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In class when we started reading Eisenstein’s work, I was surprised how interesting it was. Right off the bat when I saw the title of his work, I honestly didn’t even understand it and didn’t think I would get anything he would be talking about. After we started discussing and making our own interpretations of what he was saying, I began to get interested. His take on film and cinema was different and stuff that I’d never thought of before. I could tell from what we read that this guy had been writing this essay for a while because his thoughts and opinions about film were very deep and different from what we usually expect to hear about films. It was a lot of fun listening to each others ideas and interpetations of what he was saying. I even started reading ahead at one point because I wanted to know what he would write about next so at the moment I’d say this had been a really cool and interesting read.

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Maya – What’s your name and where are you from?

Matt – My name’s Mathias and I’m from Queens. Are you asking like nationality? (laughs)

Maya – No, just like where you live. (laughs)

Matt – Okay, I live in Maspeth.

Maya – Um, do you have a favorite move?

Matt – My favorite movie would have to be Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.

Maya – Yeah, what do you like about it?

Matt – I like that it takes place in New York and every time I see it, it makes me want to go back to Manhattan and have fun.

Maya – Um, what was your first impression of english class?

Matt – I really liked it because it was completely different from any other english class I’ve ever taken. I never really had to work with a computer or make a blog before so that’s what I liked about it the most.

Maya – And do you have a favorite class right now?

Matt – My favorite class right now has to be philosophy.

Maya – Why is that?

Matt – Because it makes you think outside of the box you’re in. It just makes you question a lot of logic and it’s really interesting.


When I first saw that our first assignment was a peer interview, I got a little nervous. I’ve never been comfortable doing public speaking and I’m never really the one in front of the camera so it was going to be new territory for me. Also, I thought doing an interview with someone I’ve never met before was going to be hard but it was a lot more relaxing once we both met and didn’t feel awkward around each other.
We found a spot in Student Union but right when we were getting ready to start filming our interviews, it kept getting louder and louder. We both noticed this and we decided to just do the interviews there anyway. Actually, once we were done filming it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be when I first heard about the assignment and I kind of felt silly how nervous I was about being in front of the camera at first.
I think this was a good experience for me because it got me out of my comfort zone a little bit and it showed me that public speaking isn’t as bad as I thought it was before. It got me more familiar with the camera and with the netbook and with the programs we’ll be using on the netbook. To be honest, it took me a good amount of time to finally manage to upload the video to youtube but this was the very first experience I’ve had with everything and I’m happy with how everything turned out.

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