, and tight which all served different purposes, for example, wide shots establish setting. As for the editing, it was exciting to use Final Cut Pro. Our first project was called Circus Wagon, where we learned many shortcuts for doing things like detaching audio and cutting clips. We also did a 6 shot project, where we had to create a short story using only 6 clips. During this project, I learned even more features of Final Cut Pro like its ability to balance color. Final Cut Pro is very easy to use and a great editing software.