As for my independent project, I set two different goals which were two overcome my talent in two of my passions. Firstly, I started my training for a 21km marathon in May, by being able to complete 16km in less than 90 minutes. To do so, I went through steps of investigation of training routines, nutrition and mental toughness, reflecting on their effect later on during the project.
My second goal was to complete the Talons Challenge, a challenge which involves skiing 14 runs of Beaver Creek's most advanced terrain, while my skiing vacation at Beaver Creek. In order to complete this I worked in my self confidence which led to an effective way of me skiing down double black-diamond runs.
The second project was to start career and college research, presenting a short video of what career and college suited you as a student and as a person. Several investigations were done by each one of us, shortlisting 3 colleges and 3 careers, making detailed research on them and choosing one for the video.
When looking back into my work, I have no regrets of making my summer productive. I know that later on next semester my peers not in the IA will struggle as all their work loads up to rushed college research, and that's when I'll be mostly glad about having started my research this early. About the independent project, there is no room for loss on working in things you love. Making my summer feel useful instead of laying in the beach all day -something at some point all of us do- makes me feel self-satisfied.
Gladly, I've started to follow these kind of projects and productive summer vacations somewhat early in my life, even though others never do, I do feel I could have done better, but better late than never.
Location, lightning, gestures and point of view of the camera all make my video informal. Gestures and tone are conversation-like. I do speak concisely but that's not necessarily what I most needed at the moment.
Need more editing effect, or adding some music. Not looking straight into the camera would make it look more like a conversation. Lack of creativity and humor in video. I didn't show exactly who I am. More thinking on effects of every detail. Even if you don't intend for something to have an effect, it will always have.