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Retrospective of the Course

Written by some of my students this semester:


Here we are at the finish line. I feel as if I ran and a marathon. I wrote this before and I’ll write it again: in my opinion, this has been most important course that I have taken at FIU. I feel ready for the Campaigns class.

At the beginning of the semester I felt overwhelmed and lost. Today, I feel that my money was well spent. Every single assignment that we worked on, equipped us with the knowledge necessary for the next assignment. I feel like this class has been very well thought through. I have never used any of the programs that we used in class before, so I thought at  the beginning that there is no way that I will learn how to use this, or another program, after listening to the lecture. Apparently it is very doable as we applied our knowledge in class working on projects.

I started renting equipment for the News Feature assignment a month ago and feel less stressed and very comfortable putting it all together and editing. All that a student needs to do in this class is to follow instructions and remember that “creeps” do happen. For example, I never thought that I would be kicked out from Merick Park shopping plaza for using my tripod. On another hand, one place that I thought would kick me out, Fairchild Botanic Garden, gave me green light on using my tripod. In one of my interviews I forgot to turn the microphone on; unfortunately for me, it was the best take and my subject was in the zone.  I’ve learned and grown from that experience and for that I am very grateful. I’m going to wrap it up now, even though I have more to write and be thankful for. I would not change a thing about the class and very happy that you were my professor, as there are many people with wealth of knowledge, but don’t know how to deliver. We were very fortunate to have, you. Thank you very much.

I’m a bit saddened to write my final blog for Multimedia Production I class. Although, I’m beyond excited about this semester coming to a close; I’m going to miss multimedia class. We did a lot of fun projects. I really enjoyed all the projects, but I loved doing voiceovers, the Chroma key project and the news/feature story. And I love to blog—so having to write two blog posts weekly was a great discipline. My goal is to continue that.

What I enjoyed about the news feature report is that it took me out of my comfort zone, and it was an invaluable learning process. From writing a script and being your own talent to recording and editing, there is so much effort that goes into pre-production, production and post-production. I have a new respect for it and the process. I view video differently now—I see it through a rule-of-thirds lens—always noticing it and good shot composition. Now I just need to apply it when I’m shooting.

I’m completely confident using Adobe Premiere Pro even if I am only a beginner. It’s a great program and it’s user-friendly. I giggle thinking about my recent iMovie days—Premiere Pro is the way to go. I want to become more versed in Adobe—I’ve not mastered Photoshop yet, but Rome wasn’t built in a day—unless it was built in Photoshop. At least I’ve been exposed to it, and I’m more confident about it than I was prior to this course.

Multimedia Production I was a great experience—but having a professor who can teach you the tools-of-the-trade and knows what’s industry standard because he’s lived it was even better! I had been hoping for a class like this—one where the professor teaches you the interface of multiple programs and is always available to help—and truly wants you to grow. Jay actually wants you to get a job. He says that often and it’s true. He cares and wants to see his students succeed.

I can’t believe I completed the following in one semester for one class.

  • 1 website; 2 pages; 41 blog posts (WordPress)
  • 1 still image project (Photoshop)
  • 2 radio commercials/voiceovers (Audacity)
  • 1 Chroma key project (Premier)
  • 1 News/Feature package (Premier)

It’s been a great course!

Before taking Multimedia Production I had no idea of what the class was about or what was covered in it. The only thing I knew is that there were a lot of sections, and all of them with different professors.

I admit that I’m one of those students that go to ratemyprofessors.com. I don’t look for easy; I look for good professors.

I was so happy when I got in the section with Jay because he had the best reviews. I usually need to fight my way in by stalking the panther soft for days or some times even weeks.

From my experience in the class and after talking to other students that have taken or are taking the class with other professors, I’m happy to say that I chose the best one.

Jay Sandhouse does not only know A LOT about the class material, he is also funny and cares a lot for his students. What I really appreciated is that he gave a lot of class time to work on the projects and was always available to help.

I didn’t know how to use any of the Adobe programs before this class. This semester I also took a class of PR editing and design, where everything you do is on Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. That class didn’t help me at all. I’m very grateful that I learned Photoshop in RTV. It helped me understand those programs.

Learning how to use Premiere Pro also helped a lot with one of my other classes. As I’ve said before, I’m in a PR class that we are an agency dealing with real clients. My client has a video-subscription service about assessing youth mental health. They asked for video teasers of those videos, and thanks to my recently acquired knowledge of Premiere Pro, I was able to do them.

I would definitely recommend taking this class with Jay. There is a lot to do and learn, but you are given plenty of time to do the work.


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