Archive for January, 2011

Single Stream Recycling at NYU

January 23, 2011

Single stream recycling or mixed recycling is making it’s way across the nation’s universities and replacing the old dual stream system. NYU joins a list of other universities like UCLA, Tufts and Harvard in making the change. The next step is to educate students about how the new system works so the whole operation runs smoothly.

I traveled to the Bronx to check out the recycling facility that sorts recyclable material. It’s also the destination for NYU’s recyclables. What did I find most memorable? The strong soda smell.

This was my final video for the class. I’m glad I can finally take a break because making videos is incredibly time consuming, but I’m going to miss it. You can learn a lot when you walk out into the world armed with a camera, microphone, and an inquisitive mind. Thanks professor for a great semester!


Unemployment Benefits

January 23, 2011

Congress allowed unemployment benefits to expire at the end of November 2010 leaving many unemployed in New York City frustrated. They raised their voices in protest, urging for an extension of benefits but also more jobs.

My video appears very slow and I didn’t know what the problem was until someone in my class mentioned “frames per rate,” which affects the movement of the images. It was another freezing cold day and I took shelter inside a Wachovia bank after filming the protest to brainstorm a proper standup narration. The professor said I didn’t need the first bit about the cold. I thought it was a nice way to transition into the story even though it’s irrelevant to the story.

New Soup Kitchen Visitors

January 23, 2011

Every year, soup kitchens offer Thanksgiving meals to those who can’t afford to buy food for the holiday. The homeless and the poor are familiar visitors. But at the Broadway Presbyterian Church, a new group of people are also waiting in line this Thanksgiving.

I remember shooting the standup for this video about twenty times in the cold. I apologize to my classmate, who’s holding the camera, for subjecting him to an hour of wind and near freezing temperatures.

I had a major problem this week – I didn’t have a solid story! I helped my classmate film his piece earlier in the day and I had my eyes set on the soup kitchen at the Broadway Presbyterian Church. They served their food restaurant style with menus. I thought that was very unique and I wanted to cover it, but by the time we got there around 5PM, they were cleaning up and only a couple of people were eating. Luckily, with a little quick thinking, I picked up two interviews from people walking on the street. Phew!

2010 Quidditch World Cup in New York City

January 23, 2011

Quidditch fans gathered for the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup to watch teams across the nation battle it out for the top prize. At first, the fantasy game created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter series, may seem impractical to carry out in real life. I mean, running with a broom between your knees while throwing balls through hoops is taking multitasking to a whole new level. But it turns out a lot of athleticism is needed to play a game of quidditch. For those who don’t believe it should be considered a sport, quidditch players and fans at the tournament disagree.

I really enjoyed shooting this week’s video! The tournament was exciting. I am a huge Harry Potter fan after all. I did have some trouble editing some of the interviews. They talked too fast! The video also seems a bit blurry. Plus, I feel like my narration sounds a little bit awkward and now, looking back I remember why: I had a cankersore. I mainly had technical problems this week, but I think my corny ending made up for it. “Bewitching the nation.” Genius.

Brooklyn Neighborhood Undergoes Change

January 8, 2011

I grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. It’s mainly a residential neighborhood formerly dominated by an Italian community. Some residents even say it used to be very safe because the mafia lived here. I don’t know if that’s true, but what I have noticed is that the demographics have changed. I spoke to other residents in the area about Bensonhurst including the co-owner of the famed restaurant Spumoni Gardens, visited by the likes of James Gandolfini and former Mayor Giuliani.

I had some audio problems with the interview with the Spumoni Gardens co-owner. There was too much background noise. I needed to hold the microphone closer to the man’s face. I didn’t realize it until I sat down to edit the footage. I wanted to do a profile of the Spumoni Gardens restaurant, but the botched audio ruled that out. Note to self: next time, check the audio!

Latest MTA Fare Hike

January 8, 2011

The latest MTA fare hike is effective on December 30, 2010 and it’s affecting New York University commuter students.

This is one of the best videos I’ve done so far (if professor comments are any indication!), oh joy!

October 22, 2010 National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

January 8, 2011

Protestors gathered at Union Square on October 22, 2010 to raise their voices against police brutality. Victims’ family members shared their stories with the public.

There’s no narration to the video. This week’s class focused on shooting, editing and structure. We had to keep it at around one minute in length. Also I’d like to note that while editing the video, I left a few shots at the very end that I forgot to delete; it’s supposed to end at 1:04. In hindsight I realize I should’ve gotten a police perspective; though I doubt they would’ve spoken to me.

My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair

January 6, 2011

The My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair is an annual event held for dogs and dog lovers. It is hosted by Central Park PAWS. You can see photos of the 2010 Fair on their Facebook page.

As I’m getting more practice with the camera and editing, I feel I’m getting better at this. But this video has some audio problems. Still, things are looking up at this point! I’m going to be uploading more videos I did at the end of last year for my broadcast journalism class. I like to think I improved a great deal by the very end. It took me hours and hours to make these videos, but when I’m done I feel amazing watching my work – like a proud parent, like I can’t believe I accomplished this.

My First Video

January 6, 2011

The idea of shooting and editing video was so foreign to me before I took my first Broadcast Journalism class at NYU. I was discouraged during the first few weeks of class. The camera was heavy. My hand kept shaking. I pestered a teacher to death because I didn’t know what I was doing on Final Cut. I had trouble writing a script. I couldn’t stuff all the information I wanted within the time limit. It was frustrating to say the least. So now, I’m going to show you the result of those first three weeks in my broadcast journalism class. I shot and edited this video in October of 2010. It’s the first video I’ve ever done in my life. Have mercy.

A little FYI: The video is about the Sukkah City architectural design competition, the twelve finalists and the winner.