We are halfway done in J2150. It is weird seeing that typed out in front of me, because it still feels like we just started. Some similarities between Week 1 and Week 9:
- I don’t know anybody’s name
- I can’t spell “Perreault” correctly the first time
- I’m painfully alone
However, a lot of things have changed. I can now work a camera. I know how to edit video. I learned how to give my female friends beards on Photoshop.
It has actually been a lot of fun going out, interviewing people, shooting video, taking pictures, then coming back home and trying to make a compelling story with everything I have. It’s a story I have power over; I completely control how it is seen and interpreted. In J2100, I felt that way with the stories I wrote as well, but there is something different about seeing all the video and pictures come together in a creative, informative way.
Also, quite frankly, this class kicks the shit out of what my friends in the business school have to do.
“Oh man, I have a Calc II test at 8:00 p.m. tonight.”
Wow, that sucks.
I have to go interview really interesting people and edit footage.
Not to mention, I have gotten in great shape from carrying tripods and cameras around (see: The J-School Workout).
It is nice to be in a class where I can so quickly see how much I’ve learned. This is how you work a camera; five photos are due by the end of the week. This is how you white balance a camera; interview with b-roll is due next Wednesday. I’m excited to see what the second half of this class will bring.