Written Reflection


          Writing the rhetorical analysis was a huge step in the right direction for me. Upon reading the directions, I knew I had to really dig into the film because of what the instructions called for. I really had to pick the film apart and look beyond the story to see the many hidden facets James included. The camera wobble, how he used pathos to enhance his ethos, and how he included minimal text stood out to me only after spending lots of time re-watching the film, looking for consistent filming styles and effects. After finding everything I wanted to talk about I went ahead and made an outline and wrote around it. It was a painstaking process but it definitely paid off.


Oral Reflection


          When I viewed my first oral presentation I was awestruck. I could barely believe I looked like that. I was swaying and pacing around, my eye contact was pretty shoddy, and my language was amateurish. When I think about when I presented my movie poster, I was composed, still, and used more professional language (as well as looked more professional). I knew what I was talking about and I my group had practiced beforehand. Before, I didn't really practice, I just thought of something I liked doing and came up with points about it that were good.


Visual Reflection


          While doing my movie poster, I found myself adding and subtracting things from my poster constantly. There were some things that I thought would look good in the poster, like a photo of Gates or Agee, but they all turned out to be too blurry and reduced the quality of the poster. I also had a very hard time finding pictures to put in because there was always something wrong with the picture or I could not find what I pictured in my head online. When arranging the elements of my poster I tried to keep chunking and coloring in mind. I used colors from both basketball teams and aligned the objects in the foreground to look as though they where on the floor in front of the camera. It added a sense of depth that I felt was unique to my poster.


Electronic Reflection


          The ePortfolio was easily the most challenging of the four WOVE fundamentals. It required me to use written, visual, and electronic style to communicate effectively. I used a slew of techniques including chunking, contrast, color balance, and delivery in order to create a successful piece. Learning how to code in XHTML and CSS was definitely the hardest part of the process. Using a new language to tell a computer how to arrange individual parts of my website was also very interesting and I feel it can greatly help me in the future.


Garrett Smith           2010           garrettmikesmith@gmail.com