Doing a news package has been a pretty hard challenge, yet a rewarding one; it was quite an interesting project that really opened my eyes on how complex making a broadcast video is, each and every single second of the video should be planned accordingly. I like how this project introduced us to using such advanced mechanisms and concepts in broadcast technology; in addition, I liked how organized each step of the project is. I learned so many things; for instance, I got my grasp on Final Cut Pro and learned how to use it in a more professional way; in addition, I learned about the Five Shots methods as well as WALLDO. The is the hardest project I ever did in this class, I faced so many challenges and “producer’s blocks”, and I stressed about this project the entire time; the subject of the my project was pretty stiff, and I couldn’t find any event that represented it, in addition; I struggled with the video’s duration and keeping it below the maximum length. I also had an extremely hard time planning when and where I would meet with people and plan to interview them. Eventually, I decided to not include an entire interview as well as its B-roll, and I stayed during seminars and after school to finish the project on time. All in all, this project was a great ending for this class, and a culmination of all the skills I’ve learned in it. I’m glad that I chose such interesting class, and I like how it expands our creativity on the horizon. I’m looking forward to share what I’ve learned and did when I go home.
There are 7.5 billion people in this planet, each and every single one of us is different. Albeit having such differences, one must be reminded that we are humans after all, a one big family. While thinking about my Six-Words Story project, I brainstormed some ideas of being an exchange student when I had a sudden moment of revelation, I thought how being an exchange student from a country so different can bring people together, emphasizing the fact that we are more similar than different, and that’s the premise of my story. In my video, my first shot was a Eye Level, Wide Shot, Shot that included my Host Family’s Grandson, I chose him to represent race because he is a mixture of different ethnic groups, which emphasizes the fact that ethnic heritage and color should not divide us. My second shot was an Low Angle, Close-up Shot, Shot that resembled religion, even though I’m a Muslim, I chose the Jewish religion to be represented because I wanted everyone to know that I don’t hold any prejudice to the Jewish religion as a Middle Eastern, challenging any preconceived notions, I chose to shoot a Close-up Shot because I wanted to emphasize the religious symbol. My third shot was an Low Angle, Medium Shot, Shot of a boy and a girl talking and communicating, I shot it with such angle because I wanted to embrace how equally important both genders are. My Fourth Shot was a Low Angle, Extreme Close-up Shot, Shot that included a globe, I chose the globe to resemble such word because it essentially represents every country with every nationality, I chose such angle in order to show the different parts of it in a dramatic way. My Fifth shot was an Eye Level, Wide-Medium Shot, Shot that featured different people holding sheets of paper with their languages written, and thus, I can elaborate what language every person speaks without them trying to speak it. My Sixth and last shot was an Eye Level, Extreme Close up Shot, Shot of my Host Father’s eyes, I chose him to represent the word “Human” because his the epitome of a man who aspires to bring the world together, his job hosting exchange students and finding families for them has helped fostering communications and international understanding, furthermore emphasizing that we are more similar than different. The challenge I had while shooting is trying to find people who are willing to be in my video, some of my friends refused to be shot because they were shy, in addition, I was concerned that some people would think that I deliberately secluded a certain group of religion or race. All in all, I really loved this project, it gave my so much freedom, I’m looking forward for the next project.
Today, we got in depth with Ernest Hemingway and the Six-Word Stories concept. Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and noted sportsman in the 20th century, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. One of his most famous stories “For Sale: Baby Shoes: Never Worn” is such a provocative short story that sparked many theories, it is said that he allegedly wrote this story for a bet with his friends, but it is actually false according to this article from Snopes. Moreover, this short story has many theories of explanations, I think that it talks about a miscarried baby from his wife, thus, he simply sold the shoes because no one will wear them, or maybe the child had some sort of deformity in his legs, or maybe the wife had died while being pregnant. Some of my favorite six-word story examples are "Painfully, he changed ‘is' to ‘was’.”and "The smallest coffins are the heaviest.”
I’m looking forward to what we will do next.
Certainly, I thoroughly enjoyed using Final Cut Pro software program, moreover, my experience got enriched because of the Circus Wagon video. Such assignment exposed me to various elements of video-making in Final Cut Pro, the concept of the assignment was experimenting with the program’s elements in order to make an utterly random video. I liked the concept of the assignment as well as the fluidity of using the program, especially in using the timeline and adding elements there, in addition, I liked how the video turned out - full of randomness and craziness. I obviously learned how to interact with basic elements in the program, I also learned some methods that help creating a professional video, like fading in and out, and using scissors tool. One of the challenges I faced was recalling the steps of adding elements in our second day with the program. I overcame them by googling some methods, or asking Ms. Davidson for help. Personally, I feel that I need more practice in order to get the hang of using the program more practically, but at the same time, I think that I’m ready to move on into the next exciting chapter of the course!
Working in the TV Studio has been one of the most interesting American high school experiences I had so far, I got the opportunity to get in depth with media production by using equipment I never thought I’d have the access to. I genuinely enjoyed each and every single job, moreover, I learned how each one of them is vital for the success of the production. I quite enjoyed being a Camera Operator, this job introduced me to using the camera which is one of the essential components in media production, I was amazed by how such equipment work regarding adjusting everything from the aperture to zooming. In addition, I liked working in the Sound Board and its precise process with doing mike-checks and recording. On the other hand, although I liked being an Anchor, I got pretty nervous while doing such job because I wanted to speak in perfect English (It’s not my first language), despite that, I loved being in front of the camera and I aspire to improve myself in such aspect. In addition, I noticed that being an AJA is bit boring because you’re not assigned much, but I still enjoyed it. All in all, I certainly enjoyed working in the TV Studio and all the jobs it had, I hope that I get the chance to do more experiments with each job, and I’m looking forward to share what I learned so far in Broadcast Technology.
Basel is a YES exchange student at Ladue High School from Jordan.