In working on our This I Believe videos, the class was able to learn a lot of interesting things in order to convey our story/belief. When making a video like this, you have to take a lot into consideration. For example, the music you use can shift the feeling of your entire video. I picked a pretty light-hearted song with a somewhat intense beat that I think goes very well with my overall feel. You also have to think about the images you use. You do not what images that are too distracting, you want to keep your audience in focus of what you are talking about.
A big idea within this project is learning how to be patient. Making something that is very impactful and meaningful takes time and effort. It took me a few days just to make my music and voice over sound good together, creating pauses throughout to emphasize certain parts. I still have a lot of work to do because I want to film some stock footage myself and find pictures of me that relate to my belief. I am very excited to see what everyone else comes up with. I think this is an interesting project that the class is working very hard on to make great.
I am very in to filming, video, and technology in general so this project is right up my alley. I like how all of the assignments have been different in order to allow everyone in the class to do something that they enjoy for a grade and learn a good amount while doing it.
After wrapping up the discussion about online privacy, we dove right into our unit in digital storytelling. We watched multiple Ted Talks about telling stories which was very interesting. I watched one that was titled "Politics of Fiction" which explained a lot about fictional storytelling. The speaker said that fiction should not be what we know, but what we can imagine.
Of course when telling a story of what we believe, it should not be fiction because it should be based off of our real life experiences. However from watching this video, it inspired me to write what I feel to be true and not just something that is structured and boring. When telling a story you have to be aware of the audience and how they will respond to what you are talking about. You also have to put a lot of emotion into what you are saying to make it believable and interesting to listen to.
A good amount of the week was spent on figuring out what kind of story we wanted to tell and exactly how we wanted to tell it. I personally am choosing to believe in breaking stereotypes and being unique in what you like to do. I decided on this topic because I have always thought of myself as different and unique and have tackled with the stereotype that all girls get growing up. Because I want to be an engineer when I am older, I consider that breaking a stereotype. At the end of the week we recorded our voices that we would pair with the video to showcase our "This I Believe".
This week we concentrated on the topic of internet safety and whether or not we thought that the government should be involved. I was on the side of having no government interaction because the harm people think is happening is only potential harm. Usually when there are debates like this in our classes I usually end up in the middle of the spectrum and do not pick a side. However, before we chose our sides I weighed both options and logically thought for myself what I believed should happen with online privacy. I realized that it was pretty fun picking a side from the beginning because I was able to find many facts why I was right and stick with my mindset. Because I had a lot of information for a side that wasn't that popular it actually made it easier to write my persuasive paper.
I usually like to be unbiased in these types of situations because if you always have the same opinions, you don't allow yourself to believe anything else, even if you might be wrong. Although I do think once in a while you should pick sides because at the end of the day, you will have to make a decision about something. In the class, everyone had to decide what they believed at the end. By deciding earlier I was able to have an upper edge on the assignment because I was already thinking of my argument through the entire class period.