This will be the final blog entry for my Teaching Assistant internship at CSUSM. I also have to say that this is my final time in being a teaching assistant at CSUSM since I would like to try something new for my final semester. These last two weeks have been quite busy for the students and myself since Finals and projects were coming at an end. I personally have been in a very stressful state and I really do feel that I need a break that is longer than just Thanksgiving break.
Lab Only Days 12/2
I only went to the lab hours on the 12th of December since the 25th of November was just a day from Thanksgiving and I thought that there wouldn’t be any students coming in. A class buddy of mine (not in VSAR 303) even told me that there was nobody in during the lab hours, so I guess I saved up on gas. Other than that, I had some students come into the lab hours since it was a week before their final projects. The final project is all about incorporating text into their film, and it seems like most questions that were given to me were not about text. Instead, most questions were about audio levels and exporting settings. Since this project is more experimental, it gives students lots of freedom in what they want to do
11/23 Interview Project Screening 2
On this day, Pr. Allard proceeded in screening the rest of the interview projects that were not shown on the first day. Pr. Allard had the rest of the class work on their Final Project that involved Text and Image after screening. Some students left early in order to actually start the project, while some stayed in to gather ideas. While walking around the class during lab time, I talked to students to check out their ideas. Many students had different ideas and some of them were even thinking about using their phones to film. For the students who had no ideas, I showed them examples of Text & Image projects from past students who took VSAR 303. I even showed them my project that I id as well:
11/30 Hands-On Quiz 2
Pr. Allard assigned another Hands-On Quiz for students on this day. Much like the last day of doing the first Hands-On Quiz 1, Pr. Allard and I would instruct individual students to do certain tasks on Adobe Premiere. Unlike the first quiz which was basic interface handling, this quiz was more about doing editing. Before taking the quiz, students were instructed to import 4 clips, create a sequence, and have in and out points on the clips. When taking the quiz students would be instructed to put their clips in the timeline, fix audio levels, adding effects, and create L and J cuts. Most students did rather well, but some students had trouble in creating L and J cuts since they either didn’t know how to do it or didn’t know what it meant. Many students demonstrated many different ways to do the L and J cuts and also fixing colors in the video.
Th animatic that I’m working on for my After Effects class is really coming through. At the moment I’ve been drawing the characters and set pieces and implementing them to the video. I find it to be VERY time consuming, but it’s totally worth it for how it looks as of now. I have my character look much more animated by stretching, scaling, and tweaking keypoints in After Effects. As of now, I’m hoping to finish this before Wednesday even though I’m working on an extreme time crunch!
Here’s some progress shots of my animatic: