REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL By Gabriela Dugas QUESTION
REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL By: Gabriela Dugas
QUESTION 1 How does your product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?
QUESTION 1 • The subject of my video was texting and driving safety. Some of the typical conventions for this topic is teens texting while driving and then it having catastrophic consequences, which is what I tried to channel in my video. My video features teens in a car on their way to meet friends when the driver’s sister texts her causing her to pick up the phone and answer resulting in a fatal accident. • My project represents how important it is to be responsible and cautious when driving. Especially as teens are more prone to texting and driving induced accidents. In my video three girls are in the car, recent statistics show that teen drivers with two or more passengers are 5 x more likely to get into a texting and driving accident. Choosing this topic of my way of sheading more light on this pressing issue.
QUESTION 2 How does your product engage with audiences and how would it be distributed as a real media text?
QUESTION 2 • My project may gather the attention of audiences because of how important this topic has become in recent years. I believe that after people view my video and find out true cost and risk of texting and driving they will reevaluate the “importance” of replying to a text while behind the wheel. I think that this makes my video different from other of the genre that showcase adults behind the wheel and don’t realize that teens are even more at risk. • I would probably try and advertise it through social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, so it would reach teenage audiences and bring attention to the risk of texting and driving to people that need the warning. I would probably publish the video on You. Tube so it is available to all teens worldwide and will hopefully implement a new sense of cautiousness to the subject.
QUESTION 3 How did your production skills develop throughout this project? • • How have you grown as a filmmaker? What have you learned? What do you like? What do you dislike? What career might you want now? What career do you know you never want now? What is the journey you have taken as a filmmaker?
QUESTION 3 • I feel since the start of this project I now understand why it is so important to be safe while driving especially since roads aren’t predictable and always changing. I believe that I now will be more responsible while behind the wheel and I have a better understanding of the cost of even sending one text. • Throughout this process I learned how to handle a situation in which I receive a text while driving, how to edit short clips, how to place scenes in a way that builds suspense, and how best to manage time in a short time frame.
QUESTION 3 CONT. • I enjoyed having control over most of the storyboarding, editing, how we would tell our story in the production because it made me feel organized and I didn’t have to worry about not knowing how it would look in the end. I enjoyed the creative process of making a video with a story line more than anything else because, being able to tell a story with a message is really cool. I enjoyed the process of piecing the story together in a way that builds suspense and has a message. • I disliked having to communicate everything I did to a group of people especially when they wanted to know every detail of what I was doing. I felt like I was being pressured when everyday they asked me what my plan was and how I was planning to execute my thoughts.
QUESTION 3 CONT. • As I previously stated in my other reflection questions I still would be interested in a career as an editor because I enjoy figuring out how to piece a story together to tell a message. However, it was difficult to edit short clips to build suspense while also touching on a greater topic. Editing reminds me of assembling a puzzle and having people enjoy your hard work and understand your message is really rewarding. • One career I would probably never want is to be an actor. I say this because I was in this video and it’s really difficult to make certain actions look natural and not as if they were planned. I’ve also never been a person who is too comfortable in front of a camera so although I know what to do it was still strange and uncomfortable.
QUESTION 3 CONT. • The journey I’ve taken as a filmmaker has grown since my last project. I now have an even better understanding of the amount of hard work and am starting to get used to the planning process. Although, this project was only a fraction of the amount of work that had to be done for our previous project it was still very time consuming. I found the process of researching really interesting and I learned a lot.
QUESTION 4 How did you integrate technologies- software, hardware, and onlinein this project?
QUESTION 4 • In order to complete my video I had to use a variety of soft wares, websites, and hard wears. • For editing I used i. Movie by Apple. For audio I used i. Tunes and i. Movie also by Apple. I used websites like You. Tube, Googles Lyrics, Billboard, and Edgar Snyder & Associates to get inspiration for my video, to research the topic, as well as to formulate how the lyrics would tie into the video and to gain a mood for the video. For filming I used 2 i. Phone 7 cameras and to edit I used my Mac. Book Pro. • In class we previously learned how to operate i. Movie and it’s the same software I used in order to edit our video. It was easier to do this since we already had a demonstration on its features and how to use it.