Learning Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

This post is about some of the most interesting things I’ve learned so far in WTS that were intentionally taught, and some of the most interesting things I’ve learned that might surprise you because they weren’t deliberately taught.

Hi!  I am having a great year so far in What’s the Story.  I have learned a lot of valuable information and met a lot of great people.  I am excited to see what the rest of the year will bring, and to get to know everyone a little better.  I started What’s the Story not knowing anything about film making, and already I feel that I have learned a wide variety of skills and techniques.  The rule of thirds has helped me position the camera during interviews and how to find the best lighting.  When I first received my media kit the first thing I did was check out the camera.  Staring down at all the buttons, I felt overwhelmed and worried that I would not be able to operate, (or accidentally break) the camera.  But during our What’s the Story meet that day, I learned not only how to work the camera, but how to use it to create a compelling and interesting story.  I also learned that when you’re making a documentary and you’re trying to get a message across, don’t just focus on the bad.  Talk about what people are doing to improve the situation, some heartwarming stories, and what the viewer can do to improve the problem.  

This may come as a surprise, but What’s the Story has taught me a lot of tech skills.  When the pandemic first hit and everyone had to stay at home, I figured that What’s the Story would be canceled.  When I heard it was going to happen online, I was excited and nervous.  I am not a very tech-savvy person by nature, so the prospect of getting on a zoom meeting with a bunch of strangers, and having to navigate all of the documents and websites I was going to need, scared me a little.  But What’s the Story has challenged me to go out of my comfort zone, and I now feel more equipped to handle a zoom meeting.  

What’s the Story has also taught me time management.  I have to find time to do school work, hang out with friends and family, and do What’s the Story.  I am also working on making my writing sort and to the point, but still plenty of information and not sloppy.

I’ve learned a lot of things so far this year, many of them I can apply to my life beyond What’s the Story, and are skills I will use throughout the rest of my life.  I can’t wait for our next meeting!

Cordelia Thomas

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