I decided to do my PSA on Racism. I opted out of joining a group for this project just because my schedule is fairly odd and would definitely clash with others, hopefully my availability will be better for the next semester. I initially planned to shoot and edit a PSA because making videos is my hobby, but because my “actors” could not film on the days I could, I decided to just do a PowToons animation.
The filming process from pre to post production was nothing new to me as I’ve done it myself and have been part of other productions, my favorite part will and always will be post production because that includes using and editing system. However, in this case I didn’t really enjoy PowToons because the website buffered for very long amounts of time. It was very agonizing sitting there at midnight waiting for the image options to load every two seconds. I chose racism as my topic mostly because I thought we had to do a serious topic, and racism is an issue I take very seriously. I did not know I could do a PSA on why anime “sucked”. Had I did, I would have done something more comical.
I hardly used narration or description to really tell the story of the PSA. In fact, I only used narration to define racism and to state a solution. I didn’t really feel like a PSA should be narrated but I do know I should have been more descriptive.
The music, I felt, hit the viewers emotions just as much as the animations did. The music I used was a rather slow, emotion felt guitar solo called Whispers by Priolan. The music had a hopeful feeling at the end but PowToons did not really let me edit the music so I could end the PSA on the hopeful side of the song. My description of racism and the victims of racism hit the logical appeal.
Truth be told, I didn’t dive to deep into my research with racism, but I did try to find statistics about racism in America. I didn’t really find a general statistic that quantified the amount of racism in America as a whole, and actually found statistics in select cities. I didn’t feel those kind of statistics really had what I was looking for so I didn’t use them. I also kept finding about African American racism, which is probably the race that experiences it the most, however I wanted the message of my PSA to be that anyone can be a victim, so those statistics didn’t fit either.
The fact that I made that PSA in less than 3 hours makes me fairly proud, especially since I was gassed out through the day because of my double shift and workout. So I’d say I’m fairly proud of the final product in that context. However, once I take a step back and look at how much time I had to really make a quality PSA, I’d say I’m pretty ashamed of it. The final product was lackluster, rushed, and had as much thought as my mind could put into it after a very tiring day. Although I’ve looked at my ups and downs on the final project, I would like to add that I did not touch PowToons until I used it for this PSA, and I feel like I did pretty well for a first time use on PowToons. In that sense, I feel great pride in my technical skills when it comes to using editing systems from the beginning.
If I could do this essay again, I’d probably pick a more fun topic. I didn’t know I could pick a less serious topic for my PSA. If I could change the topic, it’d probably be about stinky people and their need to take a shower. I like to have fun with my videos and prefer a comedic feel, doing something like racism in a comedic way is like playing with fire. If I take one bad step I could really get roasted for doing it.
Going to be quite honest and say I don’t understand question nine. But if I learned anything about writing my PSA out, it’d probably be learning the significance of storyboarding. I hardly, if ever, storyboard my videos out. Storyboarding helped me visually see what I wanted to shoot, even though I didn’t really shoot anything from my storyboard. This ties into my visual learning style. I’ll be using storyboards more often.
I learned that I need to really stop procrastinating. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to film a couple days ahead, but never started the animations for a while. I lack discipline when it comes to things I don’t enjoy. The thing I didn’t enjoy wasn’t the making of a PSA but moreso the making of a PSA that I couldn’t put my heart into. Of course I treat racism seriously, but I couldn’t add my wisecrack like feel into it, so I didn’t have much motivation to do it. I’ve always had more motivation to do things I enjoy, but this PSA made it more evident to me.