This past Wednesday I had the Final Presentation Night when I could display all of the work I had completed throughout the course of ISM. While it was such a relief to be done, I am also quite sad that this is all finally over. I have been able to be a part of something as amazing as the ISM program and now that we are done, it is almost sad to let go of one of the best experiences I have been able to have in high school. After sharing my documentary on Facebook, t was able to receive amazing feedback from my friends and family, as well as people who I have never met. It was really amazing to see random people watch my work and become inspired.
Regardless, Final Presentation Night was a success! The Kula Family were able to finally see my finished final product: a documentary on Jacob Kula. Not only was it awesome to see this story come to life, but it was rewarding to showcase the amount of work I have dedicated into this production. Seeing just how this documentary was able to impact the people watching it, I was able to finally feel like I was doing something good for the world – or at least my community.
This week marks the long awaited ISM Final Presentation Night! As the entire year has geared towards this one day, I have anxiously waited and prepared for this. Especially creating a documentary that showcases a good friend’s journey through one of the toughest times in his life, I wanted this to be perfect. And surely enough, after seeing the progress I have made throughout this year, I am happy with the ways that I have grown and matured in my knowledge and skills.
With the last couple of days coming to an end I am making the finishing touches to my three films to prepare them for display. With small edits on coloring, audio, and other minor adjustments, I am finally reaching the point when I can look at my work and like the finished product.
In addition, I was able to attend my good friend Trinity King’s final presentation night and I was very excited to see the progress she made as well. After seeing her presentation, I was able to see the things that I still need to fix and adjust from my own presentation in order to display the progress I have made in the best way possible.
With Final Presentation Night coming up very soon, I have been making the last finishing touches to my presentation and final product. With the documentary, I have seen endless areas of improvement and the flaws seem never ending. As a micromanager, I have been trying to perfect this film, logging in over 100 hours into this final product, but I’ve never reached a point when I could look at my work and see my finished product.
Therefore, with May 17th, the big day, approaching faster than I would like, I have been trying to do my best to get this final product into the shape that would sufficiently tell the story I would like to tell. Ultimately, that was the main focus and the main drive that allowed me to keep running with this project: telling a story. Not even just telling a simple story, but telling a story that means something and a story that captures one of the hardest and trying times of a friend I call family.
That has been the sole reason and the sole purpose of my time in ISM. To tell a story. And I am more than honored to be able to dedicated my last film to a friend who I’ve known and loved and tell his story that will inspire and motivate others to carry a life that is honorable as well.
After realizing how long this documentary is actually going to take me, I have made the decision to alter my final product from being a portfolio of different genres and styles to now a portfolio capturing the transition I’ve made from videography to filmography. With “Texas Tea” and “Concrete Jungles” as my starting platform, and “Jacob Kula A Documentary” as my learning experience.
With logging over 100 hours into my final product log, I do not doubt the time and effort I have put into this portfolio. So, I am content with the fact that I was not able to explore different genres of film. While I would liked to have gotten exposure to these varying styles, I still believe that quality trumps quantity and I am proud with the progress that I have made through this documentary.
As I make the finishing touches, I keep finding more ways to improve and revise my documentary. Paralleling art, I never feel as though this video is ever truly done. Therefore, I continue to see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is masked by another roadblock that I have to overcome. Trying to perfect this film into one that I am 100% content with has been something that I have not experienced before to this extent. Nevertheless, I am excited to display the progress I have made throughout the year and how much I’ve truly learn and accomplished.