In my opinion, I think for our first practice, we did an alright job. I'm really excited because we got to use so many new equipment, and be creative and innovative with it! Convention Recap is one of the competitions that you can be really creative in. Kaycee and I used the DJI Ronin and the slider. I think one of my favorite pieces of equipment is the slider now because it adds motion to the shot and expression. We found that the slider shots really correlated well with the music we chose. The only downside of the slider is that it has a slight change in level. We used the DJI Ronin in place of the Osmo. I think the Osmo will be much easier to use and more versatile, since it's much smaller than the Ronin. I've learned that we could use certain equipment to achieve a different look.
Another thing I've learned about the contest is that sometimes you'll need to make compromises. For example, we had to compromise a 3-day competition into 6 hours However, I think that having it compressed into 6 hours helped us be productive, and work under a more pressured experience. Although we will have more time at the convention, there will be much more people there and it will be quite crowded. Another example was that we shot a bunch of footage but when it came to importing the clips, we realized that the mic's weren't working, and it just had hiss. Therefore, we had to make compromises and find good music from DeWolfe to go over it. Kaycee and I listened to some song choices I selected that I thought would have the 'inspiring' type of feel to it. We ended up finding the right music to accompany our shots and our voice-overs. Our first plan was that one person would write and the other person would start editing. We tried this at first, however found out that writing the story was much harder than we initially thought. So, both of us worked on writing the voice-overs. We found that listening to the music we were going to use, helped a lot in the process of writing. I've learned that you have to make compromises to make things work out.
A third thing I've learned is that you always need to check that you have everything. Check your equipment. From the mics not working this practice, I've learned that you need to thoroughly check them. Make sure that you have all your equipment, and that they are all accounted for. Since it'll be crowded at the convention, perhaps it would be better to bring a Monopod also. Besides equipment, also check your footage! Make sure you have audio, and that it isn't just hiss. Make sure your shots are level, focused, and well composed. I've learned to check your equipment and your footage.
I think this past STN practice was a success for a first practice, and I've learned many things from this experience. I've learned how to use equipment to be creative, that compromises can be necessary, and that you need to check your equipment. I think Kaycee and I make a great team and that we'll have fun in this competition. Well, that's it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!