In week one I’ve already set up some criteria in order to access if I’m consistently involving in the class/projects or not. I would say that I was doing not bad during the semester for this class. Basic things like classes attended, assignments handed in on time and learned from the class are done. I’ve attended most of the workshops and reflect on what I’ve learned from them, such as the Time-lapse workshop and the stop-motion workshop. Apart from the workshops, I focused a lot on the reflection of my own work as well as thoughts about other people’s videos.
In this case, the process of receiving feedbacks and making changes is my main activity that most influenced me as a learner this semester. This process occurs from our version of video, then receiving the feedbacks from class and the finally adjusted video. The process of learning from feedbacks starts from the first sketch till the final presentation of the second video. In the first sketch presentation, I started to think critically towards the feedback from the peers. Especially for the first sketch to the first video, I have rethought and considered the opinions from the class and keep adjusting our ideas. When it comes to the second sketch we could explain our ideas better in related to both the video and the poem. At this stage, we have more decisions over the peer’s opinions since this time everyone has a different taste towards the sketch. Then, we need to decide what is the best to express our concept rather than fitting other’s tastes. As a learner, I keep changing myself to a better position, adjusting my study path and absorbing critiques. In the second video, we made more decisions regarding to what we want and how we want to express ourselves. I think I’m more confident due to the process of getting feedbacks, realising problems and tackling problems. The other activity that influenced me most should be dealing with chaos and changes. During shootings and decision making, there are a lot of sudden changes and chaos. I have to make decisions fast, organised schedules nicely and able to think of back up plans quickly. In our decision process, we always keep challenging our ideas and change to a totally different idea. In this time I need to adjust all the plans that associated with the first idea to a brand new schedule. I would say this is the most difficult part for me since the changes of minds and decisions always happened in a second and I have to re-organise everything. Even though, this is a good experience for me since the media industry itself always changes. This activity builds up my confidence in working under pressure, under deadline and adapting quickly to new stuffs.
Overall, this course is the first one that made me so enthusiastic about the assignments and tasks. I would say it is the most participated course I’ve ever had in university due to the frequent production making. I also had a lot of time in reflecting my works, not only by words but in action. This is obvious when I looked back to the sketches and the final videos. There are continuing improvements and challenges in my works as well as my learning path.