Were Half Way There

I can’t believe it!! us students are already almost finished Great job you guys!!

This week again was really challenging but there was times that it was fun too!! I think I did are really good job this week on completing the assignments I guess once you get the hang of thing homework becomes no big deal. This week we learned about “Movies” (video), I think this is  the week that I have learned more then in any other week. I started this week off by reading and analyzing an article it was about Roger Ebert’s . When I read it then I really did’t understand what the article was talking about (which I did’t like) but as the week wore on there where several other students talking about it so I gained a better Idea of what the article was talking about. Basically, it was just making a comment on some principles that he (Roger Ebert) had found while doing moving studies. Most of his ideas dealt with the positioning of the character and what that meant to people watching. I think this was the driest part of our lesson for this week. After writing a summery about that article I got to pick three videos to watch about movie “perspective”. I picked 3 but really only liked two of them, Tarantino :From Below and Kubrick : One-Point Perspective (See videos Below)

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

 

These video’s were very powerful in there presentation, it was presented in such a way as to make the watcher understand the importance of these perspectives and the powerfulness in them. Continuing on I enjoyed analyzing the Ghost clip. I was really surprise that the Ghost clip was even an option, thats are really old movie. At work I asked some people if they had seen the movie and a lot of them said no. I love Ghost the movie a lot I think that Ghost the movie is a timeless classic romance. I learned from doing this analyzation that a lot of what a movie is saying can be missed because movies can be very complex and have a lot of meaning.

Four the Daily Creates this week I think I over did it a little bit. I did 5 instead of 4 (my counting is off I don’t know why). I enjoyed learning how to do line art, I can’t believe I am thinking of pursing it as a hobby after I get out of school. The artist Ryan Seslow even “hearted” my tweet, needless to say I was pretty happy. While on his twitter I found the age old question how to actually say “Gif” (sorry, a little off the subject of this week but just trying to answer my own questions). This tweet says it all:

Here is some of the conversation that I shared with other students over the week. Here is an in depth link to what was shared. One of thing I do badly is generate conversation. I have been working on it and it just seems that people are catching on. Here are some of the post that I have posted this week.

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I just worked on mainly commenting about little things that I understood or I thought where a coincidence. I think the blog I got the most out of was is Richard Barnes, I have been struggling all week to understand this thing about  Robert Ebert’s principles. They seem to me kind a dry  and boring, I think my main problem with these principles is that the really can not be proven. The article was kind of unfulfilling  because it seemed to jump around a lot usually articles sate when they were born and go into chronological like that, but not this one.

I just want to say to I have been commenting on other peoples blogs but I have gotten maybe a handful of comments. Even from the teacher she said she commented peoples blogs so they can improve there grade, she never did on mine. I guess that means I am doing far from exceptional on writing ect.

See not much activity and chatting at this end !!

Post -it (proof)

One of thing I do badly is generate conversation. I have been working on it and it just seems that people are catching on. Here are some of the post that I have posted this week.

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I just worked on mainly commenting about little things that I understood or I thought where a coincidence. I think the blog I got the most out of was is Richard Barnes, I have been struggling all week to understand this thing about  Robert Ebert’s principles. They seem to me kind a dry  and boring, I think my main problem with these principles is that the really can not be proven. The article was kind of unfulfilling  because it seemed to jump around a lot usually articles sate when they were born and go into chronological like that, but not this one.

I just want to say to I have been commenting on other peoples blogs but I have gotten maybe a handful of comments. Even from the teacher she said she commented peoples blogs so they can improve there grade, she never did on mine. I guess that means I am doing far from exceptional on writing ect.

See not much activity and chatting at this end !!

Ghost!!

Oh my goodness, how many times have I watched this video and not catched such an experience as I currently just did. As a child I really loved this movie but now that I am an adult I enjoy it even more. I can’t even describe how I feel about the movie now that I have actually broken it down into camera work, audio track, and then putting it all together . I Analyzed the camera work by turing down the volume of my mac book pro, the first thing that I noticed about the camera work is that the camera focused solely on the person that was talking (only from the head to the shoulders of the person). I think they were trying to cut out all the distractions that surrounded the characters this amplified the emotion and made the movie scene more dramatic. The camera also shot from a lot of different angles for example there were a lot of “over the shoulder” shots that were taken of the person talking. Also, I notice when light from the “heavens” appeared and the main character was returning to heaven before they kissed for the last time the camera dose a side angle from the bottom (this I think actually accrues in the first few min of the clip) focuses the eyes of the watcher towards heaven. The camera switches views periodically or maybe like every few seconds. The Audio was exceptional if you listen to the dialogue and music the movie becomes more alive and really sets the mood. Instead of turing off the (because if I did turn off the screen I would have to turn off the computer)I just closed my eyes which worked as well. I discovered that the dialogue was very slow paced and some time there was instance that there was no dialogue at all. Most of there words held a lot of meaning or just feeling as well which added to the mood. The music set the story because at times it is slow and soft and at other times it is loud (as I can tell) probably the more stronger sounding instruments. Since I have played instruments since I was little I can tell that they continually use the same instruments through out the song. I really did not notice any sound effects it could have been because the music or just because there weren’t any. Putting it together and analyzing it I really didn’t miss much because the first two process cover most of the clip. I did find it really interesting that the dialogue was very sparse but it meant so much.

Some of the technics that the director uses to tell the story include angles such as the angle from the side in the first couple of minutes of the clip down below is a quick video I watched on camera angles and techniques because I really did’t have a good grasp on the full meaning of “angles” as portrayed in a video. The instructor said that the “angles” create dynamic engagement and a illusion of depth, dynamics can change the emotion of the whole clip. The instructor in this video also said that angles have no limits they can be as dynamic and creative as the producer wants it to be.

In a passing conversation with an employee he made a good point about  this particular ghost scene this is a representation about what the producer thought heaven looked like. He thought it was interesting how at the end of the scene you could see the people holding hands. Me particularly I know that we are no longer going to have are physical bodies. My question to the readers (if I have any) would be do you think the producer is trying to make a symbolic statement ?

Down below is the clip I watched/listen to I think best part of all is when the guys says:

 

 

Sam Wheat: It’s amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya.

Molly: See ya. Bye.

 

 

Reading Moves

Today I read “How To Read A Movie” by Roger Ebert’s this article was published date is August 30, 2008 . In this article  Roger starts by reminiscing about his early years and how he go into film reading. He reminisces that he started really getting into film around 1969 when he started teaching a class film class at the University of Chicago. His mane inspiration was his fellow teacher John West. John West was a film enthusiast who was responsible for inspiring/encouraging  the school body at University of Chicago to watch movie reals so they could study shot by shot. They described this process as “democracy in the dark.” Later he gave it a name: Cinema Interruptus. Roger attended many of these film “lectures” or sorts and began to understand principles about film making. Roger enjoyed this and become of  the mindset that he wasn’t the teacher and his students weren’t the audience, we were all in this together. As time progressed Roger became more advance in reading films, he learned from anything he could get his hands on. For instance,  he found that the book Understanding Movies, by Louis D. Giannetti, was very helpful in educating himself. Watching films helped him in grasp the idea of “Golden Mean,” or the larger concept of the “golden ratio.”. Which really in the end meant a person located somewhat to the right of center will seem ideally placed. A person to the right of that position will seem more positive; to the left, more negative. A centered person will seem objectified, like a mug shot. He called that position somewhat to the right of center the “strong axis.” Other rules of thumb that he discovered was, right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left. The top is dominant over the bottom. The foreground is stronger than the background. Symmetrical compositions seem at rest. Diagonals in a composition seem to “move” in the direction of the sharpest angle they form, even though of course they may not move at all. Also, a composition could lead into a background that becomes dominant over a foreground. Tilt shots of course put everything on a diagonal, implying the world is out of balance.  He also goes into depth of about tilts saying that tilts that are down to the right than to the left, perhaps suggesting the characters are sliding perilously into their futures. Left tilts to suggested to him helplessness, sadness, resignation. Few tilts feel positive. Movement is dominant over things that are still. A POV above a character’s eyeline reduces him; below the eyeline, enhances him. Extreme high angle shots make characters into pawns; low angles make them into gods. Brighter areas tend to be dominant over darker areas, but far from always: Within the context, you can seek the “dominant contrast,” which is the area we are drawn toward. Sometimes it will be darker, further back, lower, and so on. It can be as effective to go against intrinsic weightings as to follow them. He also studies principles such as  color, lighting, shadows, construction, characters, dialogue, acting, history, sources, influences, and messages both obvious and buried. The article  then goes into a full discussion about how Roger analyzes movies.

 

Since I honestly don’t know much about movies this is the part  in which I will stumble the most. I am not sure if these positions that he talks about might work or not but I understand that maybe what is going on when they are using this positions is they are trying to evoke some emotions from the audience. The positions personally hold  no meaning because something with meaning are usually discussed before hand. Maybe the positions  has been before prescribed in a book or something but I am not well qualified to give that judgement.

Also, I had a chance to watch the following videos

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

The Shining – Zooms from Ian Kammer on Vimeo.

Tarantino // From Below from kogonada on Vimeo.

 

I think I have two favorites the Kubrick // One-Point Perspective and Tarantino // From Below . The video in One-Point Perspective  was amazing I noticed that one point perspective is about centering and making it so the object that the camera is manly focused on becomes the center of focus. In otherwards the objects around it are put in such a way that your eye is drawn to the object, I thought this was most useful for dramatic scene. Next, I thought that the video for the perspective of “from Below” was a very power angle to use for a movie scene because it gives the prospective of another object. It is somewhat mysterious to because you are unable to see the object that there looking at in some cases. Even though I did watch The Shining – Zooms I felt like it is a less powerful perspective but if used in the right way can bring attention to a certain item or person. My key take away from the article and the videos is that  when analyzing videos people should be creative in  their analyzation. Also, I learned the everything has meaning and can be translated to give the film extra meaning, it also can be translated into a million different meanings.

 

Learn that’s what we do…

I gained a lot of skill this week never in my life have I attempted to be a Dj of sorts or just play around with music. Learning the software Audacity was a big take away for me in all my years of being an artist I had never taken the time to be creative with music or rather just sound. I thought it was neat how you are able to stack one sound on top of the other or attach one sound to another and make one long running one. I also didn’t know that there was a website that people could find different sounds. Just goes to prove that even when you thought that you had learned all you can learn there is more to be learned.

I guess I am suppose to know which blog this came from just another instance of me not paying attention. This was really helpful but I really did’t get the results that I was looking for.

 

For the most part I was met with a lot of success and I really don’t have any complaints. I am just wondering what I did wrong because I did visit other peoples sites and I think I have an interesting blog. I guess my real question would be how many people are “actually” (actually being the key word) participating in the class. It seems to me like a whole lot of people signed up for this class but are not actually participating. Which makes my job a lot harder, but it might just be me too. Maybe someone will comment and I will get an answer!!

I think the work this week has been very manageable I am not sure I guess till I get my grade for this week. I think I have made progress in my writing so I am very thankful I went from not writing on the Daily Creates to writing descriptions I am pretty proud of myself.

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This week has been very challenging

School wise and personally. I am going to just throw it out into the universe !!

I was evicted from my room I was renting because the people I was renting from decided the wanted a kid. I am not sure why they thought it was necessary to evict a college student when my health papers were on there way…Today I send that out into the universe  It has been a challenge to keep focused get homework assignments done, make sure I get it work interviews on time and make sure I write a lot and reflect as much as  I possibly can.

As I reflect on this week school wise I think I have done a good job keeping up. I met most of my personal goal like for instance personalizing my blog background. I wanted to put something up that was more me and reflect something I really enjoyed doing (which was of course working for Chickfila). I also learned to face my fears with GIF’S (I call them Jiff’s what is the proper pronunciation for that anyway?) there easy thats all your really need to know about. After you know that your suppose to put “pwn”  in front of the “www.” then its all down hill from there. I am glad me and my tutor did the first one together the process seemed kind of long. I loved that I found  A short cut on another students blog (see pays to read other students blogs). In the session with my tutor we  also explored “Gimp” my new go to free photoshop. I still got a ways to go before I fully develop my skill on that program but it is very possible I can do it by the end of class. I also liked how I met my goal in time management, I still have room for improvement though. I feel like once I get the timing right I will have time to write more .

I had some failure pictures this week, I only call it a failure pictures because I was not able to finish then the way I had envisioned it. I believe that there is not a instance of failure that a person is not able to learn something from. I guess the thinking is the bigger the failure the more you learn. My favorite project of this week was printing the youtube video, I can’t wait to use that on my other blog. It was also my favorite because Daenerys Targaryen is Bill English (Our business consultant) go to Game of Thrones character.  I also like creating a statement using the titles of songs in my playlist  (I am not sure any project will ever be as fun as this one). When I was creating a statement it could be a ” Saying Good by or  I am walking away” statement or “I love you forever and I am never giving up on you” statement. Of course my mood said it was going to be  “I love you forever and I am never giving up on you” I probably need to buy normal songs I have enough love songs.

As we push forward towards another week in this 5 week session I have to reset new goals. Since most of the basic things are taken care of  on my blog I wanted to do a few “Frilly” things. So I still need to get those links up and I would like to spend more time on the “Story Writing” part of this class. I would like to learn what makes up a good story and how to compose a story. I know everyone can write but I am so use to just “Free Writing” (telling the facts like they are) that I have forgotten the true art of writing. I think I am just going to email the teacher (she should be able to give me some pointers right?). The reason why I want to do this is because I think that in my other blog has gone stale and readers have lost interest because I keep hitting on the same fact in the same way. If you learn to tell a it can be written from many different angels not just one. If I want to be the best then I need to focus in this area. Putting media together  and putting in such a way that people are more attracted to it is another concern of mine. So I intend to either attend a workshop on writing or ask the teacher for help.

Here are some of the assignment that I completed this week:

 

  1.  Links to 3 Daily Create – Daily Create #1Daily Create #2Daily Creation #3 and Daily Create #4
  2. Links to 5 different visual assignment – #1 #2 , #3#4, #5 (= 12 Stars)
  3. #6 (4 Star Visual Assignment)= 12 Stars
  4. Two Gif Assignments #1, #2
  5.  Reflections on The Vignelli Canon  by  Massimo Vignell
  6.  Blitz and Design Bust to Design Blitz