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.