February 15, 2009 by Dave
I want to add one thing from my photojournalism background that may help with building a scene. It is the understanding of the key moment that you want to capture and working out from that moment to develop the entire scene. A still photographer will anticipate what will happen and position themselves to nail a the moment that defines the situation. Take this photo from this past Veterans Day ceremony on campus.Read more »
February 10, 2009 by Dave
When it comes down to it, sometimes you just have to go back to the basics. At times, you can over think and try to over achieve even the simplest task. As I started out this assignment of building 2 ideas as my starting blocks for my documentary, I had some very ambitious goals set for myself.Read more »
February 04, 2009 by Matt
During my interview, I got a good feel for what it’s like to be asked questions. With the blinding lights in my face, it could have been God asking me the questions for all I know.Read more »
February 01, 2009 by Matt
I feel that I bring many valuable things to our project and the class. Although at times many of these traits seem like a bad thing, I feel they are what define me as a person. My unwillingness to compromise who I am help me to hold on to these traits.Read more »
January 28, 2009 by Heather
I believe I bring two critical components to the project. The first component is the diverseness of my two tours to Iraq. My first tour to Iraq began January 2003 when my entire CH-53 squadron (sixteen aircraft) deployed aboard three naval vessels and sailed our way to the Persian Gulf. We entered Iraq unaware of the dangers, toting along full MOPP gear; however, never were in danger. In country, we had no accommodations. Showers were baby wipes, bathrooms were holes in the sand, and chow was MREs. As time passed, we received tents, cots, and even hot chow once a day.Read more »
January 27, 2009 by Dave
I never really like answering questions like these because one may try to be as objective as possible in answering, so as not to sound boastful, but they may indeed overlook qualities in themselves that are quite easy to see from the outside perspective yet not from within. It is also easy to start comparing whether the qualities one might possess with another person answering the same question. With this in mind, I thought I would try to explore this question using my parts of my resume as a guide. Could this help me to sell my qualities while maintaining the most accurate depiction? We’ll see.Read more »
The course utilized a blog both to continue the discussion outside the classroom, and to provide training for the students in blogging, video compression, and video sharing.
Students used the blog to post reflections and ideas, to share and comment on the video assignments, and to respond to each other's posts.
The film "Land of Confusion" was presented in class by the film's director, Jeremy Zerechak, a Penn State grad. Zerechak discussed filmmaking with the students and answered questions about his film. A number of the students wrote responses to the film on the blog. Watch a trailer of the film.
A number of posts also reference a This American Life episode entitled "The Devil in Me." Students in the class were asked to listen to the veteran-related portion of this radio program and to write a post about how they would tell the story visually. Listen to the story.