Video Storytelling

 

The assignment was to tell a journalism story by using video, audio, pictures. My partner and I chose to do a feature on the local Laramie Burlesque Troupe. We wanted them to explain their thoughts on burlesque and give an idea of what it is. Most everyone has a basic idea of what burlesque is, but the purpose of this project was to give a closer look at the art form. Performers explained what they got out of the experience and why burlesque was important to them. The difference between burlesque and stripping is briefly explored.

It was very interesting to learn a new program. Premiere Pro is a complicated program. It is very well equipped to create a video project; one can do a lot with it. It just was not easy to learn; what I mean is, the steps that must be taken to accomplish a task are not obvious. We had to consult YouTube “How To” videos several times in order to learn how something is done. For example, rotating clip, changing the volume and fading in or out, and altering the size of a clip. We also had trouble figuring out the right boxes to check when exporting the project. The members of the troupe were very helpful and gave a lot of interesting information for the project.

It surprised me how much time this project took. It can become very confusing when you get several layers of video and audio in the program. If I could have done something differently, I would have added more video to round out the story of the project.

I can definitely see how video could be useful in many different scenarios. One can create a video project to uniquely get across a message in an interesting way. Because not everyone has the knowledge of these programs, it is a definite plus to know how to use a program like Premiere. The class guest speakers pointed that out, and after having done a project myself I understand what they meant.

Live Tweeting Event

The assignment was to tweet during an event to report what was going on. I chose to tweet at the local Holiday Market that is held on campus. I first talked to one of the event’s coordinators to hear a little about the purpose of the event. While thinking of what to tweet, I tried to keep in mind what I would find interesting if I had attended the event as a customer.

It was easy and enjoyable to visit with the vendors. I would talk with them when they were not helping a customer. It was harder to visit with a shopper because they were trying to look at the booths. I felt a little awkward walking around with my computer. Sometimes, I felt like I was taking up too much room when I was walking through people or in between booths where there was not ample space.

I enjoyed thinking about what to tweet that would catch people’s attention, and possibly make them interested in coming to the event. I really learned how Twitter could be used to draw in more people to attend an event. If someone saw on Twitter that an event was happening that day, they could just head over. It is not like seeing an advertisement, where one would have to remember the date and time of an upcoming event. Twitter is a great way to let people know there is something going on right now, so they should head over. Also, you can let people know of specific things they should look for once they get there. I tried to do that with my Tweets.

I did not see how to add a hashtag. I looked around and I never found a button to add that. Another problem I had was keeping the Tweets short enough. I would type too much and then have to delete some because it would not let me publish it if it surpassed the limited amount of characters. The camera I had brought with me ran out of battery, so I had to wait and add the photo the next day. So, I wish I could have tweeted that along with the other Tweets as the event was happening.

I can definitely see how Twitter could help in a future career. You could sort through Tweets to find out personal ideas about a topic that is taking place that affects what you are doing in your job. Also, if you needed to get feedback, Twitter would be a fast way to hear what employees are thinking.

Soundslides Project

We put together this Soundslides project to learn how audio and pictures work together to tell a story. My partner and I chose to do the project on an open gym night that is held for UW students who have young children. During the winter months when children cannot play outside, this open gym offers the kids a chance to run and play with other children. This event also is an opportunity for the student parents to meet fellow parents and make friends.

Working with my partner was a positive experience. She was interested in journalism as a subject and has worked on real news stories, and that helped me view this project from a more journalistic standpoint. I feel like we presented ourselves in a professional manner to the parents at the open gym, and because of that it was a positive experience interacting with them and their children. The interviewees were very cooperative and gave interesting information.

It was difficult getting everything edited and into Soundslides, but once we had it in that program, the work went easily. Soundslides was a simple program to understand how to use.

At first I was affraid that the pictures were going to have a wierd lighting because this event took place in a gym. I was also afraid that the pictures would have too much blurriness because the children were always moving. I must say however, that the pictures turned out well. When there was blurriness, I thought it was interesting and added to the photo because it showed movement, and that accurately described the event because there was a lot of movement with the kids playing. Another concern was keeping the childrens’ identities protected. So, I tried to keep most photos at a distance or from the back. The pictures that do show a closer face, we had gotten the permission from the parent.

A difficulty we had was putting the different interviews together. Because they were all their own files, sometimes there was troubles moving from one file to another.

I would not change anything about the project. I am really happy with how it turned out.

Edited Interview

 

I learned how important it is to have pauses and spaces of time in an interview. That is something I will remember for future interviews. Pauses are important because they allow the editor to have more ability to edit the interview down to an acceptable time. If those pauses were not there, then the edited interview would sound awkward and as though it had been pieced together. Even with those pauses in there, it is a meticulous job to make an interview sound like one flowing monologue. I tried to go through and delete long pauses and any “um’s” or long “uh’s” and “ands.” I also deleted a couple spots where the person had repeated themself. It surprised me how difficult it would be to decide on what parts to keep. This interview was about an interesting and engaging topic so, that made it hard to know what was best to keep in the two minutes. The interviewee had an interesting story to tell with several parts to it, and that made the process go really smooth.

Interview

 

 

Interviewing this person went well. They interacted well with the recorder. After a time, they acted as though it was not there. I feel like I was always aware that the recorder was there because I was trying to lean toward it without creating ambient noise, but it did not make me uncomfortable. It was interesting hearing another person’s story and the details that they found important to recall. Containing the interview to five minutes was the challenge because when someone is telling an interesting story, the interviewer thinks of more than enough questions to ask. Overall, I think the interview very smoothly.

Photojournalism

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“And They’re Off”

     University of Wyoming swimmers dive into the pool at the first home meet of the 2013 season.

     Timing was very important at this event. I shot many pictures that were just too soon or right after the peak moment. This photo is one where I got the timing right. I also thought the logo flags added the “Repitition” device to the photo.

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“Fly”

Memebers of the University of Wyoming Men’s Swim Team race neck and neck. The event was UW Brown Team vs. UW Gold Team.

     This was another shot that timing was the most important thing to get right. I took several shots until I got this one. You can see the swimmers and not just splashes of water.

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“Tuck and Roll”

University of Wyoming diver practices during warm up before the diving portion of the meet on October 4, 2013.

     The event happened very fast. The events moved along very quickly, so if I did not get a good shot from one event, then I missed out. It was very noisy in the pool, and everything echoed. So, I could not hear the names of the people competing. The program had names, but did not list the events or have the names in order of appearance.

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“Take the Plunge”

University of Wyoming diver competes at first home meet Friday, October 4, 2013. The event took place at the Corbett Building.

     Again, timing was very important. This involved being able to judge where the person was in the shot and being able to press half-way down on the button to focus first, and then still snapping the photo before the moment was lost.

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“Here’s the Plan”

University of Wyoming Diving Coach Yahya Radman (www.gowyo.com) talks to the Diving Team at the first home meet of the season.

     I thought this was a good feature photo because it involved the coach instructing his team. A problem with shooting all of the photos at this meet was the lighting in the pool area. I switched back and forth through different settings trying to find one that captured the movement well, but also adjusted to the lighting well enough to clearly see what the photo was of.

Photography Experiment

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“Looking Beyond”

     I originally took a few different pictures with this set up. The others are with the flower in focus. I liked this one the best because I thought that it was more interesting to have the background in focus. My dominant creative device in this photo is “Depth.” Having the background in focus emphasizes the depth, and really, it is the middle ground that is in focus. Having the flower in focus was too typical, and I did not want the flower to be the main subject, but instead, have the feeling of being surrounded by foilage be what the photo is about. The photo is aesthetically-pleasing because of this created “feeling.”

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“Picture this Pitcher”

     My dominant creative device in this photo is “Framing.” This is such a unique and interesting subject, it is like taking a portrait of a person. I wanted the subject to be front and center because it is what the viewer’s eye will immediately go to. The spikes of the leaves in the background help frame the pitcher by using symmetry -there are two leaves on either side of the pitcher.

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“Fire”

     My dominant device here, is “Color.” The color is automatically attention-grabbing and makes the picture interesting. The supportive device of lighting, really helps the photo use color to be aesthetically-pleasing. I also think that the stem and veins in the leaves act as leading lines that draw the viewer’s eyes diagonally from the bottom left to the upper right.

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“Stone Prowess”

     In this photo, the dominant device is “Viewpoint.” The viewpoint of looking up is interesting and makes the photo aesthetically-pleasing by creating shaddows in the stone.

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“They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore”

     I think the dominant device here is “Rule of Thirds.” Although viewpoint is substantially interesting, the three lines of the railings and the dinosaur are what grab my attention the fastest. This man is taking in the enormity of the assembled skeleton of an herbivorous dinosaur on display in the University of Wyoming museum in the College of Geology building.