#3 The initiative post- Hidden camera TV series- What Would You Do?-

In this prompt, we are required to write about any interesting media or film and share personal research to post. To be honest, I have no idea what should I share and post in the beginning, and then I decided to write about the well-known  American hidden camera tv program- What Would You Do as my reflection.

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It is unexpected to know the tv program during I searched the reality show on youtube few years ago. Before this program, I thought the reality shows just make fun on someone or trick celebrity to observe public’s reaction.Once I watched this, I realized that the program not just for entertainment  or showing audience’s response, it goes deeper and further to explore issues of society and culture, even lead audience thinking the humanity, psychology, crime and wide rang phenomenon as a human being.

wwyd picture 2Every episode has set a scenario that actor or actress acting some controversial behaviour or conflicts in public space to test surrounding people. After the cameras capture some reactions from each “Samaritans”, the host John Quiñones will bring production team to appear and interviewing them their motivation. It totally reflects  any kind and anyone’s encounter in physical world.

Video URL What Would You Do- Heavy Woman at Buffet Faces Abuse

In my opinion, this is a truly meaningful reality show that stimulate audiences to review own prejudice and perception if it happens on me. Just as its title “what would you do?”, there is no standard answer, all these seeming moral and ethical challenges are relied on tons of characters to deal with it. This is real world!

However, it is obvious that not every episode approved by supporters. There are few comments criticize that episode of “Christian discrimination for praying in public” has created wrong situation or indirectly harm opposite minorities. The plot is acted an atheist woman interrupts a Christian family prayed in restaurant and observe those surrounding customers. According to feedback articles, both authors believe that atheists rarely bother believers for their praying or other religious behaviours. Instead of believers are often overreact to challenge atheists in public. They doubt that this fake scenario may misunderstand or stigmatize atheism in the society.

The articles URL ABC’s “What Would You Do?” Gets It Very Wrong


From my point of view, they might be useful suggestions that demonstrate a famous tv program could cause unpredictable effect and stereotype among social interaction. As media workers, there are always multiple suggestions or attacks will be targeted, try to be objective or stand their position to rethink, all the comments will turn into nutrients to produce another better content.


#2 The Expertise edit & reflection

The three shot video

During the exercise of shoot expertise footage, I remember we were limited that only could take three shot for this tiny work. We were under time pressure and with basic equipment that we immediately decided  our scene was set next to classroom corner and appeared as comedy video. The story is described about a thirsty man find a vending machine eventually, but when he closing it, the machine was empty and how he frustrated is.

In the beginning, we drafted plot, unset camera and have not arrange actor location yet, everything looks like chaos, but once we started shoot, we organized and cooperated footage smooth. Although there are few disadvantage we could improve such as dusky light, much noise and  passerby that I could not keep camera sound when I edited the video. In general, the image quality was more usable than audio quality, and that’s the reason that I insert music and sound as my main audio present.

We followed the rule that only shoot three shot as total footage, however, to be honest, I wanted to take more times to reset my frame and sufficient light  as a cameraman. The entire preparation make me learnt that planning well pre-production is super important foundation than editing after. No matter how effect editing powerful can make up small flaw, well expertise footage not only perform profession work but also more productively save time. A stitch in time saves nine.

Part 1 of three shot

part 2 of three shot

part 3 of three shot

#1 The abstract edit & reflection

Abstract video

When we did this small group exercise that the introduction  mentioned to shoot own abstract video for each member, I still remember how I felt at that moment. It was rainy day, we had to shoot  as soon as possible to make sure each member got sufficient time to manage it. I was the last one shoot my abstract video, after my team members captured their topic on rain or the corner of grass, I still can not decided what should I shoot, and that’s why my video looks like little be disorder in the beginning. However, after I shoot  passerby and some buildings on slanted shot, I focused on gloomy sky and flowing cloud as my target. I stopped pan my camera that just aim a stable angle to caught  cloud’s movement. That is my favorite part during abstract shooting.

Going to the process of video editing, I realize that although the topic is ‘abstract’, it doesn’t means we can shoot any image or sound as the video without prepared plan. For example, I want insert part of nature rainy sound in editing, but the source included people were talking that I don’t want. While I edited, it takes me more time to mark in and out. Similar situation in flowing cloud shooting, someone just passed in my frame that the part I could not insert editing. And the most challenging thing is combine different shots from each member into a complete  abstract video with consistent story. All the process that I learnt is pre-production work have to be organized and negotiated before we start shoot, and these just basic preparation!!!

Nevertheless, I quite enjoy edit audio layering, which is choose background music and insert camera sound to generate the atmosphere for my video. As teacher’s saying, good soundtrack can lead audience’s emotion into my setted theme and I think it may also fix part of imperfect shot in whole video. I believe all the professional techniques are based on sustainable experience and practice, and I know I am on the way to the track.

part 1 of abstract


part 2 of abstract

part 3 of abstract

The Interpreter’s house 1: Google alerts

I have setted my searching collection through ‘Google Alerts’, it is a web system can help user to organize their searching information via personal gmail. For me, it is intelligent and convenient, just like personal secretary can collect any relevant material.

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I selected ‘travel’ as one of my topic in Google Alert, as we can see the system will arrange the relevant info ordered by date, once I viewing the email or checking Google Alert website, I can always find related options with organized format. google alert

One of the great things is that  Google Alert can rearrange individual management anytime, any location, even change any keyword. It almost becomes digital secretary to satisfy every user’s habit, and makes working more efficient.

My first ‘travel’ option in Google Alert:
The pros and cons of solo travel


My approach to comments and spam

There are many kind assistant tools can manage my comments and spam  in wordpress, I have choosed Akismet to install.

As the  introduction of Akismet indicates that the function can distinguish comments and junk spam. After I executed it, I can also  view the monthly analysis and details in my backstage. In my opinion, it is convenient and save time for most bloggers.