I entered a contest hosted by The 5 Gyres Institute back at the end of March. The point of the video was to try to win a 10,000 scholarship to go on an expedition to study plastic pollution on the planet. I’m not in the running as a top 5 candidate. I can think of several reasons, one being that I didn’t plan out my video well. One of the things I keep learning in my business classes at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado is that no one person is expected to produce all aspects of the business by themselves. The process of thinking should be based upon the early recognition that operating in a business environment is a team aspect. With my idea to make a video, one of my weaknesses was in developing a team to help me produce a video of quality. Instead I attempted to learn a self written script, one that kept formulating along the way and memorized it. I took a selfie video, something I have never really done before, and practiced live with each clip to become comfortable speaking with the camera on. This wasn’t an easy process, and quite honestly – my final video took over 200 attempts before I made a copy I was content with.
After that, I began to play with YouTube and learned how to add text boxes to the foreground of the video. This is one of the places I think I made some of my biggest errors. I used the free version provided by Google, and it didn’t have many options. I was only able to write in white. With time I learned how to make sure all my words were in screen, and that the video didn’t look slopply. Unfortunately, my experience includes one unfortunate aspect. The video I uploaded to the contest site was, unfortunately, not the final version I had made. This was a sever dissapointment as anyone could guess. Fortunately it was also an exercise in learning! I didn’t make the best movie, but I am proud of the fact I entered the contest. Plastic pollution is a global concern that continues to show signs of plaguing our planet.
How do I know this? It’s not from doing a internet search and just finding the scientific journals of most recent data being done at educational institutions around the world. While some entities, like The 5 Gyres Institute are able to catch the attention of news media during times of tragedy both mechanical and environmental, the most recent of those being MH370 of course. The advantage, if it can be called such, is that in an attempt to find anything in our oceans, we become aware of the quantity of pollution that has accumulated in our planetary systems.
Here’s a copy of the video I made
Now, I haven’t given up, I am still seeking votes to occur on a daily basis. Realistically, I would love to round up the 10k and just pay to go on such an amazing expedition. Maybe next year.