During the class of Video Production 2. In this class we were going to reenact a scene from Zoot Suit. I wasn’t very excited about this because one I wasn’t into acting & two I just wasn’t interested in the scene. Also, we got an acting coach which was even harder for me coming into this class as someone who completely hates acting. This project pushed me as a person and my boundaries. This project required for us to pick an actor from the two scenes we decided on.
The project was a play, Zoot Suit, written by Luis Valdez in 1978 And required me to play a role in one of the two scenes.
The Process I went through to do this project and meet the learning objectives first started with reading the different scenes before deciding which one I was more interested in. Reading different scenes gave me plenty of options to choose from but ultimately came down to one which was the “People’s Lawyer”. There was a character named Joey that I really liked, he seemed like he had a fun sense of humor and was very young. So I decided I wanted to play his role. When we started reading our different scenes the acting coach required us to start with using a bit of emotion to start building up the confidence that we needed for when we were in front of the camera. While we were doing that we also took little breaks and learned other things through different activities. For example, one activity that we had to do was to talk about a pivotal moment in your life. This activity was to make us feel more comfortable with our classmates and work with each others weakness and strengths. When we started actually acting out the scene I was very upset and annoyed. I didn’t want to do it anymore, I wasn't enjoying it, it pushed my limits. After acting out the scene the final day came, shooting time. I was very nervous but I knew I had to try my best to be able to make it look good not only for myself but my classmates. We shot a lot. Redid so many scenes. But at the end when we were done with both scenes I was so happy with how much effort I put in and that even though I pushed myself I was able to learn a lot and become more confident and comfortable with myself. Throughout this process I learned how to let go of myself. When we first started this project I was so scared and nervous because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do good but, when you’re pushing yourself and letting go it helps you better yourself and improve many of your abilities. This tells me that I am able to do things that I sometimes think aren't possible.
The SLO that I was able to demonstrate was communicating effectively because since I was an actor I had to communicate with the directors. Communication was key in this project because without communication nothing would’ve been possible all the cameras would’ve been everywhere, nobody would know where to go or what shots were being taken at the time.The other SLO I believe I demonstrated pretty well was thinking creatively and critically because I was able to pitch in ideas when shooting and things wouldn't work out because either someone was covering the other person or the placement was just completely wrong.
I could have improved both of these SLO’s because I believe that during this project I had a lot of ideas and I wanted to say so much but I couldn’t because either I wasn’t comfortable with saying what I was thinking or I didn’t know exactly how to explain what I wanted to do or what my idea was. Overall the most important things I have learned in this class this year were to let go and don't be so harsh on yourself. This will help me in the future because I learned that sometimes all we need to do is try something new or push yourself to do better because if you don’t try to better yourself or push your limits no one else is going to do it for you. Not only that but I also learned that even though something doesn't interest you, you are able to work with it and make it work, make the impossible possible.