When I started editing on my home computer, I said to myself, ‘Well, I could be at home studying for a class or I could be at home editing a video.’
There’s not much to say about today. It was very mellow. And hot. I swear, I sweat like crazy walking up the hills to work every day, but man is the campus so darn gorgeous! Thank god for AC, though.
Anyway, after doing nothing for half the day but listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, I focused on video editing with Professor Lee. He taught me how music can change the theme and feels of a video and how a variety of shots was key. To practice these elements, he told me to make a short three-minute video about my trip to the National Museum of Korea. I really felt like using a slow song (“Panther” by Made in Heights), but he thought it best if I used an upbeat one. So, I chose “I Can Talk” by Two Doors Cinema Club.
I now I have a greater respect for animators, YouTubers, and anyone doing anything closely related to video editing. I spent two hours working, and I only finished 30 seconds of my 3-minute clip. No wonder Professor Lee said I would take me a day or so to edit.
After our session, I had another appointment with the two Ewha students wanting to practice their English. We talked about movies again and tried to name the actors and actresses we knew. They asked me if I watched many dramas – No, because their too sappy, but not all of them – and named a few they liked to watch. I told them about popular shows in America: Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Empire, etc. Then, I recommended Gone Girl to them. They told me they had heard of it, but the title was different in Korean. Their titled translated to “Find Me.” They didn’t like it because they said it was misleading.
One of the girls – why the heck do I keep calling them “girls?” These are women for Christ sake – asked me about my creative writing major because they don’t have that in Korea. She said that a lot of parents thought it would be pointless and that their kids should go on to be doctors and lawyers and such. Then she asked if my parents were very supportive of my goal to be a writer (Yes). I just thought these questions were very interesting, because it points right back to the high stress I learned about South Korea.
To end our meeting, we told one another about our school’s rivals, but none of us could tell the other why the rivals hated each other so much. They told me that one of Ewha’s rivals even made a song about them and did several protests. But she stopped and told me that she never really tells me anything good about Ewha.
(A little thing I learned today: some popular artists come out with Korean albums that look like books instead of the small square cases I’m used to. Also, South Koreans have a ton of protests. According to the girls, there have been a few at Ewha alone).