Talk to the butt, cuz the hand ain’t listenin” -Sean Ziebart
Talk to the butt, cuz the hand ain’t listenin” -Sean Ziebart
Of course there is a lot of gray area within our project whether it is a success or a failure.
Planning and the execution of our project was a success but we never took in account the thing that sucked the life out of our project the most: editing. We three are so heavily involved with school and have many commitments with our clubs, classes and other extracurricular activities, it was difficult to find time to sit down and piece what we envisioned together into a video. That was one part of our project: Failure.
The other part is the brighter side of the project. When we first came up with “Say Something Nice”, we wanted to bring a sense of randomness, fun, and memorable to our school campus and we did. Though we don’t have a video, we still executed our project successfully and that’s where success came in.
That one random day where a guy wearing red pants was complimented on by a stranger with a megaphone, where a girl was told by her friend that she has the prettiest smile, where one guy told a quarter of the school that he appreciates them for being here and that he wishes everyone to have a good day.
That is success.
We tasted both failure and success in one single project. Now that’s something you can learn from.
Over the past weeks, I was involved in a powerful and emotionally-charged program entitled “Every Fifteen Minutes” or EFM. EFM is a program in Fountain Valley High School in collaboration with the Fountain Valley Police Department that offers real-life experience without the real-life risks and is designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.
Because of my involvement with this program, I had the privilege to witness and film a realistic collision scene, a hauntingly depressing prison scene where the drunk driver was given the chance to break the news to his mother , and an emotional hospital scene where a brother was forced to say goodbye to his sister forever.
Although all of these scenes were staged, having to witness your friends “dying” was truly powerful and life-changing.
As the year comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished for our DIY Project entitled “On The Spot”.
On The Spot was based on the popular YouTube series ‘Improv Everywhere’ and (I’LL FINISH THIS LATER)
Failing. A thick heavy ugly feeling that lets you know how much you’ve screwed up. No one likes it. In biology, natural selection states that the organisms that fail tend to die off. From babies to adults, every person has experienced failure. It is inevitable for us to fail in our lives; it is part of the human condition.
Throughout this year, I have experienced my own failure in the DIY project. Kris, Quan, and I attempted to create a series of Youtube videos that would emulate the Improv Everywhere videos and bring a sense of fun and randomness to FVHS. However after we filmed our Say Something Nice package, we encountered a huge obstacle: editing. With our commitments to our classes, clubs, and extracurriculars, no one had the time to edit the video into the masterpiece we envisioned. The video was incomplete and we had nothing to show for our project. We had failed.
But life goes on. We are meant to learn from our failures. It is what separates us as humans from other animals; the ability to recognize our failures and avoid them later. We must continue to fail so that we can reach that level of mastery. For me, I learned the commitment and time that editing takes up and the importance of proper time management. The unseen behind-the-scenes aspect of video editing is what really took up time, the filming was the easy part.
But to quote Thomas Alva Edison:
Well this is hard..
– 1 hour later –
It’s not easy to write about something such as this, but let me start from somewhere
Everything in his class was so new to me since I was never taught in such a liberal way before, especially in English where it was mostly textbooks, handbooks, grammar books, this poem, that story, everything in his class was so new. Twitter, Blogspots, Thinglink, all these online programs that I never thought I would use for school, but as crazy as it sounded when I signed up for all those things in the beginning of the year, they actually helped me tremendously and propelled my education in the English language even further. Couples things that I would like to take along with me into the future from this class:
1) You can take anything make it something.
In class, we were taught that everything is an argument and by everything Mr. Z really means everything. From the tree that stands outside the bowl to the clock hanging in the room to one word in the article that makes all the difference. Everything has a stance and is key to the argument.
2) Keep up with the time. In a sense Mr. Z’s class has taught me to continue to adapt the new technology and new methods to work and learn. We integrated twitter, wordpress, thinklink into our class and it’s very refreshing to have new ways to learn rather than scary tests and assessments.
3) Everyone is different in every way. The DIY project initiated by Mr Z twas the ultimate creativity hub for high school students to explore their passion and pursue whatever they wanted to do. We have projects ranging interviews of people on the streets to building a shack for the theater department to help fund raise money for a pool lift at school. A person’s capability is based on their creativity and imagination.
4) To have fun. This says a lot about the class overall because whatever we did in class, Mr. Ziebarth made it enjoyable for everyone to learn. That’s something rare, especially in school, but to have fun is the main takeaway from his class. In whatever you do and in whatever you learn, don’t forget to have fun.
Ah yes, ’tis be that season of the year again where boys skip classes and scramble to get the cleverest line on a poster to ask the girl they like to prom.
Now let all the glory and the hauntingly beautiful symbolic meaning of prom die off and let’s talk about the expenses. Prom is expensive. The cost oattire (tuxedos, colors, ties etc) plus tickets (both if you want to be a gentleman.. or you like the girl) plus the cost of the limo (same as the ticket since every group out there is trying to get a limo) plus the cost of dinner, corsages, photographer and little knick knacks here and there, you’re looking to spend a lot of dough all in one night.
I’d always admired upperclassmen when they asked their girlfriends or their special someone as their date to prom, but now i realized the hidden burdens and stress behind it.
But even though there are so much things that could go wrong I’m quite confident that it will be a night I will never forget, well that’s what all my friends and family members said.