During my semester in Broadcast Technology, I feel like a learned a lot of skills. At the beginning of the semester, I felt like I might not enjoy this class because it is not something I would usually take. However, I've really enjoyed this class and the creative freedom it gives us. My favorite project was the Humans of Ladue project because I liked learning more about interviewing skills. Shooting B-roll taught me how to order shots in a way that matched what the subject was saying and matched a sequence of shots that would flow the best. Overall, I feel like this class has taught me key skills that will help me in the future and pertain to other subjects.
In my broadcast technology class, we did a project in which we interviewed a person at Ladue about their skills or hobbies. For our interview, we interviewed Leona Stern, who is a dancer on Laduettes. In this project, we learned a lot about specific interviewing skills, such as using phrases that will elicit a greater response. One of these phrases we used was "tell me....." We also learned about how to shoot B-roll. We learned more about sequences that will look good and portray an effective message. We had to edit our B-roll to find the best three to five seconds. I enjoyed doing this project because we had a set out guidelines, but still had freedom and creativity in our decisions.
In my broadcast technology class, we interviewed people with different skill sets or interests. In order to do this, we learned new skills to get effective and meaningful answers out of the subject. One key thing we learned was that the phrase "tell me..." is much more effective than simply asking a question that would result in a short answer. We chose to interview Leona Stern, a dancer on Laduettes. We also learned how to edit interviews. We mostly cut the interview in order to eliminate our questions and make the message flow better. We also learned more about audio and mic levels.
In my broadcast technology class, we created a six word story. My six words are "See Those in Need, Give Help." We learned about nineteen different camera shots, and implemented these into our videos. My first shot shows the main character struggling with work. I used an extreme wide shot in order to establish the setting and character. The second shot is an over the shoulder shot. I used this shot to show a hand reaching over to help the main character. My third shot is a medium shot, showing the two characters working together at a table. I used this shot to because it frames both characters in an intersection of grid lines in the Rule of Thirds. My fourth shot is an eye level shot. I used this shot to properly capture that the second character is sad. My fifth shot is a depth perception shot. It shows the second character feeling sad, and the first character offering help by walking up and talking. I thought this would be a cool angle, as it can change the focus between different characters. My sixth shot is a planar view shot that shows the two characters in talking happily. This shot was used to show the characters in the grid lines of the Rule of Thirds, and to show the characters and equal in that they have both helped each other. The message of my video is to always help those when you can, and that by helping those around you, you will find people in your times of need to help you. Overall, I liked how this project gave us the freedom to come up with something creative by ourselves and still link it to something relevant today in our lives.
Ernest Hemingway wrote a famous six-word story that reads, "For sale: baby shoes never worn." Although there seems to be a sad story behind this, Hemingway simply wrote this as a bet with fellow authors for $10. Hemingway seems to have been inspired by several similar stories that came out in newspapers earlier. In addition to researching Hemingway, I also looked at six-word stories by other authors. A few that I like are, "'You think too much,' I pondered," and "A house filled with joyful noise." I learned that even though six-word stories are short, they tell a story equally powerful to others.
During this unit in broadcast technology, we learned how to shoot video using a camera and edit clips using Final Cut Pro X. While video taping, we learned how to put the camera together using the camera, battery, SD card, tripod, and a tripod plate. We also learned how to zoom in or out, adjust the brightness, and how to white balance, which is adjusting the color balance on the camera so that all the colors show up accurately. In addition, we also learned certain rules about video taping that make the video better. For example, we learned about the Rule of Thirds. In this rule, if the field of view is broken up into nine boxes, the main focus of the video should be at one of the intersection lines. We also learned about the three basic shots when filming: wide, medium, and tight. The subject and a lot of the surrounding area are present in the wide shot. In the medium shot, the main focus is still in the shot, but it is less of the surrounding area. In the tight shot, only the main focus is present, and sometimes, it is even more focused. We also completed a six shot project and a circus wagon project, in which we had a wide shot, a medium shot, two tight shots, one extreme tight shot, and a re-establishing shot. When editing these, we learned skills like how to detach audio, add transitions to both the video and audio, extend clips, cut clips, add titles, and adjust color and brightness.
Working in the TV studio has taught me many things. When working on the camera, I learned how to adjust the camera so that it was focused and showed a symmetrical view of the anchors. From working on the soundboard, I learned how to do mic checks, know the ideal volume for each anchor, and learned how to increase and decrease sound when needed. From working as an anchor, I learned how to read the teleprompter at an appropriate speed and sit properly to show my presence on camera. One thing that I had a hard time with at first was smiling when I was not reading, but by the end of it, I learned how to do this. In addition to these jobs, I also worked as on the aja,, tech board, teleprompter, recorder, floor director, and director. Although there are many different jobs, and each one has its own separate tasks, one main message that applies to all of the jobs is that everyone has to be on the same page and listen to the director in order for the production to work.
In my broadcast technology class, we have recently started working in the TV studio. So far, I have worked on the teleprompter and the aja. The teleprompter is a machine that lists the script at the speed at which the anchors are reading. We had to run the teleprompter at the right times, and adjust the speed depending on rate of speech of the anchors. The aja runs video that is not of the anchors speaking. In our class, for example, the aja was used to run the intro video and an image of the college visits.
In my broadcast technology class, we were given an assignment to create a video telling a story about us. We used iMovie to create the video. I came up with a few short "iAm" phrases to describe me, and looked for pictures to describe each phrase. I then uploaded the pictures to my google drive. I imported these pictures into iMovie and selected when to put each picture in. Something that was difficult was choosing the order of phrases and pictures so it went in a logical order. This assignment taught me how to use iMovie better.
This is an image of iMovie, which I used to create my video.