This is it. The last tute. A time to reflect on the semester just gone. At the start of the semester we’re asked to write a criteria for our goals for this semester. Here is what I wrote.
When I first realised that we would be reflecting on this list, I was concerned. But after reading back on what I wanted to achieve, I actually haven’t done TOO badly.
OK, so: 1) Get a good understanding of everything we have used and will use in Int. Media (widgets, Delicious, Korsakow and K-Films) Done. Not only do I have a great grasp on Delicious and K-Films, I think I can watch almost any K-Film now and understand completely how it all works eg. adding background pictures, music, lives, thumbs. Seeing as Korsakow was so important for our projects, I reckon I’ve done a great job here.
2) Write regularly on the blog – maybe 2 or 3 posts a week- reflecting on readings and lectures, and noting all ideas and wider learning Almost a complete failure. At first I did try to write interesting stuff from lectures, readings or the blog, but I got so lazy with it and also spent almost all of my blogging time doing Film/ TV 1 posts. I basically only did this, and a couple of other ones about the K-Film projects like ‘Trouble with embedding‘ and ‘Final K-Film Planning and Deciding‘. Terrible. This is an area I seriously need to address. I guess I don’t really see the point in blogging, but I know it’ll be important for me in the future- documenting projects and writing about cool stuff I find. Anyway..
3) Actually read the readings Looking back this is pretty stupid, I know. Yep, I did the readings.
4) Check the course blog daily and read all posts I did do this one too. Maybe not daily, but at least 4 or 5 times a week. I’d always check out the blog posts that Adrian would write about (he wrote about mine a couple of times), and would check out any announcements or Korsakow troubleshooting help.
5) Generally stay on top of things A little vague perhaps, but again, done.
6) Do some wider learning (look into K-Films, Delicious etc.) I did technically do this, but not in the way I would have liked to have done it. I think at the start of the semester I wanted to know everything and anything about the Internet and making films, which hasn’t happened. But I did do wider learning of K- Films and about Barthes. It would have been good if I blogged about these to have them as evidence, but I didn’t so there is no evidence.
7) Review everything from Networked Media 2010 (HTML, Cyberduck etc.) Can safely say I haven’t touched HTML coding since last year, but I use Cyberduck now quite naturally as though it’s a program like Word or Safari.
8 ) Regularly take simple videos of everyday, informal stuff I did this for my film but I know that I wanted to make films for any old purpose and turn them into something like a K-Film. Though I haven’t made anything into a K-film, I’ve been filming a lot with my new camera, a Sony HDR-CX350.
The activity that influenced me most as a “learner” this semester would have been making the final K-Film. It was so interesting planning the Final Project, thinking about how little short films could relate to each other, not just through cutting them together in Final Cut or something that we’re used to doing. I’m sure the end result will be great.
WHAT HAVE I LEARNT TO DO WELL?
Just filming random stuff with my camera, chucking it all onto my computer and editing it all together.
WHAT HAVE I LEARNT TO DO BETTER?
To start making without thinking or planning.
WHAT COULD I DO BETTER?
THE Blog. Obviously.
see you all next semester.