First, the things that I like. I think the two student interviews were very well done. They were composed well, the backgrounds were compressed, and the audio was superb. They were really well shot and I'm glad to see such a noticeable improvement since the interview with Ms. Tochiki that had just terrible audio and wasn't framed well. The b-roll of the band marching was awesome but unfortunately you didn't shoot it. I did. I am extremely disappointed that the only b-roll you managed to get me was the shots that I provided to you. You have absolutely no video of her teaching, of her conducting her concerts, of her conducting her after school practices, nothing! You were given probably the easiest personal profile of all, a teacher in our own school, and you still managed to get not one video clip of this amazing teacher working her magic with her students. Where did you get those still photos of her? Did you receive permission from whomever took them or did you pull them off the web?
I understand that you three are new to the class and you didn't have the luxury of having a returning student assist you. In a perfect world you would have been paired with a returning student. However, we knew going in to this that the three of you would have to pull together to get this video done. I wasn't expecting it to be on the level of some of our other, more experienced students, but look at this video again and look at what you've submitted for a QUARTER'S worth of work: B-roll video that none of you shot, and three interviews. There is nothing in your script except the transcription of the three interviews. There is no voice over to help tell the story about Ms. Tochiki. We know nothing about her except that she had great band teachers growing up and that she cares for her students and wants them to succeed. How did she get started in music? She started in the 7th grade but what made her decide to want to be a band teacher herself? What does she do for her students besides teach them here at school? She teaches at the community college, she's taken kids from around the island to perform in Washington, DC, she's brought over countless professionals to work with her students. She puts in insane hours into her program, more than most teachers can even come close to. She is out there in the community and she runs a band program that is super successful. None of this was part of your story. It's really a shame because this story does not do her justice. You didn't interview anyone else besides two students in our own program who are also in the band. There are no parents, no administrators, no other teachers who could back up how amazing she is. If you honestly tried to do some work here and interviewed these people, got your own b-roll, and attempted to really try to give me a story here I wouldn't be so harsh. But I look at this project and see very little work done by all three of you. I would feel much better about this if the work here showed that you really tried. Unfortunately what you've posted doesn't show this.
This is our 2nd quarter project on Ms. Tochiki, Our band director here at CKMS.