Spring Break World Tour

March 15, 2011

Busy as both beaver and bee. Over this spring break, I planned on getting a chunk of work done that isn’t due until finals week, since my classes have research papers due instead of written finals, and it’s so far worked pretty well. Since Saturday, I’ve completed about 90% of my paper on the genetic manipulation of brown adipose tissue to fight obesity, 50% on  how body image affects third generation Latinos in America and begun outlining my internship final on myofascial relaxation techniques. In a nutshell, two 10-page papers on fat and one 10-page paper on massage. I’ve been uncommonly productive over this Spring Break, but if doing most of this work now gives me smooth sailing until May 15th, I’m not going to be complaining. I’ll finally have time to work on my novel about unrequited love in the Old South.

It’s important to have a plan. To take your ideas and outline them, either written or in storyboard fashion, so you have an idea where you are headed. For the class, that’s where we are up to. There’s no sense in shooting a video that’s going to have a premiere date without having an idea of what shots are going where, what the script is going to be, how the story is going to play out and what effects are going to be put in.

We have been given the rest of the semester to work on the video and every week we will bring in how far we’ve gotten for critique and figuring out how to make it better. Which is a good thing. Having weekly deadlines keeps us on our toes and keeps us from procrastinating until the end and shooting the video an hour before its due. That’s when we end up scrambling, eventually coming up with something that shows that we made it in an hour, and we hope that putting the pieces together haphazardly will end up with a decent finished product, even if we did have to use the French instructions. We can always say, “Eh, it’s just for a grade. The worst that will happen is they’ll tell us to do a reshoot.”

Then you procrastinate on that one as well. You get a second shot and once again squander the time you had. Everyone hated the first one, so there’s no way they can hate the new one, even though it’s just as slapped together. If we are going to just shove things in the video at the end and call it a finished product, we have to also make sure the facts in it are straight. One fact is incorrect or out of date and the whole thing goes to hell. Studio trickery can be used to salvage it(damn you, Autotune) but even then we have to make sure it’s done well. A good effect can mask a terrible product(damn you, Autotune) or make it look seemless, while others make it obvious that there was a mistake.

It’s also important that if you’re doing a project with a partner or have a friend involved in the shoot saying a line or doing a dance or something, it’s important to let them know what you plan to do. Otherwise, things could get messy. But, as long as you follow a few simple tips, rules, pieces of fatherly advice(whathaveyou), and make sure you have a plan ahead of time for any crazy or ridiculous stunt you’re going to pull off, you’ll be well on your way to winning!


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