Veteran Video Finally Done!

Yes we finally finished the video of Jack White the Vietnam veteran that I interviewed a long time ago. It took forever to edit and my friend and I tried our best at editing it so please don’t be too critical of it. We are so glad it finally got done it only took a few months, oh well. From filming and editing this video I learned what to do and what not to do when interviewing people:

1. And the most important, DO NOT talk or mhmmm or wow or oh or yeah in between what the other person says. I understand it is polite to look and sound interested in what they are saying, but editing out all of those yeahs and ohs was the biggest, most frustrating pain. Head nods and smiles is all it takes.

2. Try not to get in the way of the shot. My hand ended up being in one whole take and we couldn’t use that footage.

3. Organize the separate clips in order to make life easier as you go along editing it

And yes that was the first time I have edited a video, it was not the best experience but we got it done and now have the final product. Thanks again to Jack White for talking with us! Enjoy and have a great day!

I Met Another Veteran

For my English class innovation project my friends and I are documenting war stories from veterans. (I explain it in better detail in my Breakfast With Champions post.) We have a blog called and a Vietnam veteran named Jack White found our intro video on that blog and commented that he would love to meet with us. We met up with him this past weekend and he told us some amazing stories. It was great to hear from his perspective about things that my textbook could never tell me.


Some of the magazines Jack brought to show us.

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In the Newspaper

Two weeks ago when I did my What If? project and talked to Jim, the three-war veteran, (read my Breakfast with Champions post for more about it) a journalist from the OC Register came to interview Demetrius and Jim. We didn’t know he would be there but when we told him about our project he was impressed. He was nice enough to interview us and include a story about the project we are doing. He even linked in our project’s blog into his article. I was so excited when I saw it in the newspaper that I cut it out and showed my teacher! I found an online version and wanted to share it with all of you, enjoy!

OC Register Veterans

Not Creative

I’m not a very creative person, I can’t draw well or come up with out-of-the-box ideas for projects or anything.  I always complain when teachers give too strict directions for things, but when they don’t give enough direction, when things are wide open for me to do, I feel lost. In my English class we are doing these projects called innovation projects where we can do anything we want as long as it has some kind of positive impact and addresses a need in the community. I find it very hard to come up with an idea for what I want to do for my innovation project because it is so open. I like having the freedom and being able to keep my options wide open, but its a little uncomfortable for me not to be told what the exact directions are for the project. This makes me wonder, if I’m having a hard time doing a project like this, how will I feel when I get a real career and need to work on free-reign projects? Will I draw a creative blank like I am now or will I adapt better as an adult in the work force to these kinds of projects?

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