Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Blood, Sweat, and Tears, these three words represent are DI project this year. We have been avidly working since January to impress the exceptional judges at the B.C. DI Regionals. In this post, I will try to reflect on the preparation, revision, and work I did to create an awesome presentation.

 

 

Preparation 

This part of the project is the most essential, because being organized at all times is imperative. We did many sheets and assessments to prepare are selfs some of those were…

 

1. Project Management

Throughout this project, we were tasked to fill out specific sheets to help us organize many things like, timelines, budgets and prices, team choice elements, rules, and materials. These sheets were extremely fulfilling because even though they were time-consuming in the long run they helped so much with being able to see all my ideas on paper. Seeing your ideas on paper helps a substantial amount, because you can finally see if you’re ideas, are crazy and unrealistic or awesome and totally feasible.

Those are just some of the many helpful planning sheets we used to keep our selves organized.

2. Script 

One of the biggest ordeals in the whole project was the script. For this project our whole project was very much based on the performance/script, saying this it was also the part that we struggled as a group with. For this section of the project are group did not devise a plan as a group and for that reason, it began to become very complex. As PLP students we have learned to always revise and that’s what we did, in the end, we compacted and refined it into a more simple performance that we felt people could follow. This is a prime example of not taking our time and not thinking thing out, this is also something that I will remember for the projects to come.

Results

2018 DI Regional Raw Scores

After tons of hard work and perseverance, I personally think we came through for regionals and I am personally very proud of the work we have done. For each main event, the judge’s give you scores on each section of your project. Things that the judges would score us on is… The story, team choice elements, and the maze traveler. For regionals are score was a little disappointing but also exciting because we can make it so much better.

In PLP I have slowly learned that focusing on the positives can be very helpful towards success. Some of the positives that the judges pointed out were.

– The costumes were very strong

– We worked well as a team

– The backdrops were awesome

– The wings were super cool

Reflections

Now that regionals are behind us as PLP students we must reflect on the ups and downs of our performance.

1. What went really well? What worked really well for your team

Throughout DI I can confidently lay out many things that went very well here are some. First, is the work that I feel was quite well spread out within our group which consists of Lucas, Emily, Kiefer, Jamie, and I. Next I personally think that our artistic section of the project was really cool and creative. Thirdly I feel as though are script is very creative and I think that even though it was a little complex it was still cool and original.

2. What did not work/was a disaster/unhappy about?

Making mistakes is a huge part of learning and becoming a better person, that’s why I make a ton of mistakes some of those being… First of all I feel as though our lack of communication and understanding of that the task was appalling. I feel very strongly that we would have come to regionals more confidently if we were more organized throughout the full span of the term. Next, I feel as though the passion we worked with for the first period of the term for DI was not up to standards, therefore we were not producing always super high-quality products.

3. Looking closely at your raw scores, what did the appraisers identify as your areas of greatest opportunities?

For this regionals, the judges felt as though our area of greatest opportunity was are artistic costumes and backdrops. Though what we needed to work on the most is the creativity of the navigation of maze traveler. I feel although the reason the maze traveler was so weak was that we left little to no time to create an innovative maze traveler.

Overall

Overall I feel as though DI has been such an awesome learning experience and I am ecstatic to be blessed to go to provincials And show how great we are.

 

Oh…. Canada!

How do the stories of our history shape our identities today?

Born and raised in BC, NBA great Steve Nash will go down in history as the greatest Canadian basketball player ever.

As a country we are iconic for creating basketball. Because of this historic event basketball is quite popular all over BC. This popularity was a big part in getting me into basketball. This represents how historic events shape culture and are lives today.

What we learned

In this term, we learned about some awesome and fun topics such as… Confederation and BNA act, and First Nation relations. I will portray my learning now by touching on these topics.

Confederation

The Charlottetown conference was a huge part of bringing Canada together.

First Confederation. Confederation was a huge turning point in Canadian history because it brought together a lot of weak colonies and made them more independent and strong. Confederation took place on July 1, 1867 where British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into a dominant new Canada.

First Nation relations

In This term we also touched on a very fragile and controversial topic, First Nation relations. This topic is super important because we need to remember that Canada’s history is not all perfect. A part that we touched on was residential school. Residential schools killed and scarred tens of thousands of innocent people. Even today we still have faults and injustices. In todays world, minorities are still not properly treated. This is a perfect example of how the past can still affect the world today.

What we did in class to comprehend Canadian history

For this project, we learned and did so many awesome things, here are some. One of my personal favorite assignments of this term was my adventure with my good pal, Lord Durham. For this assignment, I followed Lord Durham throughout Lower and Upper Canada to find out the reasons and solutions of rebellions. I talked to business owners, soldiers, and other key players.

Another key assignment in the learning of Canadian history was small but impactful. For this assignment we all had cards saying something like ” The promise of better gov. ” or ” Loyalty to England ” then we had to pick whether or not it was for confederation or against.

What’s a Heritage Minute?

You may be wondering, what is a Heritage Minute? Well it is a world-renowned set of one-minute productions based on Canadian history.  I think we chose to do a project on these because it is a fantastic representation of how we can get people interested and aware of topics in history. Also, it fits into a topic in PLP that I can work on, videos and editing.

The Process 

For this project, we had a very strong group that consisted of Logan, Luca, and Melika. Even though we struggled at some points, we got it done. To prepare for the overall creation of the project we did many things like… Storyboarding, Script, Research, and Revisions. I will now go more in-depth about some of these things.

Storyboarding

A big part of this project was organization, one way we organized was storyboarding. Storyboarding helped us plan out what we were doing at all times when shooting the video. Making a storyboard is pretty simple, and the impact it can make is tremendous. To make this story board I followed the templates description. I had to wright down the specific shots, audio, plot and timing.

Script

Another aspect of getting ready to produce this project was the script. This is probably the most complex and difficult section of the project because you need to do a lot before creating it. One of the steps we needed to take as a group was the research. getting ready to do the script we needed to know if it is factually correct. This took time because we needed to look into specific dates and events which was difficult.

Our heritage minute 

For this term, I have been avidly working and learning about Canadian history. Recently we have created a Heritage Minute about a part of Canadian history. We were split into group and given a topic such as, Land and Territories, First Nation relations, Fur and Trade, and Confederation. After that, we had the task to replicate a Heritage Minute. We brainstormed and did hours of research and in the end we came up with doing it on the Oregon border dispute

We decided to tell this story because we felt as though it was a huge part of not only Canadian history but Americas as well and changed history forever.  Also we thought that we could make it really cool from a theatrical standpoint. For this project, we had a ton of different tasks we needed to focus on before filming and I feel as though we evened it out well. 

My group and I felt as though we should portray this story theatrically because like most of the “real” heritage minutes it would interest the viewer immensely. Also we felt as though we would balance it out with subtle info so the viewer gets something out of it. 

Overall

Reflecting back personally I think my project was ultimately an success. Even though there was ups and downs we worked through them and kept pushing forward.