I have finished the second segment of my Investigative Series on the teenage perspective on 21st century tragedies! This video focuses on 9/11, beginning with students giving their separate accounts of what they remember, and then moving on to how it has and will continue to affect each of them throughout their lives. I also like this video, although it is sad, I think the message is important and clear. One major mistake in this video was an audio blip during an interview. I tried to cover this up, but I couldn't figure out how to, and I thought that the sound byte was too important to take out. Although to some people, editing perfectly and making no mistakes may be what is considered good, I consider the message of the video more important, and I thought the sound byte was very powerful. Another big challenge I had in making this video was deciding what to use for Broll. Many clips I wanted to use were copyrighted, etc, and so I used mainly video of the tower being knocked down. Looking back, I could have used Broll of students I interviewed around school, because the video is about teenagers and they talk about being at school, and I also think I should have used more "reaction" shots. However, I've watched several people watch this video, and the emotion I see on their face when they watch it makes me proud of it, even if there were a few editing blips.
For my first project of the new semester, I focused on the very serious topic of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, CT. This project went through a series of changes and at the last minute turned into an investigative series, in which each month I will cover the teenage perspective on a different 21st century tragedy. At first, I was going to cover 9/11, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown all in one video, but instead they will be separated in order to be able to add more to each. I really loved making this video and I think the teenage perspective on these tragic issues is EXTREMELY important to our country. Even though adults are the ones making the decisions now, in just a few short years, our generation will be the ones making the decisions. How we act, react, and the choices we make when we are leaders are formed by the events we have witnessed in our lives, whether we remember them or not. My generation has grown up in a world where 9/11 completely shaped the entire tone of our nation since we were just starting kindergarten. Adults know the difference of what the world was like prior to 9/11, but loads of airport security and a natural suspicion of everyone is all my generation knows. We're used to a world in which shootings are something that sadly, aren't too uncommon. Everyday we see and hear news of murders, kidnappings, robberies, attacks, bombings, and every other crime one could possibly think of. It's all that's around us. It's what we've grown up with, and it's what we are going to base our leadership off of. I hope that my video can help those who watch it have a better understanding on the "teenage perspective" of these issues.