Hey guys! Have you thought about what college you want to go to. Some of you maybe want to go to Stanford, Harvard, or maybe MIT. Or you still might be thinking. For me, I wanna work in the movie industry. Mostly a movie director. A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts. I did a bit of research and found out that it is one of the top film schools. So along with NYFA and Full Sail University, USC is now on the list of colleges I want to attend. Many of you know who Steven Spielberg (director of E.T.) and George Lucas (director of Star Wars) is. They attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and that's really inspiring. If I get to attend USC, it's almost like attending the college of your favorite college football team. It's pretty awesome. But it's also a very hard school to get into. But anythings possible. So if you are also interested in a career in film or television production, consider USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Hey guys! So I know it's kinda early to be talking about fourth-quarter projects, But it's always good to get a early start. Fourth-quarter is when you get to choose whatever project you want to do whether it would be a PSA, commercial, movie trailer, news story, or even a short film. Fourth-quarter is always the most fun yet challenging quarter. This year me and Micah are planning on making another short film. Last year me and Micah also made another short film but I really think that we can make a better one this year. Currently we are in the process of thinking about our story.
Last year me and Micah me a short film together and we made it more of a comedy type of film. It was called Kings of Pranks. Unfortunately we decided to make a short film last minute. While we were pitching our ideas for fourth-quarter me and Micah quickly ask each other if we wanted to make a short film and we made decision to make one right then and there. It wasn't exactly the best idea but we managed to pull through and make the short film. The hardest part about making the short film was thinking about the idea and the story. So what we did was we went around the media class and asked other students to give us a title and then we would create a short film around the title. It was kind of challenging to pick the best title but then we realized that the title is only a small part of the short film. So since me and Micah are getting an early start to making our short film, it should be a lot easier.
The next thing in my car thinking about is to film it at sleeping giant. Couple of weeks ago me and Micah went hiking up sleeping Giant. During the beginning of the hike, we found this really cool place with all these pine trees that made it look like a forest in the middle of nowhere. There are so many things that we can film there. We can make it an action movie, horror movie, or even a comedy but it all depends on what works. Not only does the scenery look cool at sleeping giant but it adds a little bit of production value. That's basically the technical quality of all the sets, props, actors, and all the things that make the movie look good. The better your film looks, the more production value it has. And that's what our film needs a lot of. And that is what filming at a place like sleeping giant will give you.
Right now, we are in the process of looking at some other short films to help us spark some ideas. The hard part about that is we don't want to copy any ideas. It is very hard to come up with original ideas but it is possible. Usually when you see a cool video, you wanna make a video just like that but you can't. Unless you are making some kind of a parody. We've been talking about some ideas that we could make a film about and trying to get them fine tuned but it's taking a while. But overall, the whole process of thinking of an idea and making the script should be the hardest part. Which is why, this part takes the longest. You should be spending your time with creating a solid story and that's what we are trying to do.
I hope you all turned in your PSA on time. So now it's time to start 4th quarter. Just remember to start early and to keep on working because this may be the hardest quarter of the school year. We always need a lot of time mostly to create a script and film so better star working. Until next time, bye!
Hey guys! I just watched a very exciting movie today. It is called Nightcrawler. It is about a freelance videographer who films crime scenes and accidents in the city of Los Angeles then sells the video to local news stations. This movie was completely awesome! It had everything that I love about movies. It had great cinematography, great acting, and a really great story. However, the thing that I loved the most would be the acting. Jake Gyllenhaal played the role of Louis Bloom. I absolutely loved his acting. His emotions, dialogue, and facial expressions was some of the best acting i've seen so far. The way he gave off a dark and thrilling feeling throughout the entire movie is what kept me watching. He portrays a determined and driven man who does everything he can to get the best footage and stories revolving around crime and accidents. Armed with a camcorder and a police radio, he drives around LA at night with his partner documenting crashes, fires, and all kinds of mayhem. He then sells them to a local news station for lots of money. i really can't give away too much, so go ahead and watch it yourself...or with a parent. Its rated R.
Hey guys! So last week, we had our second STN Practice. Overall, I think the practice went great. Not as smoothly as I hoped it would be, but we still managed to turn in a video on time. I tried to do as many things as I could to make sure my team would be successful at during the practice. I made sure everyone had a role and was always busy. I also made sure that we kept our cool during the practice when things would get a little frustrating. I think my team did a grey job in doing those things! However, there are still many things that our video could have improved upon. But it was still a pretty successful practice.
Teamwork is everything when it comes to competing at STN. It is important in almost any group activity. One example would be our CKTV Announcements. If you didn't have a director working, that would make all of the switching between cameras a lot harder. Because you don't have a director, that makes it harder for the rest of the team. That is how team work is very important. During STN, the productivity and contribution of just one team member will make a huge difference especially when you are in a very tight deadline. So teamwork was something that I made sure my team had and it sure helped out a lot.
Another thing that helps keep your team focused and productive is keeping your cool. If you are filming an interview, imagine what your subject might be thinking when you are yelling at your teammates because they forgot to bring an SD card. It hasn't happened yet to our Spot Feature team but it something to make sure it doesn't happen at all. During a competition, you need to at least look like you know what your doing. Don't start freaking out randomly. Especially if you are an editor. In the editing room, it is very quite and if you start whining, you will look like a fool. We are only in middle school but we are also competing with high schoolers so we gotta look as mature as possible. That is why keeping your cool is important and we are doing a great job in that area.
But aside from all the good things we are maintaining, we still have many improvements. One of them would be finding a deeper story. In Spot Feature, your story is everything. If you have a very boring story, the judges will surely bring down your score down. Finding a deep story is something that we really need to work on. We also gotta think outside the box. There are going to be whole bunch of schools competing in Spot Feature with the same topic. You have to find a story that is unique. Something that hasn't been so obvious. So finding a deeper and unique story are just a couple of things our team could improve upon.
So thats about it. I really hope that our team will improve even more during the next practice. We will certainly be very busy and productive during the practices and we will also be keeping our cool when times get frustrating. We will also work on finding a deeper story. Our next practice will take place at the Marriott. That means we will be able to interview adults who have experienced a lot more in life. We should be able to find a really good story next practice. So until next time, bye!!!
Hey guys! A couple of days ago, I watched the movie Fury. It stars Brad Pitt along with Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena. This movie was absolutely amazing. It is an action/drama movie so not only did it have just tank fights, but it also had a deeper story behind it. This movie is Rated R so it does have some intense scenes. Not to mention it is a war movie. It revolves around World War 1. A group of US forces lead a five-man tank crew behind enemy lines on a very risky and deadly mission. Although they are outnumbered and outgunned with an inexperienced soldier on the team, they defy all odds and strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. If you get a chance to watch this movie, do not hesitate. It is worth it. The thing that I loved most about the movie would be the acting. After watching the movie, I really understood what it was like during the war. The looks on their faces and the way they said their lines is what really stood out to me. Not to mention the special effect. That was pretty cool! So go ahead and check out the trailer.
Hey guys! So we just had our 2nd STN Practice and I can tell you that I was really great success. Our topic for the practice was "Practice Makes Perfect". Unfortunately we couldn't go to Deja Vu to films our interviews there. However, the band Students were here at school so we thought about it and realized that they would make great match for the topic. I really feel like we improved in most things. Last practice, we had some b-roll that didn't match but now, I am really confident in our b-roll. There were many things that I did to make sure my team was successful in the end. I made sure everyone had a role, I kept everyone busy and working, and I tried to keep calm when under pressure so that no one else starts feeling out.
When it comes to a team competition, it is important that everyone has a job on the team. If someone is sitting on the side and doing nothing, then its not gonna help out the team at all. Everyone needs a role. Work can get done a lot more faster and a lot more efficiently if we all work together. Since I have a little more experience than my other team mates. I kinda took on the role as leader and just made sure everyone was doing something productive. If one person is setting up the equipment, the other can start going over some questions with the subject. It certainly helped out our team. I also helped to keep everyone busy working. Nobody should be doing nothing its a team effort. If your team isn't cooperating, you will not have a successful video.
There were many things to improve upon for the next practice. The thing that I noticed in both practices would be our audio. However, I think everyone is facing this problem. When recording audio using the Sennheiser and the audio boxes, there is this distinct hissing sound that comes through. Its not something thats a really big issue. It just sometimes get on your nerves but is still something worth taking a look at and fixing. There is always room for improvement. Another thing that I would work more on would be finding that deep story. There were a few questions that I forgot to ask that could have gotten a deeper story.
Another thing I would kinda need to remember next practice is you keep your cool. Usually when things start getting hard and stressful, you will tend to panic and start to act like you don't know what your doing. And for the Spot Feature competition, you will be talking to complete strangers and you really don't want to be loosing your cool in front of strangers. Especially if they are your subject, you wanna make sure that they feel comfortable. So next practice I will do my best to look like I know what i'm doing even though I have no clue on how to fix the situation. And don't forget to say thank you to your subject.
So thats about it. I tried my best to make sure everyone had a role, everyone was productive, and that everyone kept their cool. If one person starts freaking out, the others start worrying also. Its always a good idea to look back at your previous practice and find some things that you can improve upon for the next practice. Good luck during the next STN Practice and good luck with your projects!
Hey guys! In todays blog, I will be talking about decisions. Decisions that affect our everyday lives and also affect the lives of others such as your family and your friends. There were many decisions that I have made that affected the rest of my day and even the rest of my week. But i'm going to talk about a decision that affected the rest of my middle school year. I will be talking about my decision to join the CKTV Media Class! I know you may be thinking that it's not that big of a deal that I joined the media program, but to me it was. My life kinda changed in a good way even during my first Summer Media Training Camp. I knew that the media was gonna be an adventure and I was right. I have no regrets in joining the media class so far!
My life has changed a lot since I joined the CKTV Media Class! The biggest change would be all the great and awesome experiences that I get. I get a lot of experience with working with all of this expensive video equipment and learning so much a filmmaking, but it doesn't stop there. Think back to the first time you have been to the Mainland... You are probably thinking of that summer or winter vacation with your family. The first time that I have been to the mainland would be with the CKTV Media Class. My first trip to STN in the year 2013. We traveled to Los Angeles that year and went to all these cool amusement parks and we even went to Hollywood. Our class even got to go to the set of Shake It Up. I GOT TO TAKE SELFIES WITH FLYNN, DUCE, AND TYNKA! Sadly the pictures got deleted after I decided to reset my phone for no reason. But it was still fun! Its like a one in a lifetime experience!
I also made some of my best friends in the Media Class. Classmates that I have barely even talked to were now my best of friends! You tend to become close friends with people in the CKTV Media Class. Usually you cant even make friends with people in other grade levels because they are usually separated for most for the school day. But now, you are friends with students from all grades. I mean, just in a couple of months, you will be staying in the same hotel room with a couple of your classmates, and even share a bathroom. So since we will soon be sharing bathrooms, its nice to at least become friends with them. But you become more than friends. You become a family. The CKTV Ohana!
I have also learned many life skills in the media class. Sure we may learn how to edit a video and how to use a camera, but thats only 20% of what we learn. We learn so much about meeting deadlines, working together with others, paying attention to details, and how to work under stress. There are so many things that you learn in the class that you can apply in real life. Imagine if you didn't join the CKTV Media Class. What would your life be like. Most of you would probably get most of your free time back. You could stay home all weekend playing video games or watching TV the entire day knowing that you don't have to do any extra school work. You could go home when ever you want to. You don't need to stay back at school to finish a radio or get your video turned in. Your life would be easy. But the class give you a challenge and the feeling you get when you finish a project is the best feeling in the world!
Overall, this class has changed my life for the better! It not only changed my life, but also my parents life. We weren't usually involved with school activities, but now were doing fundraisers, traveling to the mainland, taking part in competitions, driving us all over the island to film interviews and b-roll, and even acting in our videos. It may be hard, you may want to cry at times but it makes you a better person. Everything you do in the class will get you ready for adulthood. So when you feel like quitting the class, think about all the fun and experiences you will be missing out on. The worst part about the class is that you need to leave the CKTV Ohana when you graduate middle school.