Thursday, April 21, 2011

drum roll please.....

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present you with my FINAL VIDEOS!!!!!
This video is about my change in eating habits while in France to adapt to the change in culture. 
In this video I interview my friend Carlos, who does marketing for his family's hotel in Spain, about marketing in Europe.
After talking this video up for awhile now, I hope you will be able to see the way the excessive dog poop is interfering with the beauty of Vichy.

I am so thankful not only to have these done, but also to have been pushed to search deeper and take a more intensive look into the culture of France. It has been a privilege learning this culture and blogging about my experiences. I am now off on Spring Break...Milan, Florence, Venice, Verona, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg and Berlin here I come!!

Bon Voyage!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

video progress

So since I will be on spring break when the videos are due I have to have them all done by this friday...eek!! But so far, I am on a good pace! I have finished my personal video and all the filming for my video of Carlos is finished, so I just need to edit that down. I have 23 minutes of film of him, so I have a good amount to work with. The third video is still just in the process, but I will have to have it done by the end of this week, so its progress in the making. I am a little stressed about the amount of work I have left, but I know I will finish and I know it will be good. I am excited to have these done and also to share them with you all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Outline for Videos

Personal Video: My French Diet
I plan on starting out with photos of the typical American style diet, meat, vegetables etc then I am going to show the photos I have been taking of my meals here, which are all predominately pasta and bread.  I also have researched the specialties of my region in france. I have also gone and interviewed a restaurant owner here and I plan to put some of that in my video.  Then I video interviewed a lot of the other students here as they are making dinner, and how it changes from being back home. Then if need more time or more depth, I will talk about the lack of meat offered and how grocery stores mark up meat prices and how it compares to the pasta.
Marketing video
I am going to interview my friend Carlos who markets his family’s hotel in Spain, and what all that entitles. I am also going to show pictures from advertisements here and how in France they advertise more in public transportation areas than on television and on billboards. This is the video I have least developed, but I have some ideas that hopefully I can pull together. And I am hoping my interview with Carlos will spark some new ideas.
Social Video: Poop
I am really excited about this one! I plan on starting the video will footage I took while in Paris (playing nice sweet music) , and then I am going to flash photos of the dog poop I have taken (with ominous music.) Then I am going to talk about which place you would rather live. I have interview a student who is from the UK and she is looking for a job in France. She originally was going to try to get something in Vichy while she was here, but now has decided to look elsewhere because it is so dirty. I am going to talk about tourism in Vichy and how it is down, and how I feel it is because of the lack of respect by the residents for the city. I have some really great pictures that are perfect so I am going to use those as well!  Hopefully it will all come together the way I want!

I am one of those people that has ideas and becomes creative when I am working, so we will see what happens!

Finally!!! Internet and working posts!!! assignment 12

Facebook. Now I thought I was bad at being addicted to facebook, but man do the French students surpass me! I walk into the library to print off papers, there are probably 30 computers and not only will they most likely all be full but I can guarantee at least 90% of the people in there are on facebook. There is this one student that I see every time I go in there, sitting at the same computer...on facebook. I honestly question whether he ever leaves. Facebook is the social media of choice in France (as it is in America.) Facebook is convenient, accessible, easy to use, and social. It attracts users and retains them by offering options for communication and photos. Having met so many students from many nationalities during my time here, I am thankful for the social outlet of facebook to be able to maintain these relations when we all return. 

Another media outlet used often is the radio. Surprisingly the songs are predominately in English (for instance this is an extremely popular song here, I am talking 4-5 times a day I hear it Sun is Up ), however advertising on radio stations is more relevant than on television. Especially now that tv shows are recorded and then played back skipping ads all together. Advertisements are also found in the form of songs as well. "Funny Bear" is a childrens song used to advertise gummy bears, and it is also used for beginner French students. However I question it 1) because in the video the gummy bear's ear is bitten off and his pants are falling off and 2) the lyrics translate as followed
je m'appelle funny bear
je mappelle funny bear 
je m'appelle funny funny funny funny funny bear
J'ai un p'tit ventre mou et un slip kangourou
je suis pas comme les autres tout doux moi je suis un p'tit loup
literally means...
My name is funny bear
My name is funny bear
My name is funny funny funny funny funny bear
I have a little soft belly and kangaroo briefs
I'm not like any other sweet I'm a little wolf

Please watch the video...Funny Bear Creepy and a little disturbing right? Yeah! And this is what French children watch! Such a weird media outlet!