For this project, my partner and I interviewed the AP World History teacher in Ladue. His class was creating a project in which they would present in place of their final exam. With this project, we learned how to interview using a digital camcorder correctly and also use it for the B-roll. Then, to edit the film we used the Final X Pro application on our computers and learned how to correctly edit. Personally, from previous projects I learned that I like using Final X Pro much better than iMovie. It is a lot easier to make edits to the film and has more options. I had a lot of fun with this project and think I learned a lot about interviewing and editing.
For the headline newscast, I was assigned a partner and we were directed to pick six interesting news stories. Our task was to summarize those stories and tell them in a live broadcast. I thought this project was the most fun because it was super hands-on. In this project, I learned how to properly read a tele-prompter and how to speak loudly and clearly. I believe this project helped me in my daily life because I now realized how to annunciate my words and speak clearly to my peers. Also, every time I watch a news broadcast on TV or any other type of live TV I realize how they had to go through what I did and learn the simple parts which they most likely don't have to think about anymore. Overall I enjoyed this project and learning how to do a live broadcast.
In the mobile journalism project in my Broadcast Tech class, we were told to pick a subject, and interview someone who is an expert in that specific subject. This year at Ladue High School, there was a huge schedule change, which was made to benefit the students and teachers. I decided to interview my class principal about the schedule, her role in creating the schedule, and also how she thinks it has benefited the school, so far. During this mobile journalism project, I learned how to properly interview someone using an iPad and also the right way to ask questions in an interview. I think in my video, my greatest success was overall the interview of my principal. I think with the questions I asked her, I was able to get solid answers that thoroughly explain my topic. On the other hand, my biggest challenge was getting good B-roll and Nat sound. Since my topic was about the schedule, I was only able to get footage of the bell ringing and class going on. It was hard for me to get natural sound other than the bell. Overall I really liked this project and it was satisfying to see the outcome of my footage and work.
In the editing lesson, we learned how to use iMovie correctly and using it to make our videos more appealing. From adding a title, to removing the sound in one clip, iMovie is a very useful tool to make the editing process much easier.
When using your iPad for shooting video, it is important to use several key tips to have an appealing and interesting film. I think one that makes the video a lot better is the rule of thirds. Having your subject in one of the imaginary thirds on the screen, will give the film a better visual appeal. Also, one part of the shooting process is getting good B-roll. B-roll is action that goes as punctuation or to cover up any mistakes in an interview or other action clips. Using these concepts will make a film 100 times better.
"It's not an interview; it's a conversation." It is important to treat your interview as more of a conversation rather than an interrogation. Instead of asking short-ended questions using what, when, where, why, and how, an interviewer should start with the phrase, "tell me..." This will allow the interviewee to say what he/she wants to say without thinking too hard about the "right" answer. Also, during the interview, the interviewer should listen to what the interviewee is saying, in order to add on to the interview. That will help it to have a better flow of the conversation. It is important to never interrupt the speaker and for the interviewer to focus on the speaker with their eyes. All of these are key elements to a great interview.
A key element to every video is the sound. The sounds in the video helps bring the action to live and experience what is happening. It is important to include natural sound or nat sound. They are sounds produced by natural sources in their normal environment. For example, if there is a close up of feet walking on tile, then the nat sound would be the footsteps on the tile. It is a very simple concept, but it is also very powerful.
Citizen journalism is the way private individuals report information like professional reporters, but it is commonly found online. The Internet has made citizen journalism possible because it has give average people the opportunity to transmit their information to other people. Most citizen journalists do not get paid for their work, which makes sense that it will not be as quality as professionals. Citizen journalism is a work in progress and will continue to grow.
When telling a story in the form of a video, it is very important to make sure for every action there is a reaction. This helps to keep the audience's attention by showing how other people react to what is being shown. Another key element of visual storytelling is the audio and sound. Having natural sounds or NAT sound helps to punctuate the action and embrace important moments. Also, including music can convey the emotion in the certain parts of they story. A narration or voice-over gives the video a way to tell the story or give important information to the watcher. Including all of these elements in the video will make it a lot better and more interesting.