Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Documentary Reflections

The process we went through to complete our documentary was a very (very) long and complicated process. First we had to pick a topic, (with the group I had it took awhile to just agree on one!). Next we researched the main idea, so we were prepared for our interview. We though of questions and topics to bring up during the interview so we would have enough footage for our movie. After hearing from a professional it also gave us a good understanding of the process itself. We researched stained glass (our topic) in depth and also found lots of pictures to insert into our movie. For the topic of stained glass it helped seeing examples in pictures of what we were learning. My group was fortunate enough to actually get a seperate tour and also an interview. Sara took lots of video in the glass studio, the footage mostly included video of each worker describing the exact job they contribute to the making of stained glass. But it also included videos of the workers while they were in "action." I thought this asset added a lot to our documentary. After all of our video, research, scripts, recordings, and pictures were edited and complete we added them all into iMovie. In iMovie we inserted everything and then spent lots of time perfecting each little mistake. As I said, a very very long process.

Some interesting facts I learned about my topic, stained glass, was how it is actually made. I had no idea how many different steps and how long it took to fully and successfully complete and stained glass window. I understand now it takes a lot of patience and talent to work with stained glass. You can tell by just looking stained glass windows, they are absolutely beautiful.

From this project I learned how important the actual filmmaking is to a movie. If you do not have a correct area and settings on the camera it can ruin everything! It is also important to take shots from angles that complement the person or subject. Lighting plays a big key in the way your video will look in the end.

The part of our documentary that make me most proud are the sections where there is footage from Bovard Studios. It took a lot of work to get a tour set up, we were so excited when we actually got to visit a place where stained glass was the main idea. We learned so much from the touring the studio, I feel like the footage also adds a lot of interest to our movie. Watching the workers in action really helps you understand the process.

If we had more time, I think we could improve our documentary by adding in more of our footage and pictures. The footage has so much important information within it! It was the correct length for our class project, but if you didn't know anything about stained glass there could be some parts that are left out.

Trip Reflection

I think the most fun and also my favorite part of the Des Moines trip was staying overnight in the hotel. I really enjoyed getting to spend quality time with our goal "family." We are a very close group in a classroom, it was interesting to see how we all acted when both classes were together outside of school. Not much of a change either!

My favorite piece of art in the Art museum was a piece made of a variety of different types of string titled Élément spatial by Elsi Giauque.

 I thought the best example of art was a painting done by Childe Hassam, titled "Bridge in Snow" on oil canvas.

I thought the best example of "Why is it art," was a piece titled Tennyson done by Jasper Johns. It seemed like there really wasn't much work put into this piece. There were so many others that had so much more to offer just by looking at them. This piece looked a lot like a blank grey canvas with the words Tennyson across the bottom.

The most famous person I found in the museum was Pablo Picasso. I found two paintings done by him. I was very surprised a museum in the middle of Iowa would have such famous artwork.

For me the most educational part of the trip seemed to be the Iowa Hall of Pride. I learned a lot of information about our state. It was amazing to see how many great people grew up in the same state we live in. I loved listening to the person who welcomed us speak about all the great things Iowa has to offer. He was very inspiring.

To improve the trip for next year I suggest shortening the History Museum and Iowa Hall of Pride times. They were both very interesting in the beginning, but after seeing the same things for more than an hour it got very boring. It would also be very cool to visit the science museum, that was the first time I have ever been in there. Just from the small section I saw it looked very interesting.