Making Another Writer’s Decisions

I think this activity was pretty difficult for me, but out of that difficulty actually came an idea. At first, I gave my partner a suggestion of doing a reflection project on seniors in college. I proposed doing some sort of interview with current seniors, some who have their job offer letters signed or grad school plans made and others who are stressed with applications or without a future path. We brainstormed about expanding the project to non-seniors, like business owners and professors and having it be reflective about what you think the future could be like for you and having some people say how accurate what they thought then was now.

The idea was good, but my partner pushed me to think further. Anyone could do this project- what made it unique to me? Naturally, that question is scary. Of course I have interests, I like sports and traveling and anything color-coded, but no major passions at the moment. I think my difficulty in answering her questions of what do I like and what do I care about helped come to a topic idea for my project. I told her that if someone asked me what my greatest strength was and I could answer honestly, I would say being average. I have no “major” flaws in which I am terrible at something, but I also have no thing I am the best or perfect at. I can do almost anything with pretty middle of the road results, so we brainstormed ideas such as a resume within a paper or unique examples and really using witt and humor were really interesting and helpful. I think having such a hard time explaining myself to my partner helped her better come up with suggestions when I mentioned the average comment, who knew!

I think that this is a good idea to do and write about, but also feel nervous that the topic wouldn’t let me live up to my potential both as a writer and in general, so I am working on other ideas as well to explore.

Storyboarding Excitement!

Before I began my storyboard today, I have to admit that I was really not looking forward to it.  Partly because I am horrible at drawing, so I was worried about the scribbles making sense to other people, and also partly because I still hadn’t made a decision about sticking with a video or creating a website.  I decided to finally just start drawing out a flowchart for a video (since it’s the medium that I really wanted to work with from the beginning) and go from there.

Thinking about all of the different features of the video (shots, titles, voiceovers, sounds in the background, still photos, etc.) was really daunting and a bit difficult at first.  However, after the first few frames I really started to enjoy making tentative decisions about the video and thinking about the cool and interesting things that I could hopefully do with my footage.  My video is basically going to be a very short “tour” around campus featuring 4 resources (though there are also many more!) including MESA, Trotter Multicultural Center, the IGR program, as well as housing initiatives and the DPE program (especially since this video is geared toward freshmen students).

full storyboard


I can honestly say that I am so so SO  grateful for this storyboard — it has really motivated me to work with iMovie no matter how difficult it may be.  I’m really interested to work more hands on with this technology and create this video!  The video’s “tour” theme will consist of me going to different places around campus, and will include videos, photos, and interviews from different individuals who have experiences with the different places/programs.  Overall, I have a good vision in mind because of this planning, so I hope to start shooting near the end of this week/this weekend.  Hopefully I can have majority of my footage shot by next Monday, and put it all together by the time that the rough draft is due!

My only concern right now is whether or not my storyboard will live up to my expectations.  I have a lot of different things going on in my life and a lot of projects starting to be due coming up, so putting everything together is sure to be a challenge by next Thursday.  But I’m sure that everything will work out eventually!  I’m excited to see what I and everyone else in class will complete!