Wrap Up Blog Post

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My favorite project this semester was the audio story. I really liked being able to talk about running because it is something I am very passionate about. The audio story was my best piece of work and I think sharing something so important to me made the story stand out a lot.
I plan on working in production so editing will be a skill I need to have for my future career. So the most important thing I learned in this class was editing audio and video stories. Being able to use programs like audition and premiere will be very useful when I apply for jobs.
As I said before, I plan on working in production after college. Working on projects in this class reminded and reaffirmed why I love production so much. The entire process of creating, editing and producing is exciting to me. I love working hard on something and putting a lot of effort into making it stand out. Whenever I finished a project I emailed my parents to show them my updated blog. I like that I can create images like the ones I see online by myself now.
I wish that I had learned more in the photoshop unit. Photoshop is a very useful program and I wish I had pushed myself a little harder to take advantage of the tutorials and the free trial.  Being able to edit photos and manipulate them is something I wish I was better at. But it was the first assignment and I was getting used to the online format of the class so I was a little rushed towards the end of the unit.
Overall, I really liked this class. The online format made working on projects a lot easier because I could do them on my own time. Learning this programs is very valuable to me and I am excited that I have some background in using them now. I’m looking forward to learning all the things I can do with them!

Final Video Project

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I decided to do my video project about yet another passion of mine, baking. I started my process by spending one weekend baking French macarons, which are a type of cookie. And yes they are different than macaroons! I promise I spelled it that way for a reason! I made sure to record the process so I could have the footage for this project. This part was difficult because I had to record myself doing things that normally take two hands. I tried reshooting some of this video but it didn’t look any better than the footage that I already had, so I kept that the same.
I put my story together by opening up with the interview shot of me talking. Then I added a little bit of an interview that I did with my roommate who also loves to bake.I then transitioned into parts of the baking process with a continued voice over of why I love to bake. I think this made the video more interesting than a regular cooking video because it’s not too step by step. I think that the video I shot shows the baking process pretty well and it doesn’t need too much description to go along with it. I closed the video with a picture I took of the finished macarons and zoomed in on it. Then I ended with my final thoughts and a little funny end sentence from my room mate.
I’m really proud of this project. I added an interview with my roommate, and did a lot more by adding more transitions and that little zoom on the photo at the end. I like the very ending sentence from my roommate because it’s funny and closes the story with a little humor.
 

Draft Video Project

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I decided to do my video project about yet another passion of mine, baking. I started my process by spending one weekend baking French macarons, which are a type of cookie. I made sure to record the process so I could have the footage for this project. This part was difficult because I had to record myself doing things that normally take two hands. I think for my final story I will try to reshoot a lot of the footage and have a friend help me so the shots look better.
I also had my room mate film me talking about why I love to bake. The background is the wallpaper in my bedroom and I really like how that shot looks. There is a little bit too much head room so I’ll have to reshoot that as well.
I put my story together by opening up with the interview shot of me talking. I then transitioned into parts of the baking process with a continued voice over of why I love to bake. I think this made the video more interesting than a regular cooking video because it’s not too step by step. I think that the video I shot shows the baking process pretty well and it doesn’t need too much description to go along with it. I closed the video with a picture I took of the finished macarons and then cut to my final words of the interview.
The project is pretty short, and it needs a lot of work. A big problem I had was shooting all of my footage and not really looking at it until the last minute. Now I know what needs more work and will be more prepared for the final draft.
I also want to interview a friend of mine about baking. I think having another perspective will add length and depth to my story.
I like the audio without any music but I worry that it is too boring. I would appreciate any advice from my peers!

Audio Reporting Story Final

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I decided to do my audio reporting project about running. The focus is telling people the reasons I run. I also included some interviews with other runners and I asked them why they run. This story was easy for me because running is something I am very passionate about. I can talk about it at the drop of the hat and I was happy to have an excuse to talk about it more!
The first part of my story focuses on me. I decided to share an anecdote that included the main reason I started running, as well as a short story about a big moment during my training. I think that sharing the story about myself will really connect with my audience and show them who I am. Running has really shaped my life the past couple of months and my reporting project really shows that.
The next part of the story includes interviews with my brother and sister. I asked them both the question, “Why do you run?” and I put their answers in the story. I think this is good to include because it shows other perspectives on the main theme of running.

I didn’t use any ambient sound in my story, and I like it that way. I think ambient sound would distract from the story I am trying to tell.
After hearing feedback from my peers I decided not to change anything about my story. I am proud of what I made and I am lucky that my draft worked out so well.

I really want this story to reflect what a big change running has made in my life. I have become way stronger mentally and physically now that I run. I think that message comes across.

Audio Reporting Story DRAFT

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I decided to do my audio reporting project about running. The focus is telling people the reasons I run. I also included some interviews with other runners and I asked them why they run.
The first part of my story focuses on me. I decided to share an anecdote that included the main reason I started running, as well as a short story about a big moment during my training. I think that sharing the story about myself will really connect with my audience and show them who I am. Running has really shaped my life the past couple of months and my reporting project really shows that.
The next part of the story includes interviews with my brother and sister. I asked them both the question, “Why do you run?” and I put their answers in the story. I think this is good to include because it shows other perspectives on the main theme of running.

I didn’t use any ambient sound in my story, and I think it sounds a little plain. I think I might try to add some in my final story, I just don’t know what I could use. Any help from the people that are doing feedback would be appreciated!
I’m also a little worried about my story sounding natural. I am confident with my speaking voice, but I don’t know if it sounds really forced in this story. I did read off a script and think that might be what is holding me back.

I really want this story to reflect what a big change running has made in my life. I have become way stronger mentally and physically now that I run. I hope that comes across. I would appreciate any suggestions or feedback about how to get the message across if it isn’t clear right now.