We were instructed to compose a resume and curriculum vitae for acquiring a job listed on any website. The one I have chosen to apply is this one. Ultimately, it does not matter whether or not I am hired but what does matter is that I know the steps required to pursue such a career.
This self-centric escapade successfully opened my eyes to how incompetent my skill set is. I must go on to improve myself by taking internships and job opportunities in the near future. Resumes are entirely fun to write and in a sense, it is gratifying to write a detailed expose on oneself to truly understand how pompous I am. It’s also a frightening realization that I will be writing these resumes in the near future for authentic job opportunities, competing with a good number of other people for the chance of employment. Now I deeply sympathize with my mother for having endured such a tiresome tirade. I had originally put off this assignment, thinking it would be a horrible plight and all together useless. But I must admit it was a breeze and dare I say it, FUN to do.
We were instructed to pick a product and shoot a commercial for it while on school grounds. We also had to create a catchy slogan and an interesting plot.
Baskin Robbins Commercial (Vimeo)
This assignment occurred while I was still in the 10th grade so my recollection of events might be a bit fuzzy. I remember the obstacles we had to overcome. We had to go through the shooting process in a quite rapid amount of time, mostly due to the weakness all ice creams share….melting! It was awkward to have sloppy makeouts with an ice cream cone too but I had lots of laughs and it was enjoyable. I also spent a great deal editing, playing around with the saturation to make the fantasy scene more vibrant. The music was also a tricky issue, I was much too picky with songs!
When this semester began, a shrill substitute teacher barked at us to complete work. She instructed us on one particularly horrible day to write a ten-page short story set ONLY in a detention hall. Our hands suffered but we ultimately completed our task. When our regular teacher returned once more, we had long forgotten this strenuous assignment, treating it as disparaging nothing long buried in our respective pasts. Oh, how wrong we were. Soon afterwards, we had to have finished a lengthy script based on this short story using the program Celtx.
Detention Hall (.celtx file)
Detention Hall (.pdf file)
Did I already mention that the permanent callous located on my right ring finger was left aching for a day or so? Normally I do not regard writing as a chore but my hands are but weak creatures and they are pampered as say, a Persian prince. Overall, I took delight in creating my own characters but I felt that the setting was far too constricting and it was difficult to stray from the cliches that the “high-school-detention-oh-lord” genre had set long before I was born. (I’m looking at you, Breakfast Club) I also did not include nearly as much characterization as I wanted to come into light, seeing as I killed off most of the cast due to laziness. I also felt that my dialogue was far off the mark in perfectly capturing the strange dialect that is the teenage drawl.
This assignment was one of the first that actually involved filmmaking rather than still images. We were instructed to shoot a short film that illustrated a person walking into a classroom. We were to use our creative liberties to make the film far more interesting. My group’s first shooting was lost so we performed this task two times which was strenuous on our morale. The finished outcome is somewhat decent but I felt that our creativity wasn’t necessarily used to its fullest potential. Once we were done filming, we were responsible for editing it and posting it on multiple sites. (ex. vimeo, schooltube)
Watch on Vimeo
The first shooting I did with my initial group was pretty fast-paced, seeing as other groups were right on our heels, demanding their turn with the dolly. I was given the task of camera woman (by force actually) and I proceeded to yell at 3 guys to do my bidding. But, I was also working on another project at the time and may I remind you that it was entirely rushed. When I was ready to edit the film, I discovered that my group (nor I) took a mental note as to where we placed the disk containing all our work. So it goes. I joined another group and assisted them with their shooting. I believe my lap top was stepped on during shooting but otherwise, there were no further complications. Currently, I am in midst of the editing process which is proving quite easy.
Equipped with expensive cameras hanging on our necks, we were ordered to select one of our school chums and proceed to make them uncomfortable by taking close-ups shots of their nose or something. We had to follow the set guidelines listed on the ol.lausd.net site and we also were ordered to set-up the lighting ourselves. We were responsible for researching lighting techniques with the material also listed on the ol.site. I took it in my own hands to move the lighting fixtures about to illuminate our model’s face. We had 19 shots in total to do.
- 90 degrees keylight
- 90 degrees keylight with diffusion
- 90 degrees keylight with fill light
- 90 degrees key light with negative light
- 45 degrees key light
- 45 degrees key light with fill light
- 45 degrees key light with diffusion
- 45 degrees key light with negative fill
- 0 degrees key light
- 0 degrees key light with diffusion
- 0 degrees key light with negative fill
- above the eye level key light
- above the eye level key light with diffusion
- above the eye level key light with negative fill light
- below the eye level with key light
- below the eye level key light with diffusion
- below the eye level key light with negative fill
- backlight iso below 800 ie 200
- back light iso 800 and above
Light on the Human Face (.pdf)
I was extremely uncomfortable at times having to exploit our model by zooming in really awkwardly on her face. At times, I would make eye contact and it’s sort of like when hunter’s look into the eyes of the deer they were stalking for weeks. And that made me all the more nervous. But I attempted to make sure I got all the shots down. Key word- attempted. At times, I was unsure if I performed the right shot correctly but this was met with a passive shrug before moving on to the next shot. I’m pretty alright with this assignment, and I’m extremely envious of the capabilities presented on our $500 cameras that far surpass my scrawny digital camera.