Currently, the group video production process is very aggravating. The project is very time consuming, and it’s a pain to schedule times where everyone can meet. For example, this week focuses on Homecoming, so events/competitions are taking place to commemorate the occasion. I’m in a fraternity, and I’m required to have my pledge project finished by this upcoming Saturday and have our Pomp done with by the same date. Because of these previous engagements, I wasn’t able to attend the last group meeting. Though I was updated on what we planned to do this week, I felt frustrated that I didn’t have time to contribute to this week’s planning. That’s the only qualm I have as of now.
In spite of this, the process has been very rewarding. As a group, we began production by brainstorming what messages we wished to convey and how we’d set up our video to succinctly communicate our ideas. We decided on discussing what we wish we had known before we left our respective hometowns for college, and we came up with various sub-topics that centered around that theme. The sub-topics include laundry, over-sleeping, relations with roommate, making friends, and partying. After intensive thinking, we agreed to explain each sub-topic through short narratives instead of doing dry, uninteresting interviews. We have already completed the script, and we’re now beginning to film. It feels great to see all of the progress we have accomplished thus far, and it’ll be amazing to view the final product.
And once I see the final product, I’ll wish to have seen the video before I had left for college. I have made mistakes that involve the sub-topics we are discussing. For example, I have started washing my clothes and – midway through the wash cycle – realized that I forgot to place a pod beside my load of clothes. I have pulled an all-nighter, fallen asleep, and slept through my midterm; and I can’t make up the test. I have had awkward experiences trying to make friends here. I am a man who isn’t really afraid of talking to strangers, so I am very accustomed to being blown off by people. My ability to relate to this video will definitely make me wish I had watched this video prior to college so that I could prevent these mistakes. However, I’m content with having gone through these mistakes. After all, experience is the best teacher, and I hope to partially convey that in the group video.