It’s the end of the school year, and my time in FILM 4310 has come to an end. Although everyone seems to be having a few hiccups with their final Korsakow project (Charles and I included), I have to say that I definitely enjoyed this course; it really was my favourite course this semester. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition elements of this course; not only is it fascinating to see the type of work that everyone produced, admittedly it’s fun to be able to show your own work as well. As I mentioned earlier, I’m pretty happy with the footage we prepared for SMASH!, and I hope that everyone else enjoyed our work (or at least found it interesting).
On that note, I would like to mention that I do think that this aspect of the course made me feel very enthusiastic when it came to participation. I tried to offer a suggestion/positive comment after most of the screenings, because I know from my own experience that receiving feedback and developing expectations for your work really helps a lot. This happened when I showed the introduction for SMASH! last week. I received feedback and made the appropriate changes, and I’m much happier with the final product. So, because of this, I really tried to offer my opinion on everyone’s work, and I hope that it helped them in the long run.
In fact, something I really enjoyed about FILM 4310 was that it was participatory in nature (after all, “interactive” implies participation). Whether the example interactive documentaries or our group discussions, I always enjoy these types of communal experiences, and the course’s emphasis on these experiences made it much more fun and enjoyable than courses where I would simply have to do all the work on my own. The course introduced a distinctively social and participatory element of film, and I do think that this social element is not only enjoyable but indicative of where future learning experiences should (or will, perhaps) go. As a huge fan of video games (like Pokemon), I really appreciated this aspect of this course.
So, in terms of participation in the course, I think I’ve done a great deal of work. The only thing I think I could have improved on was perhaps a little more work through the course blog and this blog. I watched a good number of documentaries, but I was a little more sparse with the reading. I think this is because I focused my efforts in the course on its practical applications, both in terms of my own assignments and the assignments of others. Although I haven’t been commenting on other individual’s blog posts, I’ve certainly been reading them. One thing I found humorous was the BMX group’s “fail compilation” of people falling off their bikes; they posted that on their blog a week before they showed it in class. Again, I saved my comments for them in person, and I’ve sent many positive messages their way.
In terms of my participation for my own assignments, I feel that I put a lot of effort into everything I did. I tried my best to pick unique and interesting topics for the individual assignments, and really racked my brain for subjects that I thought the class would find engaging. I’m always a fan of choice in assignments, so I always capitalize upon the opportunity to make awesome choices.
As for our group assignment, I’m sure Charles can also tell you that we both worked very hard. I spent many, many hours watching, re-watching, editing, re-watching and re-editing our clips. We tried to find the most intriguing interview footage, and attempted to pair it up with our most exciting footage. I knew that putting the project together would be a challenge, which is precisely why I chose a topic that I am also personally interested in. So, this project didn’t necessarily feel like work for me; I actually enjoyed putting it together. However, it was something that needed to be done, and done well. Again, you can ask Charles about my meticulous suggestions for the way we needed to edit our project as proof of my dedication. He may call it OCD, I call it attention to detail.
Disorders aside, I had an awesome experience in the course, and I think/hope my participation reflects this. I learned a lot about the production, editing, online and participatory experiences this semester. My troubleshooting skills have certainly improved because of Korsakow (although evidently there’s still more to learn), but I do feel that all in all the course exposed me to an excellent form of new media that provided a thoroughly informative and enjoyable experience. I usually participate in all my courses, so I’m glad that I was able to expand that capability in this course.
With that being said, I’d just like to thank everyone for the great experience, and I wish all of you a great summer.
Participation Mark: 14/15