This is the second year EPIK has decided to run its video contest. The video contest was split into two different categories: Co-teaching, and the EPIK life. I had originally shot an entire lesson for the former category, but rather than falsely jazzing things up but making very selective cuts, the entire video was uploaded (as you can see below). I had been asked to submit an entry for the latter category, so I dug deep into the archives.
I had the contest’s guidelines in mind when I set out to make it, but I only followed them when they suited the narrative’s needs. My chief objective is to always show things as unscripted as possible, so people understand the realities of the situation. EPIK wants the videos to be used for future orientations, but I wanted it to lean more to the recruiting side of things. If I could show prospective foreign teachers what it’s really like over here, then that’s a job well done.
I dug deep into the hard drive storing all my video files from the past three years. I wanted clips that were completely unscripted, and didn’t have the students acting like I wanted them to. You can always tell when an untrained person is acting in front of a camera, and I didn’t want that. I had more than a few amusing incidents caught on camera, so I set out to string them all together in a way that makes sense. I also wanted to show the full spectrum of activities us EPIK teachers are expected to lead. Since I’m a busy little bee, I have more than enough experiences on video.
If you’ve been following my YouTube channel, or this blog, you might recognize some of those clips (although others have never been on YouTube before [like the Christmas Party from last year]). I thought it was important to show my life in EPIK from 2011 to the present. I know EPIK isn’t for everyone, but at least they’ll get a realistic portrayal of it through the video.
If you’re in the mood for more videos, I’ll satiate your appetite.
Last month, my friends Evan and Rachel came up from Yangsan. I had been pressuring people to visit Gangneung, and they finally took the plunge. I tried my best to play the gracious host, so I took them around the city in a rented car for two days. They have a successful YouTube channel, and Rachel documented their time here pretty well. I showed the video to my co-workers this afternoon, and they really enjoyed it.
It turned out really well, and I can’t wait for the second part where we went to the very impressive Odaesan National Park.
As you know by now, every year public schools have festivals. As you can probably guess, I made a video of it this year. However, I went and got 100% of it this time around. I haven’t uploaded all of it to YouTube yet, and the students are killing me because they want to see all their performances. However, I do have their musical numbers up and ready to go.
Up first is the classical music concert. One of my first year students is playing a violin (with a piano accompanying) and it is mind-blowing. I hope someone sees the video and she is offered a scholarship at a fancy music school somewhere.
[Her violin is at 7:44]
Now here is the longest video I ever produced for YouTube. It includes all the singing and dancing the students did, in their entirety. It was quite the chore syncing up all the different clips and the two camera angles.
[The thumbnail is of the first year teachers and their performances. They were coerced to do it, but they performed really well]
I will make two separate videos for the comedy sketches, and the taekwondo demonstration. The students are dying to have the comedy sketch video uploaded, but they haven’t paid me any money for the massive amount of work I’ve been doing for free. I’ll probably upload it next weekend.
If I don’t forget again.
[Yeah, I know I haven’t been blogging much lately. As you can tell by the EPIK Life vid, I’m incredibly busy much of the time. By the time I get home, I don’t have much energy for writing. 미안해]