Hey guys! Today was one of the most longest and most educational day. This morning, we departed the Universal Hotel and headed for the Grand Hyatt Manchester in San Diego! That's close to 100 miles according to Siri. However, I slept for most of the ride there so it didn't last that long. Once we arrived at the new hotel we went up to Uncle Dons room and put our luggage there until our rooms were ready. We then headed out to the USS Midway. It was really cool seeing how huge the ship was in person. We took a tour of the ship and saw the way that the seamen had to live for months at a time. The ship had everything that you needed to live. They even had a dentist and their own little jail. We even got to see all the airplanes that they had on the ship and all the different crew members they had on deck. I really learned a lot about our countries Navy. After that, we headed back to our rooms and the view was AMAZING! We could see all the city lights and we could see everything. We then headed to dinner at the Cheese Cake Factory. We had a really heated strait face contest between Raine and Alaysia. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel, debriefed for the next day, and then headed to bed.
Hey guys! Today was a very exciting day. We went to Universal Studios!!! We had to make sure that we made it as exciting and memorable as possible because it was the only time we went to Universal Studios on the trip. Once we entered the park, the memories from 6th grader came back. The Universal Studios Theme Music was playing and the entire feeling and atmosphere was the same. One of the first rides we went on was the Transformers ride. We then went on to the Mummy and then Jurassic Park. After that, we went to the upper level and went onto the Simpsons ride and then we took a tour of the studio. We got to see a whole bunch of miniature sets and even got to experience the King Kong simulator. Throughout the afternoon, it was hot so it felt really good whenever the mists would reach you and cool you down. We even got to see Water World. It had lots of explosions, stunts, guns, and airplanes. To be honest, I though it would be a show with animals and dolphins but it was even more entertaining. We stayed at universals the whole day and we even rode Jurassic Park 3 times. After Universal, we went to City Walk, had dinner, and ended the day.
What can I say about today? It was pretty AWESOME!!! We started off the day attending USC. Overall it was very exciting to see the campus in person. I could only see the campus through the Internet and Google pictures. But today, I finally got to see it in person. The feeling was totally different. I never got to see much of the School of Cinematic Arts but I did get to see the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. It consists of broadcasting, anchoring, reporting, news and all things non-fiction. Documentary style also. We got to see their news rooms. I also asked a question that helped to boost my confidence in making it in the film industry. They explained to us how they relate students to industry professionals to get them started with their career when they graduate. We also got to tour their Athletic Complex, home to the Tojans!!! Before taking the tour, I never knew how serious colleges took sports and football. After USC, we visited Hollywood and the Stars and Footprints. The exciting part was all the interesting and unique people we saw. After that, we went to City Walk and had dinner. It was a fun day!
Hey guys! Today was a very exciting day. It was the start of our 2015 STN Trip. We didn't do much today. We woke up bright an early and met at 5 am at the Lihue Airport. After arriving at Oahu, we boarded our flight which would bring us to LAX. It was a 5 hour plane ride! Not as long as last years 10 hour plane ride, but still very long. It felt extra long because I didn't go to sleep. I spent most of my time doing homework, watching a movie, and eating. Once we arrived, we headed for the bus. I can tell you that riding that bus brought back memories. The bouncy and motion sick ride. We were dropped off at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. We took a quick walk over to City Walk and had dinner. We did a little bit of shopping and then headed back. Not much happened today, but tomorrow is where the fun begins!
We all have to admit that last weekends practice was really intense! Just to refresh your mind, we had our Crazy 8 Practice at the Marriott last weekend. For all you new students, I just wanted to let you know that in previous years, it used to be called the Sweet 16. So that meant that we had 16 hours to film and edit our videos. Thats double the amount of time we had last practice. This year, we only have 8 hours to do all of that! It may seem like a lot of time, but its not. Time will flew by very fast during the practice and its gonna go by even faster during the real competition. But despite the time cut, I feel that the film team did very well for the one and only practice we had. However, there are still many things we could have improved upon such as reducing the idea thinking time, and making sure that everyone is doing something. But other than that, I think we are ready for the competition.
Planning is one of the most important parts in the competition. Without planning, things will not go as smoothly as possible. Once you are given the topic and the prop, just don't go out and start filming random things. You need to think about stuff and plan out the rest of the competition. Planning certainly helped us out a lot during the practice. We were able to get filming done in a time efficient way. However, we could have had more time to film if we planned a little bit faster. We were having a bit of difficulty choosing which type of story we wanted to do. A comedy type of story or a drama story. We decided on doing the drama story, however, we still had to figure out the shots and the story line behind it. We spend almost 2 hours thinking about our idea which meant we only had 6 hours left to film and edit the video. 6 hours is not a lot of time. We needed at least 3 hours of editing ad 3 hours of filming. The opening beach scene took us 30 minutes to film so I got a little bit nervous. So planning our ideas faster is something we can do better next time.
We also should have had everybody doing something. I know its hard to find a role for everyone on the team especially since we had only 3 actors in the video. Altogether, we had 7 students on the film team. 3 main actors and 2 people working the camera and sound. That meant we had 2 people just kinda sitting around. So it was hard to get them involved throughout the filming time. However when it came to editing, there was only one person editing at a time with no one else at the table. Since no one was at the editing table except that one person, when that person had to look for music, no one was editing the video. So we basically lost like 10 minutes of editing time due to one person looking for music and no one else editing. I know we had some of the other teammates go out and film but that meant we still had 1 or 2 extra people just sitting around. So if maybe we had everyone working on something, we wouldn't have been so close to the deadline.
Overall, even though we did pretty good for the first Crazy 8, I can already tell you that it is a lot more stressful than previous years. As I told you earlier, in previous years, it was called the Sweet 16 which meant we had 16 hours to make the short film. Thats double the time we had last weekend. That means while we were exporting our short film, we would have still been in the middle of filming in the previous years. So its a really big time cut considering I was used to the 16 hours. At least to most of you new students, the whole time constraint of 8 hours is pretty fresh. Nothing to transfer from.
I really believe that we did really great for our first and last Crazy 8 practice. Our teamwork was pretty good and we didn't have any arguments, just disagreements. The only thing that I didn't mention would be speaking up. I know for sure that once the title and prop was said, everyone had an idea that popped into their mind. However, no one really said anything when I asked if they had any ideas. I had to interrogate them a little bit to get them to say their idea. But other than that, I feel like our team did very well for our practice! I just hope we can keep up the good work during the competition. Until next time, bye!
Many of you have all heard of Vimeo. It is this website that allows filmmakers to post their video online for the world to see. Some of you may be thinking, "Isn't that what Youtube is for?". Both Youtube and Vimeo have the same principals. You can set up an account, post videos, and comment on other peoples videos. However, Vimeo has more of a professional community. There are still a lot of professionals on Youtube, but on Vimeo, has more of a professional community. You usually won't see videos posted of a baby panda sneezing or a baby bitting a toddlers finger. You will see a lot of independent filmmakers posting all their videos there. You'll see wedding videos, short films, documentaries, animation, and even nature videos. I decided to make my own Vimeo account so that I can post projects that I have made in the past and even my future projects. I may not become famous on Vimeo, but at least my work is out there for people to see. I'll post a link to my account when I have it finished!
Hey guys! I will be talking about a short film called "The Last 3 Minutes". The short film was directed by Po Chan. And the director of photography was Shane Hurlbut. Overall, this short film will touch your heart. I've seen a whole bunch of short films that were really good, but this short film is really great. Its beyond great. Every time you watch the film you just want to watch it again. It starts off with a janitor mopping the floor in this building and then he all of a sudden has a heart attack. He then pulls out a crystal from his shirt pocket but it drops onto the floor. He reaches for it, lays down, and looks into the crystal. He then see's flashbacks of life all the way until he is a baby. We see when he proposes to his girlfriend, goes to war, plays a baseball game, and we even see when he is given the crystal from his dad when he is born. The film is also in first person POV during the flashbacks. If you watch the behind the scenes, you will the see how much time and effort is put into each and every single shot of the flashbacks. From the lightning to the acting. The most memorable part is the song. Every time I hear the song, I can feel the emotions of the character. The song really matches the tone of the video. So go ahead and watch it!
As we all know, STN is just around the corner. We will have Spring Break shortly and right after that, were off to STN. For most of us, it is a very exciting day. For some, it might bet their first trip to the mainland, first time going to Universal Studios, and who knows, maybe its your first time on a plane. For me, its a pretty exciting day also. But what has been my MOST exciting day. Well...its not when we travel to STN in a couple of weeks. Its the first day of my first STN Trip! When me, Micah, and Ben were in 6th grade (2013), we traveled to LA for our very first STN! It was really exciting! First of all, it was my first time to the mainland. We also got to ride in this huge bus that was really....uh...fun but still very memorable, and we also got to go to my first amusement park!
Traveling to the mainland hasn't been something I have done until I went on the 2013 CKTV Media STN Trip. I was a 6th grader along with Micah and Ben and we were the youngest and most unexperienced students in the class. But we didn't care. We got to go to LA and miss a whole week of school. When we got into our plane seats, I had this very anxious feeling. I had no idea what it was like to sit in a seat for 5 hours strait. As ironic as it sounds, it was the longest and boring plane ride of my life. 3 hours into the flight, I just wanted to get out of that plane! Luckily I had food so that made some time go by faster. But other than that it was memorable. I sat next to Micah's sister and we watched the movie Pitch Perfect. So that took up at least 1 hour and a half of the plane ride. We after 5 hours of flying we finally landed and the plane ride was over! It was sure a plane ride to never forget.
The next thing we did was ride in this huge, gigantic bus. The first thing all of us thought when we saw the bus was that it was gonna be a very fun and exciting ride to the hotel. And it was...for the first 1 hour. It was really exciting seeing what it was like in the Mainland. We went through the city part of LA and there are a lot of roads. On Kauai, we usually have maybe 4 lanes on one highway, but there are like 6 or 7 lanes in the mainland. Were going under bridges and seeing all these huge billboards. Its so different from Kauai. I don't want to forget to mention the bathroom. I was in the back row and surprisingly, it didn't bother me as much as I expected it to be. However, some of the other students couldn't handle it and got a little sick on the bus rides. As horrible as it was for some students, it is another thing that made my day even more exciting.
We also got to go to my very first amusement park. Many of you may know Six Flags in Anaheim, California. To be honest, at first, I was a little bit scared to get onto a roller coaster, but once I did, I instantly fell in love. My very first real roller coaster was called "Tatsu". After riding it, I wanted to ride all the other roller coasters in the park. We also wen't onto a water roller coaster which was also really fun. I also got a chance to hang out with one of the Castaic Media Students named Liam. He wasn't my pen pal but we still became friends and we hung out during our time at Six Flags. The best thing happened after we got off the roller coaster. We headed to the booth where you get your picture taken while riding the roller coaster. From that point on, I realized that I barely give any expression while riding a roller coaster. However, I did give this one expression that made me look like I was pooping. So that was really funny.
My first STN trip is something that I will never forget. It brought me a lot of new experiences and taught me a whole bunch of things that help me a lot when making a video. That is where I first saw Les Rose and even attended one of his breakout sessions. For all of you new students going on the trip, make it one of your best experiences ever because every trip is different and has many new things to offer. So even though things go bad, make it something memorable. Just like how I made everyday memorable on my first trip to STN. So until next time, bye!
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!
We have all made a decision to either go left or right. For some, it might be for driving on a road or maybe even choosing a cave to journey into for a video game. It may sound simple and it is, but it can be a very powerful thing in filmmaking. Every character has conflict and has to make decisions. But we usually see characters make decisions based on dialogue. However, whenever a character looks left or right, it gives the emotion of making a choice. We have seen this a lot in romance movies where the girl looks left and right at each of the guys and makes a choice by either going left or right. But it is also used a lot in all types of films. It's a very subtle but very powerful technique. So the next time your character in your film has to make a decision, just remember left and right.