During this project we worked on a news package that was very similar to our mobile journalism project, but this time we had to work in school, but we were given much better equipment. I chose to work on this assignment with my friend Josh. Although at times we had "creative differences" I felt it was an overall good choice because he pushed me and I pushed him to get the best possible material. I thought that between this project and the last we made many improvements including, shot stability and interview framing. I think that we could have had more dynamic shots, but i think that the shots we got went well with what the speaker was saying. Over all I had a lot of fun creating this project and I thought It was really cool how much more professional it looks then the last.
This project was one of the coolest and most fun in school project I've ever worked on. In this assignment we were given the job to create a two minute long newscast with six stories with varying topics. Through this assignment we learned how to write like we would read the news (which is much more difficult then it seems) and put it into script format. Along with creating a script we also learned how to read off of the teleprompter and project our voices so we wouldn't look like robots. After learning all of this we went through a series of trials in which we learned that reading the news is not as easy as it looks. I especially learned that good tempo in reading can make or break the way it sounds. Another thing that I could improve on is reading off of the teleprompter more towards the center so it won't look like I'm looking down. This looking down broke my connection with my audience and also caused me to look tired. A final thing that I could improve on is my facial expressions when I am not reading. The reason being is because I did not look happy to be on camera and it distracted from the story being told. Besides all of this I thought I did a good job on the project and I know that it is one I won't be forgetting anytime soon
After weeks of learning and practicing we were sent out into the field to film and edit an interview with an expert. This project was an amazing learning experience for me because I finally discovered what I need to work on and what skills I am already good at. I learned the importance of planning. Not only do you need to know if your subject is available, but any specific requests they might have. I found this out the hard way. I went to the projectionist at Wehrenberg Des Peres. I knew that he would be able to be interviewed, but after he read the employee hand book he informed me that we wouldn't be allowed to record in his office. This meant that the location of the interview was completely irrelevant and that I could't shoot actual B-roll inside of his office. So I couldn't produce something that was actually worth watching and I wasted a lot of time. Eventually I chose to interview my sister and while I thought that it would be boring and not worth watching, using the tips and tricks we learned the final product actually looks visually appealing and I am very proud of it. This product taught me a lot about what broadcast tech was about and I am excited to do more
In the editing lesson we learned many tips and tricks for iMovie on the iPad. Although I would still like to learn much more about video editing, (maybe even using a more complex software) I think that I have a good enough understanding to be able to produce projects. While I understand that I am a long ways away from cable news, I think with determination I might someday get there. All things considered I think editing, while complex, is a skill that just takes repetition and the continual updating of knowledge.
Interviewing is the most essential skill we learned from this unit. In this lesson we learned how to apply the rule of thirds to an interview, we have learned how to phrase questions to get the best answers, and we have learned the definition of a sound bite. The most important thing we learned was how to shoot an interview using the rule of thirds. We were taught that when interviewing a subject you want their eyes on one of the top thirds and their shoulders to be on the base line. This lesson was the most interesting to me and I think it will be an essential skill for the rest of my time in broadcast tech.
In this lesson we learned how to get good natural sound and the impact it has. One of the biggest tips I learned from this was the difference between Nat sound and noise. This tip was how Nat sound adds to the story while noise distracts from it. Its important to keep the differences in mind when recording sound because when you later edit your project you will be glad that you have Nat sound ready to use. When the lesson said Nat sound adds to a story they mean that it gives it character and creates an intriguing atmosphere that draws you in. This lesson was one of my favorites because of how important they proved audio to be in a story.
I this lesson we learned unique shooting rules and tips for creating good news packages. One of the things we learned was the rule of thirds. I personally found this extremely intriguing because of the inexpiable visual appeal it has to everyone. Another thing that was interesting was the guidelines for B-Roll. I liked this strategy because it showed how news packages get the story across. All in all I found this lesson very educational
I have learned that in film and television every action shot has an equal reaction shot. We watched a clip from Britain's Got Talent and we got to see Susan Boyle walk out on stage and be looked upon with disgust but then prove people wrong by singing wonderfully. With every action Susan made we got to see the crowd watch her and steadily become astounded. This is a very interesting study because it shows the two sides of the story the singer, in this case, and her audience. I believe that i have learned a lot from watching Susan perform and the way in which the producers of the show displayed it.
Mojos are the way of the future. With everyday camera phones given advanced software and external technology we can very well predict that the rise of mobile journalism, or mojo for short, will steadily increase as the years go on. This is a very interesting topic because living in a world where we receive information all the time from our phones we now can capture and share information directly from our phones. This is important because it means that more and more people can capture events. Take the recent ware house explosion in China. No big name news program would have ever been able to capture that in time, but anyone with a view and cell phone could easily document the tragedy and aftermath. This was important because it became easier to sympathize with the injured and dead people from the accident. Another reason mojos will change the world is we will get to see more unfiltered material. Some news stations censor their topics to the producers beliefs and interests but with mojos we will get to see a more broad amount of perspective. The final reason mojos will change the world is the amount of material that will be produced. As of now the genres of news are very narrow, but now that mojos are rising we are seeing more broad types of news in all fields. To conclude mojos are very important to society and will continue to be for a very long time.