WJI 2018 Blog Day 7, PM: Video Editing

May 24, 2018

Kyle Ziemnick
Christian movies have become a bit of a disappointment over the past few years, so it was a privilege to see well-produced videography in action today. This afternoon, Prof. Mark Volkers taught us the basics of filming in the media lab, preparing us for the video assignment we have to shoot this weekend. He showed us videos by last year’s WJIers, pointing out the positives and negatives to consider when making our own. He covered unfamiliar concepts like the “line of conversation,” “psychological closure,” and the aptly titled “nose room.” Thankfully, he gave us plenty of handouts for us to remember these terms and their meanings when we had to shoot and edit our videos.
We left for a dinner of kung pao chicken and hot dogs feeling more comfortable with our
video assignment. Afterwards, we met with Prof. Pitts in the classroom for our news huddle. Tonight, he went over some details on our homework and then told us another story from Iraq. He was traveling with a unit with lightly armored Humvees, which are dangerous in a country filled with IEDs. When then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited for a Q & A with the soldiers, Pitts helped a private write his question on the lack of armor. Rumsfeld’s answer went viral, and so did Pitts when he emailed friends back home about his involvement with the question (journalists weren’t supposed to be asking the questions).
Despite this momentary infamy, Pitts stayed calm and didn’t give interviews. The whole
thing soon blew over and the question was a success—the soldiers would get better armor for their vehicles. Pitts closed the tale by reminding us of Micah 6:8’s command to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. That’s far more important than anything else we could ever remember.

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