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Archive for December, 2012

Wrap-Up Blog Post

It has been a tremendous, yet challenging experience for me, of working to understand, practice, organize, and complete each project assigned for this class throughout this entire Fall semester. I enjoyed working with all of the projects; however, I must say that my favorite was the Graphic Collage. The reason being is that I have a passion of working with photographs ever since I was little, and I was always eager to build my photo-editing skills as I grow older. Fortunately, when I had approached the syllabus in the first week of the semester, I was very excited when I knew I will finally be learning to get creative with pictures through the use of Adobe Photoshop. From this graphic collage project, I was introduced to the different Adobe Photoshop tools and effects by the awesome tutorial video and guide provided. Then, I was able to work on my own graphic collage draft and was able to receive comments and critiques from my fellow group members on how to better improve my final project. Working towards my final graphic collage, I was very proud of myself, because I knew I had moved to a higher level in terms of photo editing and organization.

After the success of my first final graphic collage with Adobe, I was addicted in creating more graphic collage from my very own designs. Since now I have knowledge in working with Adobe Photoshop, I look forward to helping my aunty’s graphic designs shop back home in American Samoa every summer starting next year. I have always wanted to work there, because graphic designs were one of my favorite things to do, but I was never sure on how to work with Adobe Photoshop and other professional photo editing programs. This will be a great opportunity for me to work with bigger projects and get better with graphic designs. I am grateful to have taken this course, because I have gained so many skills in the different media projects assigned throughout the semester. All of the resources and links that were posted to assist me in completing my project and meeting requirements were more than enough to help get the job done. I highly recommend this class to anyone who loves to put their imagination to work, because I feel that this class has given me so many opportunities through different projects assigned to express myself and creativity.

Final Video Story

Here, I present to you the final look of my video story. As you can see and tell, I have remodeled and refined almost every aspect of my video, from the opening scenes and transition effects, to the organization of video clips and audios, and more! The main goal was to apply all that I have learned from the video tutorials to my final video story, and to really attract and capture the attention of my viewers. I really took into consideration one of my group member’s critique on the audio. Therefore, I separated the audio from the video clips, so that the volume levels will remain balanced throughout my entire video story. The audio selections (the Samoan horn and drums in the beginning and the Samoan traditional song) used in here were produced and recorded especially by my brother, Apelu So’oa’emalelagi, for the enjoyment and success of my final video story.

As for the audio and video transition effects, I aimed to be creative this time and try to match each transition effect to where it suited them. From my own perspective, these final changes that I have made on my video story turned out much better than the draft. However, I wished I was able to recover the video clips of the Samoan group dance performances that I had shot in Hawaii during my Thanksgiving Break visit. It was my goal to add an individual and a group performance for each of the two types of Samoan dances. Although that did not work out as planned, I was able to input some of the shots from our Pacific Islander’s Club dance performances from this year’s Dad’s weekend.

Video shooting and designing are fun. I love that I have been able to learn so much about video and filming from this class. Now I am excited to put my skills to work anytime in the future!

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