Reflection In Professor Zack's Media Production Class

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This current semester I am enrolled in Professor Zack’s Media Production I class. Our first project of the semester was a silent film that would focus on someone or something involving a lock and a key while expressing an emotion. This project wasn’t a solo project, but instead involved working with one other person. The lock and key could be metaphoric or literal and from that concept we had to tell a story in twelve to fifteen shots. Our idea was to convey a young musician finding the right “key” on his guitar and “unlock” the excitement (which was our assigned emotion) inside of him. I believe the project turned out successfully in the end and met the guidelines, but there are aspects that could be improved and things we could’ve done to …show more content…
I believe that the project greatly benefitted from the use of the black and white, because to me it really made the silent film aspect seem more realistic. It also added to and emphasized the lack of determination our actor felt at the beginning, and with a hint of contrast and more bright whites at the end, made the excitement and hope come alive. The mise-en-scene also helped this idea. The beginning starts out with a lot of dark colors and we see the crumpled papers on the floor, and then at the end the lights are brighter and everything is more organized. Our use of shots matched the piece well, utilizing similar shots in the beginning and end and showing the story unfold, shot-by-shot. I believe the story is portrayed in an organized fashion and it ended up meeting the requirements. I think our use of a metaphoric lock and key added a unique twist to the original concept and gave my partner and I a bit more of a creative boost to add to our project. All in all, I am really proud of this piece and think we did a really good job for our first …show more content…
I was able to create my first storyboard and treatment, which was really fun for me. I was also challenged to work with a partner and brainstorm our ideas and be able to agree on a concept. I learned how to use some of the basic equipment for this project and I got to try out some more advanced editing techniques, which I really gained a lot from. What I really value about this project though, is that I was able to bring a simple idea in my head, work it onto paper and a shot list, and then eventually bring it to life. It truly is an incredible feeling to see something from your head come to life and be something other than just a thought. I can’t wait to continue to bring my ideas to life and look back on my old works and see worked and didn’t so I can improve my future

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