Hey guys! I wanted to share with you a new short film that I have come across. The film is called ReMoved. It is a film about a young girl who is removed from her home and placed into foster care. This has to be one of the best short films that I have seen. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and I just can’t wait for the sequel to come out. The thing that I loved most about the film was the story. The film tackled a very serious topic trying to raise awareness about becoming a foster parent. The story follows a little girl who is being abused by her father. While she is being abused, she has to take care of her little brother at the same time. Once police come to take away the father, the little girl is taken to foster care and separated from her brother and mother. She becomes very sad about what happened. She is taken to multiple families but she is just traumatized by the experiences. Without her brother, she is lonely. I just loved the story. The second thing that I liked was the way that they put the story together. Throughout the video they had the little girl narrate the things that were going. Not to mention her great acting! As weird as it may sound, she played the role of a little girl really well. You could see the emotions on her face and she really made you feel bad for. There was this shot where she was screaming and trying to get away from her father and she didn’t hold back anything. She was yelling and screaming and kicking and resisting. Not many child actors can give a believable performance. I really think you should watch the film and see what im talking about!
Hey guys! I cant believe its already 4th quarter. The school year has gone by very fast and you know what that means...4th quarter is almost coming to an end. And that also means that we need to start planning on what video we would like to show in the upcoming family night as a sample of our work! Usually you want to show a video that you feel you did your best on. I have thought about sharing me and Micahs short film that we are currently working on to share on family night. Even though we haven't finished the video I am really confident in our film. I am planning on sharing this film because we have spent a lot of time thinking of the story trying to get it as best as we could have made it. I also want to share our film because it will be one of our videos where I will be able to finetune all the shots and make it as cinematic as possible. I will be implementing all the cinematography skills such as shot composition, lightning, audio, and editing. I would also like to share our film because it is going to be my last project in the CKTV Media Class.
The story is one of the most important things in a film. If you have a horrible story then that will cause your video to be a bit boring. In every story there is conflict. If there isn’t any conflict, then theres no story. We spent a lot of time thinking about the story and trying our best to fine tune our story. We constantly pulled scenes out of the script, we added more scenes to the script, and changed many ideas. All of this was to try and get the best story possible. Our story may not be the best in the world but I think our storytelling skills have improved throughout the years. Hopefully, this film will make you sad and give you the chills.
I also want to show our short film because this will be one of the films where I am mainly focused on the cinematography and that means that I will be able to get the shots as nice and cinematic as possible. Since we just got the new DJI Ronin, we plan on using that for our film. But also plan to have some hand held shots to give a more dramatic effect. Since we have our story approved, it will be a lot more easier to focus on cinematography. We also plan on color grading our shots to give it a cinematic feeling. Usually if you stick with the footage you get in camera, you will tend to get a digital look. But we don’t want that look. As Mr.M always says, Good to Great. I am also going to account for lighting. Usually if you can see what you are filming then the lighting would be considered good. But I want it great. So we also plan on filming during the golden hour or the magic hour. Is it basically a term for an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. Filming during this time of the day will result in a very interesting shot with a much nicer image. I just hope that all goes accordingly when we are filming.
The last reason why I wanna share our film is to show what I have learned throughout my years in the CKTV Media Class. Me and Micah have been in the class for 3 years and we plan on showing off the things that we have learned throughout those years. Its our last chance to show our filmmaking skills as a middle school student. We planned on making this our best middle school project and we will plan to make an even better video in high school. Plus, this is our very last project in the CKTV Media Class. So this project will certainly be a memorable project and someday, I will think back to making this project and it will bring back many memories. This year was a great year and I wanna end it in a great way!
Looks like time flies fast when you're having fun! My life would not be the same without the CKTV Media Class. I can’t really imagine what my life would be like without this life. I've met a whole bunch of great people and made friendships that will last forever. No matter how stressful and hard the class got, I never regret joining the class. This 4th quarter film will be the last thing that me and Micah leave behind as CKTV students. Not to mention all the hard work that we will be putting into this project. So that is why I want to show our short film. Until next time, bye!
Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago, I watched a movie called The Imitation Game. The film is based on a true story. It is about Alan Turing, a mathematician and a logician, who created the worlds very first computer and used it to decipher the “unbreakable” codes of germany’s WW2 Enigma Machine. Overall, I just loved the movie! Sure it may not be filled with intense fight scenes or jump scares but this movie had me on the edge of my seat more than any other movie. The first thing that caught my eye was the acting. Benedict Cumberbatch was a very brilliant actor who gave a very spectacular performance! He had a very arrogant and overconfident personality in the movie but you still wanted him to succeed in whatever he was doing. You were attached to the character within minutes of the movie starting. I also loved the story. There was many conflicts other than the main conflict. Sure he may have had to break the German code, but the struggles that he had trying to accomplish that is what I really liked. In his adventure to break the code, he made new friendships, had arguments with friends, fell in love with a girl, and almost got fired from his job. I really thought that having multiple conflicts that revolve around the main conflict is what helps the story move. I really enjoyed watching the movie and if you get a chance you watch it, WATCH IT.
Hey guys! This is it. The last quarter project of my last year here at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. This will be my very last official project for the CKTV Media Productions class! I can’t believe the year is already ending. But since this is my very final project, I intend to make it the best video ever. Me and Micah teamed up to create a Short Film. We teamed up last year and we made a pretty decent short film. Not the greatest but it was good enough for an A. But this year, we plan to make it even better. We decided to take on more of a serious and more dramatic storyline and we enlisted the help of Raine who will be our main actor and he will also be making a movie trailer for our film. For most of us, we will be showing off all the filmmaking and storytelling skills we learned in our 1st or 2nd year in the CKTV media class. All year we have been getting ready for this one project. But for me and Micah...we will be showing off what we learned in our 3 years in the CKTV media class. This has to be our BEST project ever! Overall, I feel that we are on track to getting this project done on time. This year, we got a little more time to plan out our short film, we turned in our script on time, and we already talked about the shots we are planning on getting.
Last year, when me and Micah decided to make a short film, it was a very last minute decision. Right when we were pitching ideas for our 4th quarter project and Mr.M was asking other students what they will be doing for their projects, I asked Micah very quietly if he wanted to make a short film with me and he said yes. And that was the start of our short film. Except we didn't even know what our short film was gonna be about. But now, we are off to a great start. We already started thinking about our ideas earlier which helped up make the story as best as possible. We had a rough start trying to think about or story but we finally got it down. In the beginning, we had so many ideas about what our film was gonna be about, but always had the same beginning...A guy wakes up somewhere odd and he doesn't know how and when he got there. Also, since we decided to make a short film, we might need a little more time to film so that is why we already started talking to Raine about possible times to film. I hope to get this film done in time.
We also turned in our script on time. Except the way that I tend to make script is that I visualize the film in the head and take note the angle and type of shot that I am visualizing. If I think of the film and I visualize a handheld, shaky shoot, I will take note of that and most likely use that in the film. If I imagine an extreme close up of an eye, I put that down in the script. And if I imagine a smooth tracking shot, then I remind myself to bring the DJI Ronin. I had thoughts of creating a storyboard of the scene that we plan to film a couple days before so that we know what we want to film. Storyboarding is when you draw out every single shot you want to have in your movie so that when you are filming, you don’t forget to film anything. Shot lists can help you achieve that, but storyboarding helps with the visual aspect. A lot of people think of scripting as a “boring” thing to do. Even though some of us do get bored of making the script, when you make a script, you are basically making the movie before you make the movie. You are writing down the shots in sequential order, including the sound, dialogue, type of shot, location, time, etc. And that is why scripts are important. And thats is why we are waiting for feedback on our script.
Since this is our last and final project, we want to show off what we learned throughout our 3 years in the CKTV Media Class. The one thing that I wanna show is all the things that I learned about cinematography. That includes camera movement, lighting, audio, color grading, and even the music. Last year, most our shots didn’t look as great as some of the other shots we had. In the beginning, most of the shots were nice but as the film progressed, the video quality just dropped. I thought this happened because we were being rushed at the end. We were just trying to get the shots done because some of our actors had to go somewhere or we were just running out of time. But this time, we have one, main actor who will be dedicated to acting in this film. So now, we will be able to use our time effectively to get some cinematic shots. We will also be using a 35mm and a 135mm lense with a high dynamic range color setting to retain details in the shadows and highlights to give more of a film look other than a digital look. This will also make it easier to color grade the footage to give it a professional look. The prime lenses that I mentioned can have an aperture as low as 1.4 to give us a shallow depth of field and allow us to keep the ISO low to prevent film noise which is that grainy look you get when filming in low light.
Well thats all I can tell you now. I don’t want to talk about the story too much because I don’t want to spoil it for you guys! If you really want to know what's gonna happen, you can check out my project page and look at the first draft of my script. This will probably be the most stressful quarters ever because not only do I have my short film, I also have the 8th grade slideshow, and my radios which are due in 2 weeks. But its not impossible. I just have to put a LOT of time after school and at night. At Least our short film will be shorter than last years one so it probably won't take as long to edit. Well goodluck to all of you and until next time, bye!
Hey guys! I wanted to share with you a new short film that I stumbled across. This film was made by one of my favorite YouTube channels, Filmriot. The new short film that they made was called UFO Yeah. It's a cross between a Sci Fi/Comedy. It's about a man who is obsessed with UFOs and one night, he sees a bright light outside of his house. When he goes to investigate, he sees a UFO hovering above him. The UFO then tries to pull him up but fails to abduct him because he is just too heavy to be lifted up. Overall, I really loved the cinematography and story behind this film. And when I say cinematography, I don't just mean the camera work. I'm talking about the lighting, the fog that they used to fill the air, and the camera movements. The thing that interested me the most was all the fog they used to give the video more depth. It added more interest into the shots. It also pushed the feeling of a UFO landing in his front yard. So the fog was a very effective factor in the shots. The lightening also played a big role. When the space ship arrived outside his house, a bright light shines through the windows and that's what gives the feeling of a UFO outside his house. If it was just sound effects telling us there is a UFO outside, it would not have been as effective if you added the lights in. I also thought the story was pretty funny. The backstory of our main character was set in just a short amount of time based on the props and dialogue he says in the opening shot. The thing with short films is that it's suppose to be short. So if you have a 5 minute film, don't take up 2 minutes with backstory. Short and concise is the way to go! I really think you should watch it!
Hey guys! Just last week, we got back from our 2015 STN Trip. This year, the convention was held in San Diego, California. This meant that the weather was nice and sunny all week! This being my 3rd and final STN Trip as a CKTV student , I did my best to make this one of the best trips. And I succeeded! I had the best time of my life! Hanging out with friends, no school, all fun, making videos, for 10 days straight...there is no way that can get boring. On the trip, we got to go to many places, experience new things, and even bring back some memories from 6th grade. The first and most obvious highlight of the trip was the STN Convention. 4 days of pure filmmaking and journalism! We also got to become great friends with our Pen Pals from Castaic Middle School. And we also got to go to USC! Everything on the trip was a highlight but these are a just a couple.
4 full days of pure filmmaking and competitions! That is what STN is all about! This years STN theme was Capture the Moment. This year, I was on the film team for the New Crazy Eights competition! From 8 to 4pm, we had to write, shoot, and edit a film based on a given title and prop. This years title was A Buck Short and the prop was a fake one dollar bill. I can tell you that the day of Crazy 8’s was a very intense and exciting day. You can check out our film down below. It was 3:50 and we were finally walking over to the entry booth to turn in our videos. I have never been so happy in my life! I was really excited to turn in my video. It was the longest 8 hours of my life and I was just dead. 1 day down, 3 more to go. The next day, we had our Spot Feature competition. We were given the topic An Unconventional Approach. We decided to do our story about the Kiss Statue and all of the views people have of it. Honestly, I didn't feel to good about the story but Kaden and Kolten felt good about it so I just had to trust them. We had a slow start but we finally picked up pace. It was 20 minutes before editing time and we are running to the hotel, trying to get there in time to do voice overs. Luckily we made it to the editing room on time. We edited the video and sat next to the Kauai High students and exported our videos. We went to the entry booth and turned in our videos. And that was it...I was done with all competitions and all stress! All those long practice hours have payed off. Now it was time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the breakout sessions. I learned a lot of new things at the breakout sessions and even got to see the new documentary, The Safe Zone. That night, we also had the STN party! Parties aren't really my thing, but I really had fun that night. I might have looked a little weird dancing but at least it was fun! The next day was the Closing Ceremony! And as most of you have heard, Spot Feature won 1st place and our Film got Honorable mention! I was very proud of my team and I really believed that we pulled through. PSA also won 3rd place and the Broadcast team also won Honorable Mention! Overall, Hawaii did very well at the convention. Especially with the STN Recap. Even though I got very frustrated at points, I would do it all over again!
We also got to meet up with our Pen Pals from Castaic! Sadly, this year, my pen pal didn't come on the trip. However, I still got to make new friends with the other students. We first met up with them on the 4th floor of the Grand Hyatt Manchester and we hung around the firepit and got to know each other. I thought we were planned to have s'mores with them but I guess that changed. I decided to hang out with my old pen pal and Micah and Dalson's pen pal. That night I talked to Chris, Dylan,Christian, and JC. Out of all the boy things we could have talked about, we decided to talk about what colleges we were gonna go to. I told them that I was interested in USC, but most of them told me that UCLA was the better choice. I guess i’ll have to do some research about it. We also met at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I got to make more friends from Castaic this year. I am still in touch with a couple of them. I thought that it was really cool meeting other people who share the same interest in filmmaking. I remember talking to Dylan and we were just talking about his short film, Dreaming. Talking about all things film! Sadly this was my last year getting to see them but maybe i'll see them in high school at STN!
Another highlight of the trip was the college tours. We got to visit two colleges. University of Southern California and San Diego State University. I really enjoyed both schools. The first school we went to was USC. Even though the outside of the schools have an olden day look, the insides are very modern. The part of the tour that really caught my eye was the USC Annenberg: School of Communication and Journalism. Walking into that building made you feel like you were in some high tech media lab. And it was a high tech media lab! A very tall and huge TV screen greeted you as you walked into the front door. Live news stations were being played in different sections of the screen. We then walk into a room with all these computers and even more TV screens. They showed us all these cool newsrooms and control rooms! I thought that USC was really cool! We then went to San Diego State and looked at their journalism and media classes. The professor giving us the tour was very energetic and had a very exciting and funny personality. We walked into their media lab and THEY HAD ROLLY CHAIRS! They were orange and they looked very cool! The professor explained to us how students learn better when they are able to move. We even got to see their residence halls where students live when they attend college there. I thought that San Diego State was a very good college!
Overall, I really enjoyed the trip! This was by far the most fun and memorable trip! I got closer to a lot of my classmates and I strengthened current friendships! The whole STN convention, making new friends and meeting old ones, and getting a chance to see what our future education might be like...thats is what made this trip special! Hopefully I will be able to come back to STN in high school! Until next time bye!
Hey guys! Today is the day that everyone has been waiting for...the 2015 STN Closing Ceremonies! It always the day that makes everyone nervous. But this year, for me, I wasn't too nervous about the closing ceremonies. I didn't really care about winning at that point. I was just happy that my competitions were done and all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ceremony. We went into the ballroom early which got us front row seats. All the Hawaii schools sat on the left hand side so whenever a Hawaii school won, the whole area would just erupt with cheering and screaming. I am very happy to announce that our Spot Feature team placed first! I was really not expecting that. However, Kaden did feel confident in our story so I had to go with it and trust him. Our team did very well during the competition. We worked well together and we got work done efficiently. We also had our PSA team, Crazy 8 film, and Crazy 8 broadcast that won awards! I felt that everyone gave it their best shot and that they did an excellent job in the competition. I also felt that all the Hawaii schools represented the state well and show what we are made of. It was a great trip, but tomorrow will be the end of it!
Hey guys! For me, competitions are all done and all I have to do is just relax and all my stress is done. But that doesn't mean the learning experience stops. Me and all the other students who are done with competitions went to breakout sessions. In a breakout session, industry professionals come and share what it's like to work in their type of career. People also come and share tips and tricks in filmmaking and journalism. I went to all these different breakout sessions. The first one I went to was the Hiki No session where they talked about the Hawaii's Hiki No program on PBS Hawaii. They showed my Kapaa Traffic story from 7th grade as one of the examples of work. They showed all my drafts and the revisions that were made. They talked about all the revisions and the whole process of getting the video to PBS Standards. We also saw some videos from Maui. I also got to go to a session with Andrew Jenks. He talked about getting your videos marketed and distributed. He explained how social media plays a big role in a films popularity and he also talked about what makes a video interesting which is a interesting subject. I also got to go and watch the new documentary called The Safe Zone. The film was about the school security and school shootings that have happened. Multiple schools across the nation helped to produce certain pieces that were put into the film. Our very own Maui High School produced their own piece which was put into the film. I thought the documentary was very interesting. The reporter also did an excellent job piecing the stories together. After the breakout sessions, we went to dinner and went back to the hotel to join the 70's STN Convention Dance. To be honest, parties isn't my thing but I think I had a great time at the dance. I especially loved dancing to the song YMCA! Overall it was a great day!
Hey guys! Today was the day! The Spot Feature Team, Music Video Team, and Anchor Team all had our individual competitions. All those months leading up to the trip we have been holding fundraisers, STN practices, and all this hard work to get us to this day. Today we got up bright and early and headed down to Uncle Dons room for breakfast. Then at 8:00 we left for the briefing. The topic we were given was An Unconventional Approach. We decided to do our story about The Kiss statue and all the different perspectives people have of the statue. There was this one man who was driving a pedi cab that had an amazing story to tell about the statue. But since he was giving a tour, he said he would be back to do the interview before we leave. However he didn't come back. So we just did a couple more interviews and headed our way back to the hotel. Editing went really smooth and we turned in the video on time. We sat next to Kauai High School in the editing room and we turned in our videos at the same time. I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish. Although some things didn't go as planned for some, we should all still be proud for what we did. Good luck to tomorrow's teams!
Today was one of the most hardest and most stressful days on the trip. Today was the start of STN 2015! We had our Crazy 8's Contest. We woke up bright and early and headed to Uncle Dons room for breakfast. I had eggs and a bagel and orange juice. After breakfast we headed for the briefing. We had a bit of trouble looking for the briefing room for short film but we found it in time and met up with our Castaic friends. The title we were given was: A Buck Short and our prop was a fake one dollar bill. We decided to do a story about a group of friends who want to get onto the USS Midway but they don't have enough money. So they do a whole bunch of crazy things to raise the money. In the end, they end up raising enough money to go onto the ship but they accidentally drop a dollar bill on the ground on their way to the Midway. I really felt we did a lot better than in the practice and I am very confident in our film. Our team worked really well. Luckily, we made the deadline. After Crazy 8's, we headed to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory where we met up with our pen pals. I got to meet a lot more students and made some really cool friends. After dinner, we headed for the opening ceremony. It was really loud!!! We had a couple of really interesting presenters and they shared a lot about their career in media. I am ready for tomorrow which is our Spot Feature competition!