Hey Everyone! As October and Halloween is coming up, I thought I'd change it up a bit. If you love horror and scary films, you're in luck! For this week's reflective response, I'll be sharing with you a short film called, "TELL". This short film was directed, shot, and edited by Ryan Connolly, whom you probably are familiar is as the host of Film Riot on YouTube. Anyways, this short is probably the most intense short film I've ever watched. It is about a man named Taylor who murders his girlfriend out of pure rage and blames it on his friend who 'told him to do it'. As he tries to clean up his mess and avoid the aftermath, he is haunted by his girlfriend's image and his clouding paranoia. However, this short film is a bit of a long one, about 30 minutes long, so if you'd like to watch it, I'll embed it below. If you do choose to watch it, you can read my commentary under the video.
So, you've watched the short film, and I hope you felt somewhat scared throughout the course of it, I know I did. Horror films in my opinion, seems like one of the hardest films to create. You have to make the audience scared, and keep them on the edge of their seat, emerged in the action, wanting to know what happens next, but also not wanting to know what happens next. I feel that this short film meets all of that. It was intense, but kept a good pace. It let us know about what kind of character the antagonist was, and gave us enough information before the film went on to its next action. However, did you notice that this horror film was shot through the antagonist's perspective? I thought this was quite unusual and unorthodox, but resulted well. The acting was fantastic. I could clearly see the antagonist's emotion. I could see his rage during the argument between his girlfriend, and his anger and frustration when his friend hung up the phone. I could see his anxiousness, his fear, his paranoia when he was haunted with his dead girlfriend's image. His performance was very believable, so convincible that I forgot that he was just acting. The lighting in each shot was very well lit. Most horror films are lit dark, radiating a mysterious atmosphere. This short is a good example of that. In the film, it was night, and they had most of their lights off in the house. I wonder how they managed to get each shot well composed, while avoiding the grain from the darkness! This film kept me attentive, and frightened at times. Especially at around 13 minutes, where the film introduces its first jump scare. The scene intensifies, and then suddenly scares you with the girlfriend in the mirror. The house had a lot of mirrors from what I could tell, and they used the mirrors creatively in their shots. I wonder how they managed to get a bunch of their mirror and reflection shots. Do they just strategically place the camera where you can't see the camera's reflection? Or do they edit it out in post somehow? The cinematography was great. I noticed that there were lots of different angles throughout the video, and quite a lot of shots without a tripod that looked handheld. I think this worked for the film, giving it a more of uneasy and tense look. Lastly, I'll talk about the music. There was music throughout the film, building up suspense and anxiousness. It really helped set the frightening mood of a horror film. Overall, the short film, "Tell", had great acting, fantastic lighting, good cinematography, and great music to tie it all together. I don't normally like horror films, but for this one I will make an exception because of how great it is. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! The last week of the quarter is coming up, and so is the STN, or the Student Television Network, Fall Challenge! If you don't know what the fall challenge is, it's kind of like the STN convention. It's a 6 day competition where a small team of up to four students work together to create a news/feature story, or a PSA, which is a new category this year. It seems really difficult, and I think I'd like to try it out this year. For this week's constructed response, I will be sharing three reasons why I'd like to take part in the fall challenge. I'd like to do the STN Fall Challenge because I want to be challenged, I've never done it before, and because it's good preparation for the convention.
The first reason why I'd like to do the Fall Challenge is because I would like to be 'challenged'. This year, the challenge will be from October 16th to the 21st. By the looks of it, I think this is during a school week. By then, we would have started on our second quarter projects and have work from other classes. I have heard from past students who have done the challenge, that they stay up until midnight, working on their stories, using up their time wisely. As this seems stressful and hard, it is always good to challenge yourself. It tests your limits, and it makes you work under pressure and under a time restraint. Many people, including myself, tend to panic under pressure, and especially while on a deadline. However, that isn't very good, or helpful to your teammates. So by challenging myself, I can try to work on staying calm to meet the challenge.
The second reason why I'd like to do the Fall Challenge is because I have never done it before. Last year, I wasn't on island for the challenge, so I wish I've chosen to try to do the challenge when I was in sixth grade. Being that I have not done the challenge before, it will be a very new and learning experience. With every project you've ever created, you learn that you could have done something better, and essentially, you are given knowledge so that you can learn from your mistakes the next time. If I participate in the challenge, I can receive more constructive criticism to better my future work. Also, since I am an eighth grader, it is my last year in CKTV. I'd like to try the challenge because I am given the opportunity now.
The third reason why I'd like to do the Fall Challenge is because it is good preparation for the STN Convention. As I mentioned in the beginning, the Fall Challenge is similar to the convention. It will force you to work in a group with others, cooperating and collaborating to get a good story cranked out under a time limit. Maybe you might disagree or have different ideas, but you need to compromise and learn to work together. This is just like what will happen at the convention. I'd like to try the Fall Challenge because it prepares you for what the convention will be like.
In summary, I'd like to take part in this year's STN Fall Challenge because I want to challenge myself, I haven't done it before, and because it is a good preparation for the STN Convention. The Fall Challenge, although seemed stressful and hard, also seems like fun and very helpful. Whether I'll be put on the team or not, I hope you all take a chance to try it if you want to. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be sharing with you a really inspiring video from Vimeo I watched called, "Exploration". This video is a NASA Cinespace submission from Ryan J Thompson. The video is about the history of mankind as we learned and discovered more about Astronomy and celestial bodies around Earth. As always, I suggest you watch the video first before reading on.
Pretty neat, right? I hope the video left you feeling inspired, as it did to me. I think you'll agree with me when I say that video was beautiful, and absolutely stunning. The thing I liked most would have to be the VFX, or the visual effects, and the music. It must have been a challenge for the creator the mix in old footage with new shots, because of the visual difference. However, I think they did a great job with that. I especially liked how instead of recording voice-overs explaining the history, they decided to have the narrator be from a speech from JFK (John F. Kennedy). It really added to the emotional feel and the mood of the video. There was so much passion in the speech, and I don't think a voice-over could ever match that. The speech was mixed in with motivating music. I think that using the music that they chose was such a good idea, and it really drew the audience in. What I first noticed when I watched the video was its VFX. Of course they didn't film the new footage in space, it wouldn't be possible. Instead they used visual effects, and I their visual effects were breathtaking. It looked so authentic and realistic, and it made me feel like I was there too. It must have taken them a long time to get each shot to look like that. On the last note, I'm going to leave you with this video, the VFX Breakdown because I thought it was very interesting to see the process of creating each shot!
Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! I hoped you enjoyed these two videos as much as I did! It was interesting to see how far mankind progressed. I in particular thought it was pretty cool since the 8th graders are learning about astronomy and it's history right now. Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Hope all is well. Quite often we find ourselves jumping to conclusions, assuming something that you hadn't really experienced yet, but guessing anyways. We do this a lot when learning something new. In some cases, this can lead to something good. But in most situations, we realize we were wrong, and start to rethink our opinion. For this week's constructed response, I will be sharing with you a time that I jumped to conclusions and thought something would be easy, but resulted it was not. This situation was about my first time creating a PSA, or a Public Service Announcement. I thought they would be easy, but I quickly found out that I was wrong.
In the process of creating my first ever PSA in sixth grade, I thought, "Wow, this will be pretty easy. It's much shorter than a news story." I thought that it'll be really simple to make, just film a couple of shots, then place it in order in post. You wouldn't have to call people or do interviews, or anything else for that fact. Plus, the shot list wouldn't be that long, I mean it's only 30 seconds. While it is true that the length of a PSA is shorter than a news story, that 30 second duration doesn't define its difficulty. Sure, it's only 30 seconds worth of space to fill, but then again, it's only 30 seconds worth of space to fill. You have that short amount of time to get a message across to the audience, to make them continue a healthy habit, or to make them stop a negative one. You only have 30 seconds to change their style of thinking, or at least place an idea for them to think about.The lesson to take away from this is that you shouldn’t jump to conclusions that a video will be easy to make based off of how short, or long, the duration is.
First, it was the matter of having an idea. During the fall break prior to the third quarter, I brainstormed an idea. An idea, one. That's where I made my first mistake. I thought just because I had one idea brainstormed, I was set. I was ready to go, I was ahead, and it would all be easy from there on out. After my idea wasn't approved during the pitch party, I realized I was in quite a predicament, and that it was not easy at all. Always brainstorm as many ideas as you can, and get backups. I learned that the idea was the hardest part of it all. The idea had to be original, and clever. I looked up to the well known PSA's, "Angry Words" and "Try Again" created by former CKTV student, Lia Yamasato. Today, my opinion remains the same, those PSA's are so creative and will always be an inspiration. But as I was saying, I had no idea, literally, for what I was going to do about my PSA. Inspiration didn't come easy, and I found it really difficult to think of something creative. At first I just assumed that, again, it was only 30 seconds worth of footage, so the idea didn't need to have a lot of depth. While the best videos come from simple ideas, the idea I thought of was too simple. It lacked creativity and overall was quite boring. I learned that you needed a good idea to base your PSA around. Without it, everything else wouldn't be as great. Today I still find myself faced with that challenge of thinking creatively, but I hope I can get better with it as time goes on.
After coming up with an idea, creating the shot list wasn’t that hard. After creating the shot list and getting it approved, it was time to film. I thought it would be easy, the hard part was done, and that I’d just shoot according to the shot list, right? I was wrong. There were many logistics that I hadn't thought of. Who will act? Where will you film? When? All of these questions that I had no answer to. I didn't know many people who'd agree to act, and I had no clue where a good location would be. So, again I waited. I thought that overtime it would magically come to me. Like the answer would just appear. Nope. If you want something done, go do it because no one else will. Depend on yourself, and never rely on others, because when that third quarter comes around, it is just you, and only you, responsible for getting the project done. Ask your classmates if they would be willing to act, ask family, friends, just already have people in mind before you get stuck like how I did.
Having that mindset in my sixth grade year, thinking it was so easy because of how short it had to be, I waited. I procrastinated. I had the whole quarter and I decided to wait until the last minute to film. The thing I promised I wouldn't do, I did. Fun story, I even had to re-film the whole PSA, and on that day, it poured rain. I laugh about it now, but that PSA turned out really bad. As the saying goes, "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor". Although the project didn’t go well, It taught me some of the most important lessons I know today. Don’t procrastinate, learn from your mistakes, and don’t jump to conclusions. I hope you enjoyed this constructive response, sharing this experience with you all. No, this is not a blog to make you fear the third quarter, but it is a blog to help you avoid making the same mistakes I made in sixth grade. Well, that is it for this week’s constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Hope your week has been great so far. For this week's reflective response, I'll be sharing with you a short film I really enjoyed called, "The Landing". Overall, the short film is very interesting, and is the winner of many film festivals! I suggest you watch the short film first before reading on. You can watch it below.
If you've watched it, I hope you've found it quite compelling. If you were confused, the film was about a man named Edward who was revealing his father's secret about what happened at their farm during his childhood in 1960. During that time, it was the Cold War between Midwest America and Eastern Europe/the Soviet Union. Keep in mind that I had to research some of this stuff about the Cold War since I wasn't very familiar with it. It was also the year (1960/1961) where the first man entered space. His name was Yuri Gagarin, and he was a cosmonaut, a Russian astronaut. The film was about the cosmonaut accidentally landing at that farm in America. The boy uncovers writing "CCCP" which stood for The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR. The father, who was angry about being rejected as a soldier, saw this as an opportunity to become a hero to his country. He kidnaps him, and Edward witnesses his father kill the cosmonaut. Later that night, the father turns on the television and sees that the cosmonaut had safely returned back to Russia. You could infer that the Soviet Union denied that the cosmonaut landed in the wrong country, and they covered up what actually happened (in this story). I think that was a really cool twist to the story. I'll be honest, after watching the trailer and the first 5 minutes or so, I thought this short film was about aliens. I thought this because of the Sci-Fi radio station, and all the comic books Edward was reading. However, I thought it was pretty neat that they tried to lead in the audience with that thought, but then surprise them with a much more serious topic. To sum it up, it was very mysterious, and suspenseful. It really kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know more. I think this was mainly because of how the film was structured, its music, and the acting. As you could probably tell, the scenes were alternating between the past and the present. I think this really worked for the film, it kept it captivating to be able to see how Edward reacts to the memories of his past. I think you'll agree with me when I say that the music added a much more dramatic feel. It intensified the moment, even while present Edward was digging the dirt, and while past Edward was going out in the field to see what the whole mystery is. Watch the film again without any sound, and you'll see how big of a difference it makes. The last thing I'd like to talk about is the acting. I thought the acting was great. You could clearly see the emotion on their faces, especially young Edward's fear when his father was going to kill the cosmonaut. The same thing goes for present Edward in the end when he finally uncovers the truth. Overall, I really liked this short film for many reasons. If you haven't watched it already, you can watch it above (and I highly suggest that you do!). Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! This past weekend our class went up to Kokee for our CKTV camp! Last week, our blog topic was about how we could help to ensure the camp's success. If you'd like to read that blog, you can click here. For this week's constructed, response, I'll be telling you about my top three memorable experiences from the camp. Let me just tell you that I had an awesome time at the camp, and I hope everybody did too! I'm happy that I was able to spend this past Labor Day weekend with my CKTV Ohana, because although we may not be related by blood, we are all still a big family. Anyways, the top three memorable experiences from the camp for me would have to be the activities and competitions we did, the photography hike, and just overall getting to bond with everyone.
One of my top memorable moments would have to be all of the activities and competitions we did. One of the events was the kickball and tug-of-war competition, which I have to admit, was pretty fun. Pretty Ironic, right? If you didn't know, I'm not really one on the athletic side, but I really enjoyed the games. All 6 teams split in half, with one side of the class on each team. Now I haven't really played kickball much, so I was pretty confused. I just ran when they started to yell to run, and I even asked Brent (who was on the other team by the way) when I should run. Thanks Brent! There were really funny moments during the game, like when Kaden kept getting Mr. M out. Although Mr. M had really good kicks, Kaden could catch insanely well. Great Job to both of you guys, and to everyone in general! The score didn't matter much, since it was all for laughs and fun. In tug-of-war, it was a pretty difficult game. At first we had the advantage, but soon realized that we only won because the other side was slippery. However, it was fun either way. Another activity we did was the name-that-tune contest. The team I was on, Tripods, consisted of Ben, Kirra, and I. Not trying to brag or anything, but we proudly placed 6th in the competitions. Name-That-Tune was a really funny competition because out of 40 songs we only got like 17. I learned that each person in our group had different music tastes from each other, so it was really interesting how everything panned out. (P.S. Buy "oooeeeooo" on iTunes today). Another game we played was Telephone Charades. It was pretty funny seeing everyone act out the word, or what they think is the word, and seeing how different the outcome is from the actual topic. It was hilarious when people thought the 'cowboy' was 'gangam style'. The first memorable moment on the camp was all of the activities and competitions.
Another memorable moment from the camp was our photography hike. This was a memorable moment for several reasons. The trail was really muddy and slippery, and at times it was really hard to get up. With the help of others, we all worked together in helping each person get past certain areas. There was a section in the hike where a tree had fallen down, so everyone helped each other get pass it. We warned each other of thorns or branches so that we don't slip, and overall we all had each others backs. During the hike, we had to take photos for a possible postcard fundraiser. Mia T. and I shared a camera, and it was really fun taking a bunch of photos of the nature around us. I learned more about taking photos on the manual setting, which I've wanted to know more about for a long time. We got to mess around with each factor, and by doing really helped me understand how each setting works. Being up in Kokee with no wifi or service, or at times electricity, really exposed us all into the beautiful area around us. At the end of the trail we reached this opening into a pile of large trees, and I thought it was absolutely breathtaking. The second memorable moment from the camp was our photography hike.
The third memorable moment from the camp was just getting to bond with everyone. I totally feel like this camp has brought us all together more, and I've definitely gotten closer to a bunch of new people. During one of the days, Mr. M introduced us to Uncle Ron, who did lots of fun bonding exercises. We had games where we had to mirror each other, or get uncomfortably close to one another. Nonetheless, we all laughed about it in the end. We had a lot of free time, where the center offered many different activities. My personal favorite was playing with cards. We all got into groups and played different card games, and I even learned some new ones which are now my favorite! During the night hike with Uncle Billy, I feel like we all became closer. It was dark, and I literally couldn't see a thing. But we all made sure that everyone was accounted for, and kept track of each person in the front and back of us. Getting to bond with everyone is probably my favorite memorable moment of all.
In conclusion, this CKTV camp has been the best weekend ever, and have been full of many memorable moments. If I had to choose just three, the top memorable moments would be the activities and competitions, our photography hike, and getting to bond with everyone. I'd just like to thank everyone who helped in making this camp possible, the chaperones, (Aunty Christy, Aunty Jodi, Aunty Genevieve, Uncle Gerald, and Uncle Cory), Uncle Billy and Uncle Ron, and of course, Mr. M!!!!! Thank you for all the hard work you go through to make sure our class is successful. I hope we can have another one of these camps throughout this year! I had so much fun! Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I thought I'd share some videos that I really enjoy and that could prove useful to you. If you've been to STN, you'll know how stressful, fun, and educational it is. You get to learn from many experienced people in the industry, and be surrounded by other aspiring filmmakers, too. It's such a great experience and opportunity, and if you go, make the most out of it! This year will sadly be my last year at STN with CKTV, but I might try to get into Kauai High's media program. As I was saying, today I'll be sharing with you the STN Convention Recap videos from last year. One of the contests for the High School division was Convention recap, where you create a recap video about the whole convention, from start to finish. This category wasn't available to the Middle Schools, but this year it is! I'm really excited for all the new competitions that were added to the Middle School, because it just gives us more options and choices! Who knows, maybe you'll want to try out this competition! I just love these Convention Recap videos so much because it really digs deep into what STN actually is. Watching through a bunch of these videos, I've noticed that all of the jobs in the team is very important. Being that it is a recap video, the narrator/writer mainly controls how the video will play out. However, I've also noticed that the shots in all of these videos are very well shot. They're focused, interesting, and even include some camera movement. The editing worked hand and hand with the voice overs. These videos seemed really challenging to create, and the relationship between the writer, photographer/editor, needs to be strong and cooperative, or else the competition wouldn't go smoothly. One of the recap videos below is from Searider Productions, who place 1st last year in this category! I liked all of the time-lapses in this video, and I think it really worked out well, especially because it was on-screen when the VO was talking about time and moments. One of my favorite shots would have to be at 00:15, where the camera moves into the wall, and then transitions out of it into a different shot. It was really creative, and a good use of camera movement. Another thing I'd like to point out is that the b-roll matched the Voice-Overs, and the music added more emotional quality to the whole video. I can't explain how much I like it, so just watch the video for yourself! Well, that is it for this weeks reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! As you probably know, this weekend the whole class is going to Kokee for a CKTV Camp! I can already tell it's going to be pretty fun, and I'm super excited for it! Mr. M said we will be doing some media training like showing how to conduct an interview and the process of doing Inside Scoop Radios. I think this is a good idea because it'll help me teach my partner about it, and it'll also be a good refresher! Besides training, this camp will give us a great opportunity for the whole class to get to know each other and bond more before the trip. After all, the theme is "Ohana Means Family". So for this weeks constructed response, I will be writing about three ways that I will do to make this camp a successful! Three ways I can do that is by hanging out with different people, helping others, and being safe and making it a fun event for all.
The first way I can make this a successful camp is by hanging out with different people. One of the main reasons of this camp is for bonding. Currently, we are still in our little groups of friends that we usually hang out with and sit by in class. After the STN trip, however, all of those groups have been broken and it's just one big group because we have all gotten closer to one another. This year we have had many bonding activities, and hopefully more to come. This upcoming camp at Kokee is, as I said, a great bonding opportunity to get to know everyone. I'm pretty close with a lot of people in the class already, being that I've known them for quite some time, but I'm pretty excited to get to know all the new students better! In class, Mr. M talked about hiking, kickball, prison ball, and other types of activities that will seems really fun to do with other people. We also have to do the daily theme cards which if you went to STN last year, you should remember. These will force us to pay attention to everyone, because you never know who you're going to get. By hanging out with different people that I don't normally spend time with I can know them better.
The second way I can make this a successful camp is by helping others. We all need to help out and do our share or else this camp will not go smoothly. This means cooperating with one another and offering assistance in prepping or anything that needs to be done. However, I also mean helping during our media training. I've gotten the great opportunity to be in this class for 2 years, making this year my 3rd, so I'm experienced in the things we usually do, like radios and interviews. In class Mr. M mentioned that some of our media training would consist of creating radio scripts, and doing interviews, so I can try to help anyone that's confused or doesn't know what to do. I can make this a successful camp by helping others in media training and in offering my assistance.
The third way I can make this a successful camp is by being safe and making it a fun event for all. While we all want this camp to be enjoyable, it is important that we all be safe. During our hikes it wouldn't be smart or safe to mess about because someone could get badly injured, and that sort of ruins the whole fun in it. Another way is by making it a fun event for all. When I say that, I mean keeping this camp a drama-free event, and with a positive attitude. This camp is supposed to bring us together, so keeping any drama out of it will ensure it. As the quote goes, "A negative mind will never give you a positive life." If you come into the camp with a bad, pessimistic attitude, you won't have a great experience. So why not instead come excited, and positive? The third way I can help make this a successful camp is by staying safe and making it a fun event for all.
In conclusion, we can all come together to help make this a successful camp. Three ways I can help is by hanging out with different people, helping others, and being safe and making it a fun event for all. I'm super excited for this weekend, and I hope you are too! 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"