Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I will be talking about Olelo! This past Wednesday, April 27th, a few students went to Oahu for the Olelo Youth XChange luncheon. I, along with Kaycee, Mia, Nicole, Kirra, Kichelle, and Ikaika, were all finalists in the Olelo Youth XChange contest. Kirra and I were selected for our Passionate Painter story in the Jr. Experts category. There were a total of three finalists for each category. Apparently there were over 900 entries which is cool. I've never been finalist for Olelo so this was a new experience for me. We all met early in the morning at the airport and flew to Oahu. We were on the same flight as some of the Kaua'i High students, some of which are former CKTV students! The luncheon was at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort in a big ballroom with two large screens. The awards ceremony started around ten in the morning, so we were actually served breakfast foods! It was all delicious, especially the bacon! After eating, we sat and awaited the results. Congratulations to Ikaika and Kichelle for winning in the "Taking Assessments Seriously" category with their video, "The Chain Reaction". I absolutely loved their video. It was hilarious. We got to watch the winning videos of other schools. It was interesting to see the ideas of elementary, middle, and high schoolers for each category! Although Kirra and I didn't win, it was a great experience and I'm very grateful to be able to have gone! The winner for the Jr. Experts category was "A Home For Larenzo" by Waianae Intermediate. They told a great story, one of the best I've ever seen, so major kudos to them! To get to the Olelo website, click here. Overall, going to Olelo was fun and a good experience. Thank you Mr. M again for all your hard work in putting this together. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Music plays a big part in each of our lives in unique ways. Whether it be through playing musical instruments, or just having an appreciation for the art, we are all affected somehow through music. The amazing thing about it is that we all have different music tastes and therefore are affected differently. You might not receive the same effect from a song or composition than the person next to you. You could have thought that it wasn't for you, but the person next to you could have loved it and totally be inspired by it! Today, a band called Tunnel 6 visited CKMS and played for us. The saxophonist asked us to tell us what we thought of while they played. Some people said it reminded them of distant friends. Others said it reminded them of their home. For me, I thought of Brooklyn, NY. It made me think of that night where we were out debating where to eat for dinner and some people decided to go to the Ethiopian place. The band then said that the song for them was actually written about an old river back in Canada. We all had different answers yet all of them were valid. The beauty of music is that there is so many different kinds of feelings you can experience just by listening, and it's uniquely tailored to you, and you only! It's this special connection and bond that you as the listener has. You can interpret the song as you'd like–there is no right or wrong. You are free to choose how you feel and your own emotions. For this week's constructive response, I will be sharing with you artists I turn to when I want to feel inspired.
One genre that I definitely turn to for inspiration is Classical. To be more specific, I like classical piano. Most people don't understand my love for classical piano often asking if someone's going to start singing or if there are lyrics to the piece. However, just because there is no singer or lyrics to a piece shouldn't negate to it's power, in my opinion. In this case, I actually think that not having any vocals strengthens the piece. You may be thinking, how can something with no lyrics inspire you? Although some people may think that classical piano is merely soft background music, and while some are, there are other pieces that are very intense. Classical can range from slow to extremely fast tempos, each making you feel a different way. Somehow each time you listen to the same song, you discover something new that you didn't catch the first time. Classical pieces are very complex, full of progressions, variations, and most importantly, emotion. It's amazing what kinds of emotions can be shown in a classical piece. Just one piece can be a combination of so many powerful, overwhelming emotions. My favorite pianists and composers would have to be Frédéric Chopin, Wolfgang Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, and Johannes Brahms. I like Chopin and Beethoven the best, though. Chopin composes very peaceful romantic compositions and loves the use of grace notes. You've probably heard the famous "Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2" and "Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1" but if you haven't, you should give it a listen! I recommend "Waldstein Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major Op. 53", and "Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13/PathéTique Movements" from Beethoven. If you want a very relaxing piece, I recommend the simple Pachelbel's "Canon in D", often played at weddings. For me, classical piano can be very inspiring because of it's ability to make you reflect easily.
Furthermore, an artist I like to listen to is Ed Sheeran. Ed Sheeran is a British singer songwriter with many different genres. I'd describe his music as acoustic pop. Many of you probably are familiar with his latest album, "X", or Multiply. In my opinion, that album really showed off his hip-hop side. The album previous to that, "+", or Plus, was more acoustic folk sounding. Regardless of the genre, I absolutely love his music! Along with his peaceful vocals and his guitar playing, his lyrics are truly beautiful! Though, I think it's not so much as the lyrics itself but how passionate he is as he sings is what makes his music inspirational to me. He really puts his heart and soul into every song. He isn't afraid to try things that may be unconventional or what other artists wouldn't do. Take his song, "Give Me Love" for example. In the bridge of the song he's practically yelling out to the listener in a cry for help. The first time I listened to that song I'll admit, I was kind of in shock. At the time it was a different approach and I've never heard anything like it. But over time, I've learned to appreciate it. If you watch videos of him singing live, you can really feel the music because of all the emotion he puts into it! I recommend "Give Me Love", "I'm A Mess", "Afire Love", "Little Lady", "The A Team", and "Cold Coffee".
The final artist I will be sharing with you is Melanie Martinez. Melanie Martinez is a singer songwriter in what I'd consider the alternative genre. What I love about her songs is that each individual song tells a different story. They are all so dark and meaningful but are all pieces to one big picture. Each song tells a part of the whole album! I thought that was really unique and interesting. Like Ed, her passion and emotion is visible in her songs. To be honest, when I first listened to a song by her, it was a little scary. All of her songs are very sad and gloomy. But as I started to listen to the rest of her album, I started to really enjoy it! Her lyrics in general are inspirational. That may be a bit ironic considering I just said how they were all sad but they were also very beautifully written! I think that's because all of her songs touch up on some serious, sad, topic. They all have a deep story embedded in the lyrics. I recommend, "Mrs. Potato Head", "Dollhouse", "Tag, You're It", and "Mad Hatter".
To conclude, we are all affected differently by music. When I want to feel inspired, I listen to classical piano, and songs by Ed Sheeran and Melanie Martinez. They are all great artists and I hope that you give them a listen! Who do you listen to for inspiration? Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! In my English class, our teacher played us a snippet of a scene from the movie, Freedom Writers. This movie was actually released in 2007, based on a true story from the book, "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them". I thought the small clip she showed us was interesting, so I decided to watch the full movie. For this week's reflective response, I will be talking about the Freedom Writers movie. For last week's reflective response, I wrote about something technical so this week I thought I'd change it up and talk about the story and emotion side of filmmaking. The movie follows the journey of first-time freshman and sophomore English teacher, Erin Gruwell, at Woodrow Wilson High. A few years earlier an integration program was set in place in their school, which is where people from different races are brought together. Set in 1994 in Long Beach, California, the students in her classroom 203 all have been through rough and scary experiences. Many of them were at a grade 5 level reading skill or lower. They didn't know what the Holocaust was or who Homer was. What they did know was that they had to protect their own. There's an unspoken moral code that they all followed by, and the different racial groups in the classroom often erupted in fights and arguments. A lot of them were in gangs, and knew someone who died from gang violence. Some even wore juvenile ankle bracelets. In the beginning, teaching was very difficult for Erin, who is known as Mrs. G. No one listened or respected her because of her light skin color. In an attempt to connect to her class, she assigns a project for each student–to write in a diary each day about anything they'd like. Erin's passion shines through as she goes to full extents, even working two extra jobs, to do everything she can for her students, and instill liberality and desire into them. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I've never read the book before, but it seems like something I'll read in the future. The movie left you with a heart warming, inspiring, and ambitious feeling in the end. In the start of the movie, it's almost as though you can really connect with Erin. You can really feel her struggle trying to teach kids who don't want to learn. I think one of the best things in this movie is the acting. As far as I know, they didn't use any of the real people from class 203 in the movies, but they used actors. I felt that the actors did them justice. It seemed really authentic and genuine. I also liked how we got to see in the lives of the students, not just Erin's life. Overall, if you love a good dramatic, feel-good movie, I'd recommend the "Freedom Writers". I'll embed the trailer below. If you have the time, check it out! Also, be cautioned as this is a PG-13 movie, with a mild use of profanity. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading!
George Bernard Shaw once said, "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." Making mistakes is the only way to learn from them and not make them again. Sometimes, mistakes is our best teacher because it makes us know to avoid doing the same wrong thing again. For this week's constructive response, I will be talking about my three mistakes I have made and the things I have learned from them.
One mistake I made was being irresponsible with my phone. This occurred sometime during last year's County Fair. I went on the Super Sizzler ride with a bunch of my friends. If you don't know what that ride is, essentially you are held in by a lap bar and are spun around quickly, with the person on the end being smashed from the speed and the other people. I had just gotten my phone a few months earlier, so it was considerably new. I sat at the end of the cart, where you'd be squished, and didn't think and kept my phone in my pocket. I'm assuming you can guess what happened next. My phone screen got shattered and it wasn't a very pretty sight. Moreover, a few months later I was going jogging and I let go of my phone accidentally and it cracked even more! Basically, the mistake in this is me just being plain irresponsible and not careful. Since then, I have now been pretty cautious of how I treat my new phone. So far, I haven't had any drastic terrors happen to it (unless I've just jinxed myself)!
Another mistake I made was not testing my equipment before going out to film. This happened last year in seventh grade during second quarter when I was partnered with Herenui. We were in the midst of our second quarter project, a news story on a restaurant named Lanakila Kitchen. I rushed while packing equipment and didn't take the time to actually test it. I figured I'd test my luck and hope that they were good. Well, my luck was not very good. We stayed at the restaurant and filmed an interview with our central character, and shot hours of b-roll. We spent quite a while there, and by the time we left, felt pretty good about all the footage we shot. I didn't even bother to check the footage before we left. The run down is that all of the footage we had just spent hours shooting, did not have any audio. The most important interview, the one with our central character, did not have any sound, nor did any of the b-roll sequences. This one big mistake led to us being behind on our project which brought on a lot of stress and worry. Because I failed to check the equipment, I wasted everyone's time and had to embarrassingly ask them for an interview again. The lesson I learned was to always check your equipment no matter what! It only takes a few minutes and can save you from a lot of stress and bad footage.
The last mistake I am going to talk about is not practicing enough for band. This is a mistake that I make out of laziness. Laziness kills productivity, and eventually, success. Currently, our band is practicing in preparation for the spring concert in May. We are playing five songs so practicing is very important in order for our whole band to sound great. We added on the fifth song just recently, and I hadn't spent much time practicing that. In class a few weeks ago, Ms. Tochiki asked the clarinets who played part one to play their part. I, along with only two other clarinets had part one. I didn't practice enough and I couldn't play the part, or at least well. I sounded terrible! It was pretty embarrassing considering you could clearly hear all my mistakes, and so did the rest of the class. I'm sure that I disappointed Ms. Tochiki and my classmates. Another experience actually occurred today at a rehearsal for Honor band. We just got our music maybe last week Thursday or Friday and today was our first rehearsal. In my opinion, the music is quite difficult. There is a lot of complicated rhythms, notes, and tempos. I spent time practicing it, trying to get it right. I didn't practice enough though, because when I attended the rehearsal today, I could not keep up with the band and ultimately made them sound bad. I learned that in order to sound good, I need to practice not until I get it right, but until I can't get it wrong. I need to stop being lazy, stop procrastinating, and just do it!
In conclusion, three mistakes I made were being reckless with my phone, not testing equipment, and not practicing enough for band. Though all of my mistakes led to bad consequences, they all taught me valuable lessons. I had to make those mistakes in order to know not to make the same mistake again! By embarrassing myself by not knowing my part in band, I learned that I needed to practice so I wouldn't experience it again. To conclude, although the consequences from our mistakes can be negative, you'll always get new knowledge of what to and what not to do in the future! That's it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
It's already fourth quarter and we are in the midst of our projects. What's so unique about the fourth quarter is that you have the option and the ability to create whatever you want. You have the freedom to do as you please, and you can let your creative juices flow. I always like seeing how everyone's fourth quarter projects turn out because they are all so different in their own ways. It displays how much we have learned throughout the year, and for some of us, will be our final project of CKTV. Currently, we are in the process of getting our scripts done, so many of us have not started filming quite yet. For this week's reflective response, I will be sharing with you how to shoot manually, the effect of different lenses, and how to use your lens creatively to tell a story. In the media class, only a few people shoot on manual mode, when we should all be. I am also guilty of shooting on AUTO. I've just always found AUTO more convenient and simpler, but at what price? A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to learn how to manually shoot, setting your ISO, shutter speed, and your aperture. I've tested it taking still photos, and the difference between the AUTO photo and the one I set myself, is pretty big. There's so much you can do when you shoot on manual. You can actually change how the photo looks whereas on AUTO what you see is what you get. Though I still need lots of practice manually shooting, it's something worth trying if you want a better shot. If you do choose to go the manual route, you first need to change your settings. If shooting with a Canon DLSR such as a 60D, go under your menu, movie exposure, and change it from AUTO to Manual. The image below is what it should look like.
The three main factors in shooting manual is your aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.
The aperture controls how much light enters in the camera and your DOF, or your Depth of Field. The unit your aperture is measured in are called F-Stops. If you have a low f-stop number, more light will enter and you will have a more blurry background. If you really want a cinematic, compressed look, go with a low f-stop number. Lower aperture numbers also can create a look called the bokeh effect. Many of you know what this is, but not the term name for it. It's the little blurry circles in the background when your shot is really compressed. You may want to use a low f-stop when you want to achieve a dreamy or romantic feeling, or if you're shooting an extreme close up and want the audience to focus on one specific thing. A lot of the times, we all strive to get a really blurry background that a low f-stop number would get. We overuse close-ups and zoom in to get that effect instead of shooting manually, which ends up in taking the emotional effect that close-ups are used for, away. When shooting a shot like that, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Sure, it looks good, but does it actually help your story make sense? In the video below from Simon Cade/DSLR Guide, he mentions this example. If you're shooting a movie about a zombie apocalypse, it wouldn't really make sense to use that dream-like low aperture. Sometimes you need to really think little things like these. Going along with that example, so you don't want to use low aperture, then what do you use? Higher aperture numbers do the opposite of low f-stops. The camera lets in less light, and you will have a sharper background. High f-stop numbers work well when you're shooting a landscape or just a wide shot in general. Many times, your camera doesn't know where to focus on in a very wide shot. When shooting on AUTO, it'll end up focusing on one little bit of your frame, and the rest a little out of focus. If you want your whole shot sharp, use a high f-stop number. To change and adjust your aperture on Live Shooting mode (what you are shooting is visible on the LCD screen), hold down the AV + - and spin the dial on a Rebel camera (T2i, T3i..) or just spin the back wheel on a 60D. Also, the type of lens you use effects how low or high your aperture can go. Look around the ring of your lens (when looking directly into the camera lens, to see your aperture boundaries. Most of the lenses on the 60d's are 18-200 lenses which go from 3.5 to 5.6, the same as kit lens. Some of the T2i's and one of the 60d's use 18-135 lens, has the same 3.5 to 5.6 boundary. However, if you look in the closet near the Rebels, we have 50mm fixed lenses that go down to f/1.8 - f/22! The only downside is that its fixed, meaning you cannot zoom.
ISO controls your exposure. Higher ISO brings in more light and lower ISO brings in less light. However, there are bad things that come with higher ISO. A High ISO like 1600, 3200, and 6400 although brighter, will bring in a significant amount of noise. You can tell the digital noise when it's obvious that your shot is grainy. If you're confused what I mean, think about it like this. Whenever you've tried to take a photo with your phone in the night, your shot has those weird specks in the darkness and 9 times out of 10, the shot doesn't turn out all that great. Your phone camera tried to make up for the darkness, resulting in the grain. Same thing happens with DSLRs. Be careful when shooting with a high ISO, it may result in a lot of grain. When using a low ISO like 100 or 200, you have a darker picture, but not much grain.
The shutter speed effects the exposure and controls the amount of blur in your shot. If you have a low shutter speed number like 1/60, you'll get more light but your subject may be blurry. If you have a higher shutter speed number like 1/800, you'll have less light but possible a sharper subject. If you're shooting action shots (or sporting events), you're probably going to want a high shutter speed to capture the action. Or if you want to try out night astrophotography, use a low shutter speed. Also make sure you're always using a tripod, you can prevent some blur.
Now you know about aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to manually shoot. To recap:
Lower number aperture = more light and a blurrier background /
Higher number aperture = less light and a sharper background
Lower ISO = less light / Higher ISO = more light
Lower shutter speed = more light but your subject may be blurry /
Higher shutter speed = less light but possibly a sharper subject
However, these are three factors and they all play in hand and hand. You have to mess around with all three of them to get your perfect shot. Try it out above. Manual shooting can provide better shots than opposed to AUTO, so practice at it! I know I will! That's it for this week's reflective response. Thanks for reading! Bye!
According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the phrase "Comfort Zone" is defined as "a place, situation, or level where someone feels confident and comfortable". For me in particular, I'm not one who likes change or trying new things, so leaving my comfort zone isn't really something I often don't do. For this week's constructive response, I will be sharing with you three experiences in which I have left my own comfort zone. Three times that I went out of my comfort zone was at the Matilda workshop, riding the Hulk, and going on the Tower of Terror.
One experience where I was pulled out of my comfort zone was at the Matilda workshop during our 2016 STN trip. On one of the days in New York, our class went to a dancing and singing workshop to learn one of the dances from the broadway show, Matilda. We went to the workshop during the day because we were going to watch the actual show later that night. First, the lady there taught us how to sing the song. Being that I have the voice of a dying cat, I wasn't very good at it. I absolutely dread attempting at singing because of this, so this definitely put me out of my comfort zone. After learning how to sing the song, we were taught the dance moves. Another known fact is that I cannot dance. I am seriously really uncoordinated so this was pretty interesting as well. I struggled learning the dance moves, and I kept forgetting them as we went along. I have Kolten, Mia, and Herenui to thank for being good at the dance so that I could copy off of them. Despite me being very bad at singing and the dance moves, I had fun. I wasn't all that embarrassed because I was surrounded by all my friends who were doing the same things. Overall, even though I was really bad at singing and dancing the song, I had fun being around my friends. It was also cool seeing the dance on stage later that night, though, I'm certain that singing and dancing isn't for me!
Another experience that got me out of my comfort zone was riding rollercoasters during my first STN trip to Florida. Before the trip, I wasn't really one who liked rollercoasters that much, so this really got me out of my comfort zone. We went to Hollywood Adventures, Epcot, Universal Studios Island of Adventures and Universal Studios. At the Island of Adventures, I rode the Amazing Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the Dragon Rollercoaster. I really hesitated before going on the Hulk. I think that was the first rollercoaster I rode on the trip. Again, I wasn't much of a rollercoaster person, and the Incredible Hulk kind of scared me in the beginning. The ride is designed to make a sound like the Hulk's roar as you ride it which is a bit intimidating. What was even more intimidating was all the 100 feet high loops! Still to this day I don't know of an attraction with a larger quantity of high loops. I think I was just scared of going backwards on the loops to be honest. I decided to force myself to go on it and despite being full of trepidation in the beginning, I actually really enjoyed it. What makes the situation ironic is that the loops were my favorite part and I decided to go on the ride for a second time! I loved the Hulk and it became one of my favorite rides there, and it made me go on all the other roller coasters on the trip.
A third experience that got me out of my comfort zone was going on the Tower of Terror. If you read my blogs, you'll know that I talk about the Tower of Terror a lot. I have a large fear of heights and the feeling of falling, which doesn't add up to a good decision of going on the Tower of Terror. Going on the Tower of Terror got my out of my comfort zone for my fear of heights and falling. If you don't know the ride I'm talking about, it's basically where you sit in seats in an elevator shaft, strapped down by only a car-like seatbelt, and the shaft goes 200 feet up to the top and it just falls continuously down. Because of the gravity change, your body is flown up to the ceiling with only the belt keeping you from hitting it. Even though it's a straight up and down ride, I really didn't like the feeling it gave you. While a lot of people just loved it, I on the other hand, had a terrible time. This is one experience where going out of my comfort zone wasn't a very good idea. The only thing I learned was that I still have the fear of heights and falling. If had the choice, I probably would not go on that again.
To conclude, three times that I've left my comfort zone is at the Matilda workshop, riding the Hulk, and going on the Tower of Terror. Of the three, I had fun on the first two, but I've learned that I continuously am not good at signing and dancing and have not conquered my fears of heights or falling. Sometimes we all need to go out of our comfort zones no matter how much you don't want to, because it's how we find out if something is or isn't for you. For example, going on the Hulk was something that I originally didn't really want to do, but at the end, it opened up the window for me to have fun on so many other rides. Well, that's it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! For those of you who watch Louis Cole, known as 'FunForLouis' on YouTube, the phrase, "Live The Adventure" may seem familiar. For this week's reflective response, I will be sharing with you a video from the channel FunForLouis on Youtube. FunForLouis is a channel that follows the life and adventures of Louis Cole. He is a daily vlogger who is very brave and bold, and loves traveling the world and trying new things. The video I will be sharing with you today is a montage of his whole year of 2015. Let me just say, he really puts the 'adventure' in "live the adventure'! In the video, he included clips from every individual vlog, and edited it all into one, stating the month and the location. He's an excellent photographer, and I just loved all the shots. However, what I liked the most about this video was how it was edited. Louis and his friend, San, really did a great job editing. It must have been difficult to have so much footage, over 300 clips, and compose it all together. Not to mention picking out those specific clips in the first place! I really liked how they timed every shot to the beat of the music. I think it was a great choice in music, too. It wouldn't really match to have a lot of shots of exciting things, with slow music in the background. It's really fascinating all the unique experiences that Louis went through, all in just one year. I'm happy that he vlogged daily to share all of his adventures with us! This video was really captivating and kept my attention the whole time. I'm not sure if it was because of the great shots, or the excellent editing, or just the really interesting things happening. I think it is probably all of the above. That's when you know you've really achieved at making a successful video! Please do watch the video below, it's pretty fantastic! Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! You can go to Louis' YouTube Channel by clicking here. Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! From today, it has been one full month since we left for the 2016 Student Television Network trip. This STN trip we went to Atlanta, Georgia for the convention, then to NYC in New York for site seeing. Thank you again chaperones and Mr. M for making this trip so great! None of it would have been possible if it wasn't for all your hard work. This trip was so much fun. I really got to bond with all my classmates and become closer with them. I made better friendships and learned a lot. I truly created great memories. For this week's constructed response, I will be sharing with you my top three STN 2016 moments. Being that I had so much fun, it's hard to choose just three moments. If I had to narrow it down, the top three moments of this year's STN trip was the convention, the 9/11 memorial museum, and ice skating while it snowed in Central Park.
One of my top three moments from the trip is the STN convention. This year, I was on the Convention Recap team with Kaycee. This was a new competition at STN so we really didn't know what to expect. I actually really enjoyed Recap. I found it fun to be able to creatively create a video that expresses what STN truly is. Part of the convention recap competition is to show all aspects of the convention. A lot of our filming time was waiting near the submit boxes. We filmed participants turning in their flash drives as the deadline arrived. It was so heartbreaking to see many people being so close, and not getting their entry in by just one second. The competition itself really taught me about the importance of time management to meet your deadline. Also, we got to meet, compete, and learn from other students interested in media production. I thought that was just amazing. My favorite part about the convention would have to be the closing ceremony though. I loved the energy coming from the left section where all the Hawaii schools sat. I felt true Hawaii pride and proud to be representing Hawaii! Even though winning is just icing on the cake, I am very proud of all my friends and classmates for trying their hardest, and the results from the ceremony showed that it payed off!
Another top moment from the trip was visiting the 9/11 memorial museum. 9/11 was a very tragic and sad part in our nation's history. The museum we went to had a great exhibit. The exhibit consisted of three chapters, before, after, and the day of 9/11. The whole exhibit was utterly heartbreaking and really sad. All the artifacts and material in the museum was really heavy, but it is important to remember and learn about what happened. Going to the museum taught me about what really happened in the attack, and caused me to have a newly profound gratitude towards the honorable heroes that helped in 9/11. Many people joined together, united, to help those in need. Overall, it was such a sad and memorable museum, and I really enjoyed learning from it.
My greatest moment from the trip is ice skating in Central Park while it snowed. This is probably my most favorite memory from the trip. I loved this day. We were in Central Park skating, having just come back from Chelsea Piers. This was the second time we went ice skating, so I actually improved at it! I only fell four times, as opposed to the over 20 the initial time. This time, almost the whole class made it. Most of us were still getting the hang of it, and we all helped each other up when we fell. Our CKTV Ohana really showed through. I remember the ice was slippery, and they played one of my favorite songs, Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars on the speaker. We were all ice skating in groups and everything was just right. We had to get off the ice for about 30 minutes or so so they could resurface the ice rink with the Zamboni. I wasn't really cold then, even though it was quite cold. I think it was because I was full of adrenaline. Anyways, I went inside, and got a cup of hot chocolate. When I returned outside with my hot cocoa, it started snowing! I've never seen snow or been in snow for that fact, so this was quite a sight. Everyone in the class got really excited and we were all thrilled that it was snowing. I went ice skating in New York with all of my best friends, while it snowed. This was one of my best moments.
In conclusion, this was the best STN trip I've experienced. My top three moments would be the STN closing ceremony, visiting the 9/11 memorial museum, and ice skating in Central Park while it snowed. Unfortunately, many of us got sick, but we made the most of it. Thank you again, Mr. M and chaperones! I appreciate all your hard work for making this trip great. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! I have recently gotten addicted to this TV show on Netflix called Lost. It's one of the most thrilling and action packed TV show I've ever seen. Every episode leaves you hanging, wanting to know more. They just love cliffhangers! Lost is about a very diverse group of people who were in a plane crash. Their plane from Sydney to Los Angeles went 1000 miles of course, and crashed on a peculiar island. When I say peculiar, I mean very mysterious and strange. This island in the middle of the South Pacific has polar bears. These passengers are stuck on the island, with no planes or rescue parties searching for them. The plot and story line are told through flashbacks of each of the characters past and how they got on the flight. It follows their struggle for survival on the island. I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that. Fun fact, the show was actually filmed on Oahu! Being that, It's one of the most expensive TV shows to be filmed! I read somewhere that the Pilot (the first episode) alone cost over $14 million dollars! Being a show full of drama and action, a lot of the shots in this show are moving. The camera follows the character running through the jungle. It's pretty interesting how they can still keep the character in focus even while the camera is moving so quickly. During these running scenes, there is action music in the background. I think that's a big part of what makes it so exciting; the music. Overall, I think the best part of this TV show is the suspense of the plot. It's the great writing that I love so much. Lost was created in 2004 and lasted up until 2010. It's on Netflix too if you'd like to watch it. Well, that's it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Can you believe it? It's already fourth quarter! Time has gone by so quickly. It seems like first quarter was only a little while ago. Sadly, my time in CKTV is coming to an end. That being, let's make the best of it! Also, I'd like to add a big thanks to Mr. M and our awesome chaperones! They worked really hard keeping us safe, healthy, and having to be around us the whole 2 weeks! I had a great time on the trip, so extra thanks to Mr. M for taking all the time to plan everything out! I really appreciate all that you do for me and the class! For this week's constructive response, I will be listing out three goals I have for the new quarter. For fourth quarter, I want to do my blogs earlier, meet my project deadlines, and show Mr. M multiple drafts of our video.
One of my goals this quarter is to do my blogs earlier. I have formed a terrible habit of doing my blogs on Sunday. I am the worst procrastinator and I always wait until the last minute to write my blogs. I don't know why though, because blogs are fairly simple to write. My goal is to post my blogs on Saturday at the latest. To do this, I have to start on my blogs earlier. Instead of waiting, I could start writing during the week rather than on the weekend. An obstacle that can get in the way is being busy or just lazy. Laziness is terrible. You can waste a lot of time by being unproductive from laziness.
Another one of my goals this quarter is to meet my project deadlines. By project deadlines, I mean the deadlines we set up in our planners. It's crucial that we do not procrastinate especially in the fourth quarter. This is the last project that I will be working on in CKTV, so lets make it great! In order to do that though, I have to follow the project deadlines. These deadlines will keep me and our project in order and on schedule. Some obstacles that can get in the way is again, laziness that leads to procrastination or writers block. To get over these obstacles, I have to stop being lazy and just do the work!
A third goal of mine for the quarter is to show Mr. M multiple drafts of our fourth quarter project. This kind of goes along with my previous goal. Multiple drafts are important so that we can get feedback and know how to make it better. Like Mr. M says, you can never create a perfect video on the first draft. This is why we need to create multiple drafts, so that we can keep on improving each time. An obstacle that can get in the way is procrastination. It is common that a lot of the times people don't have enough time to show multiple drafts because of procrastination. So this third goal of mine is to make time and create drafts to show.
To conclude, three goals of mine is to do my blogs earlier, meet project deadlines, and show Mr. M multiple drafts. If you've noticed, the common thread in obstacles is avoiding procrastination and laziness. That is the key thing I have to do in order to meet these goals. Well, that is it for this week's constructive response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"