Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ammorn's 2 Minutes to Make a Difference Reflection

Please reflect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie. Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
Some changes that we made between the first and the final cut of our movie was stuff like adding voice, making the movie a bit shorter and also adding a lot more information to it. In the first version we made, there wasn't much information because if there were more information, we'd have to add more text and the movie would be longer than 2:30. It was longer than that because we didn't have a microphone at that time. Therefore, we couldn't record anything. I think that the student comments were very helpful, because if they didn't comment on the video, then we wouldn't know what to change when we edited the video. They told us things that we haven't noticed until they mentioned it.

If you did not find an expert tell us why you were unsuccessful. Be honest.
We emailed about 4 or 5 people asking if we could interview them and if they had the time. About 3 of the people responded to our email but the only time they could have an interview was after the movie project was due. So, we couldn't get the interview. We asked the expert if we could interview her online and she told us to send her questions. After we sent her the questions, we waited but she didn't reply, so we couldn't have an interview added to our video.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project. What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think that my greatest success in the 2 minutes to make a difference project was dealing with how to use a different type of program to make a video when my Windows Movie Maker wasn't working. It took us a long time to figure out how to work it, but in the end it turned out great. Although, the program wouldn't let us record our voices and we also didn't have a microphone. In the final cut, we used a different computer, where Windows Movie Maker did work and we had a microphone that time, so it all worked out.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
What frustrated me during the process of making the movie was having to deal with all the stress, because whenever we planned a day to get together and edit it, there was always 1 person who couldn't go. Also, the due dates were always so early, so we had to rush it and finish it so we wouldn't lose marks. A strategy that we used to become successful was, we divided jobs for each person, so it would all be finished the next time we were together.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
I think that the 2 minutes to make a difference project was important for grade 8 students, such as me because it helps us learn to think about others instead of ourselves. Also, it helped us learn how to try new things like figuring out how to use a program on my own. I definitely recommend that next year, the new grade 8 students should do it too.

How will you make a difference in the future?
In the future I will try to make a difference by telling people to think twice about wasting something, when other people in Cambodia don't get any of it. Also, I would donate clothes, money and food to the UNICEF because they are also trying to help stop child labour. I can't do it all the time, but even once would make a difference. Another way that I would make a difference is, I will help to spread awareness everywhere.

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