Susan Lee’s Reflections in the Capstone Project
During my time in Cassini Nazir and Kyle Kondas’ capstone honors course, I learned the more granular aspects in the various stages of video production. Granted, there were challenges along the way, but overall the experience has helped me develop a more critical attention to detail and storytelling.
I began each video project by meeting with Cassini and Kyle to get an overview of the subject I would research. After researching the profile of the subject or an event, I then came up with relevant questions that I would ask in the interview. After that, I recorded the interview and then proceeded to edit.
After shooting video, I began the post-production process. Editing the video generally involved several steps:
- Importing the clips to the computer.
- Extracting the best clips that were to be used in the video and then importing those clips into a video editing software.
- Adjusting the audio.
- Cutting and moving the video clips around the timeline.
- Creating special effects and profile banners in After Effects and applying them into the video.
- Finally, applying color corrections the the video footage.
During the post-production process, I met with Cassini and Kyle to show each version I completed. They offered feedback on what should be further edited, how to make the story in the video be more compelling, and I then made further changes to the video accordingly. This process would repeat until the video was polished enough to be published online via YouTube and Vimeo.
Throughout my projects, I have learned to be more mindful and decisive of how I wanted my videos to narrate to my audience – who are the incoming students, the parents of those students, and the general student population at The University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, I also realized how important it was to receive feedback and critique on my works so I could continue to improve them before they were finalized. Then, there were simple things that I had already practiced but realized they were of significant value like taking notes, keeping close communication with my capstone advisors and updating them of my progress.