I'm sure you will hear this in everyone's blog but, NEVER EVER EVER PROCRASTINATE! Yes, I admit, procrastination can be and is very tempting, (especially when you have wifi!) but you have to remember, you can do something productive, and get work done. You see, procrastination is just like a snowball effect. Everytime you procrastinate, the work builds up and more work is stacked on and on, progressively ending up with a big snowball of work. Once you break your habit of procrastinating, your life will be so much easier and stress-free, not only in media, but throughout the rest of your life-in anything, really.
Going with no procrastinating, use your time wisely! All projects have due dates and deadlines, and Mr. M even makes our lives easier by setting markers in our planners! Be productive, stay on track, and concentrate (and don't procrastinate!) and you should be able to follow through with your markers. Think ahead! Find multiple ideas, choose your best one and have a back-up just in case your first one doesn't work out, and so you won't just be stuck there thinking, "now what do I do?"; it just wastes time. After you have a strong idea, and make sure it's an idea you can carry out now, get it approved and start working on your shot list or script! It's always best to start early and get ahead rather than being late. And during class, if you have nothing to do (assuming your radios & projects are done) do something productive with your time instead of being unproductive and doing nothing for the whole period. Class time is Precious time! Remember that! In your spare time, do your blogs! If you're already done with 2 of them, start writing reflective responses for next week! You could even help other people and lend a hand.
Another piece of advice is to be honest. Honesty is very important, not only in this class, but also in life! Be a candor [divergent reference] and tell the truth right away if you've lost something or have broken something, and even I'm critique sessions! Don't try to hide anything, because all it is, is you gaining guilt and losing trust. And trust is a big thing in this class. If Mr. M doesn't trust you, or if your classmates don't trust you, it'll be an awkward and uncomfortable school year. So just tell the truth, because lying doesn't benefit yourself anything.
If you don't understand something or if you're confused, ASK! Feel free to ask me, Mr. M, or anyone in the class for help! We are all an Ohana and need to help eachother out. If you don't ask, you won't be benefiting yourself or your knowledge. Don't be embarrassed or shy! If you ask, you will learn more, thus, doing better. And you never know if your gonna return next year and have to teach another student, but you won't know how because you didn't ask!
Always listen. When Mr. M or a guest or a classmate is speaking, listen to what they have to say. Most times it'll be very important and significant, and will help you throughout media and with your projects. At STN, listen to what the people in the breakout sessions say. They are professionals. For example, I learned this lighting trick in one of my breakout sessions at STN by listening closely and being attentive to what they say, and it has helped me especially with my fourth quarter project! And in our little critique sessions, listen to what Mr. M and your classmates say! Don't get hurt or offended, because all it is, is advice to improve. But make sure you actually take their advice and make a difference, for the better now!
Don't be shy. Be outgoing and make friends! I was like really shy in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters but now I'm not afraid to speak up! It's really important to get along with one another and be friends because there are very likely chances that you'll need their help whether it's support, acting, or advice on your project!
Be punctual. Be early and never late to anything really. Because if you're late, not only is it a bad reputation, but it's also disrepsctful to other people's time. You'll also miss out on important information!
And just some small advice...NEVER EVER use CKTV tripod 8. Justice and I learned that the hard way while working on our fourth quarter projects. The head is very shaky, thus, making the shot shaky. Well, all I'm saying is check your equipment before you check it out. Check your tripod (check if it's sturdy, and ALWAYS check if it has it's shoe), get extra batteries for your camera and for your mics, make sure you have room on your SD card and also grab some extra SD cards just in case it gets full (trust me, it actually happens), and other equipment too. This goes for any other piece of equipment too; not just tripods and cameras. Make sure the mic is working properly, bring the laptop charger, etc..
Annnnndddd that was all words of advice I could give you! This media class can be very difficult and challenging (but also very fun) so you have an advantage by getting this 'heads up'. Thanks for reading my blog! As I said before, this week and next week I will only be posting one assigned blog. Oh and did I mention next week is the last week of school? Meaning, it'll also be my last blog of my first year of media! Bye!