I had the spectacular opportunity to be a part of the 5 On Your Side Partnership Program this year. In this program, students from Ladue High School and Gateway Stem High School collaborate to create a PSA. This year, the PSA topic was centered around the idea that one should be cautious about what he or she posts online. This prompt resonated with me due to the amount of social media use my peers and I participate in. This program was an amazing way to connect with students from a different background and brainstorm creative ideas. My group did not get their proposed idea chosen, but had an amazing time getting to know each other as well as thinking creatively about video ideas. In addition, we had the fantastic chance to tour the 5 On Your Side studio. Seeing an impressive studio and the professional side of Broadcast Technology was amazing. This experience was memorable and truly enjoyable. I appreciated the ability to harmoniously collaborate and create while at the same time having fun. I am so grateful for and will never forget this incredible opportunity.
Originally, I wanted to create a behind the scenes look into the costume crew of Footloose, Ladue's spring musical. While starting my project, I ran into difficulties. Many student did not want to be interviewed, the hectic environment backstage didn't provide for good camera shots, and an unclear storyline deterred me from continuing with my original plan. Instead, I decided to interview the new acting student teacher Ms.Krenning. I learned a lot in the process of making this video. I learned how to take a project that I believed would not work out, and turn it into a video that provided insight into a new member of the Ladue community. I also learned that teamwork is incredibly important and the ideas and advice of others can help tremendously. I enjoyed this project to a degree. I liked getting to know Ms.Krenning and other students involved in Footloose, however I easily got discouraged when aspects of my project went amiss. In the scheme of things, I gained many new skills that will help me in my future endeavors in Broadcast Technology. Most importantly, I leaned how to adjust my perfectionist inside me and allow a good project to flourish. To watch my video click here.
The start of my semester in Broadcast Technology II has been spectacular. We were tasked with picking a job in the TV studio and learning about it. I chose to learn about anchoring. At first, I was incredibly nervous to be on camera. However, after practicing a few times I got over the initial nerves and developed a love for the position. The feeling of accomplishment after reading a segment correctly is thrilling. While working in the studio I also learned many new lessons. First, I learned that making mistakes is normal and not a big deal. In the beginning, when I would read a line wrong or hesitate, I would get discouraged. However, now I realize that little mistakes are acceptable and the power of improvisation is useful. Next, I learned how important teamwork in the studio is. Each job directly influences the next and in the end, we are all working together to complete an amazing product. In relation to the need for teamwork, the use of communication is incredibly important. To be a good team we all need to be alert and listening for when we're needed. Overall, my first experiences in the studio have been fantastic. I look forward to anchoring more as well as starting to produce my own stories. To watch the February edition of Ladue View click here.
The Acting two class preformed in "4 am" as their final. They preformed during the Senior Directed One Acts in Spring 2018. In Broadcast Technology class I created a News Package following their journey and emotion. I really enjoyed this process and the people I did it with. Mr.Goble was spectacular in teaching, Mr.Pecka was kind to let me use his class, my classmates helped in editing and ideas, and most of all the acting two students were amazing in their performance. The structure of this project was helpful and easy to follow. I would not change anything about this project because it was astounding and incredibly enjoyable.
Overall, my experience with Broadcast Technology was memorable and extremely enjoyable. I enjoyed the lessons that taught us many skills and the process of applying those skills. Mr.Goble is a spectacular teacher who spends individual time helping students reach their full potential. There was very little that I didn't enjoy. My favorite project was the "Six Word Story" project. Even though I had difficulties with my shots, Mr.Goble helped me and it turned out fantastic. I would have liked a few more mini-projects, but overall the lesson plan was great. I have developed a love for Broadcast Technology and would love to continue it in the future. It was a wonderful class!
In class we watched six Steve Hartman “Everybody Has A Story” videos. We choose two stories to connect to a method called "Hey, You, See, So" storytelling. "Hey, You, See, So" structure: Hey- Attention (Hook). You- Viewer’s relation to the topic. See- Two or three facts. So- Why do they care?
I enjoyed watching these videos because of the heartwarming stories. I also enjoyed them because I learned more about the process of delivering facts and emotion in stories.
Story One: "Soul Food."
Hey- The hook is Suzanne Lee's appearance and house. Shows setting and gives background.
You- Shows family connection and her relationship with her children. Shows her way of giving back to the community with her food.
See- Shows her refrigerators. Shows people that eat at her home.
So- Shows the importance of character and giving.
Overall this video is amazing. The way Steve connects with the character is wonderful. He includes humor as well as emotion. Suzanne also has a bright, energetic personality.
Story Two: "The animal Odd Couple"
Hey- The hook is the elephant itself. We see and hear about the statuary.
You- The relation is the two animals as unlikely friends. Shows true connection between different species. Includes that many people have odd friends.
See- Shows the interactions the pals have. Explains the dynamic of the sanctuary.
So- Inclusion and unique friendships.
This story is spectacular as well. The subject is amazing and unique. Again, Steve inspires joy and understanding through his story.
I enjoyed creating the interview project because I learned how to conduct a purposeful interview and learned new skills on filming. I filmed my father and it was nice to learn more about him and the things he's experienced. I had some difficulties after my interview because I had to edit a 16 minute video down to five minutes. A few things I learned from the interview process are composition, framing, and sound. I also learned how to ask meaningful questions that give complex answers. I enjoyed helping my classmates with their projects. I would love to continue to do interviews and learn more.
Today, we researched and watched videos about interviews, and how to correctly execute the process. For our next project we will be conducting an interview with an "expert". The way we are defining an expert is someone that has done a sport, hobby, or activity for 3-5 years. A few things I learned from these videos are lighting, composition, framing, and sound. I found the videos helpful because it went in depth and was easy to understand. It was nice to see a visual representation of how to interview. Most importantly, prepare beforehand and always be aware of your shot and subject at all times.
Some things to ask your Character to do:
Rephrase your question in the answer.
Wait a second before you answer.
Don't feel like your answers need to be perfect.
Don't look at the camera.
Try to avoid touching your face and moving a lot.
Say your name and spell it.
Some things you need to remember:
Choose a location with good lighting.
Watch for background noise and wind.
Proper looking room and head space.
How, why, what, and where are good questions.
Don't forget the "tell me" questions.
Shoot at an even, neutral eye level.
Turn of all cell phones.
Eyes should be seen clearly.
Ask the question: "Is there anything else you would like to add?"
During Broadcast Technology class I created a Six Word Story. Overall, I enjoyed this project. After a few days of brainstorming I decided on the story, "You never fail to inspire joy." I thought of the relationship my sister has with our dog, Griffin. I used color and angle to show her emotion. I enjoyed the freedom this project allowed us, and the ability to be creative. One limitation I faced was the location I filmed in. I filmed at my house, and was unable to get some shots that I wanted. In one shot, I had to prop a glass door open with my foot, while standing in the bushes. In another, I wanted to do a wide shot, but my hallway was too narrow and did not permit me to. I also had some difficulty with my original shots, so I decided to redo them. A few things I learned was the ability to redo shots, the importance of color editing, and the understanding that everyone makes mistakes. To watch my video click here.
Today in class we practiced 19 different shots. In the beginning, I felt like it would be hard to do all the shots, but I realized that they are simple and easy to learn. One problem I had was keeping the phone camera still. I included screenshots of my favorite shots to film. Overall, my favorite shot was the Over the Shoulder Shot or OTS shot. I like how it looks on camera and feel like it can be a good tool while filming. The Depth Staging shot was also fun and creative. I enjoy the Point of View shot because it's nice to see what the subject sees. The Low or Dramatic Angle was enjoyable because you don't see it often. Another one of my favorite shots was the Extreme Close-Up I enjoy the way it looks. Last, I enjoyed the Extreme angle because it's unsettling but interesting. I would recommend researching new shots or trying new shots.
My name is Annabella Seeger. I am a hard worker. I enjoy making and reporting on videos. I am interested in helping and informing others with my videos. I also enjoy cooking, rollerblading, traveling, and hanging out with my good friends.