This week, I…
Learned how to understand the meaning of techniques behind cinematography from an expert.
Learned how to look, listen, and analyze a video of Heath Ledger as the Joker in three different but meaningful ways.
I created (almost) daily.
I created some video assignments that made me feel like a very professional video maker.
And I reflected on my comments and on what I liked on other blogs.
Overall, I think that this week was a success. I created wisely and passionately and ended up with pretty cool results.
This week didn’t end up being too hard for me, but I would say picking the assignments was pretty hard. I had halfway done another assignment that involved a green screen, an apocalypse, and a news report, and ended up with my Flashcard Rundown story instead. I ended up getting too frustrated trying to figure out the green screen app I was using to finish out that assignment.
I had tons of fun creating the video assignment about my 60-second day. It required me to think and plan what I wanted my video to look like at the end and helped me to realize the extent to which looking at the shot by shot is more important than the end result because without good individual pieces, the end result won’t be good. I had the most fun creating the different transitions between each 1-second clip.
I learned that taking the time to learn and study how good films are made is super important when transitioning into making my own scenes. Without the background knowledge of shooting, you may end up with a bland result.
I would probably change how I choose my assignments differently. Up until now, I followed through with all of the assignments I chose and I was frustrated that I couldn’t do this one. It ended up being too difficult with the resources that I had available.
A question I would ask directors/producers now is how they develop their “style”. Most directors are known for a certain trait, so does that come on purpose? Or is it given to them by reviewers, media, etc.
As a future middle school teacher, the flashcard story assignment could be a really cool way to get to know students, do projects, etc. You could even do it on poster-board for presentations during class! It is an activity that is easily done without technology, so it is accessible to more students!
That’s all for this week! Only one more!!