First, learn the equipment. I learned a lot from last year about the equipment, so I stuck with the stuff that I knew. Don't do that. We are always getting new equipment. This year we got a drone and a Osmos. I didn't learn how to use that stuff, and I couldn't use it this year. I was going to use the drone to get some wide shots for our second quarter project, but the nice lady we interviewed was able to provide Aerial footage for us. So in the future when I'm gone, and you guys get new equipment, make sure to use it if it would help you out to get the shot you needed or something.
Next, start early on radios. This also applies on Projects, but I mainly run into this problem on radios. We are suppose to start radios a month out, but sometimes, that isn't enough. I always had a problem with radios. I usually think that I could dedicate all my time to Radios when we get them, but we always have our actually projects for the quarter to deal with as well. My best advice to is start 5 weeks out instead of 4. I would say 6 weeks, but most schools don't have their information out 6 weeks before it happens. So I've learned to start a lot earlier. Because you will ALWAYS have a problem.
Lastly, expect to work outside of school. This happens a lot in Media. Whether it's fund raisers, the STN trip, filming, editing, ext. You will be working outside of school. I've had to film at home on multiple occasions. Because most of your work you do, you don't even do it in school. This includes Interviews, B-roll, and filming for your PSA and 4th Quarter Project. I've had to edit radios at home because I didn't want to be late, and if you plan on going on the STN trip, expect to be doing a lot of fund raisers and practices outside of school as well.
In conclusion, Media is a very fun class if video production is what you enjoy doing. And I enjoy that, and I plan to pursue that as a career. But if you don't like the things that we do in the class, it's just going to become a lot of work for you. So if you are a new student next year, prepare for a wild ride! And this is coming from a 3 year student! Bye!