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When it comes time to be in front of the camera I find it hard for me to not get stage fright. So I found it a little easier for me to be less shy to have scripts of what I was going to say in front of me.  Well not exactly in front of me but sort of like someone who is doing a news report would have in a distance just for reference. I feel that being able to know what to say at all times makes it easier to not panic while recording. In addition you don’t stutter and get thrown off tract of what your message is suppose to be about. I know from my own experience that when I stutter while recording anything I become even more nervous and it takes a while to get back on the right path that I need to be on to deliver my point in my recording or even in a speech.  That is why when recording for our video in review my group member and I made big signs with what we were to say next on it. Before when we recorded we both sort of stuttered trying to figure out what to say next. That’s when we came up with using these signs almost as oversized flashcards you could say. This technique really does work! So I suggest that if you are having trouble learning your lines or have trouble focusing in front of the camera to make giant signs with your lines on it and holding it up to use as a reference and to rely on.


When it came time to record our video we went to the digital commons studio. When we were there we used a camera, and Gia and I took turns filming one another. We also came up with an idea to take big sheets of paper and write what were going to say on it and held it up for the other person to see while they were being recorded. We did this so we wouldn’t forget what we were going to say, and so that we knew what to say next. I found that remembering my lines without the script that we made was quite difficult and frustrating. After filming we took our video into the digital commons editing room and we tried uploading our video to edit, but we couldn’t upload it onto the Mac computer. After not being able to upload it onto the computer we decided that we would have to redo the whole recording with a different camera another day. When the day came that we both were able to meet and redo the recording everything went successful and we decided to use a friend’s Mac computer so that we would have more time editing the film and fitting our PowerPoint into the video as well. All in all I felt that the hardest part of this assignment was figuring out how to operate the equipment in order to film our video. I had no experience and didn’t realize all the steps that were involved in making a simple 5-10 minute video. This was definitely an educational experience.


My final project that I was to do for English 015 was to create a film about the year 1969. However, to make this assignment a little easier we were assigned to groups according to the years that we (my English 015 class) chose to examine for the semester. My group consisted of myself and another girl (Gia) in my class. Together we planned out what our film would include in it that would help sum up important events in 1969. The easiest way for us to gather information was to use PowerPoint with different slides about different topics. We also decided that we would video record ourselves as the introduction and the conclusion of our short film. The main point that we wanted to present in our film was that 1969 truly was “The Generation That Never Got Old.” The film itself was to be between 5-10 minutes and was to be uploaded to YouTube. Another requirement was that every member of our group was to appear at some point on the video that we created. Furthermore transitions were also supposed to appear throughout the film as well, and there needed to be music or other live video of events that actually happened. Due to the fact that in the beginning of the assignment my group did consist of three members until the one dropped out my group was given the choice of making our video a little shorter than others because it was last minute. Although we have less members than we originally started with myself and my group member both feel that we can provide enough useful and educational information about the year 1969.