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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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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!

Service Learning Internship and What It Means to ME

Here goes my first blog of the semester for my Service Learning class.

Today was my first day going into the MyWebRoom.com headquarters. As excited as I was, I was still a little nervous because this technically would be my in person interview (everything had been done prior on the phone). 

For my service learning portion for this internship, I strongly believe that students can be actively engaged in the community while ensuing their achievements and goals for their duties in their internship. I proposed to my editorial and manager supervisors today that maybe we could take part in a charity or volunteer together as a company at a service shelter. Also, my grandmother is part of Rotary International, an organization that accomplishes things for the citizens of the common good, and I highly recommend that MyWebRoom.com take part or some action in this service.

My supervisors suggested that maybe I could talk and promote their product to a group of interested individuals in the next few weeks. This would be part of the service-learning aspect listed on the organization PDF form. “Students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development” –(Furco, 2000). I said that I agree with this notion and that I would like to reach out to people and provide them with this service and product to help them organize their lives via web. 

Lastly, following this prompt, I believe in the Vision that the public service component directly reflects in the public, government, and environment. I fully intend to have my service learning component of this media internship fulfilled by either charity or community service/involvement, or, as mentioned before, have MyWebRoom.com become an active member of Rotary International. 

As the USF mission states: “to educate leaders who will fashion a more human and just world” (http://www.usfca.edu/centers/mccarthy/about/overview/).