Hey guys! For my blog this week, I will be sharing with you guys a YouTube video called “The Most Beautiful Shots In Movie History”. Now just based off of the title, I knew that the shots selected are going to be based off of the creators opinion. But after watching it, I have to agree with them! I didn’t recognize every single movie these shots were from, but I did spot some shots from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Tangled, etc. The reason why I really enjoyed this video and decided to share it, was because it reminded me of the detail and hard work put into filmmaking. From having the idea, to it being drawn on a storyboard, to the setup, and then having something that was once just an idea turned into a visual masterpiece. It’s really fascinating, because that’s something they have to do for every single shot in a movie! And this video kinda brought to mind how incredible the whole process is. That’s all I got for this week’s blog, bye!
Hey guys! Spending an entire year in media definitely changes you. You work and experience so much in this class! I've been here for three years now, and each year fills me with new challenges and lessons learned. So for my blog today, I'm going to be talking about three different lessons I've learned this year.
The first lesson that I had learned was that writing a Hiki No story is very time consuming and requires a lot of focus. This year was the first time any of my news stories were chosen to be on Hiki No. So that itself brought me to a whole new experience. And I found out that you have to constantly be working on it, fixing the things they give you in the feedback, and really focus on that particular story. It's a lot of work, because sometimes the entire video can change into a completely new one! It also brought difficulty because you're working on another project AND the Hiki No project at the same time. I hate to say it, but it always traces back to procrastination. And just pushing out the work is key to working on multiple projects at a time! Although this was one of the more stressful situations I've been through, I'm glad to have gained the lessons I've learned from it.
Another lesson that I had learned was that morning announcements scripts are more time consuming than I thought. This year was the first year that the media class had taken over the announcing positions as well as having the production crew. So we all had to learn and shape our announcements to the way we wanted it to be. The structure is kinda similar to the one in years past but there are a few differences. But something that I had noticed was that years past, sometimes if the announcers forgot to write their script, they'd make it that same morning. Sure, they aren't supposed to do that. And sure, that led us to have few to no time to practice-- leading to a poor announcements that morning. But I don't think I'd ever be able to make an entire script in one morning and even make it into the announcement room. There is so much that is needed in one script! From the birthdays, to the meals, to the word of the week, to the announcements... it's quite a bit! So I overall learned that writing a script should strictly be done before the morning of the announcements. And now I know why!
Finally, I've learned that no matter how hard you work on a certain project, you can't always be the winner. I am so blessed and lucky that in years past I've had the privilege of being a first place winner in competitions where I worked hard and had confidence in the things I was making. This year I was really fortunate to be able to go to the Olelo Youth Xchange. I was nominated in the Junior Experts category with the News Story ("Drag Racing Sakamoto's") I did with Kolten. This year we went up being nominated in four different categories, and we didn't win in any. But that's okay. The fact that we were there meant we had won at least second or third because they only have 3 nominees. However it was kinda painful to see a video that you worked so hard on, lose. But that's life! We can't dwell on what we didn't have. I think it's a great lesson to be learned. Not always being a winner is okay. And I'm more than likely to face another situation like that wherever I go in life.
So that's my choice of the top three lessons that I've learned this year. Working on Hiki No story, being on the announcements, and going to Olelo are all new experiences that I gladly took part of this year. And I've learned a unique thing from each. I'm so glad and thankful to have been a part of this class. No matter how stressful or tiresome it gets, at the end of the day you're taking new work ethics with you for the future. And that's something that can't ever be replaced. This has been a wonderful year, and it's not over yet! So I'll see you next week with another blog. Bye!
Hey guys! The quarter is coming to a fast and rapid ending! But before the year finishes, our media class has an annual family night to look back at the best work we did throughout the year. In fact, every student will be presenting a video of their choice (that they made of course) at this family night. So that’s the topic of this week’s blog. The video that I decided that I would like to share is the “Team Unify” News Story that I worked on with Mia and Kolten for the STN Fall Challenge.
One of the reasons why I feel that it is worth sharing, is because I feel that we had all worked pretty hard to get it done. We were but through the stress of having only a limited amount of days to complete it, and I learned a lot about teamwork and perseverance throughout the process. Because with this project, there was time to procrastinate. Once we got the topic from STN (which was “Strength and Diversity”), Kolten thought of an excellent story and we all went with it. I was very proud to be a part of it, and I was proud to be the one to edit the final draft. Then we continued to work a lot on it for Hiki No, which also took a lot of work. It’s one of those things where you work on it so much that it’s like your little creation and no other feeling compares to that.
Another reason on why I wanted to show this is because it has a great message. I really liked how this video revolved around a theme of friendship, acceptance, and diversity. I liked how it talked about how you’re stronger when you come together, and how Team Unify highlights that. I thought it would be nice to highlight such a story to show those who may not have seen it.
Finally, I wanted to show it because of the awards that it’s received. Of course winning is just like the icing on the cake, but it’s still a good reason to be proud of the video. The Team Unify video won 1st place in the News Story category for STN’s Fall Challenge. Plus, it was good enough to be selected as a Hiki No story! And I always see that as a great honor. So I think the achievements that came from the project, overall made me proud of my work.
So that pretty much sums up why I would like to show the Team Unify video. A lot of work was put into the making, the message is worth sharing, and it did well in its competition. I have a good feeling about this year’s family night, and I can’t wait to share! Bye!
Hey guys! This week I’m going to be sharing a music video that recently came out. It’s to the song “Hard Times” by Paramore. I think that it’s a very interesting music video because it’s very colorful and uses a lot of color elements. I think that’s a good choice for the video because having a colorful music video like this matches the upbeat song to go with it. One of my favorite things that they did in the music video was how they gave it a bit of an 80s theme. Because in the 80s they had certain patterns and color shemes that I would see being used in shows like Saved by The Bell & Full House, and they were also present in the music video. Another cool thing they did was that in a couple of parts, they used these colors to show the movements of the guitarist or drummer. I thought that was really sick. It’s an overall really cool music video, and you should really check it out. Bye!
Hey guys! In the fourth quarter of the year we aren’t going to be doing what we’ve done in years past. During the last two years, the usual project for the fourth quarter was a free choice video to show off the all the skills acquired throughout the year. But this year is different. This year we have teamed up with the Kauai Grown project; and we shall be running their different social media accounts, making videos of the different farmers involved in Kauai Grown, taking pictures, and basically documenting the whole thing. It still gives us decision making freedom by choosing our jobs in helping out this whole project, and once our jobs got set we have the same responsibilities of making the whole thing happen. I am on the Snapchat team along with my classmate Jasmine, and I wanted to be on that team because I use snapchat enough to know how to use it and I like the app itself. We started working on it ever since we got back from the trip, so here’s kind of a check-in on where we’re at.
The first thing that we’ve done so far is make our to-do list. Our to-do list was made in Base Camp, a website that the whole class is on now to keep up with all of our work needs. Anyways, we made a to-do list so all of the things we need to get done is organized in one place. Our to-do list consists of tasks like gathering pictures from each specific team, making the snapchat account, posting on the account, etc. We are working our way to getting everything on the list checked off!
Another thing we’ve done so far for this project is get pictures from the other teams and attempt to figure out a photo usage system. So far we collected images and videos from the Kauai Marriott, Ono Pops, and Lin’s Farm sections of the photography team. The only problem we are currently facing is the way we’re going to organize the used photos and unused photos. So far, Amber (a member from the photography team) has come up with the idea that when any of the social media’s uses a picture, they drag it into a used folder made specifically for that social media.
In addition, Jasmine and I also figured out a posting schedule. The plan is to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 am. This is because content is constantly being put out, and posted at a time that we are required to be at school. The only difficulty I feel like we would face is when we could live stream. When we could follow a team and film/photograph directly from the event. It clashes with the schedule, but the content is more fresh. So that’s something we should talk further about. We also have to plan out the specific photos we’re going to post.
That’s pretty much all we’ve done to far. There’s a lot more we need to get done in the last month of school. Everything is coming to a fast and impactful ending! This week to get more things done, we’re gonna plan out the specific photos we’re going to post each of the days we post. Then, hopefully that’ll be a structured enough plan for Mr. M to set up our account and we can launch our content! Some obstacles that have been getting in the way is multitasking. It’s difficult for me to multitask on multiple projects at once. I have so many tests for other classes coming up that I need to focus on, I gotta finish my radios, make morning announcements scripts, AND finish up the 8th Grade Slideshow. Crazy. Anyways, that’s all I got for this week’s blog! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!
Hey guys! For my freebie blog this week, I will be sharing with you my latest obsession: 13 Reasons Why. 13 Reasons Why is a book that soon became a Netflix series, and I’m gonna be talking about the Netflix series in this blog entry. I can definitely say that this show is growing in popularity, and almost all of my friends have watched it… so you can tell based off of that how successful the series is so far. It’s definitely a dark story, it does have to do with teen suicide after all. 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a girl named Hannah Baker, a girl who killed herself. From start to finish you know she’s dead, so don’t worry I’m not dropping some huge spoiler. But the reason it’s called “13 Reasons Why” is because Hannah Baker recorded and left tapes stating the 13 reasons on why she killed herself. All of these reasons reside onto thirteen people, and her last wish was for these tapes to make it around to twelve of the thirteen. If you watch the show, you’d know why she doesn’t want them to go to one person in particular. But it’s a truly heart wrenching story, and at times can be very uncomfortable to watch. But I’m glad they made it uncomfortable, because it shows reality and really gets you to feel the character’s emotions. The acting was outstanding, especially the one scene where Clay kinda lets his rage out in front of the new students (it's also the last part in the trailer I put down below). The show gets you hooked, and the whole thing can get you frustrated. If you have Netflix, I greatly recommend that you watch it! Join the craze! That’s all I got for this weeks blog, thanks for reading a paragraph of me fangirling! Bye!
Hey guys! That’s right… I’m back! A recent event that’s happened with the media class is our STN trip, which you should know of by now if you have been reading my previous blogs. We did a lot throughout the school year to prepare for that trip, and I’m glad to say that it was completely worth it! This week I shall be sharing a few of the reasons why. My three favorite moments from the trip were the Warner Brothers Studios Tour, the Laker game, and every second spent at Disneyland.
Excitement, Awestruck, Nearing-Tears-of-Joy. That basically sums up my feelings throughout the Warner Bros Tour. The Warner Bros Tour basically toured around the different studios (mainly exterior) where they make their films! It was amazing. I learned a lot about the way the set up the outsides of the buildings used in movies. But we did get the chance to go inside of one studio… THE SET OF THE ELLEN SHOW. It was smaller than I imagined, but it was really cool. I even got the chance to see the set of the cafe Mia worked at in the film La La Land! I almost cried, the awesomeness was overwhelming. Definitely an experience that I shall never forget. Simply amazing.
Another highlight of the trip was being able to be watch the Lakers vs. Timberwolves game (a.k.a. The game after the Shaq’s big party). So it just so happens that the game Mr. M scheduled for us to watch also landed on the same day that Shaquille O'Neal got a statue in front of the Staples Center. That’s a huge event because only the most legendary players get a statue in front of their home stadium! So the whole street was like a Shaq themed party, there even was this huge cut out of the man himself. But everyone in the crowd was all hyped, and an overall fun vibe. I had a really good time, it was fun being able to lose my voice with your friends from cheering!
And my last favorite memory was the last thing we did on the trip-- our visit to Disneyland! If you’ve read my past blogs before we even went on the trip, you would know that I was anticipating being able to go to Disneyland for the longest time! So I was very pleased with our trip there. I really liked being able to go on California Screaming, it was a super fun rollercoaster. I was also really happy to see Kolten go on some of the rides at Disneyland! That was a big surprise. But not only being able to ride the rides, I felt like I grew closer with my classmates when we were there. What can I say, Disney is magical! Not only that, but I also really enjoyed that tour we went on during the last day. Mostly because we got to go to a session where we learned how to draw the character Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. The overall experience at Disneyland was irreplaceable.
In conclusion, the trip was pretty incredible. I seemed to enjoy myself a lot, and I hope my classmates felt the same. These are just three memories from the trip that I will never forget, but there were so many other things that were memorable! But I had to sum it up, and the top three ended up being the Warner Bros Studio Tour, the Laker game, and the entire Disneyland experience. It’s crazy that it was my last STN trip with CKTV. It’s kind of a sad thought actually. Well, it was a good last time! And I hope CKTV does well at STN next year!
Hey guys! With the STN trip starting this upcoming Thursday, excitement is starting to hype the entire class up. This being my last STN convention with the CKTV media class, this trip will be a very bittersweet thing. But I know that I will make the most out of the 10 days our CKTV Ohana will be together, and I think going to Anaheim will be really fun! Three things that I am looking forward to the most is visiting Disneyland, checking out UCLA, and the STN competitions!
I think I am most excited about visiting Disneyland. I am a HUGE Disney fan! I also haven’t been to Disneyland since I was in the first grade, so I don’t really remember much about the park. Plus now I’m older and brave enough to actually go on some of the more thrilling rides. I just remember being small with my parents at Disneyland and them telling me, “If you go with a school group one day, you’d probably have more fun”. And I do think spending time at the “happiest place on Earth” with some of the people that make me happiest is going to be really enjoyable.
Another event that I am looking forward to is visiting the college University of California Los Angeles. I’ve always been interested in Los Angeles in general, so I think visiting the colleges in that area is good for a future that I may take interest in. I also like looking at colleges because they always have me thinking about the future and I like daydreaming about that stuff. Plus, I like that architecture that colleges have so I’m excited to see how the campus looks like in real life.
Finally, I can’t wait for the STN competitions. This could be the very last time that I even compete in an STN Convention. And I’ve always enjoyed the adrenaline rush you get from competing and trying to get everything done under the time limit. And we’ve been practicing for this single moment for quite some time, so it kinda all comes down to this. And it’s kinda what make everything all worth it I guess, so it’s something that I’m really anxious to be a part of.
So that’s all I have for this weeks blog! I can’t wait to go to Disneyland because I love all things Disney, UCLA because I enjoy visiting colleges, and I and wait for the competitions because of all the preparation we’ve done for it! During the STN trip itself, I will be writing a blog every day of the trip to update you guys. So if you wanna see the things I’ve been doing, check it out! Thanks for reading, bye!
Hey guys! STN is getting closer and closer by the minute, and I couldn’t be more excited! The competition itself is a big factor to the convention, but so is the teamwork executed. Personally, I really enjoy working in teams because more brains are better than one, right? And this year I’m on the Movie Trailer and Crazy 8’s Film team. I got really lucky this year because I have such fun teammates. For our regular contest teams,we’ve had 4 practices so far; for our Crazy 8’s team we’ve only had one practice.
I think that my Movie Trailer team has definitely evolved since when we started out. I think doing these practices allowed us to learn more about what to do in terms of using our times wisely and how to generally make a movie trailer. In our first practice we were all a little confused but tried our best to match the topic. But as practices progressed, we found it to be easier in managing times and making a game plan. As for our only Crazy 8’s practice, I think it went pretty okay but there’s some things that I think we should improve upon. At least we got it in on time (barely) and the people who watched it seemed to enjoy it.
Some problems that the Movie Trailer team had to face along the way and solve was equipment problems. During our first practice or second practice, Kai forgot to plug in the mic all the way into the box so our audio was all from the 60D-- so it wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. We also had the problem of making our movie trailer kind of like a short film, which wasn’t something we aimed to do. So that’s something we had to fix. Some things I learned from the Crazy 8’s session was that time goes by a lot faster than we think. Editing was crazy because we kinda procrastinated and did most of it during the last hour, so I learned that time is so precious especially in such a big competition.
Finally, I do feel like I am contributing to the team. I’m the only one on the team who has been in that competition, so I do feel like I kinda guide my teammates when they need the extra support. We all contribute in giving ideas and I believe we all have a say in what we’re doing as for the genre and the types of scenes we film. And some things my Crazy 8’s team needs to work on is to be more focussed when filming, check equipment more carefully, and stop procrastinating on editing. We played around too much in the process of filming so that gave us less time to edit. Plus the boom mic wasn’t fully working, which also took up some of our time as well as made our film’s audio a little less than it should’ve been. We also need to stop procrastinating on editing because little progress was made until the last hour. We were so lucky to have even turned it in on time!
That’s pretty much my summary of how I feel about the teams. I think we’ll have a fun time at STN, and hopefully we do well considering all the things we’ve learned from the practices. Sure there’s been ups and downs, but as long as we try our best… that’s all that matters! That’s all I got for this week’s blog, bye!!
Hey guys! So for this week’s freebie blog, I will be talking about this really cool commercial for the Honda CR-V. It’s cool because it has all of this different celebrities portraying their high school selves. And all of them are talking about how they didn’t give up on their dreams, even through hardships. I thought this was creative because high school can be an awkward time for a lot of people, so it was humorous to hear their words of encouragement coming from them in that form. But I thought it was really cool because they still made it relate to the new car because the whole idea was to “keep moving forward” and cars exactly help you do that (they also help you reverse but that’s not the case). An overall fresh and inspiring commercial that I thought deserved to be recognized. That’s it for this week, see ya!