I can't believe this semester is almost over. I feel like everyone in class has grown up so much. I did try different ATL and BTL positions from production one to production three. This class required good teamwork and high discipline. Most assignments are assigned as a group. Therefore, strong communication and management skills are very important if you want to be success in this class. Please feel free to ask your peer if you don't know anything about your assigned role. Meanwhile, help your peer if they have question about their assigned work. As I said before, most assignments are group projects in this class. It is not enough to do well in this class if only person knows his/her line. Teamwork is the main element in this class.
In production one, I was not very familiar with lighting , so I did not spend too much time on observing lighting effect, even though I did think the lighting was a little bit darker than my expectation. In addition, we did not spend too much on the set design and talent's outfit. After the production one done, I watched the other group's video, I realized that we could do a better job on set design, costuming choice, and lighting.
Overall, the production one was good as a first production project in this class. i like the sound design and the shot choices.
Based on the experience of production one, I realized it is necessary to reserve studio to practice before the production day, because only one day pre-production is not enough. We decided to have the set design and lighting design done during the extra studio time, then we would have more time to work on blocking on production day. In production two, we did spend more time on choosing sounds and camera angles. We became more familiar with using the control panel in control room, so we could put more sound effects in the video during shooting. More than that, we expanded the floor plan:
using more space and more props during the shooting. In my opinion, production two is my favorite one because my team picked the script I chose.
In production three, the lighting design and sound design became more developed. The lighting choice was more complex here so we needed to hire extra person to help us to switching light during shooting. The audio part, it was our first time to record audio at the control room. Normally we would just search some music on internet and then play it during shooting. We decided to do something different this time so we used our own voice as narrator in the story. The outcome of the decision is awesome. It is fun to do that at the control. And also, it gains our technological skills while recording audio, because we had to learn how to use the audio panel.
My advice for future students is try different ALT&BTL roles as much as you can, do not always choose the same position in every production. It is fun to try something new. Every position is unique. You will gain plentiful knowledge by being diverse roles. Another suggestion here is do not skip class! Participation is highly required in this class. As I said that before, teamwork is very important in this class. Your group would have less people to work if you skip class. Show your respect to your peer, it is the first step to build up a good relationship between you and your peer. Last but not least, do not be afraid to ask question during class period.
Finally, I want to say thank you to my instructor and all my classmates. This class would never be fun without all of you. I am glad that I choose this class because I learned a lot of media skills. It is a great preparation as being a media planner in the future.