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Informercial reflection

In the last few drama classes we got into groups of four and were to create a informercial on useless objects. My group’s product was 3D glasses without lenses.  First we looked at a few real informercials and discussed about them, including what tricks they use to convince people.Our aim of this was to try to convince people into buying a useless product.

Here is our video:

8C Drama: Infomercials3 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Our product is 3D glasses without lenses. Our target audience is for anyone who likes watching movies. Our language was easy to understand for everyone and we also had sean watching TV at the beginning.

We had a quite simple structure. We started our informercial with someone watching TV then a the person introducing the product comes out and asks a few questions. In the middle we had two reviewers and then a ending by telling the price and dial number. I think that we could have rehearsed more to make it look more fluent. We didn’t practice much with the gestures and facial expressions, we mostly focused on what we were saying so we should give each other a bit of feedback because we don’t really know what our informercial will actually look until the final video.

We used quite a lot of purr words such as, convenient, comfortable, stylish and light. My group was also the only one in the class who used a jingle in the background and I feel like it makes our whole informercial more exciting and catchy. We used $15.99 as our price, the reason we didn’t make it $16 was because the 99 at the end normally makes people think it is cheap when it is actually not much cheaper. I was one of the reviewers in our informercial and I talked about how convenient it was and that it is very stylish which fits with any outfit. My review was more to convince a bit more younger aged people and Caycee’s review was more to people who are around middle age or above. I started off my review with “awesome!” since it would give the audience a thought about what exactly is awesome and wanting to hear more. We also tried to exaggerate what we were saying to make it more convincing which is what most informercials would do.

My best skill was probably  my voice because I put a few tones while speaking to make it interesting, sounding happy cause we need to be positive about our product. Also I remembered to have a few pauses which I was happy about because I usually speak a bit to fast or make the pauses to short.

I should improve on  my facial expression because I didn’t really change my facial expression, it was straight pretty much the whole time, so probably could have put a more joyful look.

8C Drama: Infomercials4 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Another group which was captivating was Arunansu’s group because they put a bit of humor into their informercial to made it feel like it is more worth the time to watch it, but also they added well tone to their voices also with gesture. They also used many purr words and repeated the important parts which made it persuading.

Persuasive speech reflection

In drama class we have been looking at persuasive speeches, we did a few exercises which helped us learn how to make a good persuasive speech. After a few of these discussions we were to make our own 3~4min persuasive speech and share in front of the class. I decided to make a speech about why you shouldn’t litter. My aim was to try to persuade people mainly little kids and people around my age not to litter.
Here is my speech:

8C Drama: Persuasive Speeches from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

 

1. Modulation (volume, pitch, pace, pause, projection, emphasis and inflection)

I think that my volume was not so bad because it was loud enough for the audience to hear, but I think that it would be better if I spoke a bit more louder since my voice was not as clear as how I usually talk. I probably got a bit nervous so my voice was a bit shaky some times. My speech was below 3 minutes which was not what I expected because when I timed myself during my practice it went over 3 minutes, listening to my speech I think that I started to speak a bit too fast. I did have a few mini pauses but I think I needed a few more to keep a good pace. I think that I used tone quite well, I raised my voice and lowered my voice when I thought I needed to.

 

2. Physicality (posture, gesture, facial expression; use of palm card)

The posture part is the part where I need to work on more. I was sort of moving side to side throughout the speech, but I think that the way I held my palm card was good because I did not hold it too high up. I tend to look at my palm card many times even though I actually don’t really need to. I tried to use some gestures which I thought was good but it would be better if I put my left arm down by my side after because it looks a bit strange and when I forget I fiddle with the palm cards a bit. I used many facial expressions, like when I was saying something really serious I tried to make a more straighter face. I was smiling quite a lot but maybe it is not so suitable for this type of speech.

 

3. Content (structure, information, relevance to topic, persuasive language and tone)

I think the content and the type of language I used is best for people my age or a bit younger which was my aim. I liked the structure of my speech, first I had a few questions to start my speech, then most of the facts and information, then solutions, a few things to leave the audience to think about and then a quote to end the speech.

Strengths and weakness
1.My strength was probably my tone I think that it was much better than my other past speeches.
2.My weakness was probably not fluent on what I was going to say, so next time I should memorize the speech more.

There were many good speeches, the speeches that I thought was captivating was Maya and Julia’s speech, I couldn’t choose between them so I will just talk about both. Maya looked at the audience a lot, her voice was loud and clear and she had facial expressions to match what she was saying. Although her body was also sort of moving side to side a lot, her performance seemed very well organized. Julia had great gesture throughout her whole speech and and tone in her voice along with facial expressions too. Julia moved back and forth a few times and also fiddled with her hair a few times, but I think that her content was really good and persuasive.
Here is Maya’s speech:

8C Drama: Persuasive Speeches from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Here is Julia’s speech:

Drama elevator scene reflection

8C Drama: Elevator Scene (2013) from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

I think think that I got unfocused and laughed at times, but I tried to keep my facial expression into the scene as possible. Since my character was similar to Julia’s character it made it a bit hard to show my character because the main difference is that my character doesn’t go aboard on flights and Julia’s does. I think that if we brought more props it would of made it easier to show our characters but also adding a bit more tone to the voice could of helped to. Since my character didn’t know the other characters that well I tried to make my voice more polite rather than using a tone that I would use with friends. I also think that I didn’t have so much facial expression which made it seem unrealistic or having a totally off character actions and facial expression.
The spacing of our group was not so bad because we organized where everyone would stand in the practices to match our character. Julia and I were a similar character so we talked to each other more than my character did to Alex and Justin. Everyone was remembering not to face your back to the audience which I thought went quite well.
I think that next time I need to go into the scene more to focus and not losing focus by the audience and mistakes in the scene, this will improve my acting much more. Overall I think that next time we should use our time more wisely by planning things out, also while acting to keep in character (personality, background story, appearance) and not to get unfocused with mistakes while going.