Self-reflection: What did you learn about yourself (the way you prefer to work, how you tackle problems, deal with uncertainty, organize our work) during this project.
I learned how to be more organized during this project. I'm usually not too organized in editing, but I made an effort this time to spend more time sorting things while maintaining a method of editing that worked for me. It made the editing process a lot easier, even though logging footage was a pain. I learned that even though I don't necessarily like to be organized, that having some level of reduced chaos helps keep my stress down.
Feedback: How do you feel about the feedback you got about your video? As you gave feedback to other students, what things do you notice in your classmate’s works? What was the most helpful kinds of feedback that you got, gave, or heard others give?
I really appreciated all of the feedback I got on this project. I had an idea on what could still use improvement, but it helped to hear from people more skilled than I am in those areas. It also helped me see how I need to adjust some of my thought processes when editing, especially in the duration of the B-roll. I noticed that all of my classmates and I had different styles, but we all made really awesome projects. It made me think of the potential we would have if we all worked together to make one long documentary. I thought all of the feedback I heard for myself or anyone else was helpful in some way. If it wasn't about a specific part of my project, it was a comment that made me reflect on my process and that was just as helpful to me.
Future: What advice would you give to a classmate that was taking this class next semester before they start the Art of the Real Project. What have you learned from the process of making this project that you will apply to your final project.
My advice would be to work on perfecting your post production process during the Art of the Real. It makes it much easier to have a system in place before starting a larger project than going out and getting footage and then struggling when there is more of it than you're used to. It also makes the final project that much easier if you decide to scale up the Art of the Real project. I would also say to pick something you care about a lot. I was passionate about the subject matter behind my Art of the Real and This I Believe projects and it made them really fun to work on no matter how long they took.