Monday, December 12, 2011

Quid Pro Quo

"He raised money for the school and knew the importance of quid pro quo."

The most important thing that I've learned this semester is that I'm not going to be at my school forever. I know it sounds a bit childish that I just realized that now but it's true. Getting all these college apps in is a way to let me know that my time will expire eventually. My time to leave is getting closer and I'm not sure if I'm ready to leave. But one thing I must do before I can leave my school is leave something behind and give back. Through the process of my senior project I've noticed that I've had it easy here. I always had someone to talk to, being around adults who cared about me, and I was thought valuable lessons and feel like I'm a good citizen now as a result.

I know what is right from wrong and I feel like I can always make a smart decision in a bad situation. Doing all this research has been hitting me in the head that I have to make this project as big as it can be to raise money for the school that has given so much to me and put it on the map.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Creativity Week!!

I mentioned on my previous post that I will be making a video. My goal is to have it done by the end of creativity week. I know one week isn't enough so I will have to start before creativity week. There are so many aspects of my life and the school that I want to mention in the video so it's going to take a while before I can piece in a masterpiece. I feel like I'm a perfectionist with these kinds of things so that worries me a bit because if I'm not content by the way the video is looking than I might bring myself down.

I want to give myself enough time in order for my video to get as much views as possible that's why I'm making the due date for the video early in the second semester. I'm aware that it is not going to be easy for my video to get as much views so the more time it has the better. Creativity week is going to be hard for I don't think I've ever had a task this big in one week.

A few problems I see coming:
1) Someone to help me record during the week
2)Having a laptop outside of class so that I could edit
3)Bad organizing with time and materials

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Video is going Viral!.....Maybe??

Now that I've made up my mind I want to let the world know about the video I will be posting mid-February. I will post it on YouTube and the plan is for it to go viral so that I can get money for it. I read an interesting article called "Cashing In on Your Hit YouTube Video". The article gave me different ideas and different components to include in my video. But one of the points that the article makes is that it mainly doesn't depend on me. The article said I will need an "unpredictable cocktail of luck and timing".

Now I feel a bit better because even if I made a perfect video it doesn't really depend on me. If I'm lucky I'll get viewers, if I'm not lucky then I'll have to find a way to make money for the school. But now I know that I have to finish my documentary as early as possible to give myself as much time as I can in order for my video to get the most videos it can by the end of April hopefully.

So now I'm making it official. I, Alan Rodriguez, am declaring to make a documentary to help fund my school and I'm not holding anything back. I have a few ideas for the documentary but my blog viewers are going to have to wait on this one.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Bit Skeptical on this Project

I don't want the end of the school year to come by and for me to look down on my project. I'm willing to put in the effort but I know it will bring me down at the end if I don't see a reward. My project isn't to make a documentary. My project is to give back to the school with money that I will make from people liking my documentary so much that people will give money to my school. If I only get a documentary made but don't get people to donate money then this project should be considered a failure. I know I'm a little harsh on myself but I like to push myself hard to be happy with the end product of my project. Once the last cent comes into my school fund raiser is when I can say that I'm done with this project.

I'm doubting whether or not to follow through on this documentary. I really want to show the world my school and what it has done to help me but at the same time I have a felling that it won't work out. I have way too much stuff on my plate and I feel like I won't have enough time to make this video as best as I can. I really like my project but I know that if I don't make any money I would consider it a failure. I want to see a monetary reward at the end and if that doesn't happen I'm afraid that this project must have been a waste.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Giving Back

Although I like making videos, creating a documentary wouldn't necessarily be my passion. I enjoy making videos but I have never made one outside of class. In other words, I've made a bunch of videos for different classes but never something for as big as my school. This documentary will stand for an idea that I highly care about: giving back. I think it's the best way to raise money and and the funnest as well. I don't know why I want to give back. I feel like I owe something to the school since I've been here for so long. I know making this documentary will bring back memories of my experience here at Chinquapin and it'd be great to share those with people as well.

The point of giving back is so that I don't feel guilty after I graduate. The school depends on money so much and the teachers at my school are always talking about how without donors the school would shut down. If I at least attempt to make money for my school I would be content. Whatever the outcome comes out to be would be great for I at least tried to help my school.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Need Your Help

I know that it's going to be hard to make a documentary on my school. I'm going to need descent technology with me at all times to make a descent video. But outside of what I physically need I'm going to ask you all for ideas, the most important thing that I will need. I think the best way to start this project is to get advice from people so that I can make this project the best that it can be. I know what I want to include, such as the dorm life, what boys and girl go through each day, the teachers, sports, and a few interviews. But I want to do more than that and I want to know what you guys think is important to have in a documentary and more specifically what I should include from my school. There are so many good things about my school and I need to find a way to make the video into a descent size. This is why I'm asking everyone to comment and share their ideas with me.

Anyone that has a clue on making documentaries and for those that know about my school, please give me ideas so that I can take them into consideration.