As I was browsing the assignment bank for projects this week, I landed on one called “A Day in the Life.” You may be familiar with the videos that people have made where they record one second of each day for a year. This assignment is a variation of that idea, where you record a few seconds of every hour for a day in order to get a glimpse into what it’s like to be you. You can find the original assignment post here with the instructions and suggestions. I did my best to record my day, even though it wasn’t very exciting, and here is my finished product!
I prepared for this project by setting a bunch of alarms on my phone for each hour of the day. As I went about my day, reading, going to class, watching TV, and hanging with my cats, I tried to record a few seconds at every alarm, and I also included a few random moments here and there. I often used Snapchat to record my videos because I like the feature it has for zooming in using one hand. The day after I recorded all my videos, I imported them into iMovie. After I got them all in, I realized that the orientation of some of my videos needed to be rotated. I went ahead and did this to some of the videos, like the ones of my TV and my brother’s record player, but then I realized that a lot of my videos were still going to be vertical. In hindsight, I should’ve thought about this when I was recording all of my videos, but it just didn’t occur to me. Because of this, a lot of my videos got cropped and my video isn’t super cohesive because the orientation of the individual videos switches a lot. oops :/
Well once I got past that, I clicked on random things until I kinda figured out how to have audio. I just kept the automatic audio for the theme because I didn’t have time to explore anymore. Then I saved the video and uploaded it to YouTube! My technological takeaways from this assignment are; 1) consider the orientation of your camera BEFORE you film 20 videos for a project, and 2) maybe try to learn about video editing before you embark on an entire project. It’ll be okay though, there’s so much more time to learn!
I think that complete and utter mundaneness of my video really speaks to my personal story though. You can see that there isn’t a whole lot to do over here in Beaverdam during a global pandemic. I literally sit in my house all day, and now that I’m taking classes again, I have only stressful things to occupy my time. Like, can y’all believe I already have a presentation on Martin Luther due next week???? Insanity! But yeah, all of this time alone with myself gives me a lot of opportunities to gauge my mental health and motivation levels. Almost a year into this pandemic, I am still looking for ways to stay busy AND at peace. It’s a difficult balance! School keeps me from wasting my time, but it also presents so many problems. It takes up a lot of my day. I think you can see in my video that taking coffee breaks, reading breaks, and cat breaks keep me sane, as well as taking time to appreciate nature (@ the snow).
This is my life, my existence, my story as it sits right now! I’m just living man, trying to stay grounded and happy in less than ideal situations. I wish you all the best and maybe you’ll see some more of my life soon. Godspeed.