Hello! This is Alaysia here with a few words I'd like to say before I depart. In my final blog of CKTV, I just wanted to give out some necessary thank you's and just reminisce on my time in the class. But first, thank you to all of YOU who actually take the time to read these blog posts! I know I probably don't make much sense most of the time, which I'm sorry about, but thank you for hearing what I have to say. These past three years in the class have truly been an amazing experience. A lot of the opportunities we were faced with wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for the support from our Kaua'i community. I am very thankful for all of your help, especially with our STN trip fundraising. I wouldn't have gotten to go to Orlando, San Diego, Atlanta, and New York without your help. Special mahalo goes out to Uncle Toyo. Uncle Toyo donated iPad's, desktops, and all of the new Macbook Pro's we are so fortunate to use. These pieces of equipment have helped our class so much! Speaking of, Mr. M said we could make a 'last will and testament' to end off the year. To whomever receives Laptop 14, we're now spiritually connected. I hope that our laptop treats you well, being that 14 is a lucky number (and my favorite, too!). Remember in return, treat the laptop with great care and only use it for good! If and when you get the rotating wheel of doom or the beach ball while editing, I wish you luck! I still remember the desktop I used as a sixth grader! I remember once the power went out while we were editing after school on FCP 7 (back when rendering and saving were manual), and a bunch of our projects got reset back. Oh, the beauty in struggle. Furthermore, I met very kind, sweet, and caring people, all whom are just as invested and excited about media as I am. Not many people can say this about their class, so I am lucky that I can. I am proud and so grateful to call the people in the media class, our CKTV Ohana. Thank you to all of my fellow classmates and peers for helping me become a better person and being a great support system. Without this class, I would have never met the great people I call my friends today. Thank you to all of our parents and chaperones out there! Thank you for all of your hard work. Especially towards my parents, thank you for all of the things that I put you through these three years, driving us to interviews, filming, etc. To our chaperones, thank you for dealing with us middle schoolers in the preparation and during the actual STN trip. Again, the trip would not have been possible without you guys! Last, but certainly not the least, the biggest thank you out here goes to our wonderful teacher, Mr. M! It's hard to put into words how great of a teacher you are and the gratitude that I owe to you. No other teacher that I know is as invested, dedicated, and passionate as you are. You put so much work and time into making us and this class, the best it can be. I really appreciate the amount of effort you put in, staying late after school, coming in on weekends, when no one is forcing you to! You have helped shape the person I am today, improving my character. You gave me words of inspiration when I was doubting my work or myself, and you always push us to be the best we can be. Although you can be hard on us, it is only because you want us to strive for greatness. I'll never forget all that you have done for me, Mr. M. Thank you so much! Whether you're a newbie or a returnee reading this, seriously, enjoy your time in the class. Yes, it can be a lot of work sometimes but it's worth it. You can create long lasting friendships, learn lessons that will carry out in life, and create amazing memories along the way. Thank you everyone, and thank YOU again for listening. Goodbye, CKTV.
Hey Everyone! This upcoming week is the last week of this school year. Wow, this year has gone by way quicker than I anticipated. I guess the saying, "Time flies when you're having fun" is true. This will also be the last set of blogs from me which is just as sad as my time in CKTV ending. I'll go over more in this week's reflective response. With school ending just around the corner, summer is coming right back up! For this week's constructive response, I will be talking about three goals I have for this summer to improve in media. Since I am an eighth grader moving onto high school, I won't be in CKTV anymore but I will still talk about some skills that are needed in all classes. To improve, three summer goals I have is to learn more about photography, work on not procrastinating, and to try new things.
One summer goal I have relates more towards media, learning more about photography. I've only recently learned the magic of manually shooting, and it's seriously improved the photos that I take. I've recently got the "nifty fifty" lens last week and so I really want to test out that maximum aperture! I want to learn about how the different settings can achieve different affects. Currently, I only know about how the aperture can create a nice shallow DOF, prompting bokeh in the background. I want to learn more about night, motion blur, long exposure, macro, and other types of photography! I also want to improve in being faster at changing the settings manually. I can read online or watch videos to get more insight on these types of photography. There is so much to learn and I want to use this summer to do so!
Another summer goal I have is to work on stopping procrastinating. Procrastination is a major thing that occurs to me on a daily basis. It affects me not only in media, but in all classes! It's such a terrible habit that I need to break, especially before going to High School. Here in middle school, the teachers aren't that strict in deadlines and they let you turn in your work late without penalty. However, just like in media, at High School you'll receive consequences for late work, and some may not even accept it at all. To improve on stopping this, I will avoid putting off my summer chores and assignments, and instead, do them right away. This summer, I will work on breaking the procrastination habit.
A third goal I have for the summer is to try new things. Usually what occurs during summer breaks is that I fall into a lazy, unproductive state. I stay up until 5am on Netflix, sleep in late, then repeat the whole process. This summer, I want to break that unproductive streak. It's always good to try new things. I want to read more books, learn songs on the piano, go jogging, take more photos, learn to code, learn a language, the list can go on and on! My point is, there is so much that can be done during the break and I want to put that time to use, not to waste. When I joined media in the sixth grade, that was me trying something new. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, but I decided to give it a chance. Fast forward about three years later, and here I am! I love this class! So this summer, I want to use my time trying new things and see if I discover something that I love just as much as CKTV.
To conclude, three summer goals I have are to learn more about photography, stop procrastinating, and to try new things. Let's put this summer break to use. It is in our favor after all. How are you going to spend your summer break? Whatever your answer may be, stay safe and have fun! Well, that's it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Goodbye!
Dear CKTV Students,
Hi, I'm Alaysia. This will be my third year in the CKTV Media Productions class and I can say with upmost confidence that these three years have been the best of my life! Cheesy it may seem, but absolutely true. I have created long lasting friendships, learned lessons both media related and life related, and experienced memories that I'll never forget. Kudos and congratulations to you for making it into such an amazing class led by a great teacher. I hope your time in the class will be fantastic! For this week's constructed response, I will be sharing some advice that I wish I knew when I was a newbie. Give these pieces of advice a listen and hopefully you can avoid mistakes I made during the years!
First off, don't be offended by constructive criticism. After a project was completed and submitted for a grade, we'd usually have a critic session. A critic session is essentially where we watch everyone's videos and critic them. The whole class pitches in on things they liked and things that could have been improved upon. In all honesty, I did not like critic sessions at all. I think I was just nervous about the video that I worked on all quarter, being put on the spot to be judged. It really made me anxious to see all the mistakes I made, played on the big TV and criticized. Even though I knew that the criticism was to my benefit, there was still a part of me that took somewhat offense from it. It wasn't until this year that I realized that you shouldn't be offended be constructive criticism. No one's video in the class will be absolutely perfect. In fact, there is no such thing as a video that is perfect because there will always be something that can be improved upon. If one of the videos you see is really great, guess how it got to be that way; through listening to constructive criticism! Constructive criticism is not made to bring you down, it's to bring your work up to the fullest potential it can be. One of the main reasons why I didn't like critic sessions was because of the embarrassment the mistakes I made, caused. To avoid said embarrassment, do your work ahead of time and ask Mr. M for feedback. Get constructive criticism before your project is due so that you can make it the best it can be. You're more likely to receive a better grade submitting a fifth draft for grading than your first. Although revising (TIAS, script, video, etc) may be tedious, time consuming, and at times, frustrating, know that it's only to make your work better. When working with the feedback from Hiki No during first quarter, we had to revise it a total of four times. Each time we received an email with new feedback, it seemed as if the lists of things to change were just getting longer! This goes to show that there is always more you can do to make your work better. Be open to suggestion. Don't have a closed mindset. Don't have the mindset of "No, this is the way I wanted it and it's better." If you have that mindset, your work will never change for the better. When Hiki No approved the final revision, I could see that the feedback helped improve the overall video, though it may not seem like it at the time. When comparing the fourth revision to the first one, a huge difference in quality was revealed. Thank you to those from Hiki No who helped us by giving us constructive criticism! Constructive criticism also helps in the future. If you remember a piece of feedback from a past project, then you can use that information to help you in future projects, ultimately making it better. The main piece of advice I'm trying to get across is to embrace constructive criticism, be open to it, and learn from it.
My next piece of advice is to learn how to shoot manually early on. Up until only recently, now in the fourth quarter, I have been shooting on AUTO settings. I've never learned how to shoot using manual settings and everyone else used AUTO. I tried to learn how, but it all seemed really complicated and confusing. ISO? F-Stop? Shutter Speed? They were all unknown terminology to me. I decided to go the easy, lazy route and continue to shoot automatically. As far as I knew at the time, I wasn't really missing out on anything; it was just more work. Of this year's fourth quarter I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to see if the rants of how important shooting manually is from people online was true. Sure enough, it was. When you shoot manually, you can control how your shot looks. They always talked about compressing your background in an interview but I could never achieve that look. I now know it was because I was shooting on AUTO. I used the dial on the 60D body as a way to change exposure, in reality, making the F-stop number really high. A high f-stop means more of the frame is in focus. When shooting manually, you can change the F-stop to a low number, creating a shallow DOF, and a really nice compressed background. I'm telling you now, learn how to shoot manually before you instill bad habits of AUTO mode! You'll have much greater options for how you want your shot to look and can be as creative as you want! I did a reflective response post on manually shooting a few weeks back if you'd like to check it out. Learn how to shoot manually so that you can use your knowledge to create creative shots.
Third, don't wait until the pitch party to search for your project ideas; research ahead of time. This goes for all quarters and all types of projects. Usually, there are school breaks/ holidays in between quarters. Use this time to think of project ideas. If you wait until the quarter actually starts, you'll already be behind. Take action and get ahead start in the game. Actually, what I would do is constantly check the Garden Island newspaper daily. While checking the newspaper everyday, you're bound to come across something interesting. When that happens, I write down the topic somewhere where I won't forget. Eventually, the topics will pile up right in time for your pitch party! I usually create TIAS' for each topic, and then pick out the top three. For PSA topics, get a general idea for each category. Watch PSA's as examples, but make sure your ideas aren't the same or too similar! Honestly, PSA ideas come spontaneously. For me, there is no real way to trigger an idea. I got my past idea this year on accident by staring at a board game. When you do think of one, write it down before you forget! Always research and write down project ideas even if you've finished the news stories section of your year; you can use them as back ups, for fourth quarter, or for the next year!
Be open to constructive criticism, learn how to shoot manually early on, and never stop researching project ideas are just three pieces of advice I'm sharing with you today. I may add on more pieces of advice later in the future either onto this post or on the "Resources" page. Of course there are countless more tips I could give you, the obvious of don't procrastinate, but I tried to give some specific pieces of advice that may help you. Just do your best, listen to others, and stay humble and your year in media should be great. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! When watching movies, especially action movies, have you ever noticed how one shot transitions to the next? I haven't really noticed the cut because it was done in a way so smoothly. I've only recently realized this after watching a video on cuts and transitions. For this week's reflective response, I will be talking about that video and its information on how to use cuts and transitions creatively or so that the audience doesn't even notice the cut. The first cut they talk about is cutting on action. This is where the shot changes right when the action starts. Cuts von action usually occur during fighting or chasing scenes but we see them quite often in really simple actions although we may not notice them. The next shot they talk about it the cutaway. The cutaway is an insert shot of something else away from the frame. Sometimes, it could be of something in the same location but totally unrelated. Other times, it can be used to see a person's thinking. The next cut they talked about is cross cutting. Cross cutting is the alternating shots of different locations. In the example they used, cross cuts are used commonly during phone conversations. They also can add tension and drama to the scene. The shot they talked about after that we are familiar with, the jump cut. The jump cut is essentially a cut of the same shot. It's usually used to show change or the passing of time. Although you may think that jump cuts are always a bad thing or a mistake in editing, when used effectively and with purpose, they can be a creative technique. The next cut is similar to the jump cut, but in fact different. The match cut is one of my favorite cuts. It's when they switch to a different shot that has the same composition or action. It's a really cool technique but I think is really difficult to pull off, especially trying to match the composition. Match cuts can be both visual and verbal. In fact, verbal match cuts are common in a lot of comedy skits. Next, I'll talk about transitions. There's the simple fade in and fade out which is pretty self explanatory. There's a dissolve which is also pretty explanatory. You can use dissolves to show time passing by, too. Smash cuts are really sudden and unanticipated. A lot of the times it'll be really quiet then get super loud, or the other way around. It works either way, as long as it's used effectively. Another transition is called the iris. It's where everything shuts to black except for a small hole, exposing the shot. This reminds me of the ending of old cartoons such as Tom and Jerry. Nowadays, you don't often see iris transitions in cinemas. The video continued explaining the different kinds of wipes, again, self explanatory. The next transition discussed is the invisible cut. It gives the idea of a single take, yet it hides the cut when it cuts to black. Editors often hide cuts through different distractions. Whip pans, or fast pans, are used to hide the cut. Cuts are also hidden through the movement of an object in the frame, and leaving the frame. There are also audio cuts. The L-cut is when audio is carried over to the next shot. It's likely that in the next shot, the audio sounds softer, more distant. The J-Cut is where audio from the next scene plays before the scene starts. Many movies combine all of these cuts, and often times than not, we don't even notice them! They're made to seem unnoticeable. Next time while watching a film, concentrate on the types of cuts and the transitions that occur. What kinds can you work into your video? I thought this was an interesting video that was worth a share. It's amazing what editors can do, putting in thought into each cut, instead of just slapping things down into the timeline. I can't embed the video right now and will do so on Tuesday. For now, click https://youtu.be/OAH0MoAv2CI for the link. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Did you know that there is a thing called 360 degree YouTube videos? Well that is what I will be talking about for this week's reflective response. 360 degree video is quite a neat thing and it's exactly as the name is, 360 degree video. I initially discovered this through a vlog of Casey Neistat which was filmed in 360. Apparently, 360 videos have been here since 2015! Depending on your device, you can see the surroundings of the person! If you're on a mobile phone, just move your phone in the direction of where you want to see, and the video will match that area. If you're on a desktop watching YT, drag your mouse in the location of your choosing and the video will sync to there as well. I find 360 videos interesting. I think it'll allow content creators a new way to share their content more creatively. Especially if they are filming something action related such as going on a roller coaster or sky diving, a lot of the viewers will want to see what that's like. If you know of the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard, it's a bit like that. It's almost like virtual reality. You get to see what's around the person that is filming, not just the regular 180 view. However, I think there are certainly some cons. Being that you can see everywhere, there's a high chance that you'll actually miss what the creator intended you to see. If they wanted you to see something that was in the front of the camera but you were looking off to the side or in back, you'll miss it, and you wouldn't know what happened. Also, of course expected, it's a slower playback and disrupts the resolution of the video. Another thing that some of the 360 videos have are spatial audio. Spatial audio is sound that is recorded so that when you listen to it, it's coming from all directions. It's made so that it immerses you in the video, like you're actually there. I think it's a good pair with the 360 visual, almost getting to a virtual reality. Here are some videos I found cool using 360 degree video. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! This month will surely be a crazy one. With only a few more weeks left of school, there is so much being done! Last week Friday was May Day and Makahiki, this week is finals, eighth graders have our EOC and the slideshow, and our projects are due soon! Ahh! For this week's constructed response, I will be giving you an update on our fourth quarter project. To sum it up, I am working with Kaycee Nakashima for fourth quarter and we're doing something a little different. We decided to do a video towards the new media students and returnees that is like a tutorial, do's and don'ts, and a how-to video with comedy mixed in together. Unfortunately, I'd have to say that we are behind schedule for the following reasons.
One reason why we are behind on our project is because we changed project ideas. This year, PSA's were due earlier in the third quarter to give us time to work on our fourth quarter projects, before fourth quarter started. Both Kaycee and I got our PSA's done early, and we chose to create a short film for our project. We started working on it before the STN trip, but it really wasn't going anywhere. When we came back from the trip during fourth quarter, we continued working on it but it was a dead end. We realized that there wasn't much of a story to our idea, and so the whole thing didn't make sense. We were already at the point where TIAS' were due. We decided to do away with that idea and start fresh, putting us behind schedule and at a late start.
Another reason why we are behind on our project is because we didn't finish filming. As you all are aware, the filming deadline was last week Friday. Kaycee and I finished recording all of our voiceovers, but only filmed three scenes. Our script is literally 18 pages long, and so we have a LOT more to film! All of our filming is being done in school using media students as actors. I just counted, and there is 14 scenes total. That means we still have 11 more scenes to film! Plus, it'll be difficult since everyone else in the class has their work to do too, so they might be busy. Kaycee and I really have to film each day this week to make the deadline!
The third reason why we are behind is because of pure procrastination. I'll be honest, we did procrastinate. We got our script approved days after we posted it, yet we only started filming last week. We could have been filming the whole other week, but for some reason we didn't. However, we are editing as we go meaning the day that we filmed we edited it right away. This way, we can kind of combine editing and filming time or basically just not get even more behind.
To conclude, we are behind on our fourth quarter project because we changed project ideas giving us a late start, we didn't finish filming, and because we procrastinated. To meet our deadline this Friday of a first draft, Kaycee and I will seriously need to get everything filmed, and avoid procrastination. I believe if we put our mind to it and are determined, we can get it done. Well, that is it for this week's constructed 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"