Hello! And welcome back to yet another blog post. But don’t worry there’s lots more to come. Now this project my class did was a very long and very time consuming one. Yes, my class did learn about the French, American, Russian revolutions and one we got to choose on our own. And I can not say this enough but this was a very long project that was kinda stressful at points. But then again what PLP project isn’t. I’m kidding (no I’m really not kidding though) this project was very fun and I really enjoyed it. For each revolution we learned about we had to create a video. There were five different types of videos we could create. John Green, Act it out, Explain Everything and Song/Rap. So everyone was put into groups of four. My group was Malaika, Gabe, and Owen. I think my group worked pretty well together, but I do wish we could have worked better on our communication and time management. Okay so anyway, let’s jump right into the first revolution!
The French Revolution ~ The first revolution we learned about was the French. My group decided we would do the song/rap video first. The first step to making this video was of course learn about the revolution itself. The second step is planning how you are going to put all the information you just learnt into a four minute video. This was pretty difficult, but we had some great tools to help us out. There were three tools we had to complete to successfully complete the video.
Tool #1 Screenplay. A screenplay is basically a script with much more detail about where the cast/crew will be at what par of each scene. My group took a bit of time to get a hang of this, but after we figured out how to do it and understood how important it was, we quickly got on top of it. Now for out screenplay it was part script part directions. Yes, a screenplay is VERY important when trying to create a movie or video. My group relied of the screenplay very much and it helped us out a lot. I think the screenplay is so crucial because without it you pretty much have nothing planned out and would have to just wing it. So yes even though took quite a lot of thought and time, we wouldn’t be able to create this video with out it.
Tool #2 Storyboard. Now a storyboard is a small presentation, I guess you could say. Well for our case we created a certain amount of drawings and animated them to show how each scene of our video would go. Our storyboard was pretty helpful and did help us a bit with the idea of where we would film and how each scene would go.
Tool #3 Call-sheet. So a call-sheet is a document that has all of the crew/cast’s information. It also includes what days everyone is free to film and where each shoot will will be taken. This is definitely important to making our video because without that information we can’t film. And would get behind on everything. And just be a whole mess.
I’m conclusion I think this video was a great first try. My group did pretty well with communicating. But I do wish we were a bit better at that. And we accomplished everything that needed to be done. So yes I think my group very well on this video.
The American Revolution ~ The second revolution we learnt about was the American revolution. We decided to do the Act it out style video. This one turned out very well I think. But again I wish we were better at communication and time management.
Tool #1 Screenplay. Our screenplay for this video was a bit rusty. We were a little stressed with other work that we lost track of time and ended up having to do it last minute. Which was not helpful and made filming very difficult. We did manage to pull it all together in the end, but it took some time.
Tool #2 Storyboard. Now our storyboard on the other hand was pretty good. This definitely helped us through filming. If we to do this again (and I know we will) I would try to work on being a bit more descriptive through our drawings.
Tool # 3 Call-sheet. Yes of course the call-sheet is very important. It does help us with knowing when we are filming and knowing where.
In conclusion I think this was one of our best videos out of the four because we worked together in the tough times and ended up creating an awesome video.
The Russian Revolution ~ The third revolution we learnt about was the Russian revolution. For this revolution we chose to do the Explain Everything video type. This one was definitely the hardest because well first it’s all just animations and my group wasn’t very good at that. It was easy to do the drawing part but when it came to the actual animation part it was very difficult for us. If we were to do more videos with animations I would like to learn more about them.
Tool #1 Screenplay. You know what the screenplay is. We used this screenplay for our script and what type of drawing/animation we would create.
Tool #2 Storyboard. For this revolution we did not do a storyboard because with the type of video we were doing it would just be the same thing but as a very rough draft. Which would be fine but since this style video was so difficult we needed as much time as we could to put towards our animations.
Tool #3 Call-sheet. Pretty self explanatory, you should know by now what it is. But we used this for our communication. We did get better at our communication which trust me is so so so important.
In conclusion i think my group did okay with this video but it was pretty new for us even though we had worked with animations before we were very rusty and probably could have used a refresher. But anyway I think this was a good attempt at this style of video.
Our Choice Revolution ~ And for our final revolution my group decided to do the French Revolution once again because we knew the most about the French and we knew we could do better then our first because we had now done three videos and have more experience.
Tool #1 Screenplay. Now since this was our last video about revolutions we wanted to really succeed and do our best. So we took this one very seriously. We were focused and got everything done on time. So our screenplay was done very well and it helped us out so much.
Tool #2 Storyboard. Now for our storyboard we did a rough drawing of how each scene would go. This did change later on as we realized that we wanted to change how our video went. Everything did work out, even with the big change in the middle.
Tool #3 Call-sheet. This call-sheet was very important. We to have this done early because something we struggled with in the past was time management. This was been very difficult for my group and we knew it was because we did not get the first steps done in time to plan out and film our video. Now that we know we will be more prepared and stay on top of things.
In conclusion I think this was our best video, yes there were so rough spots but we figured it out and successfully accomplished this revolution project. I think me and my whole group did well with all of our videos. And we definitely learnt a whole lot about pre-production and post-production (if you don’t know what that is, I did a big explanation about that in my other blog post called i don’t like anything horror)
And finally it’s time to answer the driving question. How do ideas drive change? Well I think idea drive change because everyone is always coming up with amazing ideas. Some people take those ideas and create something out of it. Others don’t, instead they chose to keep them to their selfs. Which is okay. But for the people who decided they wanted to do something with their idea and put it to good use. That’s how ideas drive change. There are so many amazing things in our world that started from just a simple idea. But those people knew they wanted to make a change, so they took their idea and made it an reality. Without these people who are brave and know that even if their idea is a small one, it still makes a big change to your life and to other people’s life that are all around you. So don’t be afraid to share your ideas I bet it would come in handy at some point.
– Emily ✌️