Intentional & Unintentional Learning

Intentional Learning

During What’s The Story? I have learned multiple things, expected and unexpected. Some of the more expected things that I have learned are how to use the new technology and how to successfully get a message across to others. I found that these topics were all extremely intriguing and crucial to creating a good documentary. Though I have learned many things during WTS I think that these are the ones that I have improved the most on.

Technology wise everything was completely new to me, I had never used a camera before WTS. I found it very interesting to learn about the equipment given to us, though I am still figuring some of it out. One of the most intriguing things about new technology for me is how everything works. It’s not enough for me to just know that something works, I have to understand how it does. I definitely learned the most about technology and filming than anything else so far. Formatting goes hand in hand with figuring out new technology and getting a message across to others. One fact that I found most interesting about these topics was how important the small changes in filming can be. By using a different filter or angle you could determine the whole mood for your film. I loved learning about the audience’s point of view, and how to target a specific audience in order to get your message across. I learned that by doing that your documentary becomes more than just a bunch of facts, it becomes something that people want to watch. 

Unintentional Learning

Things that I have learned during What’s The Story that might not have been intentional, would be how to realize other people’s points of view on social issue and time management. These both have proved to be extremely relevant while making and planning to make a documentary. 

Getting to notice the point of view of others on important social issues is something very important that WTS has taught me. Taking into account someone else’s opinion is very important when it comes to social justice, it is crucial. Without another view, a documentary would just be facts. It is necessary to have some emotion in films, especially ones dealing with topics as important as social justice. WTS has made it easy to realize the view of others and to hear opinions that aren’t your own, which is refreshing and informative. It is also essential when it comes to creating a documentary, which is something else that I learned during WTS. Something else that I think was unintentional that I learned would be more efficient time management. These two go hand in hand, learning to take advantage of time and resources to get things done. Time management has been very important during WTS having to balance, life, academics, and What’s The Story assignments. WTS has taught me how to manage my time better, and more effectively.

What’s The Story has taught me so many things even if they haven’t all been intentional things that have been taught. It has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in so many different ways. All of which are extremely important in life and when educating others. Being able to see others points of view is a very valuable thing, especially in these challenging times. Hearing the voices of so many others is very important to finding solutions to major social issues today. “ Sometimes films ignore other points of view because it’s simpler to tell the story that way, but the more genuine and sympathetic you are to different points of view and situations, the more real the story is.” This is a quote by Ang Lee. It captures one of the most important things that I have learned from WTS this year and a very true concept. 

Cecilia Marino

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