I had the amazing opportunity to work with HEC Media and interview author and journalist, Masuma Ahuja, about her new book, Girlhood. This book, about the struggles and achievements of everyday girls around the world, was truly one of the best books I've ever read. It perfectly captures what it's like to be a teenage girl. We tend to celebrate and highlight the differences between each other but I think it's really important to show that in a lot of ways, we're really similar, and that's what this book helped me realize. A lot of the girls in this book were going through exactly what I'm going through and it was really great to see that I'm not alone. Especially right now, it's easy to feel isolated and lonely, but reading books like this one helped me realize that it's okay to feel lonely sometimes but also that you're never alone in what you're going through. Thank you to Educate.Today for this opportunity. To watch the interview, click here
This project has got to be one of my favorite things I've ever created. I was given a task of creating a video that describes something about me in 60 seconds. I chose to do something about my culture, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wanted to do something more powerful than just showing off my culture, I wanted to educate people on what it's like to actually be different in a world where being different isn't normalized. I've been playing around with video animations and other things similar to that but I only had a week and a half to finish this video so I chose to do something simpler, whiteboard illustrations. Now I'm a really visual person so I made sure to storyboard an idea of what I wanted to say and draw because I'd never done this before. I got my supplies and I sat down and filmed for almost two hours because I had to figure out the angles and if the drawings I did were centered or not. Then I did my voiceover and that's what truly made me fall in love with this video. Overall it was an amazing experience and I loved every second of it. Click here to watch my video.
With everything that is happening in the world right now, getting different points of view about this pandemic has got to be one of the most fascinating things to do during this time. I had the pleasure of interviewing Doctor Stuart Friess who is a pediatric intensivist with both a research and clinical specialization in traumatic brain injury and neurocritical care. Being able to get a firsthand look at what it's like for a physician in all of this chaos was actually quite amazing. I got an inside look at what the procedure is for being in and out of the hospital during a global pandemic. I mean seriously how many people can say they've done that in their lifetime? It was one of the most informational interviews I have ever done but also one of the scariest ones. Hearing about the risks he has to take everyday and the precautions that every single physician is required to take was very eye opening. We are quite literally living through history. I encourage everyone to do what they can to document this time period, whether that be an interview, a blog, or even just a simple vlog of your everyday life, I highly encourage you to DO IT!!!! There's no better time than now.
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This month I have been working on a couple of different projects. I started a longer term project about Syrian refugees and their journey's to America. Filming this project was really amazing but also heartbreaking. I was astonished by the people I got to meet. I met a prisoner of war, a mother who has a daughter with cancer (pictured on the left), and two teenagers who were inspired to start an organization that has helped hundreds of refugees. Hearing these stories and knowing that there are still people going through these experiences was really hard for me. Another project I've been working on is a generic show intro for the Ladue View! This project was really interesting to work on. My peer and I must have scrapped it at least three times before we got to an idea we liked. I think it's going to be really amazing. I have also been trying to learn how to use apple motion to create some custom animations for our show and it has been a bit of a struggle so far, but I made my first animated lower-third today!
A trailer about the journey and the ins and outs of the Ladue Ram Shack, that has received a reconstruction. I think this will be a really interesting video to produce and edit because the Ram shack has been around ever since 1962. Being able to show how it has changed in 56 years, and especially being able to show the new Ram Shack, will be an amazing opportunity. This store has meant so much to so many people, so I think it will be a bit challenging to really get the story behind it and not include so much of its history because I can't get b-roll for something that has already happened. I'll have to be more creative about the questions I ask in my interviews and the route I choose to take with the information I have. Overall I think it will be a really fun and different story to edit and produce with one of my friends, Rhea Kaw, who is with the Panorama.
In this video I created a DIY (Do It Yourself) pumpkin and asked six people to recreate it without instructions. Creating this video was really difficult because so many things had to line up for it to work. Besides having to carry all of the equipment, I had to set up three cameras and make sure nothing went wrong with all of them. I also had to reschedule meeting times at least 10 times before it worked out. The biggest challenge however was editing an hour and a half of footage. There was so much good content that it was just so difficult to narrow it down. Over all I think I could have done a better job with this video in terms of composition, creative angles and in making it flow better. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun creating this video.
On this project, I interviewed multiple teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School to find out their opinions on the new seminar schedule. Teachers are required to put in a lot more work with this new system. Obviously there were some teachers who were not so enthusiastic about it, others are really hoping it works out. As a student it was very interesting to hear all of the teachers opinions, knowing the students perspectives. I am very interested to see how the Administration will react to it and if there will be any reform next year. I struggled a lot with trying to get B-roll for this video because it is not really an action but rather an entire movement. I figured most of it out later but I would love to add some student perspectives to it later in the semester!
This project was a challenge for me but I enjoyed it a lot. It was really overwhelming to plan out B-roll. Planning out when I would meet with people to interview them and making sure I had a back up plan incase someone did not show up was really difficult. I did not realize how much work goes into a video or how long it would take. I had an hour and a half of footage to edit so it took me quite a while to finish going through all of that footage. Make sure I had sequences of three shots that were wide, medium, and tight was really difficult. I also didn't know that I had to pay attention to minuscule things such as the wave lengths of somebody's voice and how to cut out a breath. I also learned how to adjust the audio levels on my camera. I did an interview with Ms. Alrutz who is the Viva Voce coach and her interview recorded hot. This means that the audio levels on the microphone were too loud. Working with the editing software to try and fix it was really difficult but in the end I was able to fix it with a little help. I enjoyed getting to create creative angles that added to my interviews and just seeing the overall product of what I had worked so hard on.
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In class we were challenged to create a short film using only six words and six creative shots. I chose to create a story called Frozen Lake Curious Child Gone missing. The reason I chose this story is because I had a frozen lake in my neighbourhood and I knew that my younger sister wanted to help, so I came up with a story that I could use both of them in. I wanted to create something that was eerie and different. For my first shot I used a canted high angle extreme wide shot because I wanted to show as much of the setting as possible and show the audience that something was wrong by using the canted angle. For the second shot I did a close up of my sister's feet. I did this so I could introduce the character but still keep some mystery in the story. For the third shot, I did a dark voyer wide shot where I hid behind a tree to make it seem like I was spying on her. For my fourth shot, I did a close up of my sister breaking the ice to foreshadow the next shot. The fifth shot was a wide shot under water. I wanted to show the story from the underwater perspective of the character. Lastly for my sixth shot, I used an extreme closeup because I really wanted the audience to focus on the water and the bubbles. It was challenging for me to film this because my story really depended on the weather so I had to make sure that I didn't mess up the first time because the weather could have changed. To watch my six word story click here
Six-word stories can be about absolutely anything. There are so many different ideas that create different interpretations. One of these stories was written by Ernest Hemingway. His famous story was, "For Sale, Baby shoes, Never worn." There are many theories as to how this story was written. Some believe that it was allegedly written as a ten-dollar bet with his friends, that he could write a novel in six words. Others believe that he might have stolen it off of other writers and made it his own. Sadly, Hemingway fell into depression and committed suicide in 1961 after winning the Noble Peace Prize. He left the world with a legacy that people use to this day, six-word stories.
To see some six-word Story examples click here.
The Noble Prize Ernest Hemingway Biographical