Final Blog Post for COM 210

Reflections on COM 210

At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to pick a theme for our blog with the recommendation that we make it “about us.” By choosing this topic, we would have an abundance of information to work with. When we were given our first assignment in Photoshop, I found myself asking, “What’s interesting about me? What’s most important to me?” The second question gave me the idea for the focus of all my projects for this class–‘ohana or family. Because of this, I have two favorite projects—the Photoshop collage and the Audition audio story.

I enjoyed learning the tools in Photoshop, of editing photos, adding background and various layers that enhance images and the stories they tell. If I continue developing these skills, they will come in handy for personal projects and any job I do that involves multimedia work. Earlier in the semester, I actually used Photoshop for another class project—creating a scientific poster. (I’d post it, but it didn’t fully convey the message I wanted it to.)

The audio story is my other favorite project for personal reasons. Collecting data gave me the opportunity to learn more about the members of my family, and produce a lasting memory to share with them. It’s heartwarming to learn that we all share the same feelings, and concept of family. It means we are teaching the younger generations well. Personal feelings aside, I’ve been told that knowing how to use Adobe Audition is a very useful skill in multimedia work.

COM 210 has influenced potential plans for the future. I want to develop the skills we started learning in this class. I want to write and tell stories; this gives me another media to do so. If I work for my daughter’s company, I can now do more than just written content. (The same could be said for any other company I might work for.)

The instructional videos and links that the professor posted for us were very helpful. If I still had problems, I just did a search on the internet. It was usually very easy to find an answer, although I didn’t use any one particular site or source. If I still couldn’t find an answer, our instructor was very helpful and responded in a timely manner to my questions—a critical aspect for any hybrid/online course. Another crucial component of this class is the feedback from fellow classmates. I’d like to thank the students in my peer-review groups who offered their thoughts and ideas on how to improve my work.

Mahalo and Much Aloha!

~Ramona

Final Video Story Project

Introduction

During my Spring 2013 semester at Washington State University, I was introduced to the Hapa Project. It is a multiracial identity project created by artist Kip Fulbeck. Hapa is a Hawaiian word meaning half, and is used to describe people of mixed ethnicity who are half-white and half-Asian and/or Pacific Islander. As a person of color, I have my own experiences of being a “minority.” However, I never considered what it is like to have a foot in both worlds—not until I watched some of Kip’s videos.

The reason I found myself drawn to Kip’s project is that my own children are 100% hapa. I chide myself for not being more aware of any problems they may have struggled with in terms of identity. I decided to use this project as an opportunity to ask them to share their thoughts and feelings about being biracial. While I have three adult children, only one was comfortable with the idea of shooting a video so the majority of my video centers around my daughter’s narrative.

The two video drafts I posted last week were very rough, unpolished, and unfinished. I struggled with editing the video every time I wanted to add something in the middle. I watched the class videos a couple more times and searched the internet for more information on how to use Adobe Premiere’s tools.

My instructor provided some excellent ideas, some of which I incorporated into my final video. The ambient music is provided by Quietly Concerned under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. All the images shown in the video are mine and are pictures of family members–in keeping with my blog theme of ‘Ohana.

I hope you enjoy our story.

Storyboard:

Time – Segment

0:00:00 – Zoom in and open with the definition of “hapa” and music. Start introduction.

0:07:11 – Add swirl effect and begin images, adding iris box effect between each change.

0:15:04 – Begin part 2 of introduction.

0:26:19 – End intro.

0:27:03 – Begin music fade out.

0:28:26 – Add cross dissolve and begin Janelle’s narrative. Cross fade between video segments.

0:41:29 – Transition back and forth to images of Janelle with iris box and cross dissolve effects.

1:52:17 – Start transitions between Janelle’s video and images of her daughter.

2:19:16 – Begin images of other kids with iris box effects signaling each change.

2:26:08 – End Janelle’s narrative. Begin to fade music back in.

2:3:07 – Begin my narrative.

2:38:01 – Zoom in with Changing Faces text

2:40:01 – Dip to Black and fade music out

2:40:17 – The End