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PLP 9 Explores The Lower Mainland And Also Smithers

Earlier in February the PLP 9 class (which includes myself) went to victoria for the second field study of this school year. Every student in the class was assigned a place or person to study before the trip, we visited each place and/or gravesite of the person.

This was my first field study with PLP and I really hope it’s not the last because it was genuinely an interesting and fun way to go and learn. We visited a lot of places in the 3 days that we were there, the most notable being the naval museum in Esquimalt, I was assigned to make a video that could connect visitors of the victoria area to the history of B.C.

Here is mine

If you want to learn about the other places we visited, here is a list of the videos created by other classmates.

Smithers – Jackson

BC Legislature – Izzy

The Royal BC Museum (Museum) – Kyle

The Gold Rush in BC (Museum) – Nik

BC’s Industries (Museum) – Luciano

 Indigenous Culture / Governance (Museum) – Lucy

 Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (Ross Bay) – Jordyn 

Amor de Cosmos (Ross Bay) – Gabby 

 Emily Carr (Ross Bay) – Amelia B

Frances Barnard (Ross Bay) – Amelia R 

China Town Tour – Emerson

China Town Tour – Jason

Ghostly Downtown Victoria Tour – Fraser

China town / Ross Bay Cemetery – Aedan

 Fisgard Light House – Sam

This video had a lot of challenges for me, one of the biggest things I struggled with was how I wanted to share information about the history of the navy without making it pointless for other visitors to go to the museum, you see, on one hand I could share little to no history of the navy, but it might appear as if I didn’t do any research but on the flip side, if I talked about too much history there would be no point in going to the museum because I would’ve already told you all about the history of the Canadian navy (So it wouldn’t be a good answer to the driving question). I tried to go for something in between these two extremes, I think I did an O.K job at it, and I hope it turned out well in the eyes of anyone else that watched my video.

The second biggest challenge was the on sight filming, although I did get a lot of b roll of all the rooms in the museum, every shot of me talking didn’t follow the rule of thirds, I guess I was in a rush to get as much shots of myself as possible that I forgot to clarify with my filming partner to follow the rule of thirds, I re filmed a couple of the shots but most of my video ended up being B-roll and voiceover, and if I hand in another draft I’d be likely to re film more even if it’s not at the actually museum. This is what I wish I could’ve done better on the most.

Overall the Wild West unit was very fun and I really enjoyed my first field study, I know that there are definitely some things I need to improve on for future video projects and field study’s, especially getting my assignments in on time, I definitely learned a lot about B.C and Canadas history as well as film making. So, as always have a great rest of your day/evening and thanks for reading.

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The Story of William Lyon Mackenzie

How does power alter relationships between individuals and society? This was the PLP 9’s driving question for our power unit, we answered this question by researching then making animated biographies of powerful people in Canadian history. I chose William Lyon Mackenzie.

Making the video was challenging to say the least, animating was a lot harder than expected, but it was also quite a fun experience and I’d like to use it again in future project if I have the chance. My voiceovers though, those were less than ideal, I think I could’ve said a lot more about William and the reform movement but I spent too much time talking about more un necessary information on his life, other than these major flaws I believe my video was O.K.

Throughout the video I mention Williams political enemy’s but who exactly were his political opponents in the early 1800’s, well they would be the Tories, who are the Tories you ask? Well they were basically just the conservatives of early (pre-confederation) Canada, and in Britain the conservative party is still referred to as “The Tories”. William on the other hand belonged to the reform movement that began in the 1830’s, so in short, he advocated for political Change in upper canada, despite Canada not really having a government back then, that being said a big focus of the reform Movement was advocating for a responsible government.

Now, coming back to the original question, How does power alter relationships between individuals and society? Well in the case of Willam Lyon Mackenzie we see a man who rose to power by attacking other individuals and for the most part was accepted by society, until those other individuals also rose to power and kicked him out, eventually he regained his political power but when it was challenged again he reacted with violence the whole ordeal ended with him pushing away individuals that helped him earlier in his life.

Overall this unit was very challenging for me, I feel that I in a sense, gave myself some mental roadblocks when it came to getting work done for not only this unit but this term as a whole, I wouldn’t say that my work in this unit was my best work, and I could’ve easily done a lot better but, I seem to be doing better so far as I progress into term 3 and I know I can keep it that way.

So as always, thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day/night.

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