Alex’s Final Project With Grant
The first piece of advice that I want to give to anybody reading this is not to wait. Once you have an idea, don't wait to execute because with time comes change and when your plans start to change too many times close to the due date, it definitely calls for a little extra creative thinking. These things will often be out of your control, like when the Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) center pushed back the date of the event that we planned to cover, "refugee day". Some things, like this, are unavoidable and when there is a will, there is a way and you will be able to get your project done, but maybe pick an earlier event or a more flexible time frame. Be creative before the problems arise in an attempt to avoid them.
Our final product was a very collaborative effort. In terms of content, it was inspired largely by Grant's final capstone project. We decided to use the 2-D footage that he had shot into a 3-D experience. Both Grant and I have experience editing in Adobe Premiere. We have both edited 2-D and 3-D videos throughout our time here at Newhouse, however we decided to tackle a new challenge by combining the two.
Grant and I worked collaboratively to conceptualize the style of the final product, and we spent all of our time together in the labs editing the scenes.
The second lesson here, for me, is teamwork makes the dream work. Having each other to work with and bounce ideas off of was very helpful for us. We both have experience in producing and editing, yes, but our experience is different. Grant is a Television and Radio Film major and I am Broadcast and Digital Journalism major. This means that we look at problems and at projects and storytelling often times in different ways, but because of these differences we are able to work well together to create the best finished product.