These are my videos for my JOUR 215 class!
Project 1: Composition
This was the first project of my JOUR 215 class. This project was about composition, and we had to shoot four sequences that involved an establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close-up and extreme close-up. I was responsible for filming, choosing and editing all the sequences for this project. I found success in finding a variety of different sequences to work with in this project. The mistakes I made were my close-up were dark and out of focus. The best thing about this project was learning how to use the VJ kit for the first time and finding different sequences to film for the project. Finally, I would have better lighting in some of my sequences and better close-up shots.
Freeform: Revised Version
This was the fourth project of my JOUR 215 class. The Freeform project was an interesting and fun project for me because we had the opportunity to film whatever we wanted. So, I decided to recite my poem “My Shadow” and film an interpretation of the poem. I was responsible for filming, writing, narrating and editing the Freeform project. My little brother Isaac McNeil helped me bring to life my poem by acting it out on camera. I found success in having “My Shadow” effectively interpreted the way I saw it on camera, but my mistake in filming this project was the lighting. Thankfully, I was able to correct this for my revised version. The best thing about my project was seeing my poem essentially come to life through my reading and filming of the project. I was honestly satisfied with the end result of this project, and I wouldn’t change anything about it.
PSA: Wash Your Hands! Revised Version
This was the second project of my JOUR 215 class. This project was about making a public service announcement. I decided to make a PSA about washing your hands. I was responsible for filming and editing this project. My friend Prim Green was in my PSA as someone who did not wash her hands and ended up being sick because of it. The successes I had were my transitions and lightings were good. My mistake was certain sounds in the video not being edited properly or faded out, but I was able to successfully fix those sounds in my revised version. The best thing about this project was once again learning and using the VJ kit. I found this PSA to be successful for me.
Project 3: Interview/NAT Sound
This was the third project of my JOUR 215 class. This project was about telling a nonfiction story by just utilizing visuals, an interview and NAT (natural) sound. I was responsible for interviewing, filming and editing the whole project. I found success in finding interviewees and a great place (Starbucks) to get B-roll. The mistake I made was having my voice in this project because I realize now that it was too soft and unnecessary for the two interviews that I conducted. The best thing about this project was the B-roll. I would change the lighting and take my voice out of the piece completely.
Final Project Revised Version
This was the last project of my JOUR 215 class. For our final project, we had the opportunity to choose to either film a nonfiction or fiction piece. I chose to do a fiction piece about a foolish proposal that went terribly wrong. I was responsible for filming, writing the script, finding the location and editing the project. I had my siblings Isaac, Shawna and Shanice McNeil be my actors. I found success in the narrative, but I made mistakes in not having a variety of different shots at the beginning of the film and the lighting inside the house. Also, no sound effects for the slap and knee in my original version. In the revised version, I was able to fix the lighting in the house and add sound effects for the appropriate sound effects in this piece. The best thing about this project was the cooperation and fun I had with my siblings. The only thing I would change is having a more variety of different shots at the beginning of my piece.