First things first, the CKTV shirt is what we should wear with pride. When we wear a CKTV shirt, we have to be on our best behavior. You represent CKTV, Chiefess Kamakahelei, and Kauai. If you misbehave or disrespect anyone in public, just remember you have a CKTV shirt on and they know who to complain to and will give our media class a bad name. You will always wear your shirt when filming, interviewing, fundraisers or traveling. If you misbehave in public or show any disrespect to anyone, it will make it even more difficult for anyone to want to help out with any of our fundraisers. Always remember that even the way you speak in public while wearing our shirt makes an impression on our team...no swearing or yelling or even disrespecting your own teammates, people always watching us when we have our shirts especially when we are filming...so be aware of your surrounding.. Always have PRIDE when wearing our CKTV shirt.
My second lesson that I've learned throughout my year in the CKTV media productions class is that you should always start planning your community service project early so that you have time to make the arrangements and turn it in on time. This year was our first year of doing community services because we felt that it's important to give back because the community is what helps us get to STN, to attend presentations for Olelo on Oahu so many other places. Some people in the community give us grants with a lot of money that help us get our equipment that have been misplaced or just plain new equipment such as our Ronin. The eighth-grade group was the only group to successfully plan our community service project, although it wasn't on time, we got it done. The others didn't make the deadline so Mr. M decided to take over planning the community services. So I guess it boils down to ....DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
Last but not least, you should always have a parent present when you're filming outside of school. Having a parent when filming outside of school grounds is important to make sure we are all safe. If your group plans a filming, you should be responsible for all actors and equipment you check out. We should all be RESPONSIBLE for our equipment and so it's best to have an parent watching us when filming if sometimes we forget equipment or need help with something or help us with watching our bags or equipment. We sure wouldn't want to tell our parents they need to pay for any stolen bags/equipment. That can be pretty pricey. I have experienced that firsthand, not the part where the equipment is taken away by stranger, but I acted in a video that no one is watching our bags or equipment and someone could've just walked by and took it without us even knowing. Another reason why you should have a parent present when you're filming outside of school is because if someone were to get hurt, an adult will be present to help out with notifying parents or help with any medical attention needed.
These lessons stood out to me the most because I feel like the beginner students should know the mistakes that some of us may have made and so that they don't have to repeat the same mistakes and learn the way we did. I feel like these are the most important lessons that I have learned throughout my two years and media. There are so many other lessons such as...
- not sticking an SD card into a CD slot
- don't drop a camera or any other equipment
- returning your computer and charger back to where it supposed to be
- doing your blogs on time
- uploading your projects to your site to turn it in
- whenever traveling to different locations, take off the camera from the tripod
- always pack a microphone going out for an interview
- always have a backup SD card in case one of them becomes full
- always hide your microphone when interviewing someone (even if they are sweaty or dirty)
- always check your equipment before going out to film B roll
- DON'T PROCRASTINATE
- always film sequences when getting B roll
- always take Nat sound just in case
- always use a tripod
- always check your computer number before packing up to go home
- always get to know your classmates
- always be open to constructive criticisms.
- always work as a team media and have respect for one another
- don't let someone sit on the side by themselves
- always communicate well with others
- always show up on time for morning announcements
- always practice before doing morning announcements
- always use headphones to check audio when doing an interview or taking B roll
- don't be afraid to ask questions about media to your partner
- pack extra batteries
- always take lots of extra B roll
- always be aware of your time when practicing or at STN (allow enough time if any problems should come up)
- always bring extra equipment
- don't waste your actors time if you're not going to film them
- don't act silly when doing interview (act professional) even though you're behind the camera
- pay attention to your spelling and grammar when doing your blogs
- always put your equipment back where it belongs
- pick up trash or anything on the floor and don't walk over it.