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

 

 

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We All Face Battles

Throughout life, each and everyone of us faces battles. Whether they are caused from school, work, friends, family; we all have them.  Going off this theme, I have joined four other classmates in my English class’ DIY project.This project is a way to expression our passions and so we have decided to team up to accomplish one main goal-to spread kindness. In order to fulfill this goal, we are making a PSA that talks about the struggles that everyone faces. We plan to set out and interview completely random people to ask them some of the challenges they face. We are doing this in hopes to show the world that everyone has challenges, they are not alone. Instead of bagging and putting people down, society will start to help one another because we are more similar than we think.

I came up with the seed of this idea as I was talking to a friend about for difficult junior year has been for me, and how I think that everyone, no matter what classes they are taking, or sport they are involved in are a bit stressed because junior year is the most crucial year of high school. I came to realize that we all have similar struggles and that instead of competing with one another, we should be helping each other be the best we could be. Before I reached this idea, I knew I wanted my project to have something to do with either service or kindness, so I took my the idea of kindness and remixed it with the idea that we all have struggles, and that’s how this project came about. As soon as I came up with this idea, I pitched it to my other group mates and it is safe to say that we are all very excited to share out work with you all.

If we all help one another with our problems, the world will be a much better place. I challenge you all to go out and spread some kindness by helping others!

Also, if you would like to give feedback or be apart of this project, feel free to comment below!

-Kim