Learning to Edit

As many of you may know, I am currently a student at Ohio Media School, training to become a video and audio editor, among other roles in production. So far, a lot of my assignments have been radio commercial spots and audio mastery. Well, this past month I had the opportunity to shoot and edit my own TV commercial with the help of some of my classmates. I had to come up with my own pretend product and create a story board that would guide me in editing the footage.

This took place in the month of October, so my classmates and I decided to sell a scary mask. The mask was named “People Repelling Mask.” We envisioned this fake mask to be used to scare away people who you don’t want to bother you. In our story board, we used different scenes to describe how the mask can be used in different scenarios. I created my own voice over and added a music bed to match the story. It was a very fun project and I learned a lot about transitioning and editing video footage and audio. I used Adobe Premier Pro to edit my video footage and also Adobe Audition to edit my Audio.

It all came together with the help of my classmates and my instructors, however, I know as a future editor I have a lot more to learn and a long way to go. Below you can view my 30 sec commercial and 15 sec commercial of the “People Repelling Mask”. The product in the video is fictitious and cannot be sold or advertised.

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I Vote For Change

In the beginning, I was an undecided voter because I don’t know very much about politics. However, In the past I have voted in two Presidential Elections. I based my past votes on how well the candidate best represented what my community needed for change. This year is my first time participating in the Midterm Elections. The older I get, the more I become aware of how these laws will effect my community. I get a lot of my information from politicians like the Obama’s and Angela Rye. I like to here from politicians who can relate to me as an African American woman and also willing to understand the struggles we face as a society, as well as be apart of the fight for change.

I try not to get too much of my information from traditional news media, because in the past I have found them to report based off bias and not facts. I like to do my own research and actually read into the things that are happening around the U.S. and in Ohio where I reside. Knowing the issues that are close to me and my community, I feel that it’s important to be apart of the change. I said before in my previous blog that we can’t keep ourselves from exercising our right to vote by believing the false pretense that our vote doesn’t matter. Elected State Governors have big influence in presenting a lot of the laws that are passed by Legislature.

For example, in 2005 the “Stand Your Ground Law” was passed by Florida State Legislature, in which a person may defend ones self or others against threats or perceived threats by using lethal force. However, this same law doesn’t seem to apply to or protect people of color who pose no threat. This law gave people who feel that they are a of a superior race, an excuse when using deadly force towards African Americans or minorities. Take the story of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, an African American who was approached by George Zimmerman, a Mexican American. Zimmerman assumed Trayvon to be a threat to a community in which Trayvon was staying with his father and simply walking home. Trayvon ended up losing his life and was demonized by the media, stating that the Stand Your Ground Law was presented in this case. It was definitely arguable but in the end the influence of that law made it possible for George Zimmerman to get away with murder.

The point is that it’s important to help elect Governors in your state who will hire the people willing to make change. The state laws are going to effect you the most. This past Midterm Election gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives which will affect the 2020 Presidential Election. I voted because there was a time when my ancestors weren’t given that right and the people who fought for us made it possible for me to be able to vote today. Change doesn’t just happen, you have to be willing to be apart of the fight and understand that you’re making things better not only for you but for future generations. Numbers is what it will all come down to in the 2020 Presidential Elections.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/26/stand-your-ground-laws-renewed-scrutiny-florida-shooting/840272002/

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/07/31/631897758/a-look-back-at-trayvon-martins-death-and-the-movement-it-inspired

https://www.house.gov/the-house-explained/branches-of-government

Make Your Vote Count

The midterm election is right around the corner on November 6. It’s very important for us to vote  because this election determines the Senate and the House of Representatives for the 2020 elections. I’m not sure if you have been watching the news or online lately, however, there is so much media coverage on The White House, surrounding Trump and the Republican Party. Not in a good way I might ad.

If you are 18 or older, you should definitely exercise your right to vote. I know a lot of millennials in general, feel as though our vote doesn’t count. We can’t expect different results if we continue to cower under the false pretense that our vote doesn’t count. The reason mid-term elections are so important is because the elected Senate and House of Representatives will have a big affect on what happens in the 2020 Presidential election.

I know many of you may not care about politics and the details, but, whether we like it or not, we will all be effected. And even when you don’t vote, you’re still choosing to let someone else be your voice. It may not seem important when you’re young because you just not might be aware. Still take time to get to know the candidates who best represent what you want in change. Don’t just vote based off bias, because that result may backfire as well. I don’t know a lot about politics, however I am willing to learn the things I need to know to benefit myself and my community.

This year is especially important because I believe that with all the scandal surrounding the current President, we need to put people in power who are willing to change the dynamic of how people in power are held accountable for committing illegal acts. If people can be willing to see things from a different perspective, I think it can make a difference in the poles.

I just wanted to remind you all how important it is to vote. Make your vote count in the 2018 Midterm elections. Following this blog is a survey I would like my readers to take. Feel free to comment.

MakeYourVoteCount

America’s Got No Talent

Those of you may know that I am training to become a cinematographer. I have been learning to shoot video and edit based on the story line related to the footage. One of our assignments was to create a 10 minute video based on a popular show. My group and I created a a video that is basically a spoof of America’s Got Talent. I helped come up with the idea and the script. The script was pretty simple because a lot of the video was improve.

I acted as the host for the show America’s Got No Talent. My classmates acted as the contestants to see who could perform their worst talent to the judges. There was Kayla as the want to be Beyonce’. Jay as a guy who could fart the alphabet from A-Z. And London who came up with this ridiculous, yet catchy jingle. The video took about a few hours to make and my classmate Jay took the raw footage and edited it.

The video came out great in my opinion, for our first project. My favorite part of the video was watching the contestants perform horribly. I actually shared the video on Facebook and it got great feedback. One thing I thought we could have done better was end the video actually showing which contestant made it to the next round of judging. But, like I said the video was only 10 minutes and the footage we got told the story.

I’m sure there will be more video projects where I can actually show my skills in shooting and editing. This was a great and fun experience. You can follow the link below and watch the video. Feel free to comment and share it.

My Experience As An Intern

Many of you that follow me may know that I am a student attending Ohio media school. I have been gaining a lot of experience working with audio and video as well as interning for radio and different events. I feel as though I am growing in the industry and trying to learn as much as I can. Every morning I have my own radio show on northcoastunderground.com called “Morning Tea with Bre.” Being a student at OMS has taught me a lot about Media and getting out there in the industry. I am enjoying getting different opportunities to network. 42553045_340589319821570_9055077752757183460_n

Saturday, October 13th I attended a fashion show at the University of Akron. Nightmare on the Runway, hosted by my mentor Crisis M Banks and his guest host Jessi Jetz. I was there in attendance as an intern for Perfect Triangle Media doing interviews and such. I got to interview a few of the designers and get a background of their overall journey. I also Interviewed a makeup artist as well as a barber. Bre Runway

One of the designers clothing line is called Current Movement. They are based out of Columbus and the overall look can be described as urban or edgy. I really liked the energy from his models and the clothes were nice. He also had dancers as part of his production so I was very entertained. Another designer by the Name of Mr. Wayne, has his own bow tie line called, Royal Ties. It was a very classy, Casual look. He specializes in designing ties, scarves, pocket squares and the such.

My favorite line I didn’t actually get the name of, however, his line displayed a lot of distressed jeans and shirts, which I loved. Overall, the designers and the models did a great job. The dancers were outstanding. Crisis was an amazing host and Jessi Jetz did her thing as well. Both doing great at keeping the crowd interested and entertained. The crowd at times definitely needed a little help getting hyped up.

I will say I haven’t been to many fashion shows, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. However, being back stage and actually seeing how everything was being ran was a good experience for me. I do think the fashion show could have been more organized in transitioning as well as being on time. Other than that I feel like it was great and I can’t wait to see more from the designers. You can follow some of the designers, make up artists and hosts on Instagram with the links bellow. You can also listen to my Morning Tea With Bre radio show every Monday from 9 a.m to 10 a.m.

https://www.instagram.com/whoismrwayne/

https://www.instagram.com/streetartclothingllc/

https://www.instagram.com/currentmovement/

https://www.instagram.com/just.crisis/

https://www.instagram.com/jessijetz/

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My Journey

I wanted to do a more personal blog for my readers to get an idea of who I am. I want you to read this article and hopefully be able relate to what I am going to say. I apologize if it’s a little long. I know I can’t fit all the details of my life in one blog post so I will try to summarize it as best as I can.

First I want to properly introduce myself. My name is Bre’Onna Champion, hence, the name of my blog “Bre Champ Daily New’s.” For a long time I hated my name. Not my last name because being a champion is cool as shit. But, my first name, I just felt that my mom didn’t put much thought into it LOL. Of course now being older I think differently and I’m proud of my name and what it represents. Even if there is 3,000 Breonna’s in Cleveland…allegedly. Maybe even more. There’s probably a Breonna born to 1 in 3 women every day. Just kidding, but back to our regularly scheduled program. My name Bre’Onna, means to be noble and strong. I looked it up when I was in middle school. I do believe that when you’re born, the name that is given to you becomes a manifestation of who you are. Sounds crazy right? Well, I love to read and over the past few years I have read a lot of self transformation and deep thinking books. I do believe that I became my name and now I’m able to appreciate it and understand who I am.

Most importantly I’ve been discovering reasons why I am the way I am. I’ve always been into psychology, reading, writing and arts. In grade school I was not an over achiever or even a straight A student. I ALWAYS did the bare minimum. In kindergarten, I taught myself how to pronounce big words and read small chapter books, because I loved reading so much. I use to save my Halloween costumes and act out plays. I use to pretend to be a teacher, a tap dancer or whatever I could think of. I even use to write up student assignments by hand and grade my cousins assignments. I drew still life drawings before I went to the Cleveland School of Arts and learned what still life was. My point being I was always a creative child and used my imagination in every way that I could. Not to mention I’m the oldest of my siblings and cousins so I pretty much taught myself everything. However, when it came to school I didn’t apply myself at all. I probably had Honor roll and Merritt roll once in my life and both the same school year. I hated school, school work, homework and tests. I’m not really sure why, I just would rather be hands on with projects and things that I was interested in. None of the subjects were interesting enough to keep my attention so I got a lot of C’s and at least one F. I’m talking from kindergarten up to Middle school. High school I took a little more seriously because I wanted to go to college but I sill gave an average performance.

My mom made me audition for the Cleveland School of the Arts because she always noticed my creativity and the skills I displayed in my drawings. I was in the fifth grade at the time  and I was so shy and nervous. My major was art of course. When I got in I felt like I was special. I was surrounded by a bunch of kids who were like me. Artistic and needed a place to exercise that creativity. I wish I was able to enjoy some of the opportunities that came with being a student there but in my 8th grade year toward the end of the last semester, my mom moved us to Akron. I was so sad and depressed about it. Remember though, my grades weren’t that great so I probably would have been kicked out at some point anyway from continued academic probation.

So I finished high school in Akron. Went to college, failed out of college. Went back to college, failed out of college again. And it’s not that I couldn’t do the work. I just didn’t want to. I always saw myself as a college student but didn’t think about how much support and discipline I would need to graduate. I had it all mapped out. I would start college at 18 years old, do 8 years and graduate with my Ph. D in psychology with a minor in journalism at the age of 25. Boy was a wrong. I mean I probably could have done it, with help and support and discipline as I said before. But life happened the way it was suppose to which brought me to where I am now.

Last year I was so depressed because I watched so many of my peers lives passing me by. From graduating college, to having kids and even moving out of state. I just didn’t understand what my purpose was and what I needed to do to get my life back on track as a 24 year old college drop out. Mind you, in the time that I was in college, I jacked up my credit, moved around a lot and even got a criminal record that to this day can never be expunged.

I took ownership of the stupid things I did in my early 20’s and realized that my mistakes were a result of the things I wasn’t taught as a young adult. Regardless I had to sit down and analyze myself and recognize my cycle of bad behavior based on the way I think. So I read more self transformation books and changed the way I thought. I also became a very hard worker and took being an adult more seriously. I understand myself more and more everyday and that’s when I re-discovered my passion for being creative. Which is why I decided to become a student at Ohio Media School, where I can exercise my creativity. My end goal is to do screen play writing and work for a production company. I’m also a licensed cosmetologist and lash tech, so I also want to work with fashion and be apart of the beauty industry.

Everyday I thank God for giving me the opportunity to live in my purpose. I pray for discipline, strength, the courage to believe in myself and all that I can be and most importantly patience. Because life may seem like its moving fast all around you, but you have to live at your own pace and take the time to get to know you. You’re past is simply that and as long as you have learned from your mistakes, you’re constantly growing.

Black Men Can’t Own Homes

Americas views on black people have been influenced for years by the way we are portrayed in the media and on television. It’s not surprising when you hear about white people calling the police on black people for no reason. When a black family moves into a predominately white neighborhood, they are automatically assumed to be out of place. We’ve heard silly reasons why white people call the police on black people, from barbecuing, to selling water on the side walk of their own condo. Well apparently, black men can’t own homes either.

In the early morning of August 19, Karl Robinson, a 61 year old black male was moving into his new home. He was approached by an officer around 2:30 am in response to a call about a burglary. Given the time and the unfamiliar face, I can understand why a phone call may have been made by neighbors. However, the way the officer handled the situation upon arrival was unjust. Keep in mind, it is not illegal to move late at night or or early in the morning no matter how unfamiliar the person may seem.

ny-1538665366-b804uxortm-snap-imageAfter noticing the officers concern, Robinson offered his identification and suggested going inside his home to get additional documentation. However, instead the officer chose to arrest him. Sounds crazy right? More officers arrived to the scene as Robinson sat outside his home in handcuffs for a few minutes. Once the officers found documentation confirming Robinson’s ownership, they apologized and he was released. They then asked if he understood the reason for him being handcuffed. This is the part that I don’t understand. Robinson initially offered his own documentation, but the officer claimed that they handcuffed him until they could corroborate Robinson’s story.

Robinson stated, “If I had been a white man that wouldn’t have happened”. More than one incident like this has been reported over time and it is unfair. A man should not have been criminalized in front of his own property. Had Robinson not been so calm and tired from his move, there is no telling how the incident could have escalated. Thankfully it ended on a better note.

As a society we have to do better. We can’t let our bias affect how we judge and treat each other as human beings. please comment your thoughts.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-police-kansas-black-homeowner-handcuffs-front-lawn-20181004-story.html

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