Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nepris Session with Filmmaker

In our interview with Ms. Yapsuga, I did not ask any questions directly to her, but my classmates were asking questions relatively similar to mine. One of them included a way to create a film without sounding cliche, and her answer was not expected. She replied with confidence, saying that we should actually embrace some cliches because, since they are cliches, they are really good for giving an image or message and are easily identifiable as well as understandable. She also touched a bit on how to create a good film with a lack of props, actors or money. She replied with preparation. If we have a good idea and prepare everything before hand, we can make a decent film but if have everything but we're completely disorganized and run out of time, lose some of our greatest factors and contributions. Maybe its an actor or editor, but most of the time, it's time. If we run out of time and the deadline comes, even with all the equipment in the world, we wouldn't be able to translate our message properly and we would probably have a bad film, regardless of our equipment.
ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Digital Manipulation

CREATE a Slides presentation detailing each concept for your 3 SURREALIST IMAGES...
LastF_Concept-1.jpg (2 image composite) Cut-out techniques, move, transform & skew 
LastF_Concept-2.jpg (3 image composite) Image blending, layer mask, opacity & liquify
LastF_Concept-3.jpg (4 image composite) Create QuickTime screen recording process
LastF_Screencast.m4v (1-2 minute video) Narrated production process & reflection

First, give an overview of this project by explaining the Surrealism art movement. Then explain each of your surrealist concepts. How did presenting each of your concepts before actually creating them help or hinder your end result? Which of your final images do you think presents your most powerful message and why? (6 sentence minimum)

Next, do your research first... Explain hexadecimal colors and how color information is used in both RGB and CMYK models. What is lossy and lossless compression and how do they relate to the JPG, GIF, PNG and RAW image formats? Why does the complexity and size of digital files matter in relation to data storage limits? Describe the different uses of raster and vector graphic data. How can dithering and error diffusion be used for creative effects in Photoshop? (6 sentence minimum)

Finally, how does the relationship between technology and productivity impact digital media? Imagine creating surrealist images without computers, digital cameras or photoshop... How would you do it? How might the end result differ from our digital format? Conclude with a critique of your best image and brief reflection of the results from our class critique. (6 sentence minimum)

1) Embed your slides presentation at the top
2) Insert 2 of your finished Surrealist images (not best) below 1st paragraph
3) Insert your BEST image & a photo bar of images it came from below 2nd paragraph
4) Place your critique results below the 3rd paragraph
5) Embed your Vimeo screencast before the tags

The Surrealism Art Movement was a transformation of ingenuity in the 1920s when Surrealists Artists wished to show a bizarre, crazy, fake reality. A surreal reality. By having this mentality, many artworks were created with strange themes and taboos. This includes strange pictures where something is floating or is unrealistic, combined with strange strange attributes like sexuality or religion. One of my surrealists concepts was the "Memory through Water", in which I describe how memory is made in a linear way and that it can quench your thirst for memory but can swiftly go down the drain if you let it drift. I believe this to be my greatest surrealist photo.

RGB (or  RED/GREEN/BLUE) and CMYK (CYAN/MAGENTA/YELLOW/KEY[Black]) are color models that are used frequently within the art world and those who know the when to use either usually know what they're doing. Both are combinations of different hexadecimal colors, or colors which can be defined by a 6-digit code, which is widely used around the world, and it's very likely you've seen a color palette and picked a certain color in a certain range in which you were given a certain code. For example, #FF0000 (or rgb 255, 0, 0) is the code for Red. Typing in that very code should lead you to a color palette, so feel free to try it out for yourself. Continuing on, if you ever need to decide between the color models, you should take into consideration why they were originally made. CMYK was made first during a time printing presses were common. They were used so they could dry first before being printed on again and again until a certain color is made. This is why black is called "K' in CMYK. It was known as "Key" and was used in many presses. RGB was created more recently for computers and screens in general, mostly because of the technilogical advances that allows an even larger color palette. They are also known as "additive colors" since the 3 colors are the only colors being used. Any other color: Yellow, Green, Black, Orange, Purple, Magenta don't exist. The colors are put so close together that they create other colors.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Photo Challenge

 Click for the rest of the display

The 15-Day photo challenge was one of the more unique assignments in which we were assigned a Topic or Action which would be taken in a specific way, like a certain angle or composition. Within the link above you can find all the photos that I have taken over the course of this task. In this link, you can find the document we followed for both the themes and actions and the CAPs, or Composition, Angles, and Positions. The pictures in the display may be in a random order, so just look for what seems most familiar with what I'm discussing.

I was able to critique the classroom 2 times: Day 6 and Day 12. For my first critique, I was able to judge my peers and Mr. Sanderl on photos for Energy using Framing and pictures of the Beach at Ground Level. The reason these are both being critiqued is because of some recent issues with flooding, bad weather, and transportation issues. For Day 12, I reviewed Travel photos using the composition being Parts of a Whole.

I definitely believe I improved my photography in general. I didn't know half of the CAPs we were given and, after searching them up or getting advice from my classmates and Mr. Sanderl, I was able to see a lot of new ideas and was challenged with new ways to create a picture. I found it very impressive that most of them stuck with me and, even though I still have low expectations for photos, I was able to have a taste of something with a higher quality and a concentrated idea, instead of a quick snap with a filter.

ALD 4.1 Evaluate diverse processes of forming and conveying a targeted message.
ALD 4.2 Compare and contrast how various audiences perceive digital media to anticipate desired reactions and responses.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hiki No Dawson Fo

Our topic for the Hiki No Video is the unfortunate events for our interviewee, Dawson Fo, and his current situation, Living without Parents, all while getting used to his new family and the challenges with them. During the video, we intend to give the viewer a profile of being in an unfortunate event while also being inspired to do something when we observe others in need and that there is always a way to get through your obstacles. When we express our video, we want to show the reality that, even normal kids like Dawson, have issues with their family in a way that they aren't there. At all. The fact that normal people like Dawson have to live with this issue is more common than it should be and we just want to bring that to light. Maybe it can explain why certain people act a certain way. Maybe it can help people think before they talk. Maybe it could save a relationship or two or inspire those who are down to rise again. Sadly, we might not be able to show all that we wanted to because our rough cut is very similar to our final cut, from the lack of proper storytelling to the lack of B-roll, but at least we improved. We started improving by re-filming our interview with Dawson. The first time we filmed, the shot was flat, blurry, overexposed and did NOT look good in general. After some assistance with Mr. Sanderl, we were able to film a crisp, beautiful and clear interview. We also had B-Roll, even though it was 2 segments and not even good shots, it was more than we had last time, which was nothing. When we showed this new interview and B-Roll, the others in the classroom believed it gave a better overall story, portrayed more of a 5-point story, and showed some editing techniques. Somehow, everything improved.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, puts 2 treaties into place to prevent the use of copyrighted work without permission. Copyright infringement is the violation of the act and can have the ramification with a spectrum of severity, starting with a fine of $200 - $150,000 for each work infringed, paying for the damages, attorney fees, court costs, or even jail time. The only ways to prevent this is to follow the exceptions: Fair use, Face-To-Face Instruction, or Virtual Instruction. The latter 2 are easier to understand because, as long as the work you are using is purchased legally and used educationally, it is allowed. Fair use is a bit more complicated since it is more of a opinion based law, where, if you don't have a certain amount of good reasons for using copyrighted materials, it is illegal. These reasons are: Purpose and Character, Nature of Work, Amount, and Market Effect. If it is used for educational intent, from a published source, is a small amount and doesn't effect the large market as we know it, it is DEFINITELY legal. If it's used for making money, from an unpublished source and affects the market immensely, it's likely not legal.

It is ESSENTIAL to gain permission to film on a location because, depending on where you are at, it could be illegal and, most of the time, it's just plain rude. And the last thing we need is to make enemies with the law and/or the people who own the areas you are taking pictures of. Such can be prevented with video release forms because they can protect both the producer and his/her crew, as well as the owner of the area they are filming on. They are practically a legal requirement in most areas since it saves many producers time and money from any possible issues that could occur without a release form. In our video, we obviously missed a lot, and, if we had time and our actor, we could have definitely made a much greater video. Having sequenced B-roll would definitely be a great way to improve our grade in general.

Rough Draft Critique

Final Draft Critique


ALD 3.1 Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story


We chose our interviewee by asking who wanted to have the role. Dawson wanted the role the most so he got it. We settled on the topic of singing because Dawson preferred it, since he was the interviewee. Kala'i and I then chose our separate roles because he wanted to be the interviewer and I wanted to learn more about how the camera works. We mostly kept to our roles, though I'm not the best at using the camera, so I had Kala'i help me in areas I couldn't understand or didn't remember. This mostly helped us because, now, our film won't have errors that I would have made very easily. I also assisted with the editing of the film because Kala'i had difficulty doing that. In a way, we sort of switched roles as Cameraman and Editor, but nonetheless, we got a lot done.

Having a safe work environment should always be the first priority of any work area because the safety of others has a much higher value than a few minutes of film in a video that, to be honest, many people won't see. 3 concerns that come to mind with the highest priority goes as follows: Communication, Prevention and Inspection. Communication is key because, anything ranging from someone leaving the set to use the bathroom to someone performing a stunt, should be acknowledged by at least one other person to prevent any worse-case scenarios. The more we understand, the better. This lets us prevent the bad things. Wearing proper clothing, for example, is a way we can prevent heatstroke if we are filming on a sunny day. With some communication, everyone will have proper clothing, water, etc., which will prevent any injuries or sicknesses. This is where inspection comes in. This can happen before filming or after filming. Considering the "before" aspect, we focus on the location, the weather and let that weigh in on our judgements for filming later on. For the "after" aspect, we should inspect each other, inspect the equipment, see who's tired, look around for any dangers we may have left behind or created, and make sure everyone gets a ride home. This is more of a "leave it better than how it was before you came" but it's also making sure no one has any injuries they are hiding and making sure we are safe after we stop filming.

 After having our critique, it was assuring to know that most of our peers found our work acceptable, although we could definitely improve. One of our biggest quote-on-quote "problems" was interview composition. Having better positioning for our interviewee Dawson in multiple shots could have made things a lot more comfortable and fluid. Another problem we had in general was our audio. We have problems with sound being too high, strange pauses, and white noise. I'm not too good with audio, but if we listened to it better, we could have probably caught some areas for improvement. If we had more time with proper equipment and such, I would probably have some better footage with the first B-roll (friends scene) and redo the last B-roll (ending scene) with fixing the noise and focus in the first B-Roll and dealing with the awkwardness, cliché ending and over-sequencing in the last B-Roll.

ALD 6.1: Anticipate potential health and wellness concerns while operating computing devices in order to enhance workplace safety.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Interview Composition

The difference between a reporter shot and an interviewer shot are their locations and where they face. Most interviewer shots have the person in the front of the camera without alterations and usually face off camera. Reporter shots are more rare, since we don't want to focus on reporters, and so they usually stay off screen. They also speak to the interviewer and the audience. The background is composed so the person being filmed is the main focus and there are no distractions. A flat angle should never be filmed because it distorts the footage via the fish-eye effect, a consequence of filming too close. It also looks unappealing and amateur. "Look room" is the area the person being filmed can look as so it doesn't look strange or unappealing to the audience. People use "The Line" to make sure Look room is given properly and to prevent profile shots by keeping everything at eye-level and prevent choking shots.
The most important part of shooting a interview or having an interview in general would be the information you get. If you have an interview about toys and you get a bunch of extremely formal answers, the interview itself is going to give a strange vibe and is probably not what you want. If you have a relaxed conversation with good, accurate answers and credible sources, that works greatly in one's favor. Yes, if the film is really bad or shot in an unprofessional manner, it takes away from it being a good video, but the information is nonetheless valuable. Even in a interview without footage and only text, it would be extremely valuable for those trying to research the topic. A strategy, so to say, to make sure everything goes well is to be relaxed. Let the shoulders drop. There's no need to be extremely proper. Having the camera a bit more farther in a way it can easily be forgotten is also nice. Another way is to disguise the questions so they don't feel uncomfortable trying to answer every question given. Having a few ice-breaker would be nice too.

ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Mardi Savage are the director and associate producers in the film "Under The Blood Red Sun", a movie that was inspired and based off of the book of the same name by Graham Salisbury. Mr. Savage's role as a director means he has to choose his cast members, the production design, and the creative aspects that allow the movie to be bought to life. Mrs. Mardi, on the other hand, is an associate producer, or AP, and assists the Producer in creating and putting the film itself together. This includes anything from simple jobs like writing and editing to bigger things like pitching story ideas and assisting with promotions of the film. They did their jobs wonderfully in their film "Under The Blood Red Sun", in which a young Japanese boy that goes by the name "Tomi" lives with his family and friends and goes through the initial events of the Pearl Harbor bombing on December 7th, 1941. He then has to live with the discrimination as people call him "Jap" and the arresting of his father and grandfather for being old enough to be suspicious of treason against America. It is up to him now to continue with his family and be the man of the house, all while being a 13- year-old boy and constantly being harassed.

The first question I asked was more or less an icebreaker to start of the conversation of the movie. I asked, "What kind of budget did you have to work off of to make this film?". Mr. Savage, being the humble man he was, was slightly hesitant to give an answer, but admitted that he wouldn't if his producer was here. He said they worked off of a budget of $500,000. This I find impressive since it is an extremely low budget compared to actual movies. I then continued asking about the improvisations they had to make, whether or not they used actual audio from the original radio broadcast from the Pearl Harbor Bombing and whether or not it was difficult creating everything as if it were the mid-1900s. They gave a flurry of answers, saying how they usually had to film 10 scenes a day and film a whole scene very quickly by doing the scene and just moving the camera. They also talked about how they were inspired by the actual audio from December 7th and found it easier to make new voiceovers instead of using the original audio. They also used small details like increasing the contrast and changing the lighting in the film to give an older vibe. My final question was whether or not they would continue with the rest of the "Prisoners of the Empire" series, in which they replied with an unlikely statement, as many people didn't watch their "Under the Blood Red Sun" movie, even though it had millions of readers and was the most famous book out of the whole "Prisoners of the Empire" series.

ALD 3.1 - Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 - Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.