Hey everyone! This week’s free write is about STN! I will post the “Aloha Atlanta” video that Hiki No produced, of our class last year at STN so you can see what STN is like for those that haven’t been there. Nikki from PBS came to STN with our class to film the competition. She followed us around when we were competing to capture the moments shared at STN. Nikki did a wonderful job and I wish she could always come! I will be talking about all of the categories and giving brief summaries about each. We do actually have a new competition this year and that is silent film. We still need to learn more about this competition.
STN is a four day competition. The first competition is Crazy 8’s. The only categories we enter for Crazy 8’s are short film and news magazine. For short film, they give you eight hours to produce a short film on a topic that they give you. They also give you a prop that you have to use in your film, it doesn’t have to be the main prop but it has to be visible. As for news magazine, you have eight hours to go out and find stories that match the topic that they give you. So it’s many different news story segments that you put int one video with anchors.
After Crazy 8’s you have the many other individual contests which is like the “main” part of STN. The first day of the competition last year were the categories, convention recap, nat package, spot feature, and music video. First, I want to talk about convention recap. Convention recap is the only competition that you compete everyday. This competition reviews the whole convention. You are allowed to film and edit all of the days of the competition. On the second day of the competition is when you turn in the video. Last year the students stayed up really late some nights editing and sometimes had to miss some of the activities to finish the video. Spot feature is the contest I was in last year and you basically have 2 hours to film and 3 hours to edit a news story. Of course there is a topic though. Nat sound is very similar to spot feature but you just aren’t allowed to have any reporters. That means no stand ups, and no voiceover. music video is pretty self explanatory. I’m not sure how much time you have for this competition, but you are basically given a song and you have to create a music video for that song. While we are competing the other students in our class that don’t have their competitions are at breakout sessions.
Day 2 of the competition was for anchoring, PSA, movie trailer, and convention recap. For the anchoring category, you are given 3 hours and a bunch of information that you have to make into scripts. Then, you take those scripts and try to do a perfect take without messing up. PSA stands for public service announcement and you have to make a PSA with a given topic and I’m not sure how long you get to create it. Movie trailer, is also pretty self explanatory. They give you a title and you have to make a movie trailer based of off it.
These are all the contest categories that we entered for STN last year. If you are a new student, I hope you have a better understanding of the competition. I am hoping to get into the Crazy 8’s Short Film category again this year. I am already on spot feature because I was on it last year and if you were on in 6th grade you stay on it till 8th grade so you can teach the other students that are coming into that category. If I could choose another category to be in I would sign up for convention recap because it looks fun! Thanks for reading! I will post a link to the Hiki No website below so you can check out the video and a link to my STN blogs! Bye!
Hey guys! I’m back from the break with another blog! I decided not to do a vlog this week again, because I don’t think you guys want to see my really red eye, so I will just be doing a blog. This week’s topic is on my goals for the new quarter, which are, to meet all of the deadlines, to get in multiple drafts of our video, and to be good mentor. These are all very common, but important goals.
My first goal is to meet all of my deadlines because that gets you good grades and for things like your radios, if you don’t turn it in on time FM97 will have to adapt to it. It puts them in a rough spot. At STN as well, they will not let you turn in your video if you are even just a second late. Making these deadlines will keep me and my project on schedule. Laziness is definitely an obstacle that I have to overcome. So is procrastination. Trust me, at least once this year you will procrastinate it’s kind of impossible to avoid it. I plan on achieving this goal by not getting distracted by these obstacles. The steps I will take to achieve this goal is are to try to finish my work or other work from my other classes whenever I have free time!
Another goal I have for this quarter is to get in multiple drafts of our video before the due date. This is always good to do so he can give you feedback. Then, you can improve your video for a higher grade. You will never get a perfect first draft. It takes multiple revisions to get the grade you want. I plan on achieving this goal by trying to get ahead. Being right on track is good, but being ahead is great! Good to great! The steps I will take to achieve this goal will be to start early on all of the deadlines. The T.I.A.S, the interview, the script!
My last goal is to be a good mentor. I am new at being a returning student and that means I have to teach a new student coming into the class. I really don’t want to teach my partner badly and then that affects how she works next year and how she teaches a new students next year. I really want to make her a successful student and she definitely has the potential. I also want to be a good mentor for other students as well. Any student in our class that needs help I want to be able to help them. I plan on achieving this goal by listening to my partner’s ideas and to teach her more instead of just doing it for her. As for the other students beside my partner, I want to bond with them so they feel like they can ask me anything and they aren’t scared to ask me a question. The steps I will take to achieve this goal are to just talk to my partner. Let her know I am always open to her ideas.
That’s it for this blog! These are my 3 goals of the year and I actually have one more side goal that I did not write a whole paragraph about. That would be getting our story on Hiki No. I didn’t make it one of my 3 goals to write a paragraph about because I think that it’s kind of extra. I mean getting our story on Hiki No would be amazing! Although, it’s alright if we don’t. It will be Taylor M’s first news story and it will be my first time working on a news story without another returnee. Thank you guys so much for reading! Bye!
Hey guys! I’m sorry I couldn’t do a vlog this week but I don’t think you guys want to see me vlog with one eye open. Anyways, this week’s blog topic is on what I learned from the first quarter and a recap of how the quarter went. I think this quarter went really well because we turned in all of our projects on time and I feel very confident with our work. This blog will mostly be about what I learned about being a mentor because it’s my first time and now I know what to mostly expect for the rest of the year. Three things I learned this quarter is how to work the cameras a lot better, to always be prepared, and I learned a lot about our whole class.
One thing I learned this quarter was how to work the cameras a lot better. During the CKTV Kokee media camp we learned how to change the settings on the cameras. For instance, we learned how to change the shutter speed, and the iso. The shutter speed determines how fast the shutter closes. It determines how much light you let in. I wasn’t exactly sure how to change the shutter speed before but now I know how for sure.
Another thing that I learned this quarter was to always be prepared and take charge when needed. Especially for the newbies, this is an important one! Live it up now because when you become a mentor you will have a lot more responsibilities, which means you always need to be prepared. You always have to be prepared because you never know when Mr. M will catch you by surprise. For example, he asked for an advisory game and no one raised their hand. I knew that if nobody raised their hand, he would have probably given our whole class a lecture. So, I rose my hand and I have to say, Taylor and I weren’t as prepared as we could have been.
I also learned a lot about my classmates in the media class. I think that this quarter we bonded a lot, especially at the Koke’e camping trip. I learned a lot about Kieth and how he is an amazing athlete. Lukas is another person I feel like I bonded with. He is very funny and an amazing friend. I think I also really got to know Aron too because he was in my group at Koke’e. Finally, I think I really bonded with my partner Taylor M. She is really funny, kind, and I feel like she will do really well in this class.
This is my recap of the first quarter and these are three things that I learned this quarter. This quarter I learned how to change the settings on the cameras, to always be prepared and take charge when needed, and a lot about my classmates. Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hey guys! This week’s free write is on the IPhone 7. It’s the brand new IPhone that’s coming out on Friday. You may be wondering how this relates to media, well the new IPhone has a 4k camera. This is a really amazing feature and I will post a picture that I took with the 4k camera down below. Also, the IPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one is a wide lens and the other lens allows you to zoom without degrading the quality. The IPhone 7 is great for vlogging and photography. If you look at some of my recent vlogs and compare it to last years vlogs you will see a major quality improvement. I have the IPhone 7 and it’s wonderful! And I’m not only saying that because it’s my first phone. Before I got my phone I had the IPod 5th generation and the camera quality has improved greatly. Thanks for reading! Bye!
IPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Picture Taken W/ Iphone 7 Camera