I really enjoyed working on this final because I love working with Mary and going to Mrs. Behr's classroom to film and interview her about what the class is all about. We brainstormed very effectively about what shots we should get and efficiently filmed each shot. We discussed what angles to get and how close or far away we should be. Once we had taken all of our footage, we returned to class and began editing. I really liked editing using the editing formula for this type of video because when I was finished I had learned a good basic approach to editing videos that make them look very professional. I feel very proud of my video because I think I got good footage, good material from the interview and edited the the video well so that it looks clean, professional, and keeps the audiences attention throughout the whole video.
I really enjoyed this project because I got to work independently on making a newscast which I have never done before. I also got to experience the process first hand which I thought was very interesting and insightful. This project further broadened my view and understanding of the broadcast industry and the skills needed for each job and how crucial each job is. I would love to do this project again!
From doing this project I have learned how important B-roll is and how natural sound can enhance a video so much and make it so much more interesting. I also learned that when interviewing people you have to put the camera on one shoulder so for example if it is on your right shoulder the person should be on the right third of the frame. The person you are interviewing should also be looking at you not at the camera. I also learned about how to use iMovie better which will be very beneficial to me in the future. My greatest success in this project was when I interviewed Mr. LaBarge because I have always been curious about what he thinks about the environment and about what we can all do to help. I have been very passionate about recycling and helping the environment for a long time now so I think project really helped me explore the subject even more. My biggest challenge in this project was when my videos wouldn't upload into iMovie so I had to make the video in about one day but I still managed to get it all done and I am very happy with the final product.
Editing footage is a key component to a good video because you can cut certain parts you dont like and you can single out certain sentences or phrases that are very key to the point. When editing you can also raise the volume of the sound, add transitions, titles and you can add overlay cilps. All of these components add to the quality and interest level of the video. Personally I love the editing process, it is my favorite part of mobile journalism.
When interviewing your subject it is important to ask them questions that begin the interview by asking the subject what his or her name is and have them spell it so that when putting the caption beneath them when editing, you spell their name right. When asking the questions always ask questions that begin with "Tell me about.." which are very open ended questions instead of asking the subject yes or no questions which are somewhat constraining for the subject.
In order to have quality sound attached to your footage, one must get very close to the subjects face because if the person is too far from the subject then the sound quality will be low and therefore the footage will not be as interesting. Sound is incredibly important because if you can only see the subject but can't hear the subjects voice then the footage is completely uninteresting and not worth watching.
The importance of mobile journalism is that each and every person on the planet has the capability of sharing stories with all of the other people on the planet with just a click of a button. Citizen journalism has risen due to the increase in people with smartphones through past years. In 2013 56% of citizens had smartphones which means that in 2013 alone, over half the population could easily record videos, interviews
I learned that a B-Roll is the technique of adding diversity to enrich your video by showing clips of the person you are interviewing doing the action that the interview is about. This technique adds depth to the information being conveyed in the video. In order to get good footage you should put the ipad by your shoulder and whichever shoulder it is near is the side of the camera you should put the person in. Also, the person being filmed should be a few feet in front of the background they are against to add depth. The filmer should also get quite close to the subject in order to get clear sound and quality visual.
From watching different videos I have learned that for every action shot, 1-3 reaction shots increases viewers emotional connection to the action. In addition to reaction shots, natural sounds capture the moment in a more authentic way allowing the viewers to feel in the moment along side the action. At the beginning of videos it is important to start from the exterior of the situation. For example, showing a picture of the outside of a school, describing the setting, time place and the people involved in the action without telling the viewers exactly what is happening. Once the setting has been developed and the viewer has been drawn in, it is affective to interview a person about the event taking place, then show the action that is the main point of the video. Once the main point has come across, transition to personal connections viewers can make with the characters and the event taking place. It is also important to cause the viewers to laugh and feel happy before making them feel emotional towards the situation.