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!

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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 http://breakfastwithchampions.wordpress.com/ 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.

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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 http://breakfastwithchampions.wordpress.com/ 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

Breakfast with Champions

Recently I started my What If? project for my English class. My friend has a neighbor, his name is Demetrius Harakas, who takes veterans out to breakfast at his restaurant (Fantastic Café), drives them in his old war car, and talks to them about their experience in whatever war they were in. He says the veterans love to share stories with him; and he has heard A LOT of stories. For the past 8 months Demetrius has been taking local veterans to breakfast. He estimates he has taken about 70 veterans out and listened to their war stories.

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Spark any ideas?

So this week I saw some really interesting videos that I liked and wanted to share!

The first puts life into perspective and may be one you have seen before.

The second is for anyone who loves Harry Potter. It was a really cute way to reenact the popular and series and bring it to life. It’s just another example of innovation that can put a smile on peoples faces!

This last video shows us how ridiculous our society can be. Don’t be a robot follower, or try not to be.

Providing the Perfect Workspace

I read an article on 99u the other day about how the set up of a person’s desk or office space can affect how they perform at work. The article stated that being able to set up your own space, using furniture you want andoffice plant arranging it how you like, makes you more productive in getting work done. Using rounded furniture and arranging it in circular patterns has an inviting affect and can also promote more brain activity. But the article stated that of you are unable to do anything else, put a plant in your office or on your desk because it lowers stress and makes the workspace more optimistic. These were just a few tips about how to improve you office space; and it made me wonder that if personalized, inviting environments promote better productivity and creativity when doing work, what kind of an environment do our schools impose on students? Continue Reading