Archive for November, 2011

Project Blog Post

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

I personally was one of the few people in the class who voted not to do a documentary, just because I was personally nervous about having to deal with video editing.  However, our group hung in and completed the task.  We each spent a good deal of time researching our topic, which was the downfall of the postal system.  We each found plenty of sources and a lot of information that we did not know about.  What made our project great to me is that when we filmed, we told a story.  It was not just interviews.  And the interviews that we did were fascinating and impactful, especially since we had a postal worker talk about the problems that USPS is facing right now.  I would also have to say that the hardest part of this project was setting everything within a specefic time frame.  5 to 10 minutes is not the amount of time that we thought it would be.  The video editing process was very difficult, since the first movie editor program our group chose did not work nearly as well as we thought it would.  Even on the final day, it was not fun posting our project onto youtube.

I think that the part of this project that is not easy to deal with is doing the interviews.  The problem was getting all group members together and finding time when the interviewees were free.  Although our group did not have a problem with this, I know that some groups did, and it is very understandable.  This kind of project may not be my favorite, but it was interesting and fun to try.

Project Update Blog

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

This week, my group and I are doing all the filming for our documentary.  That way, we can spend all of next week doing the editing.  I have to admit, I really like what we have done as far as interviews go.  I had brought my mom’s friend to Mary Wash who was worked for the United States Postal Service for roughly 28 years now.  The knowledge that he gave us and the interview were musts for our project to be succesful.

I would also have to say that I am pretty disturbed at the state of the USPS right now.  Aside from what we have read, our interviewee gave us some insight that was released yesterday.  Things for the Post Office are very bad, as things may drastically change in the next two years.  The idea of not delivering mail on Saturdays has been thrown out there as an idea, and there is the notion that they may begin to heavily buy out employees and not hire more until more are retired.  For a government owned business that was created to not make money, the USPS is drastically losing more than some could have ever thought.

Weekly Blog

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

My group on the next project is covering how the postal service has decline over the years due to other forms of communication being used.  These include text messaging, e-mail, online newspapers and other forms of communication that spread information.  I think that it is an interesting topic, since the United States Postal Service has constantly released its numbers to demonstrate how over time it has been struggling.  For the documentary, my group will be interviewing somebody who has worked for the Postal Service for many years now (29 to be exact).  I think he has a great deal of information to offer to our documentary.  Right now, we are finding out sources and seeing where they lead.  All in all, I think that we can do a good job on this project as long as we can establish where we want to go with this.