Well guys, this is it. This will be the last blog I will ever be writing in my eighth grade year, and my years in this class. I still remember my first blog when I had to introduce myself and what I wanted to accomplish in the class. Ah, I made some good memories in this class. Time flew by so fast, and I couldn't have imagined myself writing my last blog to you three years ago. I have improved so much from this class and improved as a character as well from all the lessons I have learned. Just getting my laptop last year felt great, and it helped me complete so much things, instead of using those bulky desktops. I hope my laptop which is number 5 will help many other students get through tough times in media and will excite them to keep going. Thank you to Uncle Toyo for donating them to the class by the way, or we would've never got them! The STN trips were probably the most memorable things of each year, and every time, all the hard work of fundraisers are worth it. I mean, I got to go to Disneyworld in my first year which was a completely new experience because I never been to the East Coast! Thank you to all my media class mates whenever I needed help and sticking together in the CKTV ohana. The biggest thanks that I have to give in this blog was my amazing media teacher, Mr. Matsunaga. Thank you for being patient with everyone of us students and allowing us to use a barracks of equipment to film our projects. Giving us the opportunity to win national awards in STN and learn new tips from professionals. Putting us through tough times to build our character and prepare us for high school. The stress and late night runs (STN Challenge, where we stayed up till 1:30 editing) were all worth where I am now, and trust me, I do not regret anything I have done in this class. Sure, I got in a bit of trouble talking during morning announcements time and time again or being off task in class which must drive you mad, but you still support us. We can not repay for all the great things you have done in this class, but maybe we can use your skills to become something big in the production world one day, which is probably what you want us to accomplish anyway. Maybe I will leave an impact on the media world one day. My last thank you goes to you, the audience I have been writing to for the last three years. It was truly an honor putting my work up for all of you to read and enjoy. Hopefully, you got something out of reading my blogs! But I hope that CKTV will always be a thing in Chiefess and represent Kauai as it has been all the years in Chiefess! For the last time, I will use my concluding statement: That is all I have to say for this blog, so I will see you later! THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!
Wow guys, this is it. This is my last constructed response blog that I will ever do in the Chiefess Kamakahelei Advanced Media Productions class. After three years, I never expected to get to this point so quickly and be here righting my last blog about our given topic. Anyway, the blog topic is three ways that we are going to be improving media wise over the summer. I thought this topic is pretty difficult, but the more I think about it, media is used in our everyday lives. Whether you're on Instagram, or watching a couple of videos on YouTube, you are always using it. Now, here are three things that I want to improve on over the summer for media.
One thing that I want to improve upon is, and I swear that I say this in every goals blog, but since I can't think of anything, procrastination is a huge problem I want to fix. No matter how much I say it, it is too hard to stop doing, which was the case in the 4th quarter. Brent and I were too lazy to schedule times for filming, which almost made us miss our deadline. To fix this, I will try to stop being lazy and get things done that I'm assigned and do things that I want to do after. Honestly, stopping procrastination will help me with every class in high school, which will help my grade.
Another thing that I want to fix from this media year is taking more pictures over the summer. Over the years of media, I have learned quite a bit how to improve upon taking pictures and the many different techniques, like rule of thirds, leading lines, etc. This summer, I want to apply some of those skills into my photo taking so I can improve the photo quality I take so it will be more memorable. Taking pictures just represent memories of what you have done, so I would like some nice photos to look back at how beautiful the moment was.
One more thing that I want to improve upon is telling a story, or script writing. I was always more of the production guy which means I liked to film and edit more than prepare the entire production by writing scripts. Honestly, writing scripts are just boring and I don't have the best creativity to make the best shots possible, thus I want to improve on it. This is a very helpful skill too in a lot of other classes, especially English like writing essays or having to create a narrative. To do this, I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to improve on this, since I don't plan to make any summer videos, or to do any camps. However, just creating my own story or even watching movies can tell me what the producers had to do to produce such a beautiful storyline can help me improve this skill.
But guys, those are the three things that I really want to improve upon media wise this summer. Not procrastinating, taking more pictures over the summer, and script writing. Sadly, I will not be able to let you know as readers if I have succeeded on these goals or not, but I'm surely going to try my best. Anyway, that was my last constructed response bl0g. I feel relieved that I don't have to do these anymore, but sad because this was like a weekly routine. But anyway, that is the end of my blog so I will see you at my last one! Aloha!
Hey guys! There are only two more weeks of school, and our projects are do this week, so that's how you know this year was a breeze! As you know, I'm an 8th grader, so I will be leaving this class since I'm moving on to the high school. However, before any of us students leave for summer vacation, this blog will give the newbies advice on what they should do next year, or take into advance. This will not be ordinary stuff like make your deadlines, because that is common sense.
The most important thing you shouldn't do, which is probably the biggest problem that every student in the class has/will have is procrastination. You may ask, what is procrastination? My definition of procrastination is to distract yourself into doing something else rather then doing what you are assigned. This may not seem like a big problem at first, but trust me, it will catch up to you. It can be as easy as taking it easy in class just relaxing instead of working on your script, but before you know it, it will be the week of the deadline and your project isn't done. The best way to prevent it from happening? Well, joining this class, you have to be determined to try your best, so use that determination to motivate you into doing what you are supposed to be doing.
Another important piece of advice is to check all your equipment before filming. Before you film, you will have to pack up equipment into a backpack so you can transport everything before filming. The first thing you should do is check your equipment. Whether it is making sure your camera has batteries and your SD card works fine, to making sure your audio sounds loud, but not distorted. You rather do this before because if you don't, it can really screw you over with your plans. For example, if you are filming an interview and your camera is dead, you might have to reschedule it and be an inconvenience to your interviewee. As long as you do this every time, you should have no problems.
When you play with your friends electronics, you treat it with care, right? You should treat the equipment the same way. Just because you got accepted into the class and are privileged to use the equipment, it doesn't mean that it is yours. In fact, you should treat it with twice as much care as your own things at home. This includes wrapping up the mic cords correctly, because as small as it might seem, those things aren't cheap. Other people are also depending to use that equipment as well, so you are going to have to share it with others and make sure it comes back to school in the same condition you retrieved it as.
In conclusion, those are my three tips that I am giving you new students for next year. To review, it was don't procrastinate/be lazy, check your equipment before filming, and treat your equipment gently and with respect. There are a bunch of smaller things too, like don't make Mr. M angry (Just kidding), but those are just minor things that can add up. That is all I have to say for this blog, so I will see you at my next one! Bye!
Hey guys! Our project is due next week, and since it will be the last week of blogs, I won't be able to tell you how my project is going. So, that is what I will be doing in this blog. With 5 days left, I have to look back on the progress that we have made this past week since the last update blog, and I think we made some big progress. We filmed three out of the five days and got a lot done, finishing 6 of our stereotypes. They have also been edited and we just have to film one more day which will cover one more stereotype and the closing to our video. This filming will be on Tuesday, so we can edit it the next day, and we can edit everything and make minor corrections to produce a draft. Hopefully, our project will turn out really nicely like we wanted it to be, and finish it before family night, where I will be showing it, so cross your fingers! I will leave a link to my 4th quarter project down below, because I can't find the video file and just to see what a finished product in the 4th quarter should look like (even though it wasn't the best). That's all I have to say for this blog, so I will see you at my next one!
4th Quarter Project
Hey guys! We only have three weeks left of school! Isn't that exciting?! Anyway, our 4th quarter project will be due a week earlier from the last day of school, so we have our video ready for family night and everything. Brent and I have been working pretty hard this quarter to get everything straight, but in the class, where are we compared to everyone else? Well, we might have different opinions about this, but I think that we are behind schedule since we have to be done soon. How did we fall behind? Well, let's talk about that.
One problem that we encountered was our actors/actresses. We had multiple different stereotypes, and needed people to play that roll besides us, since we had to film. The problem was we couldn't find people that would be appropriate for that roll, or be able to be available so we could film them. This really delayed when we could film and was quite time consuming. It was not till about 1 week after our script was approved that we had everything in order and got people to film for every stereotype.
Another reason why I think we are behind is we thought that we were ahead since we didn't have to make a draft 2 of the script, so we just relaxed a bit and thought everything was going to be fine. The plan kind of backfired and we relaxed a little too much, and didn't start filming after a week and a half since the script. We had to make many preparations, like we had to ask a teacher to borrow them and their classroom and schedule dates with our actors. So far, we filmed one stereotype, which is also edited, and have 10 more to go.
In reality, we are actually really far behind Mr. M's deadline schedule. How do we plan to catch up? Well, we talked to our actors and plan to film almost everyday of the week with different people, so we can catch up on the filming part. That is one advantage of filming in school, so we don't have to go to a specific location. Once filming is done, one of us will bring home a laptop and edit the footage overnight, and the process will repeat. We will also be more strict and organized so we can get more done in a little time to be more productive.
In conclusion, we are pretty far behind in our opinion, but if we really grit it up and work hard, we will be able to catch up and make the deadline. My only other concern is that I have radios one more time, so I have to make sure that I can work on both things evenly so I can turn them both in on time. I really want to turn in the best work I got in the last quarter of school, so I can't let myself down. That is it for this blog, but I will see you at my next one! Bye!
Hey guys! Gaming has been a big part of the YouTube community, and the most subscribed channel on YouTube is a gamer himself. That is not the person I am talking about today. One of the big channels that people mostly know it for is their Five Nights at Freddy's videos, and this person is named MatPat, or The Game Theory. What he does is self explanatory: he makes videos about theories he has about popular games like Pokemon, and Minecraft. He puts a lot of research into his videos, and it really does pay off. He has over 6 million subscribers 3 quarters of a billion views. Some of his videos just blow your mind and cover things you never would have ever thought of. Sure, it might be a unique YouTube channel, but I think it is pretty clever. Anyway, I'll leave some of his videos down below so check it out! But that is all I have for this blog, so I will see you at my next one!
Hey guys! Since this week's blog topic was about music, and it was a really strong topic, so I decided why not do another music related topic for my free blog? Anyway, on YouTube, there is a really famous channel dedicated to music from young striving artists trying to make it big one day. This channel is called Mr. Suicidesheep, and he is pretty well known having more than 4 million subscribers. This is one of the main channels I turn to for music for inspiration, and posts all kinds of music I really enjoy, including trap/EDM. What I like about is it is something for anyone to turn into to, and stroll to all the different types of music until they find something they like. Music has been a huge impact in the world, and is big on the media too. It tells the person all kinds of things and really reaches them which is what music is all about. In my opinion, this channel is just really easy to listen to and enjoy. He even made a big mashup consisting of more than 250 songs on his channel, which is just amazing how much content he has and how good it sounds! Anyway, I'll leave some of his videos down below, so check out the amazing music! The link to the channel will be down below! Anyway, that is all I have to say for this blog, and so I will see you next time!
Mr. SuicideSheep's channel:
Hey guys! Over the generation of time, many things have evolved, including behavior, technology, and many other things. One big thing that has evolved that has been around for a long time is music. Yes, this is what you hear on the radio everyday: A lengthy track of vocals, and musical instruments combined into one. No matter who you are, you have heard music, whether you like it or not. Not too long ago, the musical world faced a tragedy as one of the greatest musical stars passed away, by the name of Prince. For many, he was a huge inspiration to everyone pumping out songs like "Purple Rain", and he left a big impact in music. For this week's blog topic, I will tell you what music I turn to in times of need and why.
For me, there really is no specific musician I turn to. As great as all of them are, I prefer to turn to the genre of music they are classified in, and here different artists with different songs. With genres like Pop and Rock, it really is hard to determine, but one genre I probably turn to the most is Trap/Electronical Dance Music, also known as EDM. These songs are very upbeat and lively, and don't particularly focus on vocals all too much. Instead, it has a variety of different notes and tones to the song, all produced by sounds made easily on a keyboard. It definitely doesn't spark to people who prefer the voices of people, but if you just need to calm down and relax, this is definitely what I would turn to.
One reason why I turn to this genre of music is the sounds speak to me better than the voice of people. Sure, people like Eminem tell a great story through his songs, but it has to be easy to listen to and calming in my mind. Whether it is I need to relax, or get pumped up for an upcoming game, the chemistry of the sounds and the tone of the music blend together to make a perfect harmony which calms me down and motivates me to complete my task. This is how powerful Trap/Electronical Dance Music is in my opinion, so powerful that it can influence you to make certain decisions and keep looking ahead prepared for what is to come.
Sometimes, you just need a little bit of inspiration, which comes from these artists. Songs can't just be put together by random things that pop up into their head. When these artists write these songs, it is all from personal experiences. This determines what the notes and music express and what they are trying to tell the listener. For me, it motivates me to keep trying and never back down when times get tough. There are many different themes for each song, and the song is like a story expressing a character who is experiencing multiple different conflicts, but in the end, keeps going and strives to greatness in the end. That is the kind of vibes I feel from this song, and they flow strong from song to song, so it makes the music enjoyable and positive for me to hear.
In conclusion, music is a great thing with many different hardworking artists, but the genre I turn to when I really need it is Trap/EDM. The music tells a story which truly makes inspires you to keep going in this game called life with the different themes of each song. They are all upbeat and have a strong vibe, so it is really easy for me to listen to. This is music that really speaks to me, and something I believe that all of us should have. For now, that is it for this blog topic, so I will see you next time! See you later!
Hey guys! You know how people say practice makes perfect? How do you actually reach perfect? I mean, you don't instantly just get something to achieve the status of perfect on the first try. The answer to that question is mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and not everyday is easy. Mistakes range on what you do, and can happen in everyday life. For example, you are getting eggs to help your parents cook but drop them on the kitchen floor. It is a simple mistake, and you clean it up. The point of mistakes are you learn from them, and try not to repeat them again. Today, I will be talking about three important mistakes that I have made in my life and what I learned from those valuable experiences.
One mistake that I made is in my first year in media on the STN trip. When we went to Orlando, I didn't know what to expect because I haven't gone to the mainland in a long time and I would be with a bunch of my friends. The mistake I made is on this trip, I didn't really have anything to remember it coming back home. I was really strict on the amount of money I spent, especially because we used a lot of money on food, and thought that I was spending a lot of the money that I had brought on the trip. The trip was two weeks, so I tried to spend as little as possible so I could last the entire trip. In reality, I had way too much leftover money. All I remember buying from the trip was pictures from the rollercoaster rides and a couple of comic books and candies from a Japanese store at the Epcot center. I even forgot about getting gifts for my family members and came back empty handed which I really regret even now. I learned to stop being so tense about the situation and think wiser, like "Will I ever be going back to this place again and remember this trip?"
In 4th grade, I was on a mustang all star team for baseball. We went to Oahu for a state tournament, and I was always really nervous about the games. Every game we played, I was always scared to be in the game, afraid to make mistakes and let my team down. By then, I was all stiff on the field and way to serious focusing. Looking back at it now, I realized what I had done wrong. I never got to enjoy playing baseball which is what we came up to do at the tournament, and stressed about it way too much. I wish I could go back and have more fun with every games I played, because it was an honor to be there and it is just a game. Games are meant for people to have fun with, which is something that I should've learned. Instead of taking my heart racing for being nervous, I should've been exciting yearning to get on the field. Instead of panicking when I was up to bat afraid to strikeout, I should've looked at the situation as a way to contribute to my team.
The most recent mistakes that I made in general, rather than just one moment is I'm way too lazy. Yes, I do play sports all the time, so I don't mean like going outside and being active lazy. Lazy as in, I always lay things over and wait till the last moment to do something, kind of like procrastination. However, I don't have anything else to do, so I just don't feel like doing it, and think, "Oh, I can do it later" and then end up forgetting about it. Even challenging myself, like when opportunity comes knocking on the door, and it is something harder than I'm used to, I feel so comfortable in my current situation that I just pass on it. What I learned was the people are depending on you to do things, like my mom when she asks me to vacuum the house or something. If you just keep laying it over, you might build a reputation for yourself and will be judged that way. When you need help, they might not help you, so I try to stop being lazy. It is definitely a problem we all experience once in awhile, and it doesn't happen over night, so you have to work out of it.
In conclusion, the three mistakes that I have made and learned from is not buying enough in my 6th grade year and being too tense, learning to enjoy things on my all star team, rather than stress about it, and laziness prevents you from doing all kinds of new things. Like the title says, mistakes are supposed to be made, but you learn from it and move on. That is all I have to say, so I will see you at my next blog! Bye!
Hey guys! On Youtube, there is this very popular channel called Studio C, and they are a college film YouTube channel and do all kind of skits. They even have their own TV channel which is comedy central which features all kinds of their skits. Today, I'm talking about one skit in particular that blew up the internet. That my friends, is "The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Scott Sterling!" Scott Sterling is this sports player featured in the skit and no matter what he does, he gets hit in the face with a ball! The best part is, it happens multiple times and the commentary adds it all up to one hilarious video! However, they don't actually want someone getting hurt, so it requires some tricky camera work and editing work, and takes quite a long time to produce. In the end, the product is great and the Scott Sterling videos fairly clever. Anyway, I left the videos down below so check them out and see how you feel about them! That will be it for this blog, so I will see you at my next one! Bye!
I'm Dalson Cua, An 8th grader in the Advanced Media Productions Class. For this school year, I am a third year student in this program. My partner is Aron Taguiam, a 6th grader who is new to the class. Check out my blogs, inside scoops, and projects that I will be posting on this website!