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Media Production Review

This media production class has helped me strengthen many skills that I can use for later use in the world. This class has helped me cultivate technological, visual, and interpersonal skills with the different projects we did this semester.

I have seen myself grow with the different technology that I have used in class. We have primarily used Final Cut Pro in class to edit our audio and video productions and that is a program that I was already familiar with. I have used Final Cut Pro in different classes and even had a media production class in high school where I would shoot and edit videos but I still learned things in this class. For example, I learned how important the shortcuts and hotkeys are when trying to edit a video quickly. Also, I learned how to effectively fade in and out audio using the section adjustor tool. Before I had done it using a whole bunch of placed keynotes but using the section selector tool and adjusting it that way made it way easier and more effective.

Visually I have grown by using the 5-shot rule. Previously I had done it a way by making films where the process is backwards. You first want to establish where the event is and then move in to a long shot then medium and then you can work on close ups and creative shots. The 5-shot rule is different in that it is more focused on the person and action than the story. It is definitely used more in news broadcasting than in film if you ask me.

Interpersonally I have grown by asking people to be my talent. Making us go outside of the classroom and even outside of our respective comfort zones made it difficult to find people willing to show their interesting talents and abilities. I also didn’t want to take up too much of their time and so I needed to make sure that I came prepared to execute my project professionally.

Listen Like a Synod


Bishop McElroy from San Diego came to St. Mary’s University to talk about what was going on with the Amazonian Synod that was happening in Rome. He discussed pressing matters in the Amazon such as making women deacons and married men priests as well as an alternative Eucharistic host that won’t degrade in the amazonian environment. He then went on to talk about how his diocese in San Diego is having a synod to talk about the young adult community. He explains the importance of listening like a synod does and how if we adapt the way we listen than we will be able to identify the problems and find solutions better.

Taste of STMU

Bro. Mark S.M. makes a traditional Marianist breakfast of Cornbread with applesauce and corn syrup.

1 pkg. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 Jar Applesauce
Bottle of Karo Corn Syrup

*Video has ingredients doubled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour Jiffy mix into a mixing bowl. Add the milk and eggs into the bowl and mix until thoroughly mixed. Batter should be slightly lumpy. Grease a 8” pan with melted butter. Pour batter into the greased pan and let sit for 3 minutes. Put pan into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. When finished baking, remove the corn bread from the oven and let sit to cool for 2 minutes. Serve and top with the applesauce and Karo corn syrup of your desire.

Pruski taking Pictures

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Arumi studies late at night to make sure that she gets a good grade.

To do well on her quiz the next day, Arumi reads the assigned chapters of her book.

Maddie folds an extra shirt to help clean up after Rattler Awakening 27.

Maddie tries her best to clean the office in shambles after the Awakening retreat.

Gabe focuses on his computer as others chat around him in University Ministry.

Let’s talk about Media

              This is my last semester. It’s weird to think about and it hasn’t really hit me yet. I don’t know if it will ever really hit me. I am really excited for this class because I enjoy media production. Although I am experienced in video editing and I don’t know if we will be doing enough of that in this class. I like to make videos for fun and so I hope that this class will let me have fun. I hope that the restriction of the grade won’t make me miss the enjoyment I get out of the production. I hope I am able to find interesting topics to present in the time allotted. I know that with my previous experience time management was key but that didn’t stop us from digging ourselves into a hole and having to spend late nights to finish projects. This course will help me to record interviews and ask directing questions to get the most information out of people. I think that this skill would be very helpful for a police officer to ask the right questions in an interview. I am very appreciative for this opportunity in my senior year to reach back and do something that I enjoy that can also be applied to my life.