Wrap-Up blog post

BLOG POST IN PROCESS

This semester, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Photoshop. While it was the easiest unit, it is the unit that I apply most regularly in my life. I regularly take high quality photos, and an enhanced ability to use Photoshop has been a huge benefit.

I learned, throughout this entire course, how to maximize my use of the Adobe Creative Suit. I know many individuals who own this product, therefore I have plans to continue practicing what I have learned. This will heighten my abilities to use this tool more effectively in the field, in the future.

I struggled to complete the Illustrator graphics. However, I learned how to begin utilizing the software, which I was completely unfamiliar with before. In the end, I felt comfortable enough to utilize tutorials provided online and move forward in my learning after the class has come to a close.

It is my intention to work with multi-media journalism. I would like to work with hyper-local publications and bridge the gap between digital and print media. Learning how to edit photos, create graphics, create audio clips, and develop videos will allow me to have an edge in this field. These abilities will allow me to create content that is unique to both platforms, with some cross over material.

There is nothing I desire to have learned that I did not learn here in this class. This class did a very thorough job of briefly reviewing the basics of this vast, complex softare.

I found multiple websites, via Google, that were useful. Most of the material provided through the classes blog did more than enough to help me learn, however, outside websites helped generate creativity and make my projects more flexible. What the blog material lacked in variety, these websites sufficed. Each are sited in my prior blog posts.

I am thankful for the assistance I received from the professor and assistants.

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Final video project

My final video project tells the story of a newspaper issue in production. It describes my involvement, as well as my team’s involvement, and entails how the paper is made for others.

I work for The Daily Evergreen and spend several nights a week producing news content for a community centered audience. My video project falls in line with my “About Me” theme as it briefly recaps in story form a night in the newsroom.

The story begins in the morning, setting up a news receiving scenario. This is illustrated with a laptop and a tablet. The story then moves on to my position, the purpose of the Daily Evergreen, and a brief summary of important production factors.

Focus shifts on me as I use different angles to convey work entirely completed in front of a computer screen. A self narrative explains what is being done and the importance of this all being completed by our deadline, which is 10 pm. Our deadline is met and the story simmers to a halt.

I used two songs credited at the end of the video, and layered a typewriter demo track over the music. I layered my narrative beneath the footage The work that I did to remedy what faults my video had, those faults that were noticed in the comments, include new shots in the introduction I left black but outlined on my storyboard.

In accordance with suggested improvements, I altered the sound by increasing dialogue and decreasing music levels. I recorded my narrative, then spliced it in. Transitions were inserted and placed, as well as titles and end credits, right before I finished production.

I learned how to utilize what I learned in Audition, create audio tracks, and apply it to what I learned in the Premiere tutorial. I learned how to complete one project I always thought would require multiple people, but completed it on my own.

I am satisfied with my final product.

Storyboard:

  • 0:00 – 0:10 Single aerial shot of bowl being placed on wooden table. Bran flakes and milk will be poured into the bowl.
  • Title graphically flashes across screen, which is: You, Me, and a Newspaper
  • 0:10 – 0:25 Cell phone is pulled out and left hand begins sliding through social media as right hand manages cereal.

Narrative:

  • 0:25 – 0:28 Cereal stuff

Narrative:

  • 0:28 – 0:31 Shot of Murrow East at night.

Narrative:

  • 0:31 – 0:38 Camera shot of Student Media Service hours plaque that pans down to hallway/path to newsroom.

Narrative:

  • 0:39 – 0:44 Newsroom banner.
  • 0:44 – 0:55 Shot of Nathan Howard, Editor-in-chief, explaining the significance of The Daily Evergreen and its purpose (briefly).
  • 0:56 – 1:04 Pan of Newsroom.

Narrative:

  • 1:04 – 1:22 Shot of Michelle Fredrickson, Managing Editor, explaining my significance in the newsroom.
  • 1:22 – 1:32 Shot of cluttered desk. Clutter is shoved off by me. Two dummy sheets of paper that show what the pages I have to work with look like are placed down.

Narrative:

  • 1:32 – 1:40 Shot of me arriving at desk and beginning to work.

Narrative:

  • 1:40 – 2:02 Three different angles, five shots, of me typing.

Narrative:

  • 2:02 – 2:26 Time lapse of me laying out part of page, photos specifically.

Narrative:

  • 2:26 – 2:50 Shot of Nathan Howard explaining deadline and the necessity of publishing on time.
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Shot of print copies of my section being examined before deadline. Being examined for publication.

Narrative:

  • 3:00 – 3:06 Shot of Nathan exporting/sending to printers.
  • 3:06 – 3:10 Shot of clock, not quite being 10pm yet, signifying deadline was made.
  • 3:10 – 3:15 Newspaper

Narrative:

  • 3:15 – 3:20 End Credits

Video draft project

My video project tells the story of a newspaper in production. I work for The Daily Evergreen and spend several nights a week producing news content. It is a huge part of my life. Therefore, my video project falls in line with my “About Me” theme as it briefly recaps in story form a night in the newsroom.

I like this project because it allows me to get others involved in the story. I hate emphasizing myself in projects. This allows me to demonstrate visually how I, The Daily Evergreen staff, and you connect.

My draft below consists of a music track found on Free Media Archives website, as well as a typewriter track (laid over the music track), and footage filmed at The Daily Evergreen (with the permission of my Editor). There is a 30 second black space in the beginning and a 30 second black space at the end as I have not finished filming all of the content.

I have strung together shots of me working, and personal interviews with other staff members. My goal is to have a lively, interesting, interactive introduction (read the storyboard) that leads into a news broadcast style feature story. It will close in a similarly lively, interesting, and interactive way.

I will also be adding transitions, change the rates of several clips, and color correct some of the content. While I was filming I accidentally switched the exposure which gave some footage a blue tint. I will alter this during Dead Week.

I am curious as to how I can keep audience members attentions and make this video more interactive. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations and tips.

Storyboard:

  • 0:00 – 0:10 Single aerial shot of bowl being placed on wooden table. Bran flakes and milk will be poured into the bowl. Spoonful of cereal will be lifted to camera.

    Title graphically flashes across screen, which is: You, Me, and a Newspaper

  • 0:10 – 0:25 Cell phone is pulled out and left hand begins sliding through social media as right hand manages cereal.

Narrative:

“How many of you check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Yik Yak in the morning? How many of you read a newspaper, or even a glanced at the text on a cereal box, in the morning?”

Newspaper and cereal box come into shot and are then tossed away.

“Some of, if not most of, any text you’ve processed since waking up today has been produced by a journalist of some sort. Whether it be a Buzzfeed article, a CollegeLife meme, or a video of a cat playing the piano while eating bacon in outer space, someone with a desire to generate content and share it with an audience is creating it.”

  • 0:25 – 0:28 Shot of myself

Narrative:

“My name is Lance Lijewski and I’m a student journalist. I produce content like that for people in Pullman as I work for WSU campus newspaper, The Daily Evergreen.

  • 0:28 – 0:31 Shot of Murrow East at night.

Narrative:

“When your day winds down, mine winds up, as I and a team of other student journalists clock into work and produce a paper for you to read in the morning.”

  • 0:31 – 0:38 Camera shot of Student Media Service hours plaque that pans down to hallway/path to newsroom.

Narrative: ?

  • 0:39 – 0:44 Newsroom banner.
  • 0:44 – 0:55 Shot of Nathan Howard, Editor-in-chief, explaining the significance of The Daily Evergreen and its purpose (briefly).
  • 0:56 – 1:04 Pan of Newsroom.

Narrative: ?

  • 1:04 – 1:22 Shot of Michelle Fredrickson, Managing Editor, explaining my significance in the newsroom.
  • 1:22 – 1:32 Shot of cluttered desk. Clutter is shoved off by me. Two dummy sheets of paper that show what the pages I have to work with look like are placed down.

Narrative: ?

  • 1:32 – 1:40 Shot of me arriving at desk and beginning to work.

Narrative: ?

  • 1:40 – 2:02 Three different angles, five shots, of me typing.

Narrative: ?

  • 2:02 – 2:26 Time lapse of me laying out part of page, photos specifically.

Narrative: ?

  • 2:26 – 2:50 Shot of Nathan Howard explaining deadline and the necessity of publishing on time.
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Shot of print copies of my section being examined before deadline. Being examined for publication.

Narrative: ?

  • 3:00 – 3:06 Shot of Nathan exporting/sending to printers.
  • 3:06 – 3:10 Shot of clock, not quite being 10pm yet, signifying deadline was made.
  • 3:10 – 3:15 Some kind of celebration

Narrative: ?

  • Shot of Bryan Hall clock in the morning

Narrative: ?

  • Shot of cereal with fresh copy of newspaper in hand
  • 3:45 – 4:00 End Credits

Raw Footage and a cry for help

About a decade ago an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants was released on Nickelodeon that had it’s feature character learning how to be a classy waiter. While learning to be a classy waiter, Spongebob reaches a point where he snaps. He has so much stuff on his mind that he forgets his name. Dozens of mini-Spongebobs begin racing around his brain burning and shredding everything he’s ever known. They have a meltdown.

I kinda feel like that with this project.

We’re going into unit 4. While I’ve procrastinated a lot this semester and am performing fairly average in this class, I’ve learned a lot. Inside and out. I can take photos, generate text based content, and manipulate material in Photoshop and Illustrator fairly well. I can even produce video content. However, I have so many other things on my mind not related to communications I’ve blanked on how to do it all.

I’m dry on ideas, inspirations, and drive to achieve basic digital functions.

So, I did what I do best. I scribbled “notes,” or rather snagged a few minutes of footage in The Daily Evergreen’s newsroom. My theme is “About Me” and I spend about half of my time working for The Daily Evergreen. I’m an assistant news editor and reporter. It consumes a good portion of my life.

Because of this, I’ve uploaded a seven minute video of Go Pro footage. Only one, not two like I was assigned. I fell short. I apologize.

Despite my shortcomings, the intent of this project is to tell the story of a newspaper’s single issue production. But I don’t know how to do it.

Do I make it first person? Like, a POV? Or do I film it with outside tools and script it like a tutorial? Or a documentary? Should it all be video footage? Should it have photos? There will be a voice over, but should I make msuic a more dominant portion?

My brain is on fire right now.

So, if you are reading this and wouldn’t mind giving me feedback, please, share your thoughts. I’d like to compensate for my lack of efforts with a badass video that makes the newsroom look more “awesome” than “awful.”

I’ve placed a link to my rubric below and the raw footage as well:

http://com210.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/video-story-project-details-2/

Final Audio Story

Creating a clean, neatly clipped audio story is not easy. I mean, you would think it should. Grab some audio footage, download a song, and clip it together in a three minute time slot. What you don’t realize is the audio can be muddy, the song inappropriate, or the edits rough.

I managed to produce an approximately three minute long audio story about me. It wasn’t with a lot of work, great suggestions, and a handful of problems I couldn’t overcome.

The audio story begins with me introducing my involvement with Resonate Church. I transition into dialogue taken from a student member and personal mentor. The footage is moderately strong in the beginning. It is audible.

Initially, it wasn’t. But a comment posted earlier in the week suggested that I boost the volume. Another suggested adding music. I did both and tried to blend the two together.

As the clip plays the audio grows weaker and the balance between the music and dialogue seems to become imbalanced. I worked on fixing this issue, with some success. However, I’m convinced that the muddy dialogue can not be remedied in any way other than rerecording with better equipment.

All of the audio used in my project was collected on my cell phone.

So, I finalized the project with what material I had. I rerecorded some transitional dialogue for clarity. Hopefully, the piece is audible enough to be understood.

With that, the overall tone should be a brief explanatory story or short documentary. I decided to work on something that would be practical in brand journalism or PR; generating my content from personal experience and applying it to an organization I associate with.

The story is completely non-fiction. While most of it is explainitory, conflict is briefly mentioned towards the end.

Based on my rubric, I did the best that I could to generate a constant narrative with limited interruptions that presents a story related to my “about me” blog theme. I intend to expand on this subject matter and practice clear recording practices in my next project, which will include video footage.

Audio Draft

I do a lot on campus. I work with student media services, I volunteer with a collegiate church ministry, I attempt to stay active in school, an I have a ton of friends and family to juggle.

This audio draft focuses particularly on my involvement with Resonate Church. It’s a major aspect of my life. It affects my family, my work, my school, and my faith. It’s the key to knowing anything about me.

Before you listen, let me lay out my plan of attack for the future of this track.

I’m shooting for a simple piece that is designed more for a spiritual audience. It will be constructed so that individuals not involved with Resonate will understand the content, but unfortunately, do to some of the interview material, context might be lost.

The draft track begins with an unedited intro spoken by myself, which I will most likely replace for quality purposes.

A segment from an interview with a personal mentor of mine is spliced in. His name is Chance Chaffin. He works closely with me in many different aspects of my life. He describes Resonate’s mission and purpose.

A segment from an interview with a friend of mine is spliced in beside that. His name is Joshua Eckburg. He works closely with me in one area of my Resonate involvement. He also works closely and is roommates with Chaffin. He describes a part of my involvement with Resonate.

The final segment is Chaffin, once again. He closes the draft out with the rest of my involvement with Resonate.

I did not do much editing to this draft because I’ve decided to get fresh audio over the weekend. Right now I have general content spliced where I intend to replace it.

My goal is to create a 3 minute track that describes as simply as possible the purpose of Resonate Church and my personal involvement. The piece will introduce me, talk about my desire to serve the church through writing, prayer, and leadership, and close with how it defines my identity.

With the feedback I’m hoping to gain some insight in to how I might better describe my activity in simpler, more abreviated terms. I would also like to learn how to evoke emotion, or additional emotion, through music. The words will not be enough.

I need wisdom in how to strengthen my piece.

I look forward to listening to my final project and somehow using it to inspire my final video project. All criticism is welcome.