Hey Everyone! I wrote a blog a few weeks back on the short film, ReMoved. The short was about a little girl's story about her experience in the foster care system. You can read that blog by clicking here. The second part to it, "Remember My Story" was released a few months ago, and it's a continuation from the first part, focusing on the foster-adoption process. I highly suggest you go read and watch the first part before reading this one so that it'll make sense.
*Spoilers* At the end of the first part of ReMoved, Zoey's brother, Beniah, was brought into the same foster home as Zoey. Zoey is extremely happy because she was very sad throughout the film and lonely without her brother. In this second part, her brother is actually taken away from her once again. Her brother is adopted by a couple and Zoey is furious. She's angry, she's hurt, and she has no control over it. While all of this is happening, Zoey and Beniah's mother is in court, and the judge questions if their mother has maintained a parent relationship with them. In the end, their mother is not allowed to see her children again, and her parental rights were terminated. Although Zoey and her brother are separated, they are still given visits every now and then. At the final moments of the film, we find out that Zoey became a school teacher, and she gave advice to a little boy who was also in the foster system. I thought that was such a great and sweet way to end it all. Just like the first part, this short film was narrated through voice overs by Zoey. I still continue to think that that was a great idea because it gives us a sense of what she's feeling; It's more emotional in my opinion. I loved the story, and the writing. It's very inspirational and powerful, and raises awareness about foster care and adoption. I also really liked the cinematography, from the lighting at the beach scene, to the unusual angles in the tent, all of it! Music worked hand in hand with the voiceovers and overall played a big role in the film. It helped set the sorrow mood. Lastly, I'll talk about the amazing acting. Especially in the scene at school where Zoey initially finds out about her brother being yet again taken away from her, she shows her anger very well. She starts repeating, "It's all your fault!", yelling in front of the whole class then melting down in tears. Being such a young actress and being able to cry or yell on que is just phenomenal! To sum it up, the second part of ReMoved, "Remember My Story," is absolutely fantastic and it deserves to be shared. I hope you've enjoyed this short film if you've watched it, and if you haven't, please watch it when you have the chance! Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
As my band teacher, Ms. Tochiki, says, "Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes permanent." This applies to everything you do in life, band related or not. As the famous Albert Einstein once said when asked what insanity was, "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." In order to get different results, you have to change something. Therefore, Perfect practice makes perfect. For this week's constructed response, we were asked to write about a time where we had to practice something to get better at it. I have to practice a lot of things in order to improve, whether it be in school, such as in media or math, or things in general like writing. We all have to practice to get better. One of the things that I have to constantly practice is playing the clarinet! Trust me, I am far from having perfect playing, but what matters is that I'm trying to get better at it by practicing. From practicing the clarinet, I have learned many things, that will also help me in life no matter the circumstances or situation. I have learned the important life lessons of not procrastinating, patience, and most importantly, perseverance.
One thing I learned from practicing the clarinet, was oddly enough, to not procrastinate. I'll be honest, I don't really like practicing. I find it a bit tedious. When I do find myself at home, trying to practice, I almost always get distracted and end up not using my practice time efficiently. If you're in band, you're probably aware that we have to fill out practice logs for the amount of time we practiced at home, and it counts as a grade. Despite the fact that I don't find practicing fun, it is necessary. At the beginning of quarter 1, I only practiced the minimal amount until I could play it correctly, and always put off practicing at home. This sure bit me in the butt when it was time for our playing tests! We have to play a certain song or number in our band book in front of the whole class, one by one, each week. I get extremely nervous and anxious, which affects my playing. As Ms. Tochiki says, "Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong." I learned that at home, I should play as if I'm playing in class, or on a test. Practice as if you're performing. Just like in sports! Practice as if you were in a game. Now whenever I want to put off practicing, I know that I shouldn't, because if I don't practice, I won't do good in class, which ultimately affects the WHOLE band in a negative way. Just like in media. You wear the CKTV shirt, and you do something bad, it affects the whole class in a negative way because you're representing CKTV.
Another thing I learned from practicing the clarinet was patience. Whenever I practice, I always get frustrated because I can't play a certain piece, or I keep making an awful squeaking noise, which results in me just quitting. Then I realize if I don't practice, I'll fail the test. So, I have to take a deep breath or maybe even a quick break, and start again. I learned to try to figure out what I'm doing wrong that's making me squeak, or having the wrong sound. Because if you don't change something, it'll continue to happen, just like the concept of the Einstein quote. When I get angry or frustrated, remember to stay calm, and I just try again. Isn't that what practicing is all about? Trying again to get it better. Leading me on to my next point...
I learned perseverance from practicing the clarinet. If you don't know what perseverance is, it is staying determined regardless of the difficulty of the task, or the obstacles that stand in your way from success. Another quote that I really liked was, "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." by Julie Andrews. Whenever I feel like giving up on the clarinet because it seems like too much work, or when I think that I'll never be able to play a certain piece or not, I don't give up and wash all that negativity away. You will never have positive results if you keep thinking with a negative mind. I also learned to stay positive. If you play bad in class or on a playing test, take it! Failure is motivation to try again. Use all that negative energy into fuel to do better, fuel in practicing. Don't let that one bad thing define your playing skill. Instead, practice so that you can do better.
It is very important to practice in anything and everything you do so that you get better. By practicing the clarinet, I've learned many things. Besides the obvious learning how to play better, I've learned to not procrastinate, be patient, stay positive, and keep persevering until you get the outcome you want. However, I don't believe in a 'perfect' outcome, because there will always be something that you can improve on. Strive for greatness, not perfection. Thank you Ms. Tochiki for teaching me that, and Taylor for keeping me positive and calm before playing tests. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response. Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Kaden, Dalson, Kaycee, Javlynn, Nicole, and I are currently doing the STN, or the Student Television Network Fall Challenge. The Fall Challenge is a six day competition where a team of up to 4 students have to create a video on a certain prompt. This year, there are two different categories you can compete in, a News/Spot feature competition, and a PSA competition. All of the schools competing in the nation received the prompts on Friday morning. The prompt for the News/Spot feature was 'United Nation', while the prompt for the PSA team was, "Connect. Protect. Respect." I am on the News/Spot feature team along with Kaycee, Dalson, and Kaden while Javlynn and Nicole are on the PSA team. After long hours of researching and brainstorming, we finally found an idea about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and how the Japanese-Americans united together to help unite the nation. We interviewed two veterans from World War 2, and got some b-roll today. We are now working on editing! Wish us luck! 3 more days to go!
"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." -Tony Robbins
Hey Everyone! Hope your fall break was great! The first quarter is finally over, and we've turned our projects in. I think we've all learned a lot from this past quarter, and can improve for this upcoming next! For this week's constructed response, I will be talking about some of the goals I have for this quarter. Some things I'd like to work on doing better is improving the production value of our video, avoiding procrastination, and our radios.
One of the things I'd like to improve on is having a better production value. Production value is the quality of your whole video; your shots, it's composition, audio, all of it. In me and Kirra's first quarter project on Moses Hamilton, we filmed the b-roll shots in sequences, but we had some issues. In our interviews, we made the mistake of doing it in front of a plain wall. Also, the interviewee was pretty close to the wall, and it wasn't compressed at all. For Moses' interview, he was too off to the side, and it wasn't following the rule of third's interview format well. For this upcoming second quarter, I want to have a better production value by checking that all of the shots are in focus, and checking the backgrounds of the interviews.
Another thing I'd like to improve on is to try to avoid procrastination. Yes, we have all been sucked into the the tempting process of procrastinating, putting things off until the last minute and distracting yourself from important things. I've been especially doing that with my blogs, not doing them until Saturday or Sunday when I had the whole week to do them. I plan to try and stop procrastinating by reminding myself of what is important, and the consequences that can follow if I don't do it now. I can also turn off my phone, so that I won't be distracted by any notifications or something that can tempt me into not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Another thing I'd like to improve on is to not procrastinate this quarter, and in the future too.
The third thing I'd like to improve on this quarter is about our Inside Scoop Radios. On me and Kirra's last Inside Scoop, we cut it a bit close, turning it in on Thursday. I'd like to turn it in before that, just in case we need to re-record or make any huge revisions. Also, our duration of our scoops were overtime, one of them at 2:07. For this quarter, I'd like to try and work on getting it as close to 2 minutes as possible. This goal is achievable by getting an early head start on our radios and following the 4 week Inside Scoop track that we set up.
In conclusion, a few goals I have for this quarter is to have better production value, avoid procrastination, and make our Inside Scoop radios the best it can be. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Let's make this second quarter great! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Hope your week has been great. For this week's reflective response, I will be sharing with one of my favorite short films, "ReMoved" You might have already saw these films, as it is very popular, reaching over 3 million views on YouTube and over 2 million on Vimeo. Please note that these short films contain sensitive material, and tackles a serious topic. The first part, ReMoved, follows a little girl, Zoey, and her experience in the foster care system. These two short films are very sad and emotional, and has a lot of feeling behind it. I'll explain more about the short film in the following paragraph.
This little girl, named Zoey, is placed into the Foster Care System, after her father was arrested for abusing her and her mother. She is separated from her little brother and her mother, and is forced into foster homes. However, the first home she was sent to wasn't safe, and was hurt by the people there. She was then sent to a new foster home, with a caring foster mom. They connected, and she started to become comfortable around her. But, the foster mom bought Zoey a present, a dress, which brought up bad memories of her father abusing her mother. Zoey started to yell and scream, out of anger and sadness, at the foster mom. In the next scene we see the foster mom on the phone talking about Zoey, making Zoey, and the audience think that Zoey will be removed again. We are surprised, but happy, when we find out that she wasn't going to send Zoey away, but actually take in her brother as well. I just loved everything about this film. It's story, how it was composed, it's music, the acting, all of it. I mainly like the story of it. People need to know more about this serious topic, and not forget about the lives of these children in the foster care system. This film really touched my heart, and made me feel a deep sorrow for them. It was very moving. As you could probably tell if you've watched the film, this was narrated all by Zoey. I think this was a great idea, because you could really hear her emotion and what she was thinking. What she said was so deep, and I really like all of the metaphors and allegory's used in this. The little girl is very good at acting. Most of the time, I forgot that she was only an actress, because she played the part so well. Her yelling, crying, and her overall sadness was very realistic, and even the tone in her voice in the voiceovers made me believe her character. I thought this was very well edited. I liked the echoing of voices, and the flashbacks of her bad memories, really helped convey how she felt.
I can't really say much more, because this short film is amazing. It tells a great story, has great production value, and great cinematography. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! The first quarter of the school year is now over, which also means that so are our first quarter projects. That's right! Our projects were due this past Friday. If you'd like to know more about our project, you can read the first project update here or go to my projects page here. For this week's constructed response, I will be telling you my thoughts on our project. Unfortunately, this blog was done after we turned it in, since last week was very busy. I feel alright about our project because we met the deadline and covered our timeline with lots of b-roll, however, we had audio issues.
First off, we met the deadline, which was good. The day before, on Thursday, we posted our rough cut and asked Mr. M for feedback. My original goal was to get the first draft done the week before it was due, but that didn't happen. It is always good to have some revision time before the day it's due, to show Mr. M multiple cuts, to revise it and make it the best video it can be. I think we cut this too close to the deadline, and next quarter we should work on getting a rough done sooner. Throughout this quarter, I think Kirra and I did a good job staying on track, and not falling behind. We didn't really procrastinate, and we got things done on time. This was very important, and crucial to the success of our project because by waiting and delaying your work, you'll be rushing at the last minute, trying to crank out a video that may not be your best effort. Our video met the deadline, and was turned in on time, which I think is good.
Another reason why I'm feeling alright about our project is because we covered our timeline with lots of b-roll. Though, there are sometimes where you don't want to fully cover your story, and maybe that is a technique you used to convey emotion or control the pacing. A common problem that we all are stumbled with, is that we don't shoot enough b-roll. Kirra and I ran into this problem, so we went back to Hanalei and shot some more. We made sure that we shot in different angles and compositions, but most importantly, in sequences. I cannot stress enough how essential this is. I learned last year that when you're shooting, not only do you have to think like a photographer and worry about your production value, but you also need to think like an editor. If you shoot random shots, then when you're editing, you have to worry about dealing with those random shots. You have to worry about continuity, and if you're even going to have enough b-roll. So when you're out shooting b-roll, make sure you shoot them in sequences. Get different angles, get wides, mediums, close-ups, and extra close-ups, and think as if you're editing. Get the person's face. Shoot close-ups, show emotion, show their action. Pretend as if you're the audience, you want to know what they're doing, how they're feeling, and you want to know overall what's happening. You won't be able to portray and match the soundbyte if you have random shots everywhere, compared to if you have one long sequence showing the action in different angles and compositions. If you'd like to know more about sequencing, I wrote a blog about it a while back, here. I think the b-roll Kirra and I shot were good, and helped to tell the story.
Despite our b-roll and meeting the deadline, our project had some audio issues. When in the interviewing process, we didn't really think about the logistics too much. We had it scheduled, and knew what we were going to say, except when we got there, we realized it was very loud. The audio issue that we had was that we had background noise. All throughout editing, I tried messing with the background noise removal option that Final Cut Pro X offers, but it was very difficult. I had a hard time telling apart if a clip sounded too electronic, or if it had too much noise in the background. As Mr. M said, you can get away with bad visuals if you have a great story, but you can't get away with bad audio. At the start of editing, when we had our whole timeline set out, according to our script, it was way too long. The maximum duration is 3 minutes, but a good duration to have is 2 minutes, 30 seconds. It was 5 minutes! I managed to cut out a lot from the sound bytes, and I had to cut out the "Uh's" and the pauses in their sound bytes. Yes, it made the duration to 3 minutes, however, it made the pacing really fast for an emotional story, and it was very noticeable that there were jump cuts in the audio. To minimize this was a very tedious process. I had detach the audio from each clip, and extend it a little to overlap so that it transitions smoothly. I also had to fix each one to get it at the correct dB level, between -6 and 0. We had audio issues with our project, which wasn't very good.
In conclusion, I feel alright about our project because we made the deadline, had good b-roll, but had audio issues. Kudos to everyone for their hard work this quarter, I'm looking forward to seeing your projects! Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Have a great and safe fall break everyone! 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.
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