Did You Get That E-mail?

Final exams are happening and the semester is ending, which means I have published my last post until next year. Before I finish my internship blog for the year as well, I wanted to document one more lesson I’ve learned.

I posted earlier about how I’ve learned about not just managing my own time, but trying to work around the schedules of others. There was another factor to that learning experience that has been reiterated in these last couple weeks of work.

Trying to collect responses has turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated. I have a very type-A personality, and when my work (or e-mails) pile up, I find it stressful. Thus, I tend to keep my time organized and respond quickly. Many of the posts I have written this past semester required quotes from outside sources, and I have sent quite a few e-mails to collect those quotes. While writing my final post, which included anecdotes from alumni about a retiring professor, I was on a timeline and relying on the responses I received to make up the bulk of the post. A few days went by and only one e-mail had popped up in my inbox. I started to worry. When meeting with my internship supervisors, they spoke of how important it is to know the preferred form of communication of those that you work with. Some never check their e-mail and would respond best to a phone call. Some like a text best. This can save both parties time when information needs to be shared, creating a more effective flow of communication. This is a lesson I hope to take with me as I pursue a career after graduation and have to work with others, participating  in ongoing conversations and trying to contribute my own ideas and work.

Give Your Best and Manage Your Time!

Light it up and make it better was my goal of re-editing my videos. This past week I sat for 12 hours to redo my first video. I work on the lighting, audio, along with incorporating b-roll to make the video more interesting. I’ll be honest the quality of the camera and the shots I took weren’t the best, but this is where you live and learn. I don’t know if I should admit that I struggle with perfectionism or maybe it’s excellence I desire. Nevertheless, I long to produce quality work so that in the future people will trust me with more task.

With that said, I was more pleased with the result of the second edit versus the first one. Although there wasn’t much I could do about the lighting I did my best to adjust the audio as much as possible. Upon rendering and playing back the video, I notice a lot of hissing noise during the talking portion of the interview. I thought to myself “I can’t turn this in!” So, I worked to reduce the hiss as much as possible. What I’ve learned while editing video is you won’t get every bad thing out, but you can embellish it. Having thought in the back of my head I didn’t dwell on that one issue as I would have in the past.

I’ve grasped that perfectionism can be confused with excellence and that at times can keep you from delivering product at a decent time. Now there’s nothing wrong with wanting things to be right, but applying skills that help produce results faster can keep work coming to you. I watched how I got caught up in one video that I failed to work on other footage, so things began to pile up. Once I began to receive feedback from supervisors I learned how to multitask more. When that started to happen, I was handed more opportunities. This week along I had the privilege of editing audio which is my main area of study. As much as I had to do before the end of the semester I refused to turn this down.  Maybe I’m a bit ambitious, but taking opportunities can lead to careers, so when I can I give a resounding yes.

Overall, I’m learning to manage my time better, and what’s important to me I will work diligently at it until the great results are delivered.

“You Learn More as You Redo!”

How do you take interesting footage and turn it into works of art? That’s been a question I’ve been asking for weeks as I diligently attempt to do so. With every angle done within each edit, I’ve learn to polish the most difficult ones.  My last post I mention the critiques received from my supervisors and how helpful they were. Well this week I sat down for my first redo and I incorporated various things to make the footage I had better.  I was working on a video for Dr. Paul Croce and what was 3 minutes became 1. Although my attempt was to get it to 20 seconds, by the time I added credits I ended up at 1 minute. I said to myself if this doesn’t work I’ll revisit, but I was pleased with the results. Now of course if I receive feedback saying fix I’ll do so, but I honestly think this will work better.

Now that I have a better hang of Adobe Premiere the redo process was relaxing. I still spent 8 hours editing, but I was constantly learning how to make things better. Earlier that day I met with Dr. Underriner to discuss my senior project and the tips he gave me for editing my music I also incorporated into videos.  He showed me how duplicating tracks, adding effects, and eq’ing could make something empty sound full. A few weeks ago, he also showed me how to view my audio in Premiere over in Audition, and how normalizing and eq’ing could make the audio for video better. So, with that in mind I attempted to get rid of excess noise and make my background music sound full and not tinny.  I’m still grasping the concept of this, but it made the video better.

One last thing I’ve learned to do better in Adobe Premiere are the rolling credits. This was not easy for me because I couldn’t get the keyframes right. Plus, in older versions of Premiere there were settings called rolling credits, but it was taken way in 2017’s update; so, the process was different. Well after watching several YouTube videos I got the hang of it. Thankfully enough 2018’s version has added it back and hopefully it will make creating rolling credits much easier.

Your Time, My Time

Past teachers and professors have always emphasized to me the importance of group projects. I’ve heard about how such projects should cultivate my skills in teamwork and teach me how to see an issue from multiple viewpoints.  This has been true in some cases, but through my internship I’ve come to recognize a third factor I previously had not noticed.

Though the physical writing of the articles I post is independent work, I have often had to reach out to other to collect my content. Several instances have required me to conduct interviews as well, including my articles on the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, “Bedroom Farce”, and “Sticking It to the Man”. With others, like my article on CASAG, I have had to collect information through e-mail conversations.  This process of collaborating with faculty members, alumni, and fellow students has taught me that third factor: planning for the time of others.

Practicing personal time management is a completely separate matter, something most students learns early on through the challenge of rigorous courses. Appreciating and learning to plan around the time limitations of others has been a lesson I’ve learned through my internship. Just because I am available on Tuesdays and Thursdays does not mean I can expect the same from those with whom I need to collaborate. I’ve had to learn further ahead, recognizing differences in schedule. I believe this is a lesson I will carry forward into the future years of my professional career as I enter the workforce.