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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

2014-04-03 10.27.17

Storytelling

As a reader, I personally gained more insight when learning about the nature of storytelling. There are not many times in life when you actually have the chance to create your own story and share it with classmates as a project. The process that we did in class involved smaller circles, where classmates gave their own feedback on each individual’s story. It was a great way to see other people’s ideas and insight and to get back a few tips in order to enhance and make your own story even better. This exercise proved useful when on the day when we had the screening of our digital stories, everyone was so supportive and truly enjoyed being there and watching them all. It’s great to see that support from people we surround ourselves, and from creating better work based on what they have to say. My favorite kinds of stories were those that were more personal and clearly the student was very proud to present his/her work.

Processes

The processes during this semester were kind of out of habit, since as soon as we started hash tagging after curating content, and posting things or tweeting things, we did it for every assignment. It was fairly easy to keep up with the constant posting and tweeting and hash tags; as long as you didn’t fall behind and stayed up to date on the assignments, then everything was pretty simple. There was a fair amount of group v. individual group that I thought overall was a pretty fair balance. I think that as a creator of content, it was easier to use some platforms more than others because that is what I am used to anyways in my free time. Working together allowed more ideas to be conveyed and conceived, and then the creator could do what they will with the advice and feedback and have even more creativity when designing or creating their next project.

 General: Social Media and Technology

As a reader of the regular Twitter feed, Facebook posts, and Tumblr RSS, I think that social media and technology are a huge part of our culture today. Especially at this age, the standard target audience is in between 15-35, and that’s where teenagers and college students play a huge role in establishing an online presence. It’s a lot easier to know what the latest lingo online is, to follow the trends set in fashion, or to be able to know how to find answers based on the search results Google spits out at you, if you have an organized, knowledgeable array of social media sites. I tap into numerous social sites a day to pick up the latest news, music, gossip, and pictures my friends like or post. It’s so easy to stay connected with friends whom I haven’t seen in months or years that it’s almost an excuse to not hang out with them in person since I already know what they are doing based on their online profile. It’s the sad and awful truth, but that’s the consequence of surrounding yourself and basing your life off of an online presence and existence.

 Specific Technology

In my opinion, working and assembling technology to meet and work for your own standards is beyond boring and draining. Something is bound to go wrong when using technology in a presentation, and even having backup or other methods to perform these presentations doesn’t necessarily guarantee success with that device. As a producer of my own content via ScoopIt, I often times had trouble when attaching a photo to the article I had just finished completing. Often times, it would fail to submit or the connection would be lost (probably the result of the unreliable source on the USF network), but it would still be extremely frustrating. I am one of those humans with the least amount of patience for technology, something that I know I am smarter than and can figure it out, but would rather not waste my time on something as minuscule as uploading a picture or refreshing the page.

 Online Platforms and Venues

I really enjoyed our field trip downtown to ScoopIt headquarters. It was refreshing to step out of the classroom and gain knowledge of a company and an online platform that I personally use. I think that Ally, the content and promotional manager, was helpful in answering classmates’ questions and generally stirring interest in this online platform. I like how you are able to post the content scooped onto other social media sites, since I like all my sites to be connected and have some type of similarity. Using WordPress most often worked for me because of the way I tell my stories and convey myself on the Internet. I usually talk blog style, which means I’m not so much articulate as I am personable and fun. I like to write on my blogging platform like I talk to my friends in person. I think it’s more interesting and engaging that way, and it leaves strangers to me feeling as if they know me and can connect with me on a friendly level through my blog. So feel free to read my blogs J

 Conclusions

Overall, I enjoyed the processes and technological aspects I experienced in my Digital Media Production course. Using multiple online platforms, each one shaped the way I curated and posted content, but it made me realize which ones are most fit for me. I liked our multiple guest speakers and our downtown field trip to Scoopit. I may not have the knack for online coding and HTML, but I do have elementary knowledge that may be useful in the future. I feel that I am comfortable with many video editing software apps and platforms, and already have an online presence and various social media sites that I actively use. I thoroughly enjoyed creating and making Projects 1 and 2, and I feel that using group work and working together with classmates at times proved successful and beneficial. It was a great semester taking this class, thank you!

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Final Touches

So this is it! I have three days left until my final assignment for my Digital Media Production course is due, and I’m almost done!

I’ve added my soundtrack (literally, it’s one song. And it’s on repeat. Good thing it’s basically just instrumental), put together my titles, opening lines, and credits, and have my transitions and audio levels set (to the best of an iPhone 4s’ capability. Which really isn’t that great. Like, really).

I’m finalizing the project as I speak via iMovie, and gosh, is it taking forever. You see, normally I don’t work with iMovie, but since I don’t have Final Cut Pro on my laptop, it’s hard to edit and finalize my documentary without the proper software. Note to self: Buy/Download/Obtain/Get Final Cut Pro. It is far more superior than iMovie.

I still have to send out the email to the documentarist and filmmaker to have permission to publish my documentary and short film via YouTube, but I don’t think that will be much of a problem. I’m adhering to all legal download/copyright/infringement laws and regulations, so I should get the thumbs up. All this getting permission and copyright stuff is kind of a lot to take in, I can’t imagine what it would be like for a full blown movie/film/documentary/you-name-it. A lot of work. And paperwork.

The final project is due Thursday, but once I get the thumbs up and put the work up on YouTube, I’m going to be spending the last few days promoting my content and short film. What’s a better way to raise awareness about another cause than going out to raise even more awareness and promote the cause/film/story/idea?

I can’t wait for people to see it. I’m looking forward to the feedback, comments, and questions that I may receive. I hope to make this somewhat more than just a project for a film class; to make my own documentary, why, that would be a dream. And every dream begins with a change and a cause.

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Update on My Doc:


Update on my documentary:

Today I emailed the documentarist himself of the film Flying Paper. I worked a little bit more putting together my own video. The power of editing can be frustrating sometimes. I want to start over and redo stuff and publish it all at the same time. It’s driving me mad.

I have added a few more tracks I would like to work with off of Jamendo. They seem to be quite fitting for the mood I’m setting, which is telling of a story (someone else’s..in this case, how to make a documentary). Since it’s not a step-by-step process, it’s more of like the filmmaker giving advice to the audience. In the end, the last scene is the filmmaker asking questions from the audience at a Q+A, a fitting way to end it, in my opinion.

I hope that he will like my work and that I can publish it to YouTube. I want to inspire others to make their own work and to accomplish something they have always dreamed of. Just start now, the earlier, the better. It’s never too late!

Progress Report

Progress Report

So, I’ve made my first recording on SoundCloud, cheers to that. I’ve also done around 5 minutes of editing video content for my documentary on a filmmaker and documentarist himself. It’s really opened my eyes to just the past few hours I’ve spent editing my own work. It takes days, weeks, even years to get the perfect cut or take for a scene that a director or filmmaker would be completely satisfied with. I’m not sure if it’s even possible to get what you see in your mind’s eye out there on pen/paper, let alone captured on camera.

My video content is all done off my iPhone camera/video. This should be fun to work with. I’m using iMovie (surprise) on my MacBook Pro (uber surprise) so I’m pretty much appled out. However, after this short piece for my Media Digital Production course, I plan on buying a T3i camera and devoting my time to workout-at-home and fitness/health videos via my YouTube channel. Sounds promising, yes?

I’ve chosen a couple tracks off the creative commons license and free downloads website Jamendo for my videos. I’m not sure if they set the right tone for the story I’m conveying. I’ll have to play around with that a bit more. Since I used my iPhone as a recording device, the quality of audio isn’t that great so I’m trying to balance it out with having some ear-pleasing background music. Wish me luck.

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ScoopIt Evaluation

After searching and browsing a bit through Hashtag.usf, I realized how useful and organized the site is using ScoopIt. It has an assortment of varied photographs, that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but good in general describing what the post is talking about.

The strengths that USF uses well on Scoop It is the use of articles, promoting both the school, its students, campus activities, and news. Complete with links to webpages, photographs, video, and news, this site is well equipped for both students and parents, faculty, and staff.

As a curator now on my own ScoopIt topics, I like to have the freedom of choosing which posts I want to Scoop, and which ones I can add more of my insight to and hashtags. I can also promote the Scoops I want via Twitter and Facebook, allowing my audience to grow if they too also want to create a ScoopIt account and then follow my topics.
Anything that I have tweeted or put on Instagram or Pinterest, is also available for me to curate as a Scoop on ScoopIt. With each social media platform connected to my ScoopIt content, the more that I can gain ScoopIt posts by others and have an increase in popularity.

The use of “insight” provide feedback and opinions from the curator (myself), so that way readers have a little more knowledge about what they are going to read or see before clicking on it. This serves as an advantage to both visitor and curator, because I can leave my opinion on the story or news piece, and the visitor can then decide if they find it of interest or value.

REFLECTION

I like curating and adding more Scoops to my two topics on ScoopIt. It allows me to create my own stories and content and share those posts to my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I can also add hashtags that will bring an even bigger audience to my Scoops.

People change a lot in their college years, and they continue to change after as well, but their content on ScoopIt and their interests might not be so different in years to come. My overall conclusions are that the flow of events and the structure of the specific topics that Hashtag.usfca use are very organized and overall, it is very aesthetically pleasing. I like to post my own content on ScoopIt and be able to have an audience look at my stories as well.

 

 

My Evaluation of Blogging

         I think that the easiest platform to use for blogging would probably be WordPress. It’s easier to curate content, and you can specify what it is you want to do, whether it’s add a photo, or video, or just a blog post. It also has a prettier presentation than the standard templates via Blogger!! I do, however, still really like Tumblr, but I like Tumblr for re-blogging other people’s content, and not generating my own. 🙂 

         The most options available on these different sites for layout and design definitely are on Tumblr. There are more templates and custom made banners, fonts, etc. than on any blogging site out there. (Am I right?) I enjoy updating the theme constantly on my blogs to provide new inspiration for things that I post and just for aesthetically appealing purposes (duh).

         WordPress, as I mentioned before, appeals to me most because it is the easiest blog format to use and it looks very pretty. I even bought my own domain on WordPress because I genuinely enjoy the layout and how it looks. WordPress also generates the most followers that I have because I also promote my work via Twitter and Facebook, because this is the blog that is also my own personal website. That’s all on my thoughts!

A Best Friend’s Epiphany

My best friend and I have been laughing, sharing food, talking, sobbing, watching movies, and doing just about anything and everything best friends do for almost 15 years now. I didn’t truly realize the time our friendship has spanned until we received very sad news one day.

 

I won’t disclose what the news was, but I realize now that time is short and time well spent is precious. We as human beings are so caught up and consumed with the little things; like rushing and getting to work, picking up dinner from a restaurant, skipping a lunch date with a friend because you need to cram last minute for that final.

 

It’s time that I slow things down a bit and not take for granted everything that is in front of me. I need to stop and think about things instead of merely glancing at a beautifully drawn portrait someone outside of Westfield mall has made. It’s time I stop and think about if I really am spending my time the way I want it, and if not, isn’t it time for a change?

 

We can all choose our own paths. We can all go in a path that has been already created. Or we can branch out and explore a new part of the path that has yet to be discovered. It is up to the individual to truly decide what they want to do in their own life. But it is this power where they can choose to stop and take the time to think about the little things. So, yes, I think I will take the path less traveled, and even spend a long enough time to stop and smell the roses.

Reality Check

I thought I was cool. No, like really, I did. I studied abroad for a semester in Paris. I lived in one of the most beautiful places with one of the best families I have ever met. I made the coolest friends, hung out at the most hip places in town, walked on the Champs-Elysees and toured the top of the Eiffel Tower. I even bought a blue, canvas Longchamp bag thinking I was different than everyone back home in the States. Haha.

So, when I got back to my University’s campus and notice at least 20 other Longchamp bags, see friends with tattoos (I got one too while abroad), notice new haircuts, or something else that was life changing or defining, I felt out of my element. I wanted to come back to San Francisco feeling strong, different, and a bit changed because of the culture shock and transition I had experienced. How else was I supposed to stand out in a city of 800,000?

That’s when I started to realize through my hectic schedule that I shouldn’t worry about being different. I already am different. I have lived experiences all over the place that no one else will get to experience, made friends with people who may never come to the US, and most of all, I have matured and slowly grown into an independent, young woman. While living in a different country on a foreign continent, I learned to trust myself and handle things in my own way.

I’m happy to be back in San Francisco. I’m also glad that things are looking up and I’ve had a positive outlook on life since my arrival back from Europe. It’s strange some of the thoughts you have while being so far from home. In the end, though, I’m glad to be back in the States and continuing my education in San Francisco.