I want to make a difference!

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I have always personally been a strong believer that you should always treat others with kindness and respect. My parents taught me that no matter what kind of day you are having, someone else’s day is always worse. I wish that I would have known about the mirror messages campaign when I was in high school.

I remember high school being a time where everyone was so mean to each other for no apparent reason. It’s as if someone always had to be better than the other person, a constant competition. I’ll admit it, I myself am guilty. I used to compare myself to my friends, and listen to them compare to other people. Looking back now, I realize how low our self-esteems were and how ridiculous the things we compared in each other were.

Everyone is different and we need to learn to love each other and ourselves rather than spread hate. The purpose of this campaign is to filter out that negativity happening in schools and bring back positivity, starting with the students. When you start with the students, it gives everybody the chance to feel the impact they are making. What I love most about this campaign is that you get the opportunity to make a large impact just by doing something so small. It’s not expensive, it’s not a huge amount of time. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it for your school and community.

 

Project Reflection

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Hi! Thanks for tuning in for my final blog post of the semester. If you scroll down and visit my blog, you will notice a lot of different content was created. This was created for a course I’m taking through Washington State University, called Multimedia Content Creation. I chose to create content based on my dream of owning a wedding venue.

For this final post, we had the chance to go back and revisit a project and fine-tune it. I chose to revisit the very first project, creating a design piece using Photoshop. I wasn’t very happy with it this one. So, here’s the new and improved version that I came up with. I decided to go away with the social media post that I originally had and create more of a magazine ad. There are a TON of wedding magazines out there and I wanted to do something in a similar style. This way I could use in a variety of ways (social media, flyers, websites, etc.). The one thing that I didn’t like about the original was that there wasn’t a call to action, and there wasn’t anything drawing the audience in.

So, for this one in particular, I changed it up. I found three (new) photos that shared similarity and I used the logo created in Unit 2. I then used the rectangle tool to create a ‘stroke’ look to act as a border to tie it in. Lastly, I added social media icons, a description and a call to action. Based on my audience (bride and groom, friends or family of a bride or groom) I communicated things that I thought would be of importance to them. This description and call to action was important to me as it wasn’t included in the original version.

Images Sources (Unsplash):

Social Media Icons Source:

  • Shutterstock, I purchased a license

Final Video Story

I’m pretty excited to say that my final draft is complete! Thanks to all of the helpful feedback and advice you all gave me, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. For those of you who are just now visiting my blog, you are probably curious what is going on here, so let’s start with a background story before I get into the nitty gritty details. I started this blog for my graduate course, Multimedia Content Creation, at Washington State University. We were to choose a topic that interests us to create content on for the semester, and I chose to speak about my dream, owning a wedding venue and being the wedding/events coordinator for that venue. I’m such a nerd, I know.

For this particular section of the course, we were to create a video story based on our topic. I really wanted something casual that made sense given my topic. So, I pretended to be the wedding/event coordinator for the venue. I wanted to mention things that most bride and grooms would want to hear prior to their wedding. The big questions are what do we do now? So many people are asking you all these questions, how can we help lessen that stress. That was my idea. Whether they are the bride and the groom themselves, or a friend or family of the bride and groom, I want them to know that I’m here to help make the planning process flow a lot smoother by creating this video. I couldn’t make it a full podcast, mostly because I had too many tips to share, and because I talk a lot. So, I decided to create a sneak peek instead, mentioning at the end that they could check out my blog if they wanted to hear the full thing.

If you check out my post below, you will find my podcast draft and all the helpful feedback I received from my classmates. There were a few things I knew for sure I wanted to change from the draft and I’m about to get into those now. Check out my video below, if you haven’t yet already, and then come back to this one. There were some good changes, I promise.

Now down to the details, here’s what I wanted to change and how I did it. First, I wanted to add background music. I wanted the podcast to feel less awkward, and more casual. I found the song on iTunes by the Piano Guys (I’m kind of obsessed with these guys if you can’t tell). I bought the song from there, because I’ll obviously listen to it again. I didn’t do much to the song, besides trim it down in the beginning a smidge and try and line up the “ding” with when the title page popped up, I was weirdly excited about how well that worked out. Second, I wanted to add photos, make it more visually appealing to the audience, rather than just staring at my face.  I didn’t want to get too crazy with this so I added a few photos here and there to make it a little bit more eye-catching. This was kind of fun to work with as I could make the photos work with my hand movements. I had a lot of fun with this one! Third, I wanted to fix up the transitions. I wasn’t happy with way they were flowing and how awkward some of them were. So, I moved a few things around, like the pink transition pages, those helped A TON. It helped with my transitions, and helped the eye not recognize them as much if that makes sense. Especially the ones where you can see me about to say “um” and then the video cuts off. So, I re-arranged those a smidge and cleaned that up a bit. Lastly, I wanted to make the “pink” transition pages a little bit more appealing. They were really plain and it was bothering me, so I changed the font and added a little bit of something to make it more than just words on a page. My favorite is how the last page turned out. I decided to put my logo (that I worked so hard on) at the end, I kind of had an ‘aha’ moment with that one. I mean, I did create the logo, why not use it in my video? plus that’s a lot more eye appealing than the alternative! So, I decided to use that and add a few social media logos at the bottom for just a little extra touch. I wanted to tie it all back in by adding the corner pieces to the edges. I thought this might add unity. I did this by adding a triangle to each edge and then using the eyedropper tool to match it to the logo, I did have to use the gradient tool to help make it match, but it worked well and I was pretty excited about that!

That’s pretty much it! I hope you all like my changes and I had a lot of fun in Adobe Premiere these past few weeks. Thanks again for tuning in! J

Sources:

Photos were downloaded from Unsplash and my Shutterstock license that I purchased earlier this year.

Wedding Photos:

Social Media Icons:

  • Pinterest Logo – Downloaded from Shutterstock.com. I have a license that I pay for 10 downloads a month.
  • Twitter Logo — Downloaded from Shutterstock.com. I have a license that I pay for 10 downloads a month.
  • Facebook Logo – Downloaded from Shutterstock.com. I have a license that I pay for 10 downloads a month.

Other Images:

  • Though they might look like images, the checkmark and ‘x’ were actually text that I inserted into the video at the time. I googled a checkmark shortcut on my keyboard (Ctrl+Cmd+Space Bar–gives you all the emoji’s), and inserted that into that video along with the ‘x.’

Song:

  • The Piano Guys – Walking the Wire
    • Bought on iTunes

Video Story Draft

Hi Everyone! Thanks for tuning in. For those of you just now visiting my blog, let’s start with a background story before I get into the nitty gritty details. I started this blog for my graduate course, Multimedia Content Creation, at Washington State University. We were to choose a topic that interests us to create content on for the semester, and I chose to speak about my dream, owning a wedding venue and being the wedding/events coordinator for that venue. It probably sounds cheesy, but I guess I’ll admit it, I’m a nerd for weddings/events. Weird, I know.

Now the nitty gritty details, I must admit, this video draft was a challenge for me. After a lot of research, I really wanted something casual that made sense given my topic. Similar to how I did with my audio story, I produced what I guess some might call a podcast. Since I am (pretending to be) the wedding/event coordinator for the venue, I thought about things that most bride and grooms would want to hear. My questions were, what types of things would they be looking for? how can I make the process less stressful for them? So, I decided to create a video that touched on a few tips and tricks for them in the (stressful) planning process. Whether they are the bride and the groom themselves, or a friend or family of the bride and groom, my idea was to help make the planning process flow a lot smoother by creating this video. Let them know where to start, because at least for me, that was the hardest part. I couldn’t make it a full podcast, mostly because I had too many tips to share, and because I talk a lot, and I mean a lot. So, I decided to create a little snippet instead, mentioning at the end that they could check out my blog if they wanted to hear the full thing.

Let’s start digging a little bit deeper on how I made this happen. Well, first I sat down and tried to brainstorm all of the things that I thought were important when I planned my own wedding, and other things that maybe I didn’t do that I thought would be helpful for them and put them together. I then tried to find some good lighting to film my video, and though many of you may laugh at this, I found it underneath my bar in my apartment. The light was shining through the window, it was great. So, I sat myself down underneath the bar, and setup my camera (on a tripod of course). I’ve had a Canon E05 Rebel for about three years now, so I used that, because the quality was best with the lens. Once I had that all setup, I had about 10 re-takes and I was good to go. I filmed myself talking, and then took it all back to Adobe Premiere Pro. Once I got in there, I used what we learned in the tutorials to cut the video and drag clips into a sequence. I then added a few titles and transitions to make it look a little bit more snazzy. Let’s just say, by the end of the night, I was sick of my own voice. I know this draft is far from perfect, but I’d love any helpful advice you may have.

Thank you!
Makael

Final Audio Story

Yay! With all of your fantastic advice, I think this finally turned out the way that I was hoping it would. The draft was a little bit rusty, so I appreciate the feedback and helpful advice! One thing that I was really “iffy” on with the draft was not having an introduction. I intentionally did this at first because I follow a few individuals on Instagram who host podcasts, and they do short snippets of their podcasts on Instagram. Well one thing that I noticed was it was normally just a piece of the podcast, something to hook or gauge the audience’s interest, but the majority of them didn’t include an introduction. The only thing that I can think of was different, was that they had a visual (video) with it, so that helped a little bit. It’s a little different with an audio story. So, I agree 100% with you all that the introduction and conclusion to my podcast snippet, makes it more intriguing, and it lets the listeners know where to go if they want to follow along to the entire podcast.

Let’s dive in a little bit to learn how I made the edits to this final audio story. I took what I originally had (the 17 min interview) and added the intro to the draft story. There really wasn’t much editing here besides cutting out a few awkward pauses, but I placed that in front of what I originally had in the rough draft. I then went ahead and “split” the music, using the razor tool, and toned down the music where the piano came in. Like each of you said, it was a little distracting with the volume. The reason that I had to split the clip before turning down the volume, was that I didn’t want to lower the volume in the beginning. It already starts out quiet, so I didn’t want to make it even more quiet. So, by splitting the clip, it helped me tone down the volume in the right places.

After turning down the volume, I went ahead and cut the beginning of the clip where I say “looking back on your big day…”, there was a little bit of a glitch there, so I used the razor tool and went ahead and removed that. By the way, I just learned that in the bottom right hand corner, you can zoom in (left to right) to get those small glitches cut out to perfection. BEST THING EVER! Can’t believe I didn’t realize this sooner, I guess that’s what happens when you’re a total noob to Adobe products. This made life A LOT easier.

Lastly, I didn’t have a very good conclusion, or “next steps” portion in the original interview with Adrian. So, I went ahead and used voice memos on my phone to create my own. I was a little concerned that the volume would be funky, but I think it turned out well. I wanted to make it casual, without being too awkward (which I sometimes struggle with). I wanted to include follow up steps like, where to find the full podcast, and asking the audience what they would like to hear on the future podcasts. Are there questions that they have that they would like answered? I recorded this all on my phone and added it to the end of the original draft, and it seemed to fit pretty well!

Other than that, the only other edits I made were a few minor edits to the “umms” and awkward pauses. I hope you like the way it turned out! Again, thank you so much for your help!

-Makael

Audio Story Draft

Alright friends! Here it is. The draft that took me entirely too long because I was unsure of what I wanted to do, but I think that I finally figured it out! As most of you know, my topic this semester is based upon an imaginary wedding venue, that I someday hope to own. Owning a wedding venue has been a dream of mine for many years, and most importantly, I’ve always wanted to have a “one-stop shop” where brides can come, drink a mimosa, walk around and just feel relieved knowing that everything is in one place. The way I see it, is that we will take care of it for you, from floral, to booking the DJ, photographer and more. Here at Veiled with Love, we got your back, and we will most definitely make sure you feel the love on your wedding day.

My research consisted of watching a lot of interview videos, I considered a promotional video, but realized that I didn’t like the way that my voice sounded, I then came across podcasts and I really liked the casual feel for them. For this particular project, I decided to do my audio story interviewing someone who has been through the wedding process already. I wanted to highlight the fact that, planning weddings are stressful. This leads back to my point on why it’s beneficial to have a wedding venue that can take that stress off your shoulders for you. I asked my friend a few questions about things that she absolutely loved about her wedding day, the stressors, and what she would have done differently. Now, I know podcasts are usually longer, but for this particular project I thought it would be cool to do a “sneak peek” of the podcast. Something to gain my audience’s attention, and then get them to watch the full podcast on my website. This full podcast would include wedding advice, do’s and don’ts, based on my friend’s responses. These are types of things that would be helpful for brides as they are planning their own wedding, being able to get this advice from your venue alone and hear from those who have already been through it, there’s a lot of benefit in that alone.

My “sneak peek” interview podcast is a little over a minute long. I didn’t want to give too much detail to where my audience wouldn’t want to listen to the whole thing, so I decided on just a little snippet. I ended up cutting out a few of the awkward pauses and blending them in and I was contemplating on putting in background music, and I ended up doing it. It seemed like it was missing something without the music, and it was a little awkward. I ended up using “Over the Rainbow” by the Piano Guys. Full disclosure, I’m actually obsessed with a lot of their songs, so I had already bought this one a few years ago on iTunes, and I think it worked well for this project.

I’ll admit, this one was a little bit harder for me than the others. I would love to hear any feedback that you have! Thanks for reading along and stay tuned for the final project in the coming weeks.

Unedited Raw Interview: 

Edited Sneak Peek Interview: