Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bennette's 2 Minutes 2011 Reflection




  • Please reflect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie. Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
Some changes we made between the first and final cut of our movie was the audio because for our climax, the audio did not sound upbeat and happy. We also changed most of the images for our background and used our members as the characters in the pictures instead. Plus, we added some evidence that we interviewed our expert using audio and we quoted it so viewers can clearly see what she had said. Also, we slowed down our slide transitions because it went a little bit too fast and so the time will increase because our video's a bit short of time in the first draft. Another change we made is our attention grabber and we also added some informations. The size of our flyer in the video was also changed because the viewers can't really see what's in it. The comments in our video was really helpful because without their suggestions, we would not know what can satisfy other viewers. Also, it helped us know what changes we should make to make a better video for our final draft.

  • How did you find your expert? List 3 important points your expert added to your movie. What did you learn from your expert?
We found our expert from a site and there were a bunch of them listed in it. We tried to contact all of them but some were hanging-up, either busy or not in their office. However, we were lucky enough to contact Mrs. Shari Julian. First important point that our expert added in our movie is that we should speak up when discrimination happens because most of the time, people just stand their and do nothing about it. She said "Speak up when you see it! You know...people don't!" which we used somewhere near the end of our movie. Another line she have said is that it does not matter whether how smart or educated you are, guys will still have a bigger chance of getting a job. Even though she have said a lot, we did not include it in our slide because we don't know where to put it so it will flow smoothly. From our expert, I have learned that guys get more opportunity to get a job because other people believe that men is the one that SHOULD support the family. Secondly, when we asked for who are the affected by gender discrimination, she said EVERYBODY. Even though we don't realize that we're affected by it, we're actually were. We also learned a new word which is "taboo". One line that was stuck in my mind is the part where she said "Rules are different from laws. Laws come from the rules." It got stuck because I never knew it was different from each other and she also added that society would not operate very wall without rules.

  • What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project. What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think our greatest success in the 2 minutes project was doing our action and spreading out informations about gender discrimination. Also, making our own images and coming up with messages that can make our video powerful was a great accomplishment. I also consider finishing this video a great success for my group and I. The skill I would use in the future is coming up with effective questions to ask in an interview where I could look professional and be confident on what I'm saying. Another skill I could use is making a video depending on what your topic is by changing your background color, background music, and font style/color.

  • What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
During the movie making process, the part that frustrated us the most was the part when we have to look for images. It frustrated us because we can't find images that fit our topic/ information. Also at first, we used images that are not Creative Commons and so we have to search and do the bibliography all over again. However, there are strategies we thought of that could work. Instead of looking for images in Flickr or Creative Commons, we made our own and made an account in Flickr to post it there. It was successful and saved us more time than searching for appropriate images for our topic.

  • Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
This 2 Minutes project is important to Grade 8 students because even though we're still young, no matter what your age is, we can ALL make a difference. Small or big, at least you've done something to somewhat make a change. It can also help us become aware of the situations our world's facing right now and let us know that we can do something about it. Plus, this project helped me view the world differently because I sometimes complain about small things, but other people around the world that work at an early age, suffer from poverty, get discriminated, etc., are immuned to that community so I just have to think that I'm lucky enough compare to them. And Grade 8 students should know that too.

  • How will you make a difference in the future?
I will make a difference in the future by donating things to people that are suffering from poverty or homelessness because why not give other people if you have more than enough? Also, I bet my parents and grand-parents will be happy to hear that I'm trying to help other people because they've once experienced being hungry when they were young. Plus, I will try and talk about awareness around the world to my cousins, aunties, uncles, or other elders to make them realize what our world is facing. Lastly, all I have to say is that really, EVERYONE could make a difference and if we all work together, this planet would be better than it is now. Equality would be rewarded.

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