Our final assignment for the year was to create a complete news package about whatever story we wanted. I chose to interview my grandma, Nancy Lang about how she has been working on her geology for the last twenty five years. The entire process taught me a lot of things. First of all, in the beginning, I was a little shy about getting the b-roll I wanted. I let grandma do her thing and I just went with it.When I went back to edit, I realized I didn't have nearly enough, and the shots weren't as good as they could have been. I had to go and reshoot the b-roll, which in the end turned out to be a very good thing. This time, I directed my grandma, while still getting shots that were authentic. This made the story make a lot more sense. In addition, I became a lot better at interviewing with this project. I had to interview two people, my grandma and my grandpa so I had to learn how to get the information I wanted, with out going to far off track. In addition, I became better at coming up with good follow up questions based on the answers I was given. Lastly, this project taught me what to do when things go wrong. When I was doing my interviews, my camera died, so I had to use my phone for the camera and hold it steady while I was conducting the interviews. Overall, this project helped me advance my skills in all areas of Broadcast Technology, and tied the entire semester, everything that we have learned together.
Commitment. Passion. Motivation. Achieve Your Dreams, these six words are the words that I came up with for my six word story, a project that we recently finished in class. For this project we were assigned to create a story using only six words, then film a different shot for each word. What gave me the idea for using these words was all the different dreams and goals that I have set for myself. I also thought that this was a topic that many people my age could relate to, we all have goals for ourselves that we work hard to accomplish. That is how I came up with the second half, "Achieve Your Dreams." With the first three words I wanted to convey what goes into achieving these dreams that we have, and for me in particular it is getting into Stanford University. Thats how I got, "Commitment. Passion. Motivation." Together these words formed my six word story. The shots I used for these six words went in this order, extreme close up, medium (low angle), wide (high angle), medium (in mailbox), extreme close up, close up (low angle). I used these angles and shots to best describe the struggle and effort that comes with achieving your dreams. I used the different angles to highlight the action that was most prominent for that shot. For example, when I put the camera in the mailbox and filmed receiving a letter that way it showed the importance of the letter. In addition, when I did a high angle for the word "motivation", it symbolized the effort that is put into my dream, and how motivation plays a big role. What I really liked about this project was how it forced us to be creative with our word choices, and tell an entire story using only six words. This really pushed me to think and the product was super cool! Overall I really loved this project!
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In class we recently started a new unit, six-word stories. This unit was inspired by Earnest Hemingway, an American author from the 20s. He is most famous for his controversial six word story, "For sale: Baby shoes, Never worn." This six word story is controversial in the way that it was created. Hemingway was at lunch with his friends when he told his friends that he could write a novel in six words. They did not believe him so they made a ten dollar bet. Hemingway proceeded to write these famous words on a napkin, earning his ten dollars. After becoming famous people realized that Earnest Hemingway had worked for the newspaper and that there had been a bunch of different versions of the six word story in years past. For example one that came out in 1906 was, "For sale, baby carriage, never used," this among others were in a news paper edits so it is very possible that he saw these and used them. Although it is controversial, no one will never be known how Hemingway came up with this infamous story, whether it was stolen or not. These 6 small words led to a trend of many famous six word stories. With a broad range of meanings, some of these include, "I asked. You answered with silence," "Found true love. Married someone else," and "It cost too much, staying human."
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