DIY: This is the end

That’s it. We’re here. After such a long time of working on this project, we’ve finally reached the end of the school year. It’s time to take a good look back at all we’ve done in creating our DIY documentary.

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We could not finish the actual documentary, which was ultimately the final product we were aiming for. There just was not enough time to edit all the footage that we got. I think part of the problem was the fact that we had five people in the group, and we insisted on doing everything together, so we couldn’t really find much time for that.

In addition, we did not do much publicizing for our project, even though we had initially attempted to do so. We started an Instagram account, and although I personally tried to post on it when I could, only six total photos were posted. We didn’t follow anyone on our account, and we did not have  followers. Our slack on the Instagram was probably due to the fact that none of us really used this type of social media, so we didn’t know what to do with it.

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However, despite the fact that parts of our project did not turn out as intended, I would say that the project was not a complete failure, because we did get stuff done. We spent many hours filming, and probably approached about 100 different people for interviews. Although we did not finish editing the documentary, we did manage to make a shorter trailer for it, just to have  a product to show. The trailer isn’t perfect, but my group members seem to be very content with it, because it does show that we’ve done work all year.

Furthermore, this entire project in itself was a huge learning experience. I’ve learned more about filming and editing, which will help me a lot in my video production class. I’ve also developed my interview techniques, and became more comfortable approaching strangers for interviews, skills that are valuable to me because I will be editor-in-chief of my school paper next year. I have also learned a lot about working with other people, as well as time management from this group project. I discovered that time is something that can be easily lost if you do not work efficiently, by dividing the jobs and sharing responsibilities.

At the end of it all, I am very glad I tried to do this, to make this documentary. In all honesty, since the beginning, I have had doubts about whether or not we’d be able to get it finished. Even though my doubts have more or less been confirmed, though, I do not regret taking on this project. I’ve worked with and met some great people throughout this process, and it was worth all the stress and the time spent.

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– Karen

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DIY: We’ve come a long way

With the deadline for this DIY project creeping up on us, my group and I are trying to pull together what we have. Recently, we’ve mostly been just editing because there is no time to get any more footage. For the past couple Fridays, we’ve been spending time working on editing on Adobe Premiere Pro.

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My teacher is planning on having an event in which students get the opportunity to talk about their projects. My partners and I want to be able to participate and give a presentation about our project, and the process of working on it. However, we do not think that we will have enough time to finish the entire documentary that was supposed to be our project in time for this event. Therefore, we have decided to create a little trailer for our documentary, to use in our presentation.

The trailer so far is about two minutes, and it is basically shows what our documentary will be. A while ago, Brandon and I went to Jessie’s house in an attempt to record some of Brandon’s piano-playing for the background music of our trailer. However, that did not work out because there were other sounds in the recording besides the piano, so we decided not to use that music. Despite the fact that we cannot use our own music for the trailer, though, my group members are still quite happy with the way the trailer is coming along.

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In all honesty, both the trailer and the documentary itself is not turning out the way I had planned it. There are so many things in them that I was specifically taught to avoid in BBN, my video production class. There is annoying background music and noises in the interviews. Some of the camera work is out of focus and shaky. We do not have any B-roll. However, the rest of the people my project group are quite content with what we have and continuously tell me that our project will turn out fine. I am grateful for their optimistic attitudes, because I am learning to look past these flaws and see that we really have come a long way. Even if our project does not turn out perfectly perfect, it will be amazing, simply because we have worked so hard on it.

– Karen

 

 

DIY: Almost at the end

With only two weeks before this project is due, my group and I have been working hard on our documentary. We completed two more filming days at Downtown Disney before concluding our period of filming. I was really proud of Brandon, because he conducted an interview on the last day of filming. Even though it was his first and his only interview of the project, I’m happy he got the chance to do it and gain a new experience.

In total, we must have approached about 100 people and asked to interview them. The interviewing process has taken up so much time, and so much effort. We received numerous rejections, but after several months of filming, we finally accumulated 20-30 good interviews. Now it is time to edit.

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For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been spending time before school, during lunch, and after school editing the interviews. It’s taking a long time because there is a lot of footage to sort through. I also need to try and correct the audio because while we were filming, there was often a lot of background noises and music, which somewhat drowned out the interviews. It is long, tedious work, but I’m moving along.

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Last week, Jessie and I also finished writing the voice-over that we plan to use at the beginning of the video. On Friday, I recorded Brandon reading the voice-over. This weekend, we are planning to record Brandon playing piano to use as the background music for our video. We’re running out of time, and my group is a bit frantic at this point, trying to finish up as best we can. However, I’m proud that our project is actually making progress and starting to form, even if it is a bit chaotic at the moment.

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– Karen

DIY: The Battles We Face

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For our DIY project, my group and I are planning to make a documentary on the struggles that regular people face in life by interviewing people in public places. The point of this documentary is to spread the message that everybody has their own problems and battles to fight. In addition, we will also be making a second video about the process of making our documentary, the problems we came across, our thoughts on the finished product, etc.

Progress:

We had planned to have some filming finished before the end of Thanksgiving break, but as of right now, we have not filmed anything yet due to scheduling conflicts. However, we have finished the preparations that are needed before we can actually film, such as creating a consent form for people we are interviewing, planning out locations to film at, and making a flyer to inform people we want to interview about our project. We  have also started to publicize our project’s Instagram and WordPress. Because we are a group of five, my project partners have been taking care of the things listed above. My role was to make sure we have equipment to use to film and everyone knows how to use the equipment. Over the break, I was able to check out cameras and mics from the school to bring home and have taught my group members how to to use them, as well as basic filming rules such as the Rule of Thirds.

My group and I are planning to begin filming this upcoming weekend. We have learned that because our group is relatively large, scheduling may be difficult. However, we are going to adjust our individual calendars so that we can complete the project, and hopefully do a good job.

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My DIY group and I are determined to succeed in our project and have a good final product.

– Karen

DIY: The Start

I recently joined four of my classmates in our DIY project (which you can read more about here). In a nutshell, we are planning to create a documentary focusing on the problems that people face in society. We are going to be going to public places and conducting interview with people that we meet. In addition, we will be making another video to show the process of making our documentary, our obstacles, our thoughts on it, etc. With this project, we are really hoping to encourage people to be kinder to each to each other, because everyone has their own challenges and obstacles to overcome.

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Progress:

As of right now, we are still planning out the things we need to get done. We plan on doing some filming during Thanksgiving break. However, before we can film anything, we have many preparations we need to complete such as writing a consent form for those we are interviewing, finding equipment to use, setting up a calendar of deadlines, etc. My job is to take care of equipment so I plan on teaching all of my group members how to use the equipment from BBN, the video production class at school that I am in. My group and I have realized how much work and effort is needed for this project, which is relatively big and time-consuming. Therefore, we all agree to make time for the project, and make an effort to be part of the team. In addition, I personally discovered that I am very much of a control freak and I am actually stressing out a bit too much over this project. However, I am learning to be part of the team and share the responsibilities as well as the worries with my team members.

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– Karen

Finding Kind

Currently in English class, we are starting to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. While reading Chapter 2, I noticed that even in this time setting that women were harshly criticizing each other and bashing one another; granted Hyster committed a crime, but I don’t think that that gives the women in the town rights to judge her because they don’t know the back story of Hyster’s situation and what actually happened. Recently I watched a documentary called ” Finding Kindness” and it talked about how females tend to judge each other and bully one another simply because it is in our nature. I found this documentary to be highly interesting and think that everyone, even males, should see it! It highlights how we are all victims of bullying and judgement, yet we, ourselves, still give that same hurtful treatment towards others. It baffles me how this happens because we all know how hurtful it is to be called names and to be talked about behind our backs, and yet we still do it. So much hurt and tears would end if we would all realize that we are all on the same team and instead of putting each other down, we should be helping one another. I hope that one day, people will start to truly treat other the way they want to be treated because nothing is going to improve in society unless we ourselves change. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all; it’s that simple.

Here is the link to the trailer!

-Kim