Proposal One: M.B – Life within the Ocean
Does it make sense? Why? – Yes it did make sense. I got a good background behind the reasoning behind why she wanted to do this project and has stated who has influenced her. With the way she described it was deep, meaningful and something she was clearly passionate about. She has stated what research she is going to do and how it is going to help her final result so you get a good range of what it is going to look like.
Do you think they will be critical in their analysis? Why and How? – I think they will be quite critical mainly because she is taking the negatives of something she is very passionate about to display awareness and has a reasoning behind it. She stated in their evaluation planning that they are going to be looking back over their work in depth and analysis it as well as ask peers for their opinions and how she can improve to get more than one mind on her final piece. She also said she wants the publics opinion and take any criticism from there to make it better, she is doing so by posting photographs of her project on social media.
Proposal Two: G.D – Wearable Sculptures
Does it make sense? Why? – The project somewhat makes sense. She talks about her journey and motivation towards her final major project and gives lots of references to who inspired her to choose this project. She stated her audience however stated it at such a large gap it is hard to picture mentally who it is really targeted for. There is no indication of actual design ideas or anything to feed the mind what the end result might look like in any sense which leaves you puzzled.
Do you think they will be critical in their analysis? Why and How? – She will be critical, she states that she will be reflecting and evaluating her work on a weekly basis in a analytical way. She states she will be asking peers for their opinions while asking tutors for formative assessments as well as conclude with a final evaluation of her work. She also stated her targeted and desired grade and that she will be thorough to get it.
The first proposal you can picture the project quite clearly as well as understand the reasoning and passion behind it while the second one you don’t get much of an image or reasoning at all other than who inspires her to do the project. They have both referenced well and said who inspires them and who their targeted audience is however the first proposal was more effective than the second. Neither proposals have really said however the types of research they will be doing for their project apart from stating they will be using the internet and books so nothing stands out that they are going out of their way or doing anything unordinary when researching.
I believe they will both be very critical on their work as they have both stated that they will reflect and analyse their work on a weekly basis as well as get peers and tutors opinions to see how they can improve and get the grade they desire.
Three skills I have learnt over the past two trimesters:
1/ How to correctly edit videos to a near professional standard. To make it look clean, professional and to a level and standard that I am happy with as well as proud to show to others.
2/ How to correctly take photos. I have learnt how to use the different frames and angles to capture better images. From rules of third to the types of shot as well as how to use DSR cameras and how to operate the functions on the camera as well as how to use extra equipment such as tripod etc.
3/ How to conduct interviews. I have learnt the steps in how to shoot interviews as well as the different types of interviews and angles. I learnt the importance of sound quality and using the correct frames and angles to capture the interview. I also learnt about the flow of the interview and how it can take several takes to get the best result. I have also learnt the importance of the different roles in interviews from director to sound-man.
Three things I have improved over the past two trimesters:
1/ My Photoshop skills. Since joining college, my Photoshop skills have improved in ways such as correctly using layers and cropping. Also I have improved on using the individual tools and not using the same basic skills I previously knew.
2/ Speaking to the camera and presenting my work in front of the class. Before college, I did not talk much while being recorded. Since college, I have not only gained confidence in speaking while being recorded but also my charisma has improved with better voice expressions but also now with a wider vocabulary.
3/ Being on camera. Again I never really liked being recorded but now due to college I have gained confidence on being visually recorded and interviewed. Cameras no longer spook me and I no longer feel shy, embarrassed or nervous in front of the camera.
The piece of work I am most proud of is the radio practise I did with a fellow classmate. The task was to create a minute and a half radio piece about a topic of our choice, this being Justin Beiber. I did’t have high expectations of the task or the end result however with a few takes that we were both happy with and editing the audio, it came out a lot better than expected.
I believe that editing videos is my strongest skill while being on this course. I feel more comfortable editing audio as I can mainly focus on one thing instead of an interview where you got to focus on both audio and visuals, however I am happy and confident in editing all kinds of media such as audio, video and photographs.
I think the subject I might need to work more on is my print skills. I am happy with my recent tasks that have required however I do feel that I can improve on my sentence structure as well as my vocabulary and spelling.
Over the break, I was thinking about exploring more on the topics of multimedia. Creating another webpage like task to link to other pieces of media that I can also create. This will also hopefully improve on my print skills as well and can make it more interactive. This will also help me improve on skills required by media industry in general. Now days everything is interconnected and the more skills I have will give me better chance for future employment.