For my Election Connection story, I decided to tackle a new kind of project: video shooting and editing. Since I’ll be graduating in May, I wasn’t sure if I would ever get a chance to learn more about it before I left campus. So I signed up.
The biggest challenge was learning the technology needed to showcase the piece. I had a digital camera, and I knew how to use iMovie. I really wanted to practice some more advanced editing, and the idea that I would have a chance to try technology that is more professional was exciting. So I went with the JVC camera and learned Final Cut Pro X editing.
This experience uniquely tested me; usually, I pick something I know I can excel at. With this, I didn’t know how to do it, and I had to accept going into it that I would probably not be able to make it as perfect as I wanted. That was challenging. But I think I’ve learned that I’m comfortable not creating the world’s best video clip, if I could challenge myself. While it certainly won’t win any awards, I am very glad I pursued the project that I did.
– Amelia Rufer