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Blog Post #10

For the finl project, Chris and I shot a video of a local (Cheyenne) tattoo artist. This is a feature story highlighting the art of tattoos and the pleasure many see in inking up their bodies. Tattoos are a global art form and symbolize hundreds of different meanings for numerous cultures. American culture still holds some bias towards people with tattoos; many people are judged by their tattoos and are often stereotyped negatively.

Trey is the artist featured in the video; he is a gang member from California. His first experience tattooing came in prison; he divulged several meanings for many different gang-related tattoos and shows the camera some of his gang ink. Guy is the second interviewee, shown in the video having work done to his newest tattoo. Guy shares with the camera his reasons for getting a tattoo, being primarily his passion for music; the tattoo is a symbol for that passion and a reminder of what he loves most. He also offers some advice to anyone considering a tattoo, and that is to think it through! Tattoos gain a bad reputation due to their permanence, and when people rush into permanent body ink, they often come to regret it. Also, a tattoo is permanent, (or extremely expensive and painful to remove), so your tattoo will be appreciated best when it comes with a story or special memory, and Guy’s tattoo is an example of the intricate thought process that is necessary in tattooing.

This video serves a second purpose, as it does feature a gang member with a criminal record. Trey appears to be doing fairly well for himself; working, creating, using his art, and acting as a member of society providing a service. This video can also serve as an example of a felon overcoming the hegemonic system designed to marginalize felons, and also shows a creative, artistic, and passionate man, not a violent, gang-banging thug. Thus, this feature story can combat stereotypes involving criminals and gang members, who are demonized in society. 

I actually loved this project! I’ve never filmed anything before really, except maybe something silly with my IPhone. I learned a lot about my camera and I’ve also been introduced to a whole new art form. I definitely plan to make more videos, and why wouldn’t I? My Canon shoots in HD! I  have some things to learn involving shooting technique, and I aspire to teach myself how to shoot great footage manually. This video was shot in automatic settings.

If I could hav done something differently I would have been apart of the editing process. Chris did the editing, and I shot the video, interviewed, and came up with/directed the story. There was a decent amount of footage and I felt like more could have been utilized, and more could have been used to make this a stronger feature. Also, the video recording setting really drains my camera’s battery. I had to shoot this video three separate times because the battery kept dying; normally it lasts weeks before needing to be charged. So that may prove to be frustrating.

I can’t say how I may use videography in my future, but I plan to at least record special events and significant moments, so I can preserve my memories. I would love to improve my budding videography skills and offer my talents to friends and family, and film special times for other people. Video cameras can be an awful lot of fun, from what I hear, and I had a lot of fun  making this video. I can honestly say my camera will be coming with me everywhere I go, so I can snap photos or shoot some video! My next step will be to learn how to edit videos. and who knows, maybe one day I’ll make a masterpiece!

This was my favorite assignment of the semester I think, as it’s a doorway to a whole new level of creativity! I can’t wait to explore this new medium.

Blog Post #9

I tweeted from the Cowgirl’s basketball game versus the University of Colorado (Buffs). 

I actually had fun doing this, not only did I feel interactive with the game but tweeting gave me an enthusiastic attitude, I felt excited about the game being played.

Issues I had were missing certain important aspects, like names of players announced, and some action, because I was writing a tweet. I also learned it is a good idea to have a team roster so if I do miss the name of the player that just scored/fouled/etc. then I can find the name of the player. I had to ask a few spectators the names of some players, and that might have annoyed them…

I definitely should have planned who I could interview or talked to potential interviewees prior to the game, because I was completely lost on that point when it came down to it.

Social media is the wave of the future in several different areas of industry, especially in journalism and marketing. I am interviewing for a social media internship in the school’s athletics department for next semester, so hopefully I will be using social media professionally very soon!

Blog Post #8

This project takes the viewer on a tour of the University of Wyoming meat lab. Aside from agricultural students, most students are unaware there is a meat lab on campus and oblivious of their operations, which include slaughtering farm animals and packaging meat. The audio portion features Kayla Foster, an employee of the meat lab and a meat science major, and Darren is also featured. Darren is a vegan and tells his experience of being a vegan while living in Wyoming.

Working with a partner is never an easy task, especially when you two are strangers. I found my partner for this project to be very nice and helpful; he was willing to do half of the work (the more difficult half I might add). I felt as though I held this project in higher regard than my partner however, as I am quite dependent on a good grade. Also, while communication was in fact decent, I wouldn’t like to think of how it may have been different had I waited for my partner to make the first contact. Overall, I just prefer working by myself. That’s nothing against anyone, it’s just better so if something goes wrong, I only have myself to blame and I am solely dependent on myself.

The audio I received from Darren was very entertaining. He’s in another class with me and I really don’t know him well; I asked that class, just on a whim, if anyone was vegetarian. Our professor outed Darren and coerced him to provide me with audio. He was hesitant at first for some reason, but we both had fun talking about his dietary choices and it was pretty entertaining. Kayla, on the other hand, was very shy, even though she was only talking into a recorder. She felt awkward and “weird,” to quote her. I thought having a story from someone who doesn’t eat meat would be an interesting contrast to the meat lab, and someone who’s life literally revolves around meat.

My partner did the editing, so I didn’t have any direct experience with the sound slides software. If I were to do this project again I would definitely be more proactive. My original topic and subject hurt himself skateboarding and was in the hospital, so the meat lab idea was a last minute thing, so the project kind of suffered. It was nice to have a partner willing to equally share the work load though, and be so calm when things didn’t go perfectly as planned. The last experience I had working with a partner was far from pleasant, but the partner this project most certainly was.

In summation, it could have been better, but it could have been worse! 

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Blog Post #6

For this assignment, the editing assignment, I failed to organize my time and proactively finish this assignment. So, my post is late. Editing the audio piece was somewhat tedious; to get the perfect clip of sound, I would have to be very precise with my selections and deleting. I’ve never done any editing before so this was a new experience, it proved a little difficult, especially after I woke up at two in the morning, completely unaware I had even fallen asleep, and my post was going to be late. I think what I’m really starting to learn is that I need adequate sleep every night, because if I don’t get sleep one night and have important things to do the next day, I usually fall asleep without notice and mess everything up! This has been the worse midterm week I’ve had since I started college in 2007, just one mistake or running out of time on an essay exam, or completely missing deadlines. But there’s nothing I can do to change my late post; I guess it’s better to make a late a post than no post at all. And my edited audio track is almost perfect; so I’m a little frustrated with myself. Maybe my inability to stay awake when I need to be, who knows maybe I’m epileptic. But other than falling asleep, missing my deadline, and getting yet another bad grade during midterms, my first experience editing audio  wasn’t all that bad!

I wish I would have given myself time to play around with sound effects, but alas, I fell asleep. My boyfriend and several of his friends are deejays and/or producers, and the popular producing software is called Ableton. I’ve watched a lot of friends use Ableton to make new music or to remix tracks and I have always been interested in how the program works. In fact, before the release of Ableton program, Audacity was a program that deejays and producers used. So my new experience with editing now gives me some insight into the basic editing that goes into deejay track remixing. Producing music is much more complex since the producer start from scratch; remixing is a little easier just because there is already at least one track,sometimes two, to use a guide or template.

I did like editing my audio file, despite turning it in late and not having time yo play with sound effects. Having the power to delete certain parts of the interview or combine other parts was fun! I got to decided how the interview sounded and what is heard.