Goal with this project: Make something that required editing and tells a different creative story.
I was inspired by black history month and the Kehinde Whiley event at the St. Louis Art Museum. I wanted to show that Black Beauty is a form of art and that we have a rich culture in the world of art. I also to wanted to show that we had a sorta of magic that is the muse for lots of art. The hardest part was the editing. in fact as I type this blog I am currently re-editing the video to make a more clear story. It was fun to get to show the model side an then have it fit it to a silly more fun side.
Fun fact! I had the idea for this video when my friend and I did a photoshoot in the art museum and I realized that it would so dope to do it as a film project as well.
I look forward to taking these skills to create a horror short story.
The second we got back into class I was started on like 3 different projects! The way its meant to be be, busy. I loved the rush of trying to get all the projects finished on time. One project was a video for HEC-Tv about the inspiration art can have in the heart. It turned out so amazing and the feedback has been amazing! It was so much fun to film and be able to express a project that is so creative but with a strong story. I also got to create the intro for our Ladue View with my good friend Cleo Davis. I am really like projects that involve a lot of editing and this project was definitely all cool camera shots and tight editing, the most exhilarating thing. The only thing more fun than creating the Ladue View intro was directing it. I got the opportunity to direct the whole thing, so I called the shots! I was apart of every aspect from on air talent to writing the script. Last year I was the on air talent and it was so fun to get to completely switch sides.
Photo: Me directing a shot while also being in it, I ended up not using this scene because it took away from the original message but it was funny to film it. I felt like a not so invisible ghost.
I always hate this blog, because it means that the semester is over and I won't have one of my favorite classes to go to everyday. Broadcast Tech has honestly been so great this year! In most classes you have very strict assignments and it's all molded from someone else, but this class really allows me to film whatever I want and express myself in so many different ways. This year I really got to make videos that just really reflected how i felt in the moment. My favorite video would have to be my reflection video, I just got to experiment with so many new shots I don't always use and I did so much cool editing that I never did and I got to incorporate my songwriting and poetry into it and it really brought out all my favorite forms of creativity, also I looked so cute. I can not wait to take the class again! Next year though I am going full force on my videos, this year I felt like i held back cause I wasn't used to doing such high caliber creative projects but now I know I can and I will accomplish making a short film!
The theme of our final videos had to be reflection, whether it was just a shot of a reflective surface or a reflection of yourself. So i took it as learning to love the person in the mirror and i wrote a piece about growing to love myself. I wanted to tell the story of how i became this kind of self obsessed diva, and a big part of it for me was learning to be alone and love who i was. It was a different project for me because this was a video I wanted to do in a very creative way and try new shots and editing tools. This was also my first video using something I wrote as a song and turn it into poetry, This video was also my experiment with using music produced by someone for a video. The music was produced by www.FreekvanWorkum.net and it was so perfect for this video and just the vibe that i give off. I just felt like it worked with me and the nature setting which is also very important to me because nature just pull out a simple beauty in everything so I'm real glad I went outside.
My last project of the semester is coming up and it will be one of self reflection. The theme for my video is surviving with just yourself and the importance of self love. I am so excited to share something that hits so close to home for me. My goal is to make it my most creative and raw video yet. I have been working and rafting it for about a month and will have the final cut ready soon. I attached a very tiny snippet of the concept and type of shots I want in it.
I have wanted to do a comedy sketch kind of project for some time and im glad I finally got to materialize the many ideas of stories and jokes I had. I also got to show off my amazing sketch comedy SNL skills, so when Leslie Jones retires i'm gonna be taking her spot.
I also have the my school's senior directed one acts coming and im in one of them and its so bittersweet because I'm excited to direct next year but its the last one act i will be in (SAD FACE).
Speaking of award winning acting, I have an audition for a showcase coming up and I am so excited to have another opportunity to be on stage in a musical setting which i havent done in a while. I also have a creative video concept that I plan on accomplishing before the end of this school year. I have recently gotten into modeling as well and im thinking of incorporating that into my website. When I get my laptop up and running I will add the shots in.
My first project back is a PSA about the Time's Up! movement as it is very prevalent in today's political and social world. I found really strong female leaders in my school and had them participate and act as the voices of my video. I found it to be very important to have women telling the story. I as a man can shine a light to their message and put it together, but for it to have power behind it, the video needed women. My end goal is to have it done by the end of this month and submit to a few competitions and garner attention for this movement.
This semester has been one of my best film wise. I made videos out if my typical comfort range and they turned ou better than I expected and I cant wait to do more new types of cideos.
The story is an interview and inside look of how auditions feel and what it is like to audition. The beginning is the explanation of the audition and the feelings before an audition. The middle is the actors feelings in an audition leading to the end which tells the actor post-audition feelings. The conflict of their stories is each of the anxiety and worries about the audition. It is resolved with the actors preparation and confidence. I think all audiences can relate to situations of high stress that mean a lot to us.
The story focuses on Lilli and Ron's stories about auditioning for this musical and how they felt about it. there are other characters in the story, but none speak the other people are simply in it as BRoll to focus on the two main characters of this story.
People should care because it shows that there is a lot more to a show than the crazy dances an long monologues. It also shows that actors have real emotions too.
Videography Techniques, Clarity & Interest Editing: 14
Style, Organization & Preparation: 14
Overall i think my video could have been way better. I didn't plan my time out and because of silly mistakes I made by not checking sound input I lost a lot of good BRoll opportunities. I also think I didnt plan to use a lot of shot variety and it showed.
For my news story i did an American Idol style interview to ask about the process of auditioning and everything that goes with it. I think it was fun to ask about all the different aspects of musicals from people that I normally don't talk to. The hardest part about the project was the fact that my clips for B-roll didn't pick up the sound #Whoops. I think I made it work thought, but i cant wait to get back to making my super creative videos.