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.

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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.

Success!

April 28, 2010

Finally, after much hard work, research and toil I managed to interview a clinical super and a deputy director/counselor of two drug rehabilitation centers. The two men were very friendly and I’m grateful I encountered sincerity because all the failed attempts at contacting someone from drug centers was discouraging.

The deputy director was in the middle of a group discussion about gangs with a room of what he called guys “from the hood” when I walked in. He was intimdating at first. This young man kept talking after repeated warnings to be quiet and the director shouted, “STOP TALKING, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.” The entire room went silent and the only thing that could be heard was the water in the fish tank. I sat extra still.

The clinical super was super busy. I also had to wait around twenty minutes for him to finish doing what he was doing. When I walked into his office, he had a plate of grape fruit on the table. I felt bad for intruding on his spare time. The mean, the man was eating grapefruit for lunch! But then a woman walked in with a plate of rice and spare ribs for him. I didn’t feel bad after that.

Here’s a picture of the two men’s business cards. The clinical super gave me a custom-made card with his personal penmanship! (He couldn’t find a regular card and I could tell he really wanted to eat those spare ribs.) 

                       

Drug Rehab Centers

April 26, 2010

Why is it so difficult to obtain a brief interview with a physician or counselor at drug rehab centers? I’ve called and emailed about a dozen places a few times for the past five days and still no luck. Typical responses include calling back at a later time or day and emailing a specific department or person. I even received a rude answer from a man at this particular center. He not only cut me off and told me to call back in the morning, but also ignored my question about the center’s closing time: “Just call back in the morning.” I had to explain that I had work during the day and really needed to know when it closed. It took all of that just to get him to tell me “6 o’clock”. I wonder if this is how they treat people who are calling to seek assistance as a patient. Need emotional or professional help? Don’t worry, we’re here for you…Just call back in the morning.

**EDIT: Here’s a picture of the first drug rehab center that accepted an interview – The Odyssey House Leadership Center.

Winter Weather Draws Mixed Views

March 9, 2010

A survey of a small, random sampling of people at Washington Square Park reflects mixed views on the cold weather and snowstorms last month, which left some praying for winter’s end and others enjoying it while it lasts.

 Four out of seven people surveyed express dislike for the winter weather either because of the idea of winter itself or the negative impacts placed on their lives while three people take pleasure in the snow despite minor hindrance to daily activities.

“I love the weather. I love snow,” says Kathryn Hart, a physician. “The more the merrier!”

Even though Hart had surgery on the day of a snowstorm, she brushes off the inconvenience of traveling and says, “It’s no big deal.”

New York City was hit with multiple snowstorms at the beginning of February. Thousands of schools were closed down and the MTA warned the public of train delays. The Associated Press states that more than 20 inches of snow hit the city in a month causing thousands of power outages.  

However, Andy Weber, a 20 year-old NYU student didn’t think much of the large volume of snow: “I think it was nice to see the park covered with snow.” Though he admits traveling anywhere in the city took longer than usual.

Others didn’t share Weber’s optimistic view. “It’s worsened my life by getting wet feet,” said Chris Columbus, a “37” year-old writer. “Until I got galoshes.”

Despite the varying views on the winter weather, all seven people who were surveyed said they plan to stay outdoors on that first warm, beautiful spring day.             

“I’ll probably take this little guy on a long walk,” Hart says referring to her white and furry coton de tulear dog named Q-Tip or “Q” for short. “We’ll stay out all day.”

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February 26, 2010

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