Hey guys! As some of you might know, I am an 8th grader, moving on to high school, in the Media class at Chiefess Kamakahelei middle school. This will officially be my last blog for my entire career in the media class here. I want to use this blog to thank all the people that have been reading my blogs, wether it be from 6th grade, 7th grade, or maybe even this year, thank you for letting me share my memories and progress throughout these three years. Also, thank you to my teacher, Mr.M, who has been supporting and also dealing with Ben, Brandon and I for THREE YEARS! That deserves an award because when all three of us are together, that's not an easy task to uphold. Thank you everyone, and farewell.
Hey guys! There's always something that shocks or surprises you about someone or something. As for me, there has always been something that surprised me everyday in the Media class, for the past there years. As this is the last week that I'll be doing blogs for the Media Class, I want this to be one to remember. Anyway, three things that shocked me during my time in this year's Media class were ones that I'll never forget.
One thing that I was surprised about was in the beginning of the year. Everyone actually kind of got along pretty fast and everyone's friendliness to each other in a couple of months rapidly grew. Now, it's the end of the school year and mostly everyone is pretty good to each other. In my first year, some people kind of were in their own group so I was definitely surprised by this year's batch.
Another thing that surprised me this year was how much work the 8th grade slideshow needed and required. We spent so much time and work on it that we better finish it. We have about a week left so I hope that we can get it done by then. We did a lot for it, that it would be a shame that it's not finished. It's supposed to be for all the 8th graders at our banquet.
The last thing that surprised me the most about this school year in the Media class is the fourth quarter projects. There were many new students, and most of them paired up to do it, but how they put everything they know and what they learned just amazes me. Sometimes, I think that some of their videos look like they've been here for more than just their first year.
Life is full of surprises. Wether they're good, or bad. You'll experience both, maybe more good, or more bad, but that's all depending on how thou carry your life out. See ya!
Hey guys! As you should know, the end of the school year is almost at an end. But does that mean we get a break? NO! Which sucks because I could really use one, but the fourth quarter actually has the most work that needs to get done out of all the other quarters. I have fourth quarter projects, SBAC Testing, Finals, End Of Course exams, AND MANY OTHER HARD SCHOOL WORK!! Luckily, not radios because they really mess up your schedule. Anyway, how we are doing with our fourth quarter project, Raine is going to make a movie trailer on our short film because he's dedicating so much time to it. We're almost done filming, which is not that bad but we should be done already but that's okay. Also, we changed the script a little bit along the way to make it look better than we envisioned it. Wish us luck! See ya!
Hey guys! Every year that I have been in this class, I have learned something new every year, and it has been valuable as I carried it onto the next year. Throughout the years that I have been in this class, I have learned multiple things about how to succeed in this class, such as one thing that I have not been able to not do yet is procrastinating. That's been a problem I've had from all three years, and it's not something easily learned and done. Anyway, this year, there are three big things I learned about what I learned you should or should not do in this class.
For example, one thing that you should do is sign up for your radios near the end of the list. My reasons for that is because if you sign up first, you'll think that you can finish them quick and painless. Well, you probably can't. It'll probably be the first time working with your partner in the class, maybe you'll know them from before but even if you do, you'll have a hard time. That's why if you sign up later, you can take time to know what your partner is capable of. Also, if you sign up too early and you don't like doing radios, in the end of the year, when you're busy with your fourth quarter projects, you'll need all the time you can get and if you signed up early, a lot of that time is going to be taken up by radios.
Another “do” that I would suggest, especially if you’re new, would be to learn all you possibly can before the third and fourth quarter before you go off on your own because you don’t have a partner anymore that can do the work for you. Sure, you can always ask someone else for help but you no longer have a partner that’ll help you every single step of the way. You’ll have to take all you’ve learned, (Hopefully you learned a lot from your partner) and put it into your project without too much outside help.
A “don’t” lesson is, don’t ever drop anything, ranging from a camera to a lens cap. Everything costs money so if you break it, you’ll have to pay the price. Literally. A student in the class has dropped a camera this year while it was still on the tripod and it just fell over and the lens on the camera just got stuck tilting sideways like the leaning tower of whatever. You have to be extremely careful with equipment, especially now, because the prices are rising for a lot of things.
I bet, in everyone’s blog, there will be something about procrastination, and do you know why? Because procrastination is one of the biggest enemies in this class, especially when you have a big deadline for a project or radios and you just put it off to the side, it’ll come back to bite you in the butt. Hard. I’ve already had my fair share of a slice of procrastination pie, I don’t need anymore, which is why I’m going to try hard to put all the distractions away on the side and focus even more in high school. See ya!
Hey guys! So I was browsing some videos on Vimeo and I came across this amazing short film. It had some mature content but it was so cool that I had to share it with you guys today. It's called Paper Wars and it's an animation film that must've took forever to film because it was not only long but the kind of animation they used to make it also takes super long to film even a 30 second film so I have to give credit to these guys who made this. They are amazing. Simply amazing. I wish I could make a film like that someday but it would require me too take a lot of classes on animation and things like that. Anyways, if you guys had the time to read my blog, then you have time to watch this simply incredible video See ya!
Hey guys! As you might know, this year, it's my last year as a student of Chiefess Kamakahelei middle school and that also means as a CKTV Student. Although I am sad that I'm not going to be a student in the Media class anymore, I'm glad that more students who are willing to learn more about this subject will take our place. So, to give the students a little heads up about what they are going to be facing in this class, I have a few tips that I have learned over the three years that I have been in this class.
One tip that I have learned from my sixth grade year was to pay attention to where you're putting the SD card when you want to try import the footage. I have done this a few times in my first year and payed dearly for it. It might ruin the computer(Luckily it didn't), depending on where you put it. The most common place for people to accidentally stick the SD card in is the Disk Drive. I don't know anywhere else where the SD card has been stuck and let's not find out more places for it to go.
Another tip that I have learned, this was from seventh grade, was to always get sequences when filming. It doesn't matter what you're filming but you always need sequences to make the video look better. I know that last year, I barely had any sequences in my project but I was lucky that I got a good grade on it. Anyways, for the new and returning students, don't make the same mistake I did. Use sequences.
The last thing that was the most important thing I learned from my eighth grade year was, I guess it's two things that were tied for first but I learned one, to not procrastinate, one that goes for all years of Media, because that's the number one enemy when you have a huge deadline and you're distracted. That's happened to me all too often. The second thing that you should look out for is getting along with your teammates. If you don't get along with your STN team, that leads to certain failure.
If you are a student joining this media class, then you should consider taking some of my advice. If not me, then look at Ben or Brandon's blog because they are also one of the only three students that are three year students. We have the most experience in this class, so that also means that we have a lot of experience in messing up(Well, at least me). Anyways, see ya!
Hey guys! So every year, I think, they hold an Olelo video contest. Your school can enter how many videos by a date and then you put that video into a category and they judge them all. They will tell you if you're a finalist or not and the STN Challenge video, on the Taba compound, Home Is Where The Heart Is, was a finalist. Two other videos submitted from our class were also finalists too. Jonathon and Nicole submitted their PSA's. They hold the Olelo Awards Ceremony thing at these nice hotels, almost always on Oahu. This year, it's being held at a Waikiki hotel and we're traveling up to Oahu for only a day though. We're going right up, and coming right back the same day. This is actually my first time going up for that so I'm really excited. I hope we win for our category. Wish us luck! See ya!
Hey guys! Our school's heel schedule has changed a lot and I thought that it was a bad idea. I don't mean to bad mouth the people who change it but I don't like it at all. If I was one of the people who decided what we would do with the bell schedules, I would leave it how it is. Like, right now, I would not change it. I think that it should just stay the way it is now and do nothing to the schedule.
My reasons for that is because I take a while to get used to the new schedule. When it changed, I got kind of mixed up and always didn't know when recess or some other class was so I would sometimes show up late to a class because I thought it was something else during that time. I have to do something a lot to get used to it, especially if it's something like that, different from something that you did everyday for maybe 2 years. It's like playing on an X-Box for two years and then switching to a PS4. The controls are different but the games stay the same.
Another reason why I think that the bell schedule should not be touched is that I like all these classes. When I was in sixth and seventh grade, the classes for each day were way too long, and that's because we only had 8 periods. Now we have ten and they are all equally spread out so that each class isn't too long that it gets boring. Having a wider variety of classes means you can choose more electives such as PE and Art. Maybe even Media.
The last reason why the bell schedule is good the way it is now is because the upstairs and downstairs kids all have separate lunch periods. During the first bell, the downstairs students get to go ear for a period of time and then they go to advisory and then the upstairs kids get to go eat. That means that the lunch lines are shorter and the cafeteria isn't as crowded. I usually don't like to go by big groups of people because it's usually too noisy and crowded so that makes it better for me. Although if you have friends that are on different floors than you, you wouldn't get to see them during lunch. That's maybe the only thing bad with the lunch part.
If I were to change something about the bell schedule, it would be to probably shorten the day or make school start later. If the day is shortened, start at the same time we do now. If school starts later, end the same time we do now. But I would probably choose to end it earlier because school is now 45 minutes more than last year and that means that if you want to stay after school, you ca only stay fro maybe less than an hour on normal days. Also, if you catch the bus, it takes forever to get you back to your house. I live in Lihue, and I had practice at 4, so she I caught the bus home one time, I got home at 3:50. Anyways, I would leave the schedule his it is, and if you're going to change something about it, then change the school hours. See ya!
Hey guys! Every year, from I don't know when, the eighth graders of the CKTV media class has made a slideshow, with pictures of every single 8th grader in it, to a song or something. Sometimes, they might even have a bit of video in it, like 8th grade teachers dancing or fun skits or something like that. This year, we have decided to do something that no one in the class has done before, and that's interviews. It might not sound that interesting, because interviews might not be the best thing to keep everyone entertained, but we decided to make the questions fun and have a sort of playful mood to it. I have done an interview already and some others too. This year, we only have 6 eighth graders so that means a lot more work and we're already a whole lot busy with our fourth quarter projects but we're going to have to find time to put into it. We play that video at the eighth grade banquet, which is held at some hotel, I already forgot. Anyways, this video is really important because no one else has failed to finish it before so I hope we aren't the first. See ya!
Hey guys! If you've been reading my blogs from last year, there was one blog that I did where I explained what Family Night was and what we do there. Well, if you haven't been reading my blogs, then this is a brief explanation. Family Night is one time where all of the CKTV students and their families go to and we talk about what we accomplished in the year and then show videos. You can show any video you want, wether it be your quarterly projects or maybe even an STN video. Just any video that you've done throughout the entire school year.
I usually like to choose my fourth quarter project because I got to do whatever I wanted for that one so I like it the best but this year, I might choose my second, third or fourth. It depends on what Brandon wants to use for his.(We worked on all those projects together)The second quarter project was a music video for the Kauai's Visitor's Bureau. We went all around the island filming people in places that sort of, showed off the island. We teamed up with Sue Kanoho for that. She did a lot for this project. That was a pretty good video if I say so myself, and that would be the reason why I would like to show this one.
Although the music video was good, the third quarter project was one that I would like to use as well. For the third quarter project, Kipu Ranch Adventures asked our class to do a video for their employees, to thank them. Maybe even be shortened into a promotional video. But they asked us, so our teacher said yes, and then he asked us to do it in place of our third quarter project. We agreed to that, and made a video for them and we had finally gotten the DJI Ronin in that time so we used that for a bunch of shots so it had some really nice shots.
And Our fourth quarter project, the way we put the script together, if we can carry that out the same way we picture it looking at it in our minds, then it could be a pretty good short film, better than the one we made last year for the fourth quarter. If you want to see our script, its on the fourth quarter page, in the quarterly projects tab on the top. Anyways, we haven't started filming yet so we better hurry so we can get this thing looking like we want it to.
I'm actually excited for this year's CKTV Family Night, because I actually have three videos that I feel really proud of, and this is my last year in the class so it'll be a night to remember. Also, if I didn't mention this before, all the new students, the one's who are going to be new to the CKTV class, are going to be there at the family night to get a small glimpse at what they're going to be working, something similar. Anyways, see ya!
Hi! I'm Micah and I love to do blogs so I can tell you guys what is happening with our Media Class at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School!