My final video project is called "How To Survive Mr. Sanderl's Class". Essentially it's a satyrical survival guide for how to survive the class I am currently in. Of course, this class doesn't really need a survival guide, but I thought it would be fun and amusing for those watching. Since this will be my final project of my senior year, I wanted to make it special and reminiscent not only of my time spent in this class this year but also my time spent with Mr. Sanderl as my middle school teacher (4-5 years ago). The most important thing I've learnt in class is to have fun when film making, even when you need to take things seriously. If you like what you are creating, it will be easy. I believe my video also showcases my ability to use Final Cut Pro and a camera to communicate a message to an audience.
Script writing was the most challenging aspect of the process. While I have no trouble writing for my classes, dialogue is much harder. There is no room for flowery sentences because the main goal of the voice over is to communicate the purpose of your film in a way in which no one becomes bored or falls asleep when watching. I needed to make sure it was humorous and not forced, as if I was having a normal conversation. Not being the way I usually right, I struggled a lot with finding the right wording and flow. I had to go over my script, verbally, with my sister several occasions because I wasn't quite happy with what I had written then. My biggest roadblock was finding time and energy to actually film. I'm sure you've all heard of senioritis, but I didn't think about how badly it would hit me until recently. I couldn't help but wonder why I had to do this project when I was just going to graduate anyways. Any excitement I had flew out the window. Eventually I got up off my couch and filmed, but it took a surprising amount of convincing myself that it was worth it.
Overall I was surprised with my critique results, I was worried that my project was not going to be as nice as I imagined, as I had to rush the ending to accommodate for a guest speaker (granted the speaker was very enlightening). I'm glad that my classmates found my video to be humorous, as it was my intention.
ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.