Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking to you about one of my favorite shows at the moment, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about a team lead by Phil Coulson, and consists of combat specialist Grant Ward, the Pilot Melinda May, the biochemist Jemma Simmons, the engineer Leo Fitz, and Skye, the computer hacker. This team, is part of an organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. They protect the civilians from "the weirder world" of Aliens and strange threats to Earth and the people who live in it. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is comedic, interesting, but also full of suspense and action. But how does this specifically relate to media? Well being that it's full of suspense and action, they need to get shots and effects to make the audience feel the suspense! They have helicopter shots, LOTS of dolly shots, crane shots, tracking shots (sideway movement), and much more! These types of shots make it much more interesting to watch, as opposed to just a still shot. To learn how to create some of these shots using a tripod, click here to be linked to a video that shows you how. Another thing is the audio. In their dialogue scenes, their audio is really clean and clear. They also have great nat sounds too! Also, they have pretty cool special effects like holographic technology and their aliens! The first season of this show has just been put on Netflix not too long ago, so if you have Netflix and want to check it out you can watch it there. Well, that's it for my reflective response! Thanks for reading! You can watch the trailer for the first season of Marve's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. below! Bye!
Hey Everyone! Happy Early Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to many people, like the Super Bowl, Food, A Feast, oh, and did I also mention food? While we are all consumed in those thoughts, we sometimes forget what thanksgiving is all about; giving thanks. So for this week's constructed response, I'll be telling you about three things (there's more :)) that I'm thankful for in my life. Sometimes I do wish I had more but then I realize, There is always someone who has it worse, so I need to be less selfish and more grateful for what I do have. I for one, take things for granted too often, when there are millions who only dream of what I have. Three things I am thankful for is Freedom, family, and my friends.
I am thankful for having freedom for many reasons. I think this is one of the things I take for granted too often when really, I should be more appreciative. I am very luck to live here in the United States of America, because we have many rights and freedoms. For one, we have freedom of speech. This allows us to say what we think and what our opinion is. Imagine if you couldn't say what you believed or thought out loud and had almost no say in anything! For some, that lifestyle still exists in other parts of the world. Another freedom we have is the freedom of Religion. This Amendment allows us to choose freely which religion to follow, unlike being forced to follow, or not follow a certain religion. We are also very fortunate to be able to roam the streets freely and to not live in fear as others might.
Another thing I am thankful for is my family for many reasons. My family consist of my mom, dad, two older brothers, younger sister, and my aunts, uncles, and cousins. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. They taught me life lessons, and showed me the right from wrong. They provided me with a roof over my head, food, and they do so much for me and my siblings. My Mom and Dad help me with so much. They drive me whenever I have to film, attend fundraisers and conferences, and just does anything in their power. Even if I don't say this enough, thank you! And for my brothers and sister, even though we may argue sometimes, we always overcome it and you guys make me laugh. I am grateful, and thankful to have such a wonderful family.
Last, but not least, I am thankful for my friends. They are the ones I go to for anything and they are always there for me. They're so optimistic and funny. They provide me will overflowing support in anything I do. I rely on them so much even if they don't know it. I can go to them when I'm feeling down, and they can pick me back up just like that. They make me laugh and smile and just genuinely happy. I can go to them to talk about anything and everything, and they give the best advice. They're a good influence for me and a great role-model. I never thought that I would be friends with sixth, eighth, and even ninth graders, but in fact, I am very blessed to have them in my life. Honestly, without them, I wouldn't know what I would do. I hope they know how much I'm thankful, and grateful to call them my friends.
Overall, while we stuff our faces, or for others, watch football, keep in mind some things to be thankful for. For me, I am thankful to have freedom, have such a wonderful and caring family, and great supportive friends. I'd also like to thank Mr.M for being such a great teacher and I am very thankful for getting in the media class. This class has been such a great learning experience and opened up lots of opportunities for me. Thanks for reading this weeks constructed response. The question is, What are you thankful for? Have a safe and awesome thanksgiving everyone! Bye!
Hey Everyone! We all make mistakes and sometimes unfortunately do things we regret, I know I have but no one is perfect. It's just apart of our everyday life and we have to accept it. However, these mistakes make us who we are today because we have to learn from them. For this week's constructed response, I have to answer the question, "If you could go back in time and correct a mistake that you made, what mistake would you correct?" So, If I could turn back the clock, I would choose to test my equipment before going out to film. Herenui and I had an interview to film after-school. I was in a rush while packing equipment, so I didn't test it. I really wish I could do that over because not testing it, had bad consequences. Three reasons why I wish I could turn back time and test the equipment is because our interview didn't go as planned, it would relieve stress, and because it would avoid this whole mess.
One reason why I'd correct that mistake is because not checking it caused our interview not to go as planned. We had technical errors and it made us waste the interviewee's time. Also, the audio wasn't very good because of the mic's we used. If I had checked the equipment before going out to shoot, we could have avoided this problem which brings me on to the second reason.
Secondly, I'd correct that mistake because it would relieve stress. This whole incident caused stress over both myself and my partner. If I only took the time to just check the equipment then I could have lessened the stress, worry, and anxiety from both of us. So I would do-over that mistake so we wouldn't be stressed.
Lastly, I'd correct that mistake because it would avoid this whole mess. The mistake made me realize how important checking the equipment is and how not testing it could lead to bad consequences. I now will always make sure to check each piece no matter what. I will also use my time wiser in the future and pack my equipment earlier so I do have time to test it! If I had, it would have avoided this whole mess.
In conclusion, If I could turn back the clock I would choose to test my equipment before going out to film because it caused our interview not to go as planned, it would relieve stress, and would have avoided this whole mess. I have definitely learned my lesson and I will always check and test my equipment because I know, from the hard way, what happens if not. I hope all you reading this will learn from my mistake and CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT! Thanks for reading this week's constructed response! Also make sure to read my reflective response, "An Instagram Montage" by clicking on that link. Bye! :)
Hey Everyone! I just watched a pretty cool video I found on Vimeo, so I thought that I should share it with you guys! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking to you about a video called, "An Instagram Short Film" by Thomas Jullien. This video is a montage of photos put together, almost like a slideshow, but in fast forward. Music is also a role in the video, but the photos put all together is just fantastic! You might ask, "Well, how is instagram involved?" Another unique part is, that the creator of this video actually took 852 different pictures from 852 different users! Imagine how tedious that must have been, finding 852 photos that are of the same subject in different angles. But also imagine how great the end product must've turned out! Every photo is in a different angle or of a different time of the subject, so when all 852 photos are together, it actually looks like a stop-motion (time lapse and stop-motion are different). I'm amazed because the creator managed to find each photo, then edit them all into the correct order, AND make it seem like a stop-motion! I thought it was pretty neat to see part of 852 people's lives in a 1 minute 46 second video. I am out of words to describe this unique and creative video, so you'll just have to watch it for yourself below! That's it for my reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye! :)
Hey Everyone! CKTV will be attending STN, or the Student Television Network Convention in March/April next year in San Diego. The STN Convention is where middle and high school students from across the country compete against each other in certain competitions. When I was a sixth grader, we went to Orlando, Florida to compete and I was in the Movie Trailer competition. The competitions for middle school are, Anchoring, Commercial, Music Video, PSA, Movie Trailer, and Spot Feature. For this week's constructed response, I'll be talking to you about the competition I want to join, and why. The competition I'd like to be in is movie trailer for three reasons. I want to be in movie trailer because I was in it last year, I can film and edit, and because I can work well with others.
The first reason why I'd like to be in movie trailer is because I was in it last year. As a sixth grader, I joined the movie trailer competition so I know what it's like and I have experience in it. I know how to create a movie trailer and what it takes. Also, being that I was in it last year, I can take the mistakes we made and improve on them this round. I would be able to take my experience and give the new team advice on what I learned. An important part of making a movie trailer is using your time wisely. Last year, we didn't and our filming ended up sloppy. This means we need to get a solid idea, and stick with it. In my opinion, that's the hardest about creating a movie trailer; finding a solid idea to base it around. To have a solid idea, we need to be creative and original, but also realistic. However, since it would be a 4 person team, we could put our brains together and find out an idea to stick with. So one reason why I'm interested in being in movie trailer is because I can use the experience from last year to help this year.
Another reason why I'd like to be in movie trailer is because I could film and edit. I'm not really one to act, because I'm better behind the camera. If I would to be in movie trailer, I'd really like to be the camera person because I think it would be best for the team. I know how to get different angles and sequences. I would make sure that every shot is in focus, steady, and worthwhile. I would also use the iMovie story structure layout to help us make a good movie trailer. If I'm in movie trailer, I could also help in editing. I'd say that I'm really good with Final Cut, so editing wouldn't be a problem. I can also edit quickly but also with quality. I've watched most of the tutorial videos and have memorized the shortcuts and tricks so we wouldn't waste time. Another cool thing about making a movie trailer is when you edit it. Movie trailers want to hook you and catch your eye, right? Well, it would be fun to add on special effects to the shots! I've explored FCP X, and there is a bunch of effects that could help in a movie trailer. There are audio effects like distortion or disguised where you would use if you'd make an anonymous call or something spooky. There are also video effects which are like filters like Black and White where you could use if you're doing a flash back or something in the past. I'd like to be in movie trailer because It would be fun to film and edit.
The last reason why I'd like to be in movie trailer is because I can work well with others. In any competition, you need good teamwork or else nothing will get done or done well. I just have to have an open mind and a positive attitude. This means everyone should all agree on something before anyone does anything rational, it is a TEAM. This means doing what's best for the team and what will help. Movie trailer is a fun competition, but only if everyone works together and doesn't argue.
In conclusion, I'd like to be on the movie trailer team because I was in it last year, I could film and edit, and because I can work well with others. STN is a great convention to learn and connect with others with the same interests (and so is this class), so thank you for this opportunity to attend! I'm really excited for STN 2015! Well, that's it for my constructed response! Make sure you read this week's reflected response, "A Story's Structure". Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking to you about something I learned about storytelling. Today, we had two guest speakers visit our class, and one of them was a filmmaker from Oahu. He recently produced a documentary on the Hawaii's volleyball team. I learned a lot of important things from him, and I am very thankful to have him spoken to us, and I'll be sharing it with you. What is something you need for a story? Conflict. Without conflict, the story wouldn't be as exciting or as strong. In fact, the whole story is conflict. The story is just the main character overcoming obstacles and conflict. Every story has a hero, or the protagonist and the enemy, who is called the antagonist. The antagonist doesn't have to be a person, it could be a tsunami or natrual disaster, etc. He showed us the four parts in a story structure. Not only do filmmakers use this method, but writers and authors too. It's a very successful way to tell the story. The story is broken up into four equal parts. But before all four parts, there needs to be a teaser or hook. A hook will make the audience keep watching or keep reading and stay for the whole time. After that, comes Part 1. Part 1, or the first 25%, is the set up/orphan. This is where you set the story up, the protagonist is isn't a hero just yet. Here you will also explain the stakes. When I say that, I mean, the consequences if their destiny isn't fulfilled. It kind of bonds the audience with the main character. Now, at the 25% mark, comes the first plot point and inciting incident. The inciting incident is important, where something should happen to the main character that will lead them into conflict. Part 2 is the response/wanderer. This is where the main character becomes a wanderer, meaning, things haven't unraveled yet. Also, the antagonist is moving, but the protagonist doesn't know. At the 50% marks is called the midpoint. This is where something will get unveiled which puts the protagonist is in danger. You can tell that this means it would be very suspenseful. Part 3 is the attack/warrior. This is where the protagonist becomes a confident warrior who is actually now engaged with whats going on. Also, in the middle of both Part 2 and 3, there are something called pinch points. A pinch point is where the antagonist comes back into the story. Now at the 75% mark, it is the 2nd plot point, where the protagonist knows who the antagonist is and no more new information is given to the audience. Finally, from part 3 to part 4, there is a lull. The lull signifies where the protagonist losses their self confidence and starts to doubt themselves. This far into the story, the whole audience is engaged. Lastly, part 4, resolution/martyr. This is where the protagonist puts everything on the line. It concludes the story with exactly what the audience expects, but in a unique, creative, and different way. Also, if you want to read a book all about the story structure, I recommend reading "Story Engineering" by Larry Brooks. I'm not sure if we can use this method in our news story videos, but it sure will be helpful if you plan on making a short film! They gave us great pieces of information. Well, that's it for my blog! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking to you about an awesome director, filmmaker, and producer, Casey Neistat. If you haven't heard of him, Casey makes great adventure and promotional videos that are really nice edited together and also inspiring. He publishes his work on youtube and vimeo, so I'll share his vimeo works so you can watch it if you're in school. I heard about him from a friend who's a former CKTV student, Leanna Thesken and now I'm sharing his work with you! Below are some of his videos he created, and I'll talk about each one specifically so keep reading!
Make It Count
"Life is a sport. Make it Count." Make It Count by Casey Neistat is all about living life to it's fullest and making it count. Nike wanted Casey to create a promotional video on what it means to #makeitcount, but instead of making their movie, he spent the whole budget traveling the world with his friend, Max and documenting it. This was probably my favorite video he created because I loved the montages of running and the quotes he put up about life. Watch the video below.
Do More is a video made for Nike about it's product the fuel band which keeps track of how active you are. He promoted their product by promoting activeness, so he traveled the world and rose his fuel points. This is again one of Casey's crazy adventures, he jumped off a waterfall on a rope, fell out of a plane 12,000 feet in the air, played in the mud at 1,300 feet below see level, and other exciting activities. "Without a goal, you can't score."
Texting While Walking
This video is a Public Service Announcement made by Casey on the do and do not's of texting while walking with a little humor involved.
Hey Everyone! So for this week's constructed response, I'll be talking to you about how Herenui's and my second quarter project is coming along. Like last quarter, we are doing another news story. Our project is about Lanakila Kitchen, a take-out restaurant that employs adults with disabilities or challenged lives. I'd say that Herenui and I are on-track for three specific reasons. We are ahead because we got our interviews done, we transcribed, and we are starting to work on our script.
The first reason that Herenui and I are ahead of schedule is because we shot all our interviews. We filmed a total of 4 interviews at Lanakila Kitchen. We shot interviews with Carol Horner, Eirn Chong Tim, Jondy Horner, and Kana'e Soto. We interviewed Carol Horner who is the project manager. She gave us some good sound bytes as planned that explained what Lanakila Kitchen is, about their training program, and about Lanakila Pacific. We also interviewed Eirn Chong Tim who is the lead cook and lead trainer, and told us about Lanakila Pacific. Another interviewee was Jondy Horner, the purchasing manager. She told us about how much she loves helping the trainees build independence. The last person we interviewed was our central character, Kana'e Soto. Kana'e Soto was a former trainee of the training program who now has a real job as the cashier of Lanakila Kitchen. So one reason that we are ahead of schedule is because we filmed all of our interviews, as our guidelines say it should.
Another reason that Herenui and I are ahead is because we already finished transcribing. According to the markers in our planner and on the CKTV website, transcribing should be done by November 17th. But it's the 7th today and we're already done transcribing all of our interviews. In my opinion, transcribing is the easiest part in creating a news story because it's simple, easy, and quick to do! I like to transcribe the night of the interview was shot or the next day because then you can start working on the script earlier!
Speaking of scripts, that's the third reason why we are ahead. Herenui and I are starting to work on our scripts since we finished transcribing early. Right now, we are color-coding/highlighting sound bytes to fit each individual point. After we've highlighted that from all the transcripts, we will put them into a script outline table like last quarter. Hopefully, we will get this done quickly so we can submit our first draft of our script to Mr. M and continue to be ahead of the game.
To sum it all up, Herenui and I are ahead of schedule because we shot all of our interviews, transcribed them all, and are starting on our scripts. We are currently ahead, and I want to keep it that way. I can proudly say that Herenui and I are living up to our word when we said that we would improve by staying on track. That's it for my blog! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey Everyone! As you know, we started our second quarter project, so for those of you doing a news story, this blog may help you. For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking to you about sequencing. Sequencing is b-roll, put in a certain order, in a particular sequence. A sequence displays an action going on in an order. Usually, a sequence displays a variety of angles and shots (wide, medium, close-up, extreme close-up). In my first quarter project with Herenui, we didn't have sequences in our video, but random shots instead. This quarter however, I plan to shoot and edit our b-roll in sequences. I'd like to share with you a video I found on vimeo that shows you how to shoot a sequence. In the video, "How to Shoot A Sequence by Bart Noonan" from member Thomson Reuters Foundation, is very descriptive and easy to follow along. The action in this video is a girl playing the piano, but instead of just a plain shot, they put it into a sequence. Sequences give more visual to the audience and it's more entertaining than just one shot. Well, that's it for my blog! 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"