"Mathematics...it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution."
Recently I watched the movie Hidden Figures. It is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. To sum up the movie, it takes place when racial equality was nonexistent and women were not thought of to be smart. There are three women who break the 'social standards' of women and are computers for NASA. One of them becomes an engineer, one calculates the math behind the space missions, and the other is the leader of a program in NASA. The story is based on true events, and I have to say, it's an amazing movie. Technical wise, it's excellently produced. From the shots to the editing, everything fell into place perfectly. The actors were also incredible because they helped make the story come to life. That's it for this week's blog. Make it a great day and never forget to smile!
"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice."
Everyday, you learn something new, no matter what the day holds. Some days may have more lessons than others; some months may have more lessons than others; some years may have more lessons than others. For example, at school, students learn new concepts in math every time they are in that class. This year in media, I learned many different lessons, media related and life lessons. Three of the main lessons I learned are how to do a Hiki No story, how to sequence, and teamwork.
First of all, I learned how to do a Hiki No story. In sixth and seventh grade I never had a story air on Hiki No. However, this year I was honored to be able to have three news stories air on Hiki No: Drag Racing Sakamotos, Team Unify, and (still working on it) Kalalau Trail. I learned how much work is put into making the Hiki No videos. It's actually not that much if the first draft is good, of course there's always room for improvement, but the hardest part is to persevere through all of the drafts that you have to create. Drag Racing Sakamotos took 5-6 drafts, Team Unify took so many I can't even remember, and Kalalau (so far) is on it's fourth draft. It sure does take a lot of time to make the video, the 2-3 minute video. It's a lot of work for not a lot of time, but it is a great experience to learn how professional journalist want to see your story.
Secondly, I learned how to sequence. I did learn the basics to sequencing in sixth grade, but honestly, I only really started to do sequences this year. Sequences do add a lot to a story because it gives a story depth and motion. I pushes to flow to a higher range allowing the video to be in the moment, not just in their seat at home. Sequences forces the photographer to get up close and personal with the subject(s), so that viewers can see in different angles what is really happening. Finally, sequencing adds interest to a film. No one wants to watch a film of just medium shots, they want to extreme close ups and the unusual angles, the drone shots and the extremely wide shots. Viewers don't want to see a film, they want to be in the film, live the film, and experience the film; that can only happen with sequencing.
Finally, I learned the true importance of teamwork. Everyone can be on a team, everyone can contribute to a team, but not a lot of people actually contributes to a team. I learned what to contribute, how to contribute, and why to contribute. I learned that a lot of people don't want to be leaders of a group or partnership. Even though a lot of people don't like being followers, they won't lead a pack. If there is already a leader, and you think that person deserves to be a leader, then be like a co-leader. Leaders take on a lot of responsibility, and some people think that leaders have to do all of the work (even though that isn't true). Help them out, take on tasks that no one else is doing, take initiative, but stay humble and modest at the same time. The way you do this is to just do it. Don't be afraid, take on the challenges, be the leader of the leaderless group, do the things no one else is choosing to do. Everything is impossible if you say it's impossible; nothing is impossible if you say everything is possible. Your mind is capable of doing things you don't know yet, and that's because you've been saying "No" to hard things instead of "I have already finished the impossible". The reason to do this is that no one is going to do anything if no one does anything. A lot of people, nowadays, don't want to do work, but if you choose to do work than the work will get done. I learned that when people don't want to do work or they just aren't doing work, just tell them they have to do something, don't give them anymore choices.
In conclusion, the three lessons that I learned this year in media are how to do a Hiki No story, how to sequence, and teamwork. These are all very important skills and I gained knowledge that I can use all throughout my life from them. That's it for this weeks blog. Make it a great day and never forget to smile!
Every year the CKTV Media class has a family night where the current media students, upcoming media students, and parents meet each other. During the event, the current media students share a video that they worked on throughout the year. This week's blog topic is asking what video we plan to share and why. I couldn't decide between my third quarter PSA or my first quarter news story. I thought about it and decided to do my PSA. I chose my PSA because it got a better grade, it was a finalist in Olelo, and I think that the new students might know what we do in media more.
First of all, one of the reasons why I chose the PSA is because I got a better grade on it than the news story. For the news story I got a 3.65, but on the PSA I was able to get a 4. I believe that a four with more worthy of sharing than a 3.65, but that's just my opinion. The reason that I got the four was because I was able to make multiple drafts and to correct my mistakes.
Secondly, my PSA was a finalist for Olelo. Olelo is a statewide competition where schools submit videos into certain categories and each category gets one winner. Unfortunately my PSA didn't win first place, but it at least won third place. Even though my news story also was a finalist, the PSA category apparently has the more submissions than the other PSA categories, and I was able to be one of the top three.
Finally, I think that more the new students might be able to get a better idea of what types of videos we do in the class if I share my PSA. I say this because I would like to say that my PSA is a good example of a PSA that shows an issue within students in my grade and what you can do to stop. I would like to give credit to Ty for the message, "Disconnect to Reconnect" because that's the real reason why I got a 4. I think that it's also a good example of how to use NAT Sound because there is definitely a lot of NAT Sound with typing and the picture noise.
In conclusion, for the Family Night, I will be sharing my PSA. This is because I got a four on it, it was a finalist in Olelo, and the new students might get a bigger idea of the videos we do in class. That's it for this week's blog. Make it a great day, and never forget to smile!
For the first time ever, I forgot to do a blog. Wow! Luckily, all we have to do is a free blog. I decided to do my free blog on a funny Taco Bell commercial called "Get Together". The quality of the video isn't the greatest, but the story itself is a great way to sell a product. The product that they are advertising is the Loaded Taco Burrito where a taco and burrito collide and make something new. The way that they show this is there's a girl and a boy who are really close friends. The boy likes the girl, but the girl doesn't know that. One of them likes tacos, and the other likes burritos. They go to Taco Bell and the girl leans in only to tell him that she wants the loaded taco burrito. This is a priceless commercial, and I think that all commercials should be this funny. They have great sequences and audio. That's it for this blog. Make it a great day and never forget to smile!
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people, for an extraordinary destiny." - C. S. Lewis
Usually for the fourth quarter we are allowed to do anything for our final project, whether it's a PSA, news story, movie trailer, music video, etc. However, our class has been given the opportunity to do a project for the Kauai Grown Program. In this project, we are to do six feature videos, take photos, create and man social media accounts, document the entire process, and create digital flyers. I am on the videography team along with Ty, as my partner, Taylor N, as the the leader, and Mia M, Kai, and Keith. Ty and I are to do two feature stories on Tian Lin and Wailua River Noni, however, the Wailua River Noni has turned us down. This week's constructed response topic is about the progress that we've made in our projects and teams. So far, Ty and I have done an interview, shot B-Roll, create five points, and finished transcriptions. This week we worked on the five points and transcriptions, and we made a plan for when we are going out to film B-Roll again. The obstacle that I am facing is that I am very busy in the fourth quarter and I am struggling to manage time for this project, other projects, school, and out of school activities.
For starters, Ty and I attended the Garden Fair that took place at KCC. There we got a lot of shots of Mr. Lin and his wife selling crops, talking to customers, and the crops that were for sale. However, we have no audio in the shots, unfortunately, and that was my fault because I did not use headphones while recording. Secondly, we went to Lin's Farm and did an interview with Mr. Lin's son on the phone and took B-Roll of the farm, crops, and them doing work. When we got back to school, I began working on the transcriptions and Ty worked on the five points. Then I had Ty do some of the transcriptions because I had to do scripts for the morning announcements. After that, we finished the transcripts a couple days later and began working on voiceovers. We are not done with voiceovers yet, but they are in the making.
In addition, this week, as I've said before, we got transcriptions started and finished. We also got our five points started, but there might be changes to them along the way. We also started working on our voiceovers because our interview was done on a phone. This means that the majority of our audio will be voiceovers saying the facts that were said in the interview. There is a chance that we might be able to use the audio from the interview itself, but there isn't a visual of Mr. Lin holding the phone. That's okay though, because we aren't going to start editing until next week or the week after.
Finally, like all projects, there are challenges. The main challenge that I am facing is that I have a very busy schedule this quarter. I don't have all the time in the world to say "I am going to shoot B-Roll tomorrow". I have to plan out with Ty what day we are both free to film. Luckily, there is one Saturday that I am free to film B-Roll at a farmer's market that Mr. Lin should be attending. The problem is that it would be May 13, which is two weeks before school ends, and three weeks from today. The reason for this is that I have an after school activity every day of the week, Saturdays I usually have a game or family event, and Sunday I have church and homework. Homework is another issue because I am so busy, I am running out of time to do other homework for other classes, and I am taking two high school credits this year, so I really need time to concentrate on those grades.
In conclusion, Ty and I are doing one feature story on Tian Lin, a farmer for Kauai Grown. We have done an interview, shot B-Roll, done transcriptions, five points, and started voiceovers. The main problem that I have with this project is time, and that there isn't enough of it. You see, there are two types of people. Those who have all the time in the world and waste it, and those who need all the time in the world but can't have it. The first is called procrastination, and the second is called busy, unfortunately I am busy so the only way to fix it is to be busier. Make it a great day, and never forget to smile!
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." -Winston Churchill
The CKTV Media Productions class came back from our 2017 Student Television Network (STN) Trip that was held in Anaheim, California. We were able to go all over Los Angeles and Anaheim, seeing colleges, taking tours, competing, and more. My three favorite moments from the trip were the closing ceremony, Disney animations tour, and the breakout sessions.
First of all, I had a great time at the closing ceremony because of the energy in the ballroom. The closing ceremony is the last day of STN when they announce all of the winners and hand out awards. The best part about closing ceremony is when a Hawaii school wins and the entire Hawaii section starts chanting "Hawaii" because even though we were competing against each other, we were still competing with each other. My least favorite part about closing ceremony is when you don't win first place and then people say, "I thought yours was better," because when you lose you gain more in the sense that you know what to not do, verse winning and not really knowing what you shouldn't do the next time.
Secondly, I had a great time at the Disney animations tour. I am very fortunate that we were able to go on this tour because Disney doesn't give tours about making their animated movies. We actually got to go into the facility where Disney makes animations that turn into movies like Wall-E. My favorite part about it was getting to learn how they make the animations and the process that it takes. Apparently, it takes years to make one movie and a lot of time and dedication to make the animations that they have in their movies.
Finally, I truly enjoyed the breakout sessions. One of them wasn't the most entertaining, but they all taught me something new and useful not just in media but in everyday life. The first one was about media not being the enemy, and I learned that the dedicated journalists will sacrifice everything to inform the public and to get the information they need to make the nation aware of something. For example, there's a lady reporter who was filming a confrontation with the police and citizens in a foreign country, and all of the other reporters were hiding because guns were being shot except for her. She recorded all of the shooting that she could and all of the events that were happening, but she did get shot and had to be taken to the hospitable. I also learned about stand-ups and that your background should have a purpose and there should be a purpose for the stand-up. There should be some sort of action instead of a person just standing and saying lines. For example, there was an accident so the reporter walked on the road where the accident was. This had an action and a visual aid to make the stand-up more interesting.
In conclusion, my top three favorite moments are the closing ceremony, Disney animations tour, and breakout sessions. I learned a lot on this trip and I now have another experience in California. Even though we didn't do as well this year than last year at STN, it was still a memorable experience of it's own. Make it a great day and never forget to smile!
Hey, I'm Kolten. I'm a third year media student. My partner is Ty Kajihara and thank you for going on my website!
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."