In-Depth Blog Post #4

I would like to start this post by saying that I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked due to several setbacks I had. The first setback I had was that my bi-weekly meeting with my mentor was delayed by a week which meant that I had three weeks without a meeting. This week I asked my mentor if it would be ok if we might later because I thought that I would be able to pull off another video between then but something happened.

I was supposed to go to Seymour with my friend to days in a row to film but on the first day I had a leadership class at Taekwondo and the timing ended up being way too tight for me to be able to go. He went with his dad and he crashed and got a minor concussion which sucked because he could only rest so he couldn’t ride and I couldn’t film which of course is for the best. I figured that I would just record POV from my helmet on the second day but it was raining so hard that the audio got messed up and the footage was super wet even though I kept wiping off the GoPro.
I figured even though the footage wasn’t good I might be able to salvage some of it and make something. I tried but the software I use to edit was failing on me. When I was trying to playback the video it was playing a couple of frames a second and it was just impossible to work with. At a certain point, I gave up because I couldn’t make any progress. I felt like I hit a wall, I was super frustrated with the software because it’s a very good software and my mentor strongly recommends it and I know many people that use it but it wasn’t working for me. Instead of looking forward to my next project like usual, I was kind of dreading it because then I would have to deal with all those problems again.

When I met with my mentor we tried to sort out the problems and it took a little while but eventually, we figured out how to make it run smoother by putting the render quality to 1/16 and changing the render cache which I didn’t understand what it was so I asked and she told me that it was essentially the settings to pre-render the video so you can change how it does that.

When I asked her how to make it smoother she didn’t know right away because she mainly uses Premiere Pro so we were both trying to figure out how to do it at the same time. I think that kind of gave us a chance to improve our connection because instead of her showing me how to do everything, we were on a similar level even though she was the one who ended up figuring it out.

After we got that sorted out I showed her the two videos that I had done since our last meeting, one of which I included in my last blog post and the other one is the one that I talked about filming in the last one.

Here’s the link for the ski video: Ski Video

Here’s the link for the mountain biking video:In My Backyard

I enjoyed making the mountain biking video, it was a blast to film being out there in the snow with my friend and playing with the camera angles but producing the video was quite fun as well and this was before the problems started happening. The mountain biking took me longer to make than any other video including the planning, filming, and production it took around 10-12 hours and I was very happy with the outcome. I incorporated a story into the video and tried to make it seem fast-paced even though that was a little tricky because of the ice. The ski video, on the other hand, took around 2 hours to produce and I was just filming while skiing plus I asked my dad to take a few shots for me so quite simple but still a good outcome but to me, the biking video was much superior.
After watching the videos she immediately said that the ski video was very good, it followed pretty much everything that she taught me already. “What about the bike video?” I asked. She wasn’t as much of a fan of that video because it was too long, not fast enough paced, she said it should have some music even if it’s just in some parts, and that it should have more of a variety of shots because they were all pretty much wide shots. We hadn’t talked much about using too much of a shot before but she had told me that wide shot was a safe shot so I assumed that it should be my main shot but now I know that I should try to do a mixture of close-up and medium shots and all the other ones.

Of course, she’s the expert so I thought about everything she said and it all made sense, thinking back on the video. It just took her to point out the issues for me to realize they were there even though I didn’t exactly agree with her right away. I know she told me before that my video was too long for my very first one and that seems to be my main problem, that I want to use all of it and I can’t help myself but in this case less is more. We decided that I would redo the video using the same clips but I would add music to make it more non-stop and faster-paced while also cutting out the unnecessary clips. I’ve decided that I’d use a song called Hardrock Hallelujah because I think it will be fitting to the video, but I haven’t been able to start that yet because I was working on another project until just now. I’m not exactly looking forward to making it again because I’ve already worked with the clips but it will probably end up being enjoyable and I like working with music because it’s a little more challenging and it’s kind of like a puzzle because you have to fit all the clips in a spot of the song that fits, the only difference is you have a tool you can use to cut the piece to fit.

As I said, I’m struggling to keep my videos shorter so I had to ask what the ideal time for a video would be. I asked her if it would depend on how engaging the video was or if there was just some general rule for how long the video should be. I was sure the answer would be one of those but then she said that it depended on the story in the video. If there was a story like in a Redbull video you watch then the video would be much longer however if it was simpler like in my edit then the video should be shorter. I feel like if I had just asked how long should a video be instead of putting the two things that I thought on the table then I would have gotten more of a vague answer instead of the in-depth answer she gave me because she could have just said “it depends on the story” but she gave examples and it made a lot of sense to me.

Speaking of the other project, I started a new project the day after our meeting taking into account some of the things she said in the meeting. It was a little hard to make the video fast-paced because of the terrain and the whole video is shot from my chest which is quite a nice angle if I do say so myself but the reason I did the whole thing the same angle was because I’m not too familiar using the chest mount so that was to get used to it and I’m going to keep using it in the upcoming videos. It was very tricky but I kept the video under 2 minutes which was my goal for it and made it non-stop.

I also tried a little bit of a different method making the video using flags in the timeline to keep it even more organized and using a new tool she taught me called “Blade”. If you do control B on a clip where your timeline cursor is then it splits the clip and it’s insane how helpful it is and I can’t believe I didn’t know about that earlier. The other thing that I did differently was I cut the clips into a bunch of smaller clips then I mixed them all up so that I wouldn’t be tempted to put them in order. That’s another thing that she is telling me, that the videos don’t have to be in order they should just go by what works the best and I came up with that little solution to break the habit and it had a positive effect on the video for sure.

Here’s the link for that video: Bike Video

The other thing that I tried with this video is to make the thumbnail more appealing. As you can see the title is almost like clickbait because that would make the viewer want to watch the video and put a decent picture that they see. I also used capital letters for GNARLIEST and EVER because those are the words that I would want to stick out to the viewer because if I saw “gnarliest ever” in a video that already sounds like a good video to me as well as the exclamation marks to make it stick out even more.

She also showed me how I can make sections of a clip slow motion which I tried to learn over a YouTube video in between our meetings but it was a little confusing and it seemed like there had to be an easier way so I asked her to show me. Sure enough, there was a much easier way by using the blade tool to make separate clips than choosing the speed for each clip.

Here’s a link for a few of the videos I tried that with: Slo-Mo

The first video was very basic, I just made two different clips and made the speed 100 then 50 in the second. In the second video, I had three clips because it had to come back to speed at the end. In the final video, I had five clips and it starts to get a little trickier but so much easier than the other way I know.

For the following weeks, I have so many video ideas that I’m not sure I’m going to be able to follow through with them. I’m planning on doing a video at Montgomery middle school because we found some pretty insane drops there where you can easily get 10-15 feet of air and I think that I can make that look cool on camera and that place has so much more to offer as well. I’ve also planned to film Ben for a day skiing and make an edit out of that with some good music.

I have so many more ideas too like I want to make a video to show 5 easy parking lot bike tricks which will be interesting because I’ve never done something like that before. I also found so many good songs in the last two weeks that I’m dying to make videos out of, for example, Dance of Death by Iron Maiden is absolutely perfect, its got a good intro then 9 minutes of high-speed heavy metal following that so I think I’ll save that for a big edit maybe at the end of the project even if I just use a portion of the song. Ben also suggested some songs to me as well as I discovered USS, a Canadian band that would be great for smaller ski edits and they might work for mountain biking as well. Anyways, for the upcoming two weeks, I have tons to work on and this is for sure going to be a great week for me.

In-Depth Blog Post #3

This week with my mentor I mainly focused on how to take videos that I would be able to work with. Knowing how to take videos is the most important part of editing videos. After all, without them, you wouldn’t have anything to work with because you can only use so many of other people’s videos before you either run out or get a copyright claim against you.

My mentor is experienced mostly in animation, not live-action so we spent the first 30 minutes of the meeting watching popular mountain biking videos on YouTube and paying attention to the types of shots that they used. We found that one of the most frequently re-occurring shots was from a drone which I don’t have access to so we weren’t able to use that. She then showed me how I would be able to get a similar angle to a drone shot by putting a GoPro on a tree and I can say that I’ve tried it and it looks great. When I tried it was very snowy and icy plus my wrist is still bothering me so I was cautious and only managed to get the camera around ten feet high in the tree but in the summer when it’s dry it will look amazing.

Here’s a link to one of the shots I took from a tree: https://sd43bcca-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/125-rdickson_sd43_bc_ca/EVuV-PSQCqdPp2tmdnD7NWkBsB5Y5xUbDo4_XJ8kx560dA?e=Xrw4cS

There was a feature in one of the videos that she showed me that was a big wooden feature shot from a drone and that immediately made me think of this one and that I could put my camera on that tree except I was planning on putting it higher. Once I made the connection I told her about it and we talked about how I could get the angle right to make it look cool by getting the roll-down in the view, the run-up, and some scenery.

Other than the drone shots there were three other common angles. The first one was a POV shot from either a chest mount or a helmet mount which I already have some experience in using, someone filming the rider using a wide shot, and finally, a follow-cam from behind the rider and my mentor even suggested that it could look good if you put a chest mound on your back so that you can see the rider behind you but for now I’m not going to be able to do any follow cams because of my wrist.

After that, we talked more about making a story out of your video. You should start your videos with some shots that aren’t on your bike for example putting on your helmet or outing your feet on the pedals. I asked “what if I started off the video on the bike but not going down the hill for example climbing shots or doing a wheelie in the parking lot. In my next video, I’m going to try and start the video off with a climb and I have a specific idea to get some scenery and a specific sign in a shot.

Because my mentor doesn’t have too much experience making mountain biking videos there were a few things that she suggested that I didn’t completely agree with. One of them was in a video we watched, and the man had set up a GoPro on the chainstay of his bike (basically the part of the frame under the chain) and it was looking at the back of his leg and his pedal but you could also see the trail. It wasn’t a bad angle, to be honest, but I don’t think it would work for these reasons; GoPro mounts are very expensive, it would be super easy to knock the GoPro off the bike, low to the ground so it could be hit and finally, I wouldn’t trust a GoPro mount sideways on such a small part of the bike. I didn’t want to disagree so I thought of a few scenarios where it might work out and these include; if my legs were ripped, I made enough videos to make it worthwhile, I had GoPro + in case it got damaged, and finally if I had the money to use amount there instead of somewhere else that would look better and I could use it more often. I brought up why it might not work for me and the scenarios where it could work and we agreed that it wasn’t the best idea for me to use that angle in my videos.

Before my second meeting, I made a video with music in the background using the videos I had back from Sun Peaks a couple of months ago.

Here’s the link for that: https://youtu.be/u4ivnSLiiIA

In this video, I used a faster-paced song than in the mountain biking video I made a while back like she told me to, and I made it so that the order of the videos made sense rather than how I just threw in videos wherever in the previous video. Another issue that she had with the mountain biking video was that it was too repetitive and some of the clips that I used didn’t fit so I made this video less repetitive even though I used two very similar videos it didn’t feel repetitive. Her exact words were “the video is great except for the portrait shots; it wasn’t too repetitive, and the clips all fit in”. A portrait shot is when you’re filming with your phone straight up instead of filming wide which is how you always should be. The videos were older and I hadn’t planned on making a video so that is why they were portrait but she showed me how I could make a portrait shot look much better however it still doesn’t compete with a wide-angle.

Here are some of the videos that I tried to fix and in my opinion they look much better now than they did with the black backgrounds. https://youtu.be/9tJW1z6ca-w

One issue that I had with my Sun Peaks video was that the video was filmed pretty far back but there was one point where it was close so I couldn’t just crop it. She showed me how I could use the dynamic zoom feature so that I could constantly have the camera focused on the rider/ skier. I tried out dynamic zoom with a couple of videos and I think that it makes a huge difference to the first video and I wish that I knew about it before making the video. In the second video, it didn’t make as big of a difference but it still looks better than before. The second video is also the same feature that I used the tree shot for and that kind of shows how much better an elevated shot such as that one or a drone shot would look, plus the snow makes it look nicer.

Here’s the link for those videos:https://youtu.be/vAMod8gebPc

My mentor said that between the second meeting and the third I should try and use a bunch of the shots that we talked about and looked at in the YouTube videos. I suggested that I make a storyboard and try to do it in one big film day and make a video out of it at the end so that’s what we decided that I would be doing for the next meeting. So as soon as we ended the call I came up with a storyboard, a storyboard is a timeline and I put different features on the timeline, and under each feature, I put down the angles that I would use to film them. I decided that I would film on three of my favorite trails; Manhandler, Three Little Pigs, and Juan Valdez which are all on Eagle Mountain. I called one of my friends and asked him if I could film him for the day and he agreed and even let me use his GoPro and his phone to film so in total I had four cameras to work with.

We decided we would meet on Monday after school. Monday comes around and I’m super excited because I never do this, I’m usually filming myself and sometimes I’ll film someone or someone will record me but never for a full day. Then I get out of bed and it’s dumping snow so we have to call it off. That was very frustrating to me because that hadn’t even been a possibility and I wasn’t just frustrated because I needed the footage, I also hadn’t been riding for over a month and that was going to be the first day. Luckily I and my dad went skiing that night so I got some footage out of that and made a video out of that as well.

Here’s that video: https://youtu.be/eBwiejqeJF0

I was really happy with that video because I incorporated a story into it by adding the chairlift clip as well as the one of me putting my helmet on and to me it makes a big difference to the video. The song also matched the pace of the song which adds a nice flow to it. I got some more practice using keyframing in this video by changing the levels of the audio at a certain point which I also messed up a couple of them so that is something I want to touch on in the next meeting. I also used a bit of keyframing in the video in the form of dynamic zoom which is just a combination of cropping and keyframes. I’m looking forward to showing my mentor the video next week and to see what I can do better next time.

I and my friend decided that we would go out today to film even though it was -10 on the mountain which was refreshing and it felt so good to be mountain biking again. My goal was to get around 50-75 shots today and to try and get a bunch of different angles as well as getting a bunch of shots to make a story out of it. I ended up getting over 90 videos and I’m super stoked with how it turned out.

The cold was a challenge for us but as I mentioned it also felt good and the snow and ice in the background made the videos look very good however it also resulted in a few scary crashed that my friend had. Another challenge we had was because of how cold it was, both of our phones died within an hour which left us with two cameras and that slowed everything down. The tripod we had also frozen and because of that, neither of the GoPro’s fit in it which was an issue because that limited the static shots that I would be able to get. Because we were already slowed down, it started to get dark at the end and 1:30 quickly became 5:30 and it got dark but luckily the footage still works and can blend in with the rest. I haven’t gotten a chance to go through the videos I took yet but I’m excited to get on with the video and I think that they will turn out great!

One thing that I’ve noticed since starting this project is that I’m starting to enjoy making videos more now especially as my knowledge of how to make them is increasing and they are getting better. As for my improvement, I think that the videos speak for themselves. If you look at the last video that I made at Seymour with a limited set of videos compared to the mountain biking compilation I made a couple of months before, the difference is massive, and I can’t wait to keep getting on with this and am looking forward to comparing the videos I’m making now to what they will look like in the end.

In-Depth Blog Post #2

Blog Post #2

This week I had my first meeting with my mentor, in the meeting we talked about; organization, what makes a good video, camera angles, crossing axis’s, audio, and finally, she taught me how to use the software better. 

The first thing that I asked her was “what is a common mistake that a lot of people make when they are starting out?” She told me that the most important thing you can do is to stay super organized. I can relate to that from experience because back in grade 7, all my files were messy, I had thirty documents named document and one or two folders. At the end of the year, we got a lesson on staying organized and since then I’ve had all my documents named and in folders inside of folders. But from what she taught me, I’m still not organized enough, she showed me her files and they were labelled with the media type first and then what the file is. Here’s an example of the last project that I worked on thanks to what she taught me. 

 Next, we talked about what made a good video specifically for mountain biking. She told me that the most important thing in a good video is that it has a good flow to it. If the video is going to be a fast-paced video then it must stay a fast-paced video, you can’t switch to a slow-video.  Again, I agreed with her because if I was watching a high-speed jump trail video on YouTube and it switched to a slow video of a green trail then I would probably click off the video because there’s a time and a place where I would want to watch a slower video and if I clicked on faster video then the chances are, I didn’t want to see a slower video. She said that you should also try to avoid using jump cuts, but mountain biking videos can be a little more forgiving with them. A jump cut is when the video seems to go forward into time for example, if I’m mountain biking in one place and then suddenly, I’m in another place. Finally, she told me that the video should seem flawless which can be achieved by using those strategies as well as having proper transitions between clips, camera angles and other things that we didn’t talk about in our meeting. 

The next thing that we talked about was, what camera angles I should use while filming. She said that the more camera angles I can get the better. She told me that my safe shot would always be a wide angle shot which I could get by setting up a camera at the bottom of a feature or else someone holds the camera. Another common angle in mountain biking and skiing is a POV shot which I can get by mounting a GoPro to my helmet or my chest. Because getting five or six different shots from different places can be hard to get with one camera, she said that I should do the feature multiple times and get different angle each time for example, tripod on the ground, POV, follow cam, one beside the wheel and one from the handlebar looking back at the rider. 

The next thing that I asked her about was crossing axis’s which is where you show the same video twice in a row but from different angles which is the only time we disagreed. I only asked her about it because I’ve seen it look good before and I had a few places in mind to try crossing axis’s. She told me that it wasn’t a very good idea to do that unless you could pull it off like Quentin Terantino does, which I obviously can’t but I’d seen it look good many times before on YouTube. We came to an agreement that it would be able to work for certain features if I did it properly so that’s something that I want to try and play with on a certain feature on Eagle Mountain once I am able to ride again. 

After that, I asked about the audio for a video. She said that what audio you choose for would depend on the speed of the video but that something like Green Day might work nicely. Again, in the past I’ve noticed that a lot of bike park edits have rock music somewhat similar to Green Day and it adds a really nice touch to the video especially in the fast-paced videos. She gave me a tip about putting clips behind music and it was to put the clips in the video in frames of eight because most song are usually going by eight beats so you can have one frame for each beat, and it works out to super clean transitions. She said that was mostly used for animations which she specializes in, but it could also be applicable to live-action videos. 

Finally, she taught me about audio key framing which is a feature in the software that lets you turn up the sound or lower the volume where you want. It’s a fairly simple process to do but it can actually make a big difference to a video and something that I had never heard of. An example she gave me was that you make the audio louder when the biker is spraying dirt around a corner which is also something that appears in a lot of good edits. I tried audio key framing on a video that I took of my friend spraying dirt around a corner in Squamish a few months ago and I think that it turned out pretty good. 

 

Here’s the links for the before and after video but the quality turned to garbage when I put them on this website sadly.

https://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/ronand2020/files/2021/01/Video_MTB-Corner-Before.mov

https://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/ronand2020/files/2021/01/Video_MTB-Corner-After.mov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I had my first meeting with my mentor, in the meeting we talked about; organization, what makes a good video, camera angles, crossing axis’s, audio, and finally, she taught me how to use the software better.

The first thing that I asked her was “what is a common mistake that a lot of people make when they are starting?” She told me that the most important thing you can do is to stay super organized. I can relate to that from experience because back in grade 7, all my files were messy, I had thirty documents named document and one or two folders. At the end of the year, we got a lesson on staying organized and since then I’ve had all my documents named and in folders inside of folders. But from what she taught me, I’m still not organized enough, she showed me her files and they were labeled with the media type first and then what the file is. Here’s an example of the last project that I worked on thanks to what she taught me.

Next, we talked about what made a good video specifically for mountain biking. She told me that the most important thing in a good video is that it has a good flow to it. If the video is going to be fast-paced then it must stay a fast-paced video, you can’t switch to a slow-video. Again, I agreed with her because if I was watching a high-speed jump trail video on YouTube and it switched to a slow video of a green trail then I would probably click off the video. After all, there’s a time and a place where I would want to watch a slower video and if I clicked on a faster video then the chances are, I didn’t want to see a slower video. She said that you should also try to avoid using jump cuts, but mountain biking videos can be a little more forgiving with them. A jump cut is when the video seems to go forward into time for example, if I’m mountain biking in one place and then suddenly, I’m in another place. Finally, she told me that the video should seem flawless which can be achieved by using those strategies as well as having proper transitions between clips, camera angles, and other things that we didn’t talk about in our meeting.

The next thing that we talked about was, what camera angles I should use while filming. She said that the more camera angles I can get the better. She told me that my safe shot would always be a wide-angle shot which I could get by setting up a camera at the bottom of a feature or else someone holds the camera. Another common angle in mountain biking and skiing is a POV shot which I can get by mounting a GoPro to my helmet or my chest. Because getting five or six different shots from different places can be hard to get with one camera, she said that I should do the feature multiple times and get different angle each time, for example, a tripod on the ground, POV, follow-cam, one beside the wheel and one from the handlebar looking back at the rider.

The next thing that I asked her about was crossing axis’s which is where you show the same video twice in a row but from different angles which is the only time we disagreed. I only asked her about it because I’ve seen it look good before and I had a few places in mind to try crossing axis’s. She told me that it wasn’t a very good idea to do that unless you could pull it off like Quentin Tarantino does, which I obviously can’t but I’d seen it look good many times before on YouTube. We came to an agreement that it would be able to work for certain features if I did it properly so that’s something that I want to try and play with on a certain feature on Eagle Mountain once I can ride again.

After that, I asked about the audio for a video. She said that what audio you choose would depend on the speed of the video but that something like Green Day might work nicely. Again, in the past, I’ve noticed that a lot of bike park edits have rock music somewhat similar to Green Day and it adds a nice touch to the video, especially in the fast-paced videos. She gave me a tip about putting clips behind the music and it was to put the clips in the video in frames of eight because most songs are usually going by eight beats so you can have one frame for each beat, and it works out to super clean transitions. She said that was mostly used for animations which she specializes in, but it could also apply to live-action videos.

Finally, she taught me about audio keyframing which is a feature in the software that lets you turn up the sound or lower the volume where you want. It’s a fairly simple process to do but it can actually make a big difference to a video and something that I had never heard of. An example she gave me was that you make the audio louder when the biker is spraying dirt around a corner which is also something that appears in a lot of good edits. I tried audio keyframing on a video that I took of my friend spraying dirt around a corner in Squamish a few months ago and I think that it turned out pretty good, and I included the before and after in this post.

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In-Depth Intro Post

Ronan Dickson

Intro blog post

2021/01/06

For my in-depth project this year, I am going to be working on video editing. I chose video editing because it’s something that I’ve been doing for the last few months. I really enjoy editing videos because I find it very satisfying to put together a video and I love to watch the videos after, especially if it’s a good video that I spent lots of time on. So far most of my experience with video editing has been with mountain bikes because that’s what I love to do, and I find that mountain biking videos generally come out better because it’s a fast-paced video with cool features and usually nice forest and mountain scenery to go along with it. This year I want to try making some other videos as well especially because I can’t ride a bike for a long time now and to gain experience working with other kinds of videos.

By the end of this project, I should get a general knowledge of how to edit videos, figure out what the easiest way for me to make videos is and figure out how to hook people in with my videos. I will try working on different kinds of videos such as compilations and stories and with different content, not just bikes. I want to learn a bit about how I can get my videos out there a bit more and how to make videos that people would go out of their ways to watch, because why should people watch it? It’s 5 minutes out of their day so it has to be something interesting that will hook them in as they are watching it and through the title and thumbnail.

Over the in-depth project, I will be posting the videos that I make on YouTube. At the end of the project, I will compare the views, new subscribers, and watch hours that the videos got in their first 28 days. Hopefully, by doing this I will be able to answer the question of what kind of videos people want to see on YouTube and what you should be posting as a new creator on YouTube. I also want to try and find some tips and tricks you can use if you’re making your first video because I know that would have been helpful to me when I was making my first video instead of just sitting there, trying to figure out what to do with these videos and how to add music to my video. I will also talk about how hard it is to make videos and how long it will take after I finished the project.

I will do this by spending the first two weeks learning about video editing and getting used to it. Then in the next four weeks, I will learn about getting photos and videos and spend a lot of time practicing by taking at least 75 photos/ videos. My cast is only on for six weeks so after that I should be able to do more, start skiing with a wrist brace and everything else will get much easier. First, I will make a nature video and then I will make a skiing video in those four weeks. I’m hoping that by then I can ride a bike by then and I will make two mountain biking videos in the next four weeks.

I am going to be graded on five videos that I make. The four videos that I just mentioned will be graded out of 20; 8 points for the interest of the video because I think that is the most important thing, 6 points for the quality of the video meaning that the transitions are all clean, everything is in a part of the video that makes sense and that there are no glitches in the video, 4 points for the choice of visual media meaning that the photos and videos are good quality and it’s clear why I chose what I did, 2 points for the audio meaning that the audio choice makes sense, it’s clear and it works well in the video.

For the final challenge, my mentor is going to give me a bunch of videos of their choice and they are going to give me an amount of time like an hour or two to make something out of them. The final challenge is going to be marked out of 40 because it will prove that I have learned from the four months with my mentor, but I think that the other videos are more important because, in a real-life situation, it would not be like this. I will have the same criteria for this challenge as for the other four videos, however, this challenge will be worth twice as much overall as a single video or worth half as much as all the other videos combined. How this is going to work is, my mentor will choose some videos for me to work with and they can be completely random. With these videos I will have to make the best video that I can within the time limit then when the time is up, I will stop. My mentor will then watch the video and decide how well I did with the task.

I will be posting all of my videos on YouTube and my blog to get feedback as well as from my mentor. On my bi-weekly blog posts later in the year, I will also be including a short reflection. In the reflection, I will summarize what I learned in the last two weeks, what I did well on in the last two weeks, and what I will try to improve on in the coming two weeks. I will do a blog post after the four weeks where I’m practicing taking photos and videos to share some photos and videos and a short summary. I will do a small blog post after my celebration ride to share some photos and videos and do a very brief recap of the last few months. Finally, I will make a full recap of my in-depth project on a website and I’ll be posting that on my blog a couple of weeks after the celebration.

 

 

 

 

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Core Competencies Assignment Nov.18, 2020

  1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Explain. Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit. 

 In quarter one I liked the pace that we learned everything because we were going really fast but it wasn’t too fast that I couldn’t understand what we were learning. I also liked the two classes I had because having Spanish in the morning was fun and not very hard then in science it was way harder but I also learned way more in science class. I liked in science how we would be taught a long lesson then we would do a lab or an activity to help us remember and I found that very effective especially when we were doing mitosis and meiosis. 

 

2. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressfulExplain. 

 At the start of the quarter, I wasn’t used to the workload, so I was still in the habit of procrastinating a bit but throughout the quarter I got way better at the doing the work right away.  It was also challenging coming from getting 15-20 minutes of homework to having a few hours of it on some nights. 

 

3. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examplesschool subject, sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationshipgeneral fitness.  

 One thing that I would like to work on in quarter two is my grammar because it’s super helpful later in life and I know that I could be much better at using proper grammar. 

 

4. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goalHow long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day? 

4. a)

I can pay attention to the grammar that the teachers use in emails and in class and take mental notes of that. 

 4. b)

Every time that I write something for an assignment, I can run it through Grammarly until eventually by the end of the year hopefully I won’t even need to check it anymore. 

 

5. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parentbreak the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems. 

 If I’m facing a challenge with my goal then I can ask a teacher to help me with the problem and they will be able to show me how I can do it. 

 

 

 

 

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How to be a REAL success assignment

How to be a REAL success

Relationships:

The relationship rule that I will focus on how to add value to people is to follow the golden rule. The golden rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. What this means is that you treat other people how you would like to be treated. An example of the golden rule is that if you want people to respect you or to keep respecting you then you should respect them. I chose to apply this rule to my life mainly just because I’ll be able to use it when I’m teaching at my Taekwondo to make it more enjoyable for me and for the kids that I am teaching. Like in my first example, I need the students to respect me so that they will listen to me and do what I ask right away. A better example of the golden rule that I can use is rather than just teaching them the boring curriculum, I can try to have fun with them and try and make it easier for them to remember things by giving them tricks that I used to remember everything because that’s for the most part how I was taught when I was younger and for sure how I would have wanted to be taught. I know that if I use this rule when I’m teaching it will make me a better more respected leader in Taekwondo and once I’ve gotten good at using it in Taekwondo then I’ll be able to use it outside of it as well.

Equipping:

The equipping aspect that I’m choosing to work on is, not doing everything by myself. What this means is that I try to work with a team more often, ask questions more often and that I need to ask for help when I need it instead of spending a long time trying to figure it out on my own. For example, if there’s a project where you have the option of working with a partner but you have to do twice as much work then usually I’d work on my own because I think it’s easier but I could get my project done better if I work with a partner because we’d be able to check over each other’s work whenever and we would also be able to help each other. John Maxwell kept saying that you cannot be successful on your own, you need a team. So working in a team for projects and asking for help when I need it could first of all help me get better marks on the project but secondly it will be good practice to apply to life later when I’m trying to become successful. The first way that I will do this is by not being afraid to ask my parents or peers for help when I’m stuck on homework. The second thing I will do is, next few times that we have an assignment where we are allowed to work with a partner, I will take that option and work with someone else.

Attitude:

The attitude rule that I will be working on is responding to excessive demands on my time and my energy with a positive attitude. This means that when someone is telling you to do something that uses some of your free time and your energy to do you don’t think of how hard it’s going to be, why you shouldn’t have to be doing this, or that you can’t do this. You have to think of what you’re going to get out of it, maybe you get stronger, maybe you’re going to get paid, maybe the person who told you to do the task will respect you more or maybe you’ll just get experience but the point is whatever you’re doing there will be a positive takeaway from it unless you say that it’s too hard or something like that and don’t do it. I want to use this rule in my life because I think that it will improve my overall attitude and it will m make life in general easier once I’m used to using this rule because whenever I’m working I think of what good I’m going to be getting from it so I’ll have more motivation to complete the task and probably do a better job at it than someone else who’s doing it without motivation. I will apply this to my daily life by finding one good thing that I can get out of the task that I’m doing until eventually, I’m used to finding something positive from the work that I’m doing

Leadership:

The aspect of leadership that I will write about is challenging the process. Challenging the process means that you are trying to find problems in a process and trying to find methods that don’t work then you’re trying to fix the problems in the process. Challenging the process means that you must take risks by asking questions about the process to find the problems with it and you need to experiment with solutions to fix the problems. For example, at school, if there’s a math formula that the teacher is showing you and is saying that is the best way to solve the problem but you know there is a faster more effective way of doing it then you ask the teacher about why they teach that way and they are most likely right but say they’ve never heard of it then you can try that formula out a few times and show it to the teacher and they might switch the way of doing that question. In that example you’re not happy with the process so you question it, then you experiment with it and then you fix the problem. I want to apply this to my life because it is good practice stepping up and it could definitely help improve my confidence and my leadership abilities because I’m taking charge when I’m questioning a process and fixing it. This is going to be a bit harder for me to use in real life because I’m going to have to constantly look for issues mainly with things that are being taught to me when I’m at school and Taekwondo or if I’m doing anything else where I’m being taught.

Ecological Footprint

Ecological Footprint

Water Use

Shower: +40

Toilet: +15

Washing the car/ watering the garden: +30

Water Usage subtotal: 85

Stuff

Household cleaners: -5

Pesticides: 0

Garbage: +30

Disposable Stuff: +20

Money: 0

Stuff subtotal: 45

Shelter

Rooms in house: 11

People in house: 4

Rooms per person 2.75

Rooms per person: +70

Turn off lights/ appliances: -20

Shelter subtotal: 50

Transportation

Bike: +5

Transit: +30

Car: +100

Time in car: +20

Cars owned: +40

Size of car: +100

Transportation subtotal: 295

Fun

How much land has been changed: +60

Computer: +70

Gear: +40

Fun Subtotal: 170

Food

Where food is from: +20

Organic food: +20

Compost: -5

Food thrown away: +15

Non-organic beef: +40

Non-organic pork: +15

Free range chicken: +5

Wild fish diet: +40

Free range eggs: +20

Fruit: +20

Vegetables: +20

Food Subtotal: 220

Totals

Total points: 865

My ecological footprint is 8.65 hectares

 

My comparison to others:

7.9, 12.16, 7.9, 6.8, 15.6

Average: 10.072

My ecological footprint is lower than the average from the people that I compared with however it was still higher than the average Canadian ecological footprint.

 

 

 

10 things that increased my score:

  • I eat a lot of meat
  • Ride in a car and I take transit
  • I don’t try hard to avoid disposable items
  • I take too much food sometimes and have to throw some of it away
  • Skiing and mountain biking require a lot of land to be changed
  • I eat wild fish even though I don’t like it very much
  • I don’t pay attention to where my food comes from
  • I put new clothes on everyday
  • My family usually uses a fairly big SUV, but we also have a four door smaller car
  • I don’t always use the compost for food waste

 

5 things that I can try to do to decrease my ecological footprint.

  • Try and avoid using disposable items when I can.
  • Pay more attention to how much food I am taking and taking less then I need instead of more
  • I won’t eat fish often
  • Reuse pants and sweaters if I can
  • Try to take the bus and skytrain instead of a car when I can

I basically chose all of these because they’ll make a big impact and they are all pretty easy for me to do so I should actually be able to do them all.

  • I’ll avoid using disposable items by using a container instead of bags, avoid plastic straws and if I’m buying something to eat or use, I will try and avoid stuff that are in a container that will be thrown away.
  • When eating at home I’ll take a bit less then I think I’ll eat then I can get more after if I need. I’ll also try to eat leftovers from the fridge more often so that doesn’t get thrown away.
  • I’ll try my best to avoid eating fish which should be very easy, the only exception I’m going to make is sushi because I do like that and we still only have that around once a month.
  • At the end of the day if my pants or my sweater is still clean and doesn’t smell bad then I can wear them the next day, for example one of my shirts has something called Polygiene which is supposed to keep it smelling good and cleaner even if it’s worn for a couple of days.
  • To avoid using the car I will take the bus or sky train when ever I can but I can’t always do that especially after it’s dark.

 

Reflection:

The easiest change to make was not eating fish because that isn’t really something that I like very much anyways, and I didn’t eat any over the last few weeks. It was also easy for me to take less food once I got used to taking a bit less. It was harder for me to avoid using disposable items because they are everywhere and I definitely could have done a lot better at that, but I still made an improvement. It was also really hard to avoid using the car, but I still took the bus to and from school everyday and to a few other places and I also rode my bike to get around quite a bit. One of the obstacles I faced was when it was raining in the morning my mom offered to drive me down to the bus stop and I have to walk around 2 km to the bus stop so it was really tempting but I still walked. Especially when it was raining it was hard to wear clothes for two days in a row because they all got wet and dirty. The last obstacle I faced is that we went to Whistler for a weekend which took a lo of driving and I know I used a lot of disposable items there like bags, paper plates from restaurants and snacks. In the future I will try to keep doing all of these because they are all simple and I can keep doing them. Overtime I can start to use the car less and avoid more disposable items because I’ll be getting used to not using them.