Snow has fallen, the Starbucks line is jammed, and the campus library is the fullest it has ever been…
School must almost be over.
The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on lessons learned—and I have learned many different lessons in COJO 3530 Multimedia Production. At the beginning of semester, I was most excited to better my photography skills and learn how to produce audio and video material.
I was eager, sure…but I was a little scared too.
Fast forward a couple months though…SURPRISE! I have learned how to record, edit, and stream audio interviews. In fact, I am really proud of the interview I conducted with Morgan Wallace, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2018.
After learning some basic framing and focusing skills, my photographs (whether taken for this class or simply on my phone during adventures with my friends) look SO much better! I was proud to share the photos I captured around the town of Laramie in my third blog post.
Video production was the most intimidating of the assignments, and the last one I had to conquer. I was overwhelmed by the capacity of the Adobe program, but through patience and A LOT of questions (shout out Dr. Landreville) I was able to understand the editing process better.
My biggest accomplishment in this class was the video segment we did on local photographer, Morgan Smith. Not only were we able to fulfill the assignment, Smith was also able to use our video to promote her business!
Critical thinking and problem solving were the main “soft skills” I developed throughout the course. Whether I was having to think of the best way to use Instagram to promote my blog or come up with an interesting, exciting theme for my Google map, I had to use both of these skills.
Of all the projects I completed this semester, I found the video most meaningful. After all, it wasn’t only a school project. Our video told the story of a young woman, driven to accomplish her dreams regardless of what struggles she faces.
Because I had little experience with editing video, this assignment was also the most challenging. I think that is what helped make it meaningful as well. It was a huge accomplishment to produce a good, comprehensive video story.
If I could go back to the beginning of the semester, I would tell myself that things might not be as easy as I was expecting. There are going to be some challenges—but staying committed and overcoming those challenges is going to be so worth it in the end.
I truly have enjoyed this class and am thankful for the skills I have learned. I am proud of the projects I have produced too. Heck! I was showing off some of my assignments to family members at Thanksgiving!
These skills, along with all the other experiences I accumulated with multimedia production throughout the semester, are going to serve me well in my future endeavors. This class has been one full of real-world examples and projects that I can apply in my future career.
I have already made plans to create and maintain a website for a local agriculture business, something I have been looking forward to doing. Now however, I have the necessary skills and experience to embark on this project and include photos, videos, audio, and interactive programs on the website!
I can’t wait to keep learning and bettering my multimedia production skills throughout the rest of my education and my career. But for now, it looks like its time to grab my coffee (finally—waiting in that line took forever) and finish out the semester strong!