It’s easy to critique a good work; it’s difficult to create one

Have you ever considered yourself to be really good at something? Or can you recite your response to the cookie-cutter interview question, “What are your strongest qualities?” with little hesitation?

Typical answers include: I’m a good listener, I’m a leader, I’m super organized, etc.

For myself, I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty quick learner. However, over the last four days I’ve grown a little less confident in this assertion.

Don’t get me wrong. I have learned more in the last four days than I think I ever have in this  short amount of time. From working with cameras and filming short videos, to setting up interviews and evaluating models in life and the church — Words cannot describe how much I’ve gained so far from this experience.

It’s the kind of learning that challenges you to constantly think critically and creatively. We’re applying everything we’re learning as we learn it and therefore I’m immediately recognizing what I understand and what I need to work on. It has been a challenge, but it has also been one of the most effective ways of learning I’ve ever experienced.

Thorough watching various documentaries, we’ve witnessed what works and what doesn’t work when making a film. I’ve learned so much about the different elements of a camera and now words like aperture, shutter speed and ISO actually hold significance in my vocabulary. I’ve gained an understanding of what a good composition consists of, as well as good practices to remember when filming A and B-roll.

Aly and Maria take a selfie while gathering footage.

I have a greater appreciation for filmmakers and photographers. It’s easy to critique a good work; it’s very difficult to create one. You need to constantly be alert to your surroundings. Looking for what would be good footage. Listening for a golden-nugget of a quote to use within your piece. Remembering to capture a variety of shots.

We’ve learned about how to lead an effective interview. What questions to ask, when to ask them and how to gather the information needed most efficiently. We’ve discussed the roll theology will play in this trip. The class looked at different paradigm-shifts that have happened in history and what impact these shifts had on society. We’ve worked to try and answer difficult questions like: What does church mean on a global scale? How do you address large issues like poverty and hunger?

Can you tell my thoughts are all over the place?

Over the past four days there has been a constant flow of ideas and information, followed by application and discussion. This has triggered a substantial amount of momentum as we take off for the border.

1 thought on “It’s easy to critique a good work; it’s difficult to create one

  1. Wonderful blog post, Aly! You have so many good points and a great perspective as you get ready for Arizona. Can’t wait to follow along in the coming weeks!

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