Hola! I'm very excited to say there is a new Disney princess! Her name is Moana and she lives on an island in the South Pacific. I think Moana is really cool because she's totally unique and really cool! Unlike other princess movies, Moana's whole life isn't about finding her prince charming. She proves that all you need our a few good friends and a fun adventure to be happy. She also isn't all about makeup and big puffy dresses. She doesn't act all girly like other princesses, but still gives off a tough "butt-kicking" kind of vibe. I think Moana will be a good thing for younger kids to. Now, younger kids that watch this movie will have not only someone new to look up to, but someone inspiring. Moana is a strong girl who shows that with teamwork you can do anything. I think that she will be a great role model for kids. Anyways, until Moana actually comes out watch some of these clips and the official trailer for "Moana".
The Official Trailer for "Moana" is down below!
Click down below for some cool facts about Moana.
Check this Link out to get some more information on Moana and other cool characters from the movie.
Hola! This weeks first blog is about the toughest challenges I've faced so far. I'm still learning so I've been struggling a lot, but in some areas a little more than others. For the most part I've been struggling with my summer project, my first advisory game, and my inside scoops. My advisory game will probably be the easiest to deal with, but at the moment my summer project is having a LOT of problems.
Ok. So my summer project isn't going very well. For starters, we had to re-film ALL of it because of some labels showing in it. Then we had some of our supplies break (causing me to be late to class). We also had problems with recording voice overs and I'm still not really sure why but we figured it all out. AND, in the middle of filming we realized it didn't make much sense to film at school so we had to re-shoot everything (again) in a different area. Now normally that wouldn't be that big of a deal but in this case we only had one weekend and Jasmine and I couldn't really find time to fit filming in our schedules. So far thats where we are. This weekend I really have to hustle to get all my filming done so I can start editing. While I'm filming Jasmine is going to be recording voice overs. I'm sure if we work hard enough we can do it.
Another thing I've really been struggling with is my first advisory game. Normally advisory games aren't very challenging to make but for my first advisory game my topic is staff member trivia. The only reason I'm struggling with this is because I'm having trouble getting information on staff members. To get information I have to go around the school during recess and lunch and ask staff members about themselves. This is difficult for me because one it's kind of difficult to find staff members that are familiar to students and two because I've been very busy with my summer project. So when I do have time to collect information I have to work very quickly. Anyways I plan to work really hard on my summer project so I have more time to work on my advisory game. I will also have a lot of help from Mia (my partner) with making our advisory game so I'm sure I can get it done.
The last thing I've been struggling with is radios. OK, more just microphones in general. I can turn them on and everything, but for some reason microphones just don't.... like me. Whenever I try to record audio (most of the time on Yeti's and when using Zoom recorders) something just goes wrong. I don't know why but something always back fires. For example, sometimes the audio just disappears when I plug my SD card in my laptop. Or you can barley hear anyone talking. I'm pretty sure its just me making silly mistakes but I've still been struggling with it a lot. To fix this I plan to simply talk to Mia and other returning students about how the different microphones work. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine after that.
Although I'm struggling with some things I'm still having a blast in media so far. I really like using cameras, editing, and other stuff like that. I'm even more excited to start working with Mia on interviews and PSA's. I can't wait until next year when I am a returning student and I get to help out new kids with their struggles.
Hey guys!! This week my free write is about I video I found about recording voice overs. I really like it because not only does it give advice on filming voice overs, but also editing them and even finding a good place to record them. One of the things I struggle most with is making sure there is no back round noise in voice overs and radios, so the part of the video talking about good settings really helped me. I also liked how in this video he gave pointers about do's and don'ts while recording. Overall I thought this video was very helpful and had a lot of good advice in it. I definitely think my voice overs will sound much better from now on, and I hope some of my other classmates (mostly other new kids) get a chance to watch this video.
Check out the video "How To Record Voice Overs".
Hola!!This weeks first blog topic is about about our summer projects. Since I'm a newbie, I'm doing a franchise piece. My partner is Jasmine and we are doing our project on a portable projector made out of a shoebox. We actually have a lot to do. We filmed basically the whole thing, except we need to take out most of the scenes because we forgot to cover up labels on our shoebox and our marker. Other than that and some other minor things, we are all set. Jasmine and I will have to hustle all week during and after school to make the deadline, but I think we can pull it off.
So far Jasmine and I have... some work done. We actually have the whole video made, but it needs a lot of work. First of all, its definitely not my best work. I know I can do a lot better but I was rushing a lot so its pretty sloppy. I'm doing a lot better with voice overs, but still not very good. I have to redo my voice over for a number of reasons, For one, I'm talking just a little to fast so you kinda have a hard time hearing me. Secondly, we have some more small stuff to add in about making the image bigger, turning the camera upside down, etc.. So far thats where we are with our project.
Like I said earlier, Jasmine and I have quite a bit of work to do. Most of our scenes have labels in them, making us have to reshoot them, and we also have to add in some things to our voice over. The problem is we are almost over the time limit (2 minutes) and I don't know if we can fit anything else in, and we don't have a lot of time to do it. We have until this Friday and I guess I'm just nervous about meeting the deadline because this is my first project and I really want to do well. But I think with the help of the returning students and a lot of hard work we can do it.
Jasmine and I talked it over a lot and agreed that this week we really have to work hard. We plan to work non-stop during class and meet everyday after school to continue working. We don't have a lot of class time, so thats when we plan to do the small stuff like voice overs and editing. Then, after school we are going to start reshooting. If towards the end of the week we still aren't near finishing we are going to meet somewhere outside of school to finish shooting, but I'm pretty sure we won't need to do that.
We definitely have our work cut out for us but I think we can pull it off. It won't be easy, but if we work non-stop in class and after class we'll finish it. Also, if you want to see my first rough cut for my summer project, you can check them out under "projects". My second rough cut and my final copy will be posted on the same page soon.
Hey guys! This week my free write will be about a new movie called "Queen Of Katwe". This movie is about a young girl named Phiona who lives in a city in Uganda called Katwe. Katwe is a very poor city and Phiona has been taught to not think big and to just live a normal life, cleaning, working, cooking, etc.. But one day, she is caught looking into a classroom where a group of kids are learning and practicing how to play chess. She is then invited into the classroom where she is taught how to play chess. She continues practicing chess with her classmates and eventually realizes how great she is at chess. A little later in the movie her teacher tells her that if she really tries she can be anything. At first she doubts him and says theres no way she can be something big. But after a very inspirational speech, she agrees with him. After that scene she starts training and playing chess games against some of the best players in her town. Once Phiona feels she's ready, she joins a real competition. After this point in the movie things just keep getting bigger and better for Phiona, but the ending will remain a mystery until the movie actually comes out (which by the way is on September 23).
One of the main reasons I chose this movie was because of how inspirational it is. Not only is it filled with really cool quotes, but the overall message of the movie is really cool. It shows that no matter where you come from or who you are you can be whatever you want to be if you really set your mind on it and work hard for it. I really like that message and really believe in it and I'm very excited to see how the movie turns out. They also talk about how important believing in yourself is an I strongly agree with that. I think that the only thing holding you back is yourself.
The next reason I chose this story was because I thought it was really unique. Most Disney movies are cartoons or are about princesses, but this one is totally different. It doesn't take place in a fancy city with a big castle, it takes place in an old poor city. In other Disney movies it's all about finding a prince charming and then living happily ever after. But this one is about a young girl who follows her dreams even. She doesn't need a prince, ora fancy castle, or a pretty house. She proves that she can do anything if she works for it no matter where she comes from. She has no castle, prince, etc., but she does have hope and thats all she needs.
The last reason I chose to write this story was because its a true story. After watching the trailer and seeing that this was a true story, I did a little more research. Phiona Mutesi is a real girl who grew up in Katwe, Uganda. Her father died when she was about three and soon after her older sister Juliet died of an unknown cause. By nine years old she had completely dropped out of school because her mother could not afford to send her. She then joined a chess program and was taught how to play. After that day she would always go back to play chess. Eventually, after her teacher Robert Katende realized she had real talent, she started training and started going to competitions. She won many important competitions and soon became well known in the chess community. After that everything fell into place, and in 2012 Tim Crothers wrote a book titled, "Queen Of Katwe" based on her story. Soon after that, plans for filming the movie began.
I think that this movie is going to be very inspirational, and have a very powerful message in it. It will be in theaters September 23, 2016. If your interested, go check it out when it hits the big screens!!
Down below is the official trailer for the movie, "Queen Of Katwe."
Down below this is a video to tell you a little bit more about Phiona's life. This video was also made by the program (Sports Outreach) that taught her how to play chess.
This last video is a CNN interview with the real Phiona Mutesi about her life and chess.
Hello! I'm super excited to be posting my first blog ever. Hopefully I'm good at it. Anyways this week my blog topic is to talk about three goals I have for this quarter in media. I'm pretty excited to learn just about everything but overall I'm most excited to learn how to use the fancy cameras, shoot interviews, and to simply be an awesome media student. I think learning how to use the cameras will be pretty easy, but learning how to shoot interviews will probably be a little harder.
The first thing I'm excited to learn is how to use those big, fancy, expensive cameras. I know it might sound a little childish but they have a lot of confusing buttons and I'm kind of afraid I might mess one of them up. But overall I think that fancy cameras and cameras in general are really cool, especially when it comes to making videos with them. I also think that using the cameras with special features (ex.waterproof cameras, cameras with different lenses, etc.) would be really cool and interesting to learn how to use.
The next goal I really want to accomplish this quarter is learning how to film interviews. As a newbie I don't really know much about media stuff, so when I see returning students videos I get really excited and interested. I just think that the way they capture different angles and use editing programs, such as Final Cut Pro, is so interesting and I'm just so excited to learn how. But out of all of the kinds of videos you can shoot I think interviews are the most interesting because you get to pick a person with either a really cool job or hobby and you get to learn all about them. You get to first handedly talk to them about whatever the interview topic is, and then you get to see whatever it is that they do that makes them so special. Its kind of hard to explain why I think its so cool, and when I try to type it out it sounds kind of boring, but if you think about it, its really cool. Lets say you got to film an interview with some amazing artist. Not only do you get to discuss things like their inspiration, their life story, and other things like why they do what they do, but you get to experience them working in person. You get to really pay attention to all the detail they put into their work. I don't know why, but I'm just really fascinated by that.
The last goal I'm gonna talk about today is just being a really good media student. Ok so once again, I know this sounds kinda dumb, but for such a long time I've really wanted to do this kind of stuff. By "this kind of stuff" I mean media stuff like using cameras, editing videos, etc.. I've just always really liked doing that kind of stuff and now that I'm in a whole class where thats all I get to do I'm just really happy. So one of my biggest goals for this quarter, and sort of the whole year, is to just be a really good student. I mean of course everyone wants to be a good student and I do to. I want to get good grades, write nice blogs, make quality videos, that kind of stuff. But what I mean when I say I want to be a "great media student" is I want to be REALLY good at writing blogs, writing Inside Scoops, making videos etc., but I also want to be a student to remember. I want to learn as much as I can and improve as much as I can this quarter so I can be totally awesome the rest of the year. And after this year, I can be a super awesome mentor when I have to teach a newbie. And after I leave CKMS, my old videos and blogs can be shown to other students as inspiration. I know its gonna be hard and its kinda of a lot of work but I'm really excited to try to do it. I also will have a lot of help form my returning classmates, and even more from my partner Mia. She seems really good with cameras and editing and all that stuff, and she's really cool and has a really nice personality. We also seem to have a lot in common. So by working really hard, and getting lots of help from my partner Mia and other classmates, I think I can be a great media student.
These are my goals for this quarter. To learn how to use the cameras, how to film interviews, and to be a really good media student in general. I hope by the end of this quarter (and if not the end of this year) I will achieve all of these goals. I think if I work hard enough and just try my best I can do it.