This semester, I feel like I have improved my cinematography skills greatly in some aspects, but in other aspects I failed such as how I was unable to communicate the actual story in my music video to a large majority of the audience. I also feel like I once again relied on "handheld" movements too much instead of experimenting with using a locked down, tripod approach instead. I feel like I have grown the most in my ability to add comedic elements to my films, and I have a greater knowledge of composition, which I can use to affect the audience's emotion subconsciously. Next semester, I plan to write, shoot, and direct another short film in my free time, which I believe will be a terrific learning process as was the experience on my previous film, "Parallel".
In second semester I feel like I have taken a few of the many important steps to become an effective storyteller. I feel like I have further improved my cinematography skills, especially with my documentary, "Day By Day", and how I was able to show the isolation that my friend Luke really had felt. I also feel like I became more comfortable with taking risks with odd ideas, especially with "The Day-Dream Team", a film we made for a 7 Day Challenge. Next semester, as a Freshman at DePaul in the Digital Cinema program, I hope to further my knowledge of being a cinematographer and I want to also become better at directing actors, which is something that I feel that I lack.