Blog for 5/5/2014

What I Did 

Since my last post, I finalized my project and exported it from iMovie to a Quicktime movie. I then exported the Quicktime movie to a video on YouTube. The exporting process took longer than I expected because the file was large; overall, it took about an hour and a half. I also presented my project to the class on 4/29. I was really pleased with the class reaction. Everyone seemed to enjoy watching the video, and there were quite a few laughs throughout. Click here to watch the completed project!

Why I Did It

By publishing the video on YouTube, everyone in the class will have easy access to watch the video whenever they want. It was also great to present the project to the class because I was able to see all my hard work pay off.

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Blog for 4/24/2014

What I Did 

Since last class, I have started my Google slides presentation, since I will be showing the class my project on Tuesday. I am following along with the questions on pages 132-133 in Writer/Designer. I have 6 slides so far. I will spend 5 minutes of my presentation going over the slides, and then I will spend the last 5 minutes showing my video.

Why I Did It 

The due date is coming up very soon, so I am trying to work on the final deliverables. I will still need to do a reflection memo after my oral presentation.

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Blog for 4/22/14

What I Did 

The “three little scholar” confessions are done! It was somewhat of a challenge to recruit three friends who would be willing to speak on camera for me, as well as rent equipment from Innovation Space, but I think these are going to be everyone’s favorite part of the video. Now, I am figuring out last minute tweaks, such as should the intro/conclusion jingle be throughout the video. My goal is to still have the project complete by Thursday!

Why I Did It 

The last minute tweaks is the part I am going to become obsessed over. I want every little detail of the project to be perfect, so my perfectionist ways are starting to set in. However, I will have all this week to finalize the project.

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Blog for 4/17/2014

What I Did 

Today, I continued to edit my video in iMovie. I added transition slides from one video recording to the next, so everyone watching my video will be able to follow along easily. The slides look very authentic to a real news cast, much like the “Breaking News” pictures you see on your television screen.

Why I Did It 

My goal is still the same; I want my project to match a real news broadcast as closely as it can, with my available tools. The project is really coming together now. I still need to upload the confession footage from “the three little scholars,” but other than that, the project is really coming together!!!

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Revision Plan 4/15/2014

What were the strengths of my draft that I should be sure to keep? 

The overall structure of my project is well organized. Everything flows in a logical manner. The conclusion and final sentence of my project is well-written.

What design choices were problematic, and how can I revise these? 

I could include more subtle details from the original story. When I include confessions from the individual students, I can make it more fun and change their names to sound more like animal names or pig nicknames.

What multimodal elements can I add or revise to strengthen the rhetorical effect and credibility of my project?

I can add more elements that you see on a typical news broadcast. When I am speaking at the news anchor desk, I can have a relevant picture displayed up in the corner. I need to find a humorous picture of a wolf to use as the same wolf for all three campuses.

What are the most important changes I need to consider as I revise? 

I need to keep in mind that this is news broadcast. Everything needs to be to the point like a broadcast would be, because people who watch want to receive their news fast.

Given the time and technology constraints of this project, what can I reasonably revise before the next due date?

I will be able to add transitions and news broadcast effects, however it will be hard to change the scripts since I have already recorded in a studio. If I need to make any changes to the script, I would have to record again.

 

My project is in iMovie, so unfortunately I cannot link it to this page, because I have not published it yet!

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Progress Report 4/10/2014

What I Have Accomplished 

I have finished all of the planning stage (yay!) My scripts are written and my storyboard is complete, so I feel like I have a chunk of the work completed. I have tried out each of the interfaces I will be using (iMovie and EasyPrompter) so I know they won’t fail me. I have the intro and conclusion created in iMovie as well.

What I Still Need to Do 

I still need to film for the project. I know filming will not take long, because I have planned everything out so well. The recording should be very smooth, and then I can upload all the videos onto my computer to start editing them. This is where some concern sets in…

Any Needs, Questions, or Concerns 

I am absolutely confident I will be able to complete this project. However, I will have to devote a lot of time out of class, since the recording cannot be done in the classroom. I will just have to manage my time inside and outside the classroom. The editing in iMovie probably won’t take too long. I plan on adding some effects and text over the videos.

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Blog for 4/8/2014

What I Did

  1. I created a new project in iMovie. This will be the interface I will be using to create my final deliverable. I have used this interface many times before, however I have never created a broadcast within the program. Therefore, I started to investigate the tools that will allow me to make my final deliverable look like a real broadcast. I listened to the audio clips that iMovie provides, and I found an excellent audio clip of a broadcast news intro.
  2. I have looked at the list of elements that need to be in place for a rough draft on page 110 of Writer/Designer. So far I have text completed, a couple audio clips chosen, and a few pictures chosen. I still need to shoot the video for the project, so very soon I will need to rent out a camera from Innovation Space. I also need to recruit a few of my friends to pose as the students giving true accounts.

Why I Did It

  1. I needed to get the ball rolling with the actual deliverable, so that’s why I created the new project. The audio clip I found will be used for my intro slide and closing slide on the project.
  2. Reading over the list on page 110 helped me visualize what I have done so far, and what I have left. I know I have a good amount of elements gathered, but there is also a lot left to be done!
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Blog for 4/3/2014

What I Did 

  1. I searched for online teleprompters and found a good site called EasyPrompter. It is free and very easy to use. All you have to do is enter the script into the white text box. The user can control the starting font size, and the starting speed. I will definitely be using this interface for my project.
  2. I continued to work on my storyboard and plan to finish it during class. I am using StoryboardThat, a really cool tool for creating and organizing storyboards. However, there isn’t a scene for a newsroom, so the free version is somewhat limiting.

Why I Did It 

  • Both of the tasks I completed are preliminary steps for my recording stage. By the time I record, I want to have everything planned out so it won’t take as much time. I know the recording and editing stages will take the longest for this project, so I need to be wrapping up my planning stage by next week.

 

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Blog for 4/1/2014

What I Did 

  1. Since last class, I continued writing the scripts for the news broadcasts. By the end of next class, I should be in the editing stage.
  2. I read about mock-ups and storyboards in Writer/Designer. I learned about storyboards in the Visual Media course through the Communication Department. We were required to create a storyboard for our video project. I am looking forward to investigating storyboard interfaces for this project.

Why I Did It 

  1. I continue to work on the content for this project, because the scripts will take up a majority of the video.
  2. I enjoyed reading about mock-ups and storyboards. It was a nice refresher from last semester, because I had forgotten some details from the Visual Media course.
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Blog for 3/27/2014

What I Did 

  1. I have begun to write the drafts for my news scripts. There will most likely be 5 or 6 short breaking news stories that will all add up to the full story.
  2. I have begun to use the project 3 checklist template. I went back and found all the links on my previous posts.
  3. Today in class I gave my pitch. I think the students really liked my idea. Matt gave me a suggestion to use NC State as one of the other rival schools, instead of UVa and JMU.

Why I Did It 

  1. The news scripts will be the bulk of the story, so that’s why I have started these. I need to finish writing them and editing as soon as possible.
  2. The checklist template will help me keep track of my completed work and grades in Scholar.
  3. I am grateful that we shared our story ideas in class today. I was able to receive feedback on my idea, and I was also able to hear what other students are doing.
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