Broadcast Technology has been quite the journey. My partner Hans and I have worked together on many projects over the year. We've both found our individual talents in the class and in video-journalism in general. It's been a blast working with some of cameras and wireless microphones. This is experience I never would've gotten from another class (besides BT2).
The creative freedom felt a bit limited at first with the certain projects at hand, but over time the class eased into some of the harder technically-but way more free projects regarding the subjects and eventually the news package. I'm very pleased with Hans and I's news package with the Ladue Percussion teacher.
Overall, this class has been a lot of fun and given me some valuable experience pertaining to the journalist world, and I'm excited to go into the future with the acquired knowledge and skill from Broadcast Technology.
In our final project in Broadcast Technology I, my partner Hans and I worked on a fantastic news package. We shot around an hour of b-roll but got around 4-5 hours more from our great teacher Mrs. Davidson. This project was a great lesson in editing, interviewing, and time management.
Hans and I had to allocate several of our days towards getting time to interview several students. It was a lesson in interviewing as we had to use time wisely and also convince the teachers to let us borrow their students. All in all, we interviewed four people for about 4-15 minutes each.
The news package was very fun to edit, I have always been a fan of editing projects. This time, we seriously had some great footage and things to do with what we made. Our project is centered around the percussion ensemble and we are very excited to present our work to the Broadcast Technology class.
The first video I chose was the Veteran EHAS. The story was very honorable as it showed a man who paid his service to the country because it was his duty. In the video, there is a lot of Hey, You, See, So. When Hartman is discussing the veteran's rowdy son, he puts emphasis on when he says the words while showing clips of the son doing funny things. There is emotion added to the story when Hartman picks certain shots of the veteran walking alone and the flag waving in the air. The story is influenced by the emotion and it's part of what makes it so interesting.
The second video I chose was the Adoption EHAS. Although it begun drowsily with the interviewee not expecting to be very entertaining, the work of Hartman and his crew made the story extremely touching. Soon we learned about the foster boys that were adopted by the family in Pennsylvania. There was a lot of use of sound in this story that effected the overall emotion. For example, when one of the boys wishes he were adopted, there is a complete halt to the other sound. There is also an abundance of sound in certain shots. In the end, Hartman finds a great connection between adoption and the mother's faith with ends the story in a heartfelt tone.
Finally my partner Hans and I were able to finalize the interview. He helped me while I interviewed my friend Evan about his music producing. Evan was excited to do the interview as it allowed him a lot of publicity. Overall, we did some things right and some wrong with the interview. First off, we framed the shot too low and you can see a part of the microphone. This also allowed for too much room in the shot. Another issue was the spinny chair. The subject got a little restless. Overall, however, the interview worked quite well and we got the sound bites we needed.
Lately in Broadcast Technology we have been practicing the intricate process of interviewing. This project has essentially been bringing out the big guns of journalism. We have gotten loads of practice with the wireless microphones now, and this project has also been built around many core ideas about filming. Thus far, we've gained a lot of practice and I'm excited to roll out a final product soon.
The six-word-story was extremely hard to do because from a creative standpoint it required a large effort. Not only did you need to come up with a justified six word story but you had to present it convincingly. Some of my friends made some really cool six word stories and played around with a lot of interesting stories. The SWS was a challenging but rewarding project and overall expanded my Broadcast Technology skills.
Ernest Hemingway was a famed short story writer. I learned from my research that while with some friends in a bar he wagered that whoever could write the best short story would get $10 from each friend. So, Ernest wrote the famed "For sale, baby shoes never worn" and collected on the money from his friends. This is a very famous short story because it inspired a writing style called flash fiction. I also found out that Ernest served in both World Wars, and died in 1961 to suicide.
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After gathering the footage, we were assigned to make the video. After becoming familiar with Final Cut Pro, I was able to swiftly move through the editing process. Essentially, FCP is a more advanced version of iMovie. Dragging titles and filters was a piece of cake. It was fun to be able to use some footage I had actually taken to edit with. The editing process was really smooth and I think the final piece shows that.
The video scavenger hunt has been very fun because it allowed my partner and I to experiment using different shots. We got a taste of the cameras and how to white balance, adjust the iris and focus, and record in positions corresponding to the shot type. This has been the most technical project so far, due to it being based around our ability to take creative and interesting shots. Hopefully, when we learn how to use Final Cut Pro, we will make a smooth and cool video containing our shots.
For the first project in Broadcast Technology, our class made an iAM movie to showcase who we are as people. This was an easy project in my opinion due to my experience in iMovie over the last five years. In the video, I had several categories about who I was such as photographer, traveler, and foodie. The project was really fun to make because I got to take a look at some of the older photos I had on my camera roll. I did have to cut a few photos that weren't the best resolution/were harder to crop. However, I think the final project looked really good. This project was a good first exercise for this class, and I'm excited to see what will come in the future.
The author of this blog is Sean Ferguson, a freshman at Ladue High School taking Broadcast Technology.