College Students With Multiple Jobs Strive for Balance

I interviewed Garrett Elton about the four jobs he has for this semester and how he balances everything. He is off track this semester, so he only took one, one credit class. Luckily, he didn’t have to balance that many jobs while doing classes full time, but he acknowledges that there are many students who have to balance more than one job while being students to be able to pay for everything. Unlike most students, the jobs aren’t about the money for him. The reason he decided to work so many jobs was for the experience and because the variety of experiences was exciting to him. He doesn’t plan on keeping all four jobs after this semester, due to how chaotic it has been.


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Behind the Scenes

Besides Garrett, I have another friend who is doing 12 credits this semester and three jobs. I know multiple other people who have more than one job while being full-time students. I’ve considered getting a second job, primarily to gain more video experience and because I’ve had times where my schedule would have allowed it but have yet to attempt it. I’ve always wondered how people were able to balance all of the things they needed to with the demands of school and multiple jobs so I used Garrett’s experience this semester as a representation of those students.

One interesting thing that I wasn’t able to include (scheduling the b-roll for it didn’t work out timing-wise) was that Garrett is getting married in August. He will have some expenses for that but would be more concerned with having to pay for all of his and his wife’s combined expenses from there on out.

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Update #9

I was able to cut down my interview footage and make transcripts last week. I then created my production book and started to put together the rough cut. On Friday I was able to get the last interview I needed as well. I interviewed Holly Christensen, a therapist in Rexburg who talks with patients who have anxiety. She gave me a lot of really good information that I was able to incorporate into my documentary.

I think I’m going to take out all of the footage of Jessie because she laughs a lot and I have better information from the other people I interviewed. My documentary is currently 10 minutes so I will have to work on cutting it down. I then need to get critique, color correct, and work on the audio. I’m almost done!

Here is a screenshot from Holly’s interview.

Update #8

On Tuesday I got some footage of Jessie playing some of the music she has written which she had mentioned in one of the interviews I did with her before.

After that, I realized that I was going to have to take my documentary in a new direction. Jessie has not been doing yoga or meditation so the plan to make this a “life experiment” was not going to work. In looking at the footage I’ve gotten, I also realized that she obviously feels awkward in front of the camera which causes her to laugh at inappropriate moments sometimes, like when she talked about her mom dying, making some of the footage unusable.

I talked with my cousin about my project when I was in Utah for Thanksgiving and we came up with a new approach for my film. I am now making it about what anxiety looks like, feels like, things that cause people to be anxious, and ways that people cope with it. While I was out of town, I was able to find two people to interview abut their experiences with anxiety. They both talked about how they do yoga and meditation to cope with it without me mentioning either of those things, which was lucky for me because now I can keep my footage from both of those teachers. I have one more interview set up with someone who deals with anxiety and am waiting to hear back from a therapist about an interview.

Here are screenshots of two people I interviewed over the Thanksgiving break: Celeste Simmons (my cousin) and Shelby Gurney.


The Penny Hoarder Reverse Engineer Post

What are the ad’s strengths?

I think the yarn on the side creates a sort of leading line that draws the viewer’s attention to the unfinished hat and the girl wearing it. The subject is also off-centered (even though her placement doesn’t completely fit into the rule of thirds).  The colors of the yarn are bright and contrast with the darker background as well. The image is also relevant to the text underneath it.

What are the ad’s weaknesses?

I’m not a big fan of the purple background color as it relates to the colors of the yarn. I think they kind of clash and are in different color families (bright colors with a more muted color). I would also probably move the subject over more to the left to better comply with the rule of thirds.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

The ad is trying to come across as fun, thrifty, and bizarre (as the ad copy states). They especially want to show college students ways they can make money that they hadn’t thought of before or that they wouldn’t have thought of initially when they need to earn money.

How has the design used: CompositionFundamentalsContrastLinesLayoutGolden SectionRule of ThirdsNot HalfSwiss Grid or Custom Grids?

They followed the “not half” rule by off centering the subject. The background and subject contrast with very different colors. The lines of the yarn lead the viewer’s eye to the subject.

What metrics (likes, shares, re-tweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the ad is successful?

Clicks, shares, and likes would determine the success of this ad.

Update #7

I was able to interview Jessie again and it turns out she hasn’t really been doing yoga. She did it a couple of times when her sister was around but since she left, Jessie hasn’t really been doing it. She said she did acroyoga a few times but for the most part she hasn’t made yoga or meditation a part of her daily life like I hoped she would. She said she’s going to be better about it but I’m worried that she will forget about it with the Thanksgiving break coming up.

I asked her about the meditation class and she was on the same page as me as far as it wasn’t what either of us was thinking it would be. She said that she enjoyed learning about meditation and is willing to try it though. I was also able to film her going to one of the meditation classes at Windsor Manor. Afterwards, I was able to interview the instructor and get her insights on yoga and its benefits as well.

I also watched a documentary called “On Meditation” the other day and I got a lot of good ideas for my film. I had struggled with how I was going to portray certain ideas but I think I have a better idea now of what I want to do. I think I also have a stronger way to start my film now than I had planned on before.

Here is a screenshot from my interview with Juls Thompson, the yogi. I will definitely need to work on the lighting more. She was pressed on time so I didn’t get it exactly the way I wanted to.

Update #6

Since the last update, I was able to film the meditation class on campus and get an interview with Brother Purse, the instructor. The meditation class was not what I expected. It was held in a lecture classroom and it was mostly just talking about meditation with a short exercise in breathing. I think that each of the classes build on each other, which would make sense in order to fully understand what meditation is and how to do it but means that it’s harder to understand when you just go to one of the classes toward the end.I’m interested to hear what Jessie thought about it.

I interviewed Brother Purse for a while and was able to get a lot of really interesting insights from him. I didn’t really understand what meditation was beforehand but he was able to give me a lot of useful information that pertained to normal, everyday life as well as the lives of people who deal with mental health issues and how meditation can help anyone. Here is a screenshot from my interview with him.

VidAngel Reverse Engineered Post

What are the video’s strengths?

The video is very captivating from the beginning when it says “we’re back” with an image of a phone. For people that have followed VidAngel, they know that the site was down temporarily due to the lawsuit so this is exciting news. It’s also good that they get straight to the point in the first few seconds. People are starting to watch TV/Movies on their phones more now so I think that is a more powerful image than using an image of a laptop/ desktop computer as the first few frames.

What are the video’s weaknesses?

I don’t really think there are any weaknesses. It is a good looking video that conveys all of the information in a clear way. The only thing I can think of is that it sort of looks like an ad for the different devices at times and not as much an ad for the content being shown on the devices.

What is the video trying to accomplish with its design?

They want a sleek design that shows their collection of movies in addition to the original content they now have available. They want to show all of the different platforms you can watch their content on as well. They showcased a variety of movies as well as all of the different accounts you can connect to your VidAngel account. It is a very professional look that uses captivating video transitions as well.

How has the design used: CompositionFundamentalsContrastLinesLayoutGolden SectionRule of ThirdsNot HalfSwiss Grid or Custom Grids?

They have good use of contrast with the black background and white text on top. They use the rule of thirds as well when they show the phone or laptop off to one side of the screen and text filling up the empty space next to it.

What metrics (likes, shares, re-tweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the video is successful?

Visits to their website is the best way to measure success. They want people to pay for their service monthly the same way they pay for Netflix or Hulu.

I found the video on YouTube, which is easier to link to than the ad that was on Facebook so I’m attaching that instead:

Update #5

Jessie went home for most of last week so I wasn’t able to film anything with her. I did, however, get a hold of the meditation instructor and he is willing to let me film their class this week. It sounds like I will be able to film an interview with the instructor as well. Jessie said that while she was home her family took pictures together and she was going to do acroyoga again. She said she will send me pictures and videos for me to include in my documentary. Her twin, Allie, just left on her mission and I know the separation has been hard for her so I want to interview her about that in the next few days. Sammy also ended up going home for the semester but I’m not sure why so I will interview Jessie about that as well.

Jessie also wrote a song this past week that I want to include in my documentary. Here is her recording that she put on YouTube but I want to have her perform it again so I can record it on a camera (versus on a phone).

We Are One Tonight

This is one of my favorite music videos because the song and visuals tie together really well. Each scene is connected by similar action sequences that match up and transition between completely different scenarios. Items change from scene to scene but match up in position to make the scenes look like they are all linked. For instance, what is a microphone in one scene becomes a mop in the next, a jump rope becomes a drumstick, and a lawnmower becomes a shopping cart.

I really appreciate how much the visuals enhance the lyrics of the song. In my opinion, a music video should add to the experience of the song, not distract from it. I think this music video does a good job of drawing the viewer in and keeping their attention the whole time.

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