During the past 12 weeks I think I have learnt more that I have throughout my entire VCE experience. Not only have I been studying something that I am genuinely passionate about but I have been able to gain knowledge and experience on things that I had no prior knowledge about. I have learnt how to edit films and advance my skills in this area, but within that I have learnt a great deal more.
I have learnt what storytelling is and how to do it, as well as how to use various types of technology for filmmaking. The way I learnt in the past was through theory, I had taught myself to learn through reading and writing, but this course goes against this ideal. It focuses on learning through doing, although we do cover some theory, the majority of my learning has been through practical exercises. This course has changed the way I approach my studies, as now rather than forcing myself to sit down and do a reading that I am going to be tested on, I sit down do a reading but for the purpose of creating some critical opinion on the matter.
I have learnt to push myself and get out of my comfort zone with project brief 3. I pushed myself to go out and find someone that I didn’t know and make a creative portrait of them. This was extremely challenging for me, as I often stay within what I know and what I am comfortable with. I struggled to push myself to go out there and do this, but I pushed myself to go further and the result was well worth it. Not only did I make a great portrait that I was proud of, by I expanded my horizons and learnt a lot more about someone new and myself new during the process. I was able to gain insight onto other creative and their way of life. The things that I learnt from CAT changed the way I approached the things I’m passionate about.
The blog allowed me to expand my horizons and explore new ideas and challenge current ones. Being able to create a space of creative outlet allowed me, even forced me to become more reflective and critical of my work.
These post really express how I have been able to reflect, challenge, and engage in media throughout this semester…
I also found it nerve-racking learning new technologies such as the cameras and the editing software’s. But even more so, I found it challenging sharing my work that I had spent so much time on. I was worried as to whether people would like the work I had created or the ideas that I came up with as well as the opinions I had brought across.
One of the key things that I have learnt in this course is how to collaborate and the incredible benefits of doing so. Having someone else there to push your limits and to revise and make new creations and ideas is something that helps you discover your style and approach. During this course I have learnt a great deal of knowledge about media itself, but I’ve learnt a great deal more about myself.