CL day 1 on campus was mainly discussions about the activities for the week. We started the day with yoga and easy postures which we couldn't even hold for 5 seconds, like the downward dog, where our hands needed a lot of strength to hold our body. At the end of the session we did some breathing activities and relaxed. Even relaxing was hard for some of use as we kept fidgeting and the sun's rays annoyed us. We mainly did yoga to improve our core muscles and to learn how to relax our mind, soul and body.
Later, after our relaxing yoga, we were split into the group's photography and comic strip. Mr. Morton came to our class, which as the photography group, and he talked to us about the project. We split into two's and teamed up. He told us we had to portray one hard working worker who hasn't been recognized, even though they have been working really hard doing their job. We need to capture a photo of them and ask them about their life and difficulties they might have faced. We first learned that we have to build trust with the person and get to the main questions of their story. He showed us some examples from 'Humans of New York', a site with pictures and stories of their life. Then sire showed use how to use 'Snapseed,' a photo editing app, and told us to capture their true selves without using too many filters.
At the end of the day we went to the high school art room for documentary, as we had to document the Tharangini block printing and talk about a story. Mr. Ethan showed us some documentaries, some of which we would enjoy and some not that interesting as it was about a missile crisis and their back and forth argument. We saw one video of 'worst dying scene' and then two examples of Tharangini block printing promotional videos. One had too much text and a bad interview, as sounds in the background were distracting. The other video had really good angles of carving and making, but no real story. We then worked on coming up with a story for the video with sound effects.
Later sir gave us an activity where the documentary groups had to do mini tasks like getting a video of a high school kid saying his name. We got this video but the next task of getting the middle name and color was hard, as his friends were distracting the shoot and didn't let him talk and finish. In the end we didn't get a video and we learned how hard it really was to get interviews. Mr. Ethan told us, "If you couldn't get the student's attention, then how are you going to get an attention of a person who has been interviewed many times for the same reason?" We learned we have to be more social, more loud and be direct.
We left the school with some new ideas for continuing our projects and looking forward to the coming CL days.