Monday, April 22, 2019

Q4: ALD 3.0 - Hiki No Video

GOAL: Create a 3 minute personal profile or news story that showcases high quality interview composition, clearly recorded voiceovers, natural sounds, stable and well composed 3 shot B-Roll sequences, L & J-cuts, balanced audio and smooth, logical progression of the story with conflict resolution.

First, describe your story topic and what you intend to communicate to your audience. What will they learn from watching your video and what will make them care about your topic? From the critique of your rough cut, explain how you've improved the 5 point story flow, tone of voiceovers, sequencing of B-roll, editing techniques and the overall message. (6 sentence minimum)

Then, explain the purpose of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). What is copyright infringement and what are the legal consequences of using material without permission? How can you get permission to use copyrighted materials? Explain "Fair Use" and give two specific examples of using copyrighted material without permission that is legal. (6 Sentence minimum)

Finally, why is it essential to gain permission to film on location? What are video release forms used for and why are they mandatory for professional video production? Conclude with a reflection of your critique results. What single area could your team have improved most and how can you address this better in the future? (6 sentence minimum)

1) Embed your finished story from Google Drive at the top. 
2) Insert a photo bar of 3 behind the scenes photos after the 1st paragraph. 
3) Insert a screenshot of your script after your second paragraph. 
4) Add an image of your critique results after the final paragraph.

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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

ALD 6.0 - Practice Story

We chose our interviewee by seeing who had the most interesting story and what will be worth filming. Everyone helped out by staying on task and doing their part in the film. We chose our roles by seeing who wanted what role, and then we distributed various roles accordingly. everyone stayed committed to the project and some roles fluctuated because sometimes people were absent or working on something else. I think the shifting of roles to where it was needed helped us get the project at least close to done, but I don't think it would work for a bigger project because it also negatively impacted the quality.

Safety is important when producing because, besides the obvious point that we don't want anyone getting hurt on the set, it also significantly slows down our production if we're missing a member of our crew. While filming, you should make sure that your equipment is in a safe and secure location, where it cant be easily stolen or accidentally broken. Another thing you should practice is situational awareness, make sure you're aware of your surroundings and your location, if you're by a cliff, maybe don't start backing up while looking through your camera to get that perfect shot. The final thing thats very important is making sure your subject is safe, if your star actor breaks his elbow, you cant get that final shot and it could end up delaying your filming, as well as ruining your reputation as a filmmaker.

I think our critique results were pretty reasonable. We didn't have any b-roll because we didn't manage our time that well, and ended up scrambling to finish it in time. We could have communicated a lot better by making sure we were all working on something, and not wasting time, which we ended up running out of. we could have also tried to get better interview shots, because the stuff we filmed wasn't that good.

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

ALD 5.0 - Interview Composition

The difference between a host and an interview shot is: in an interview shot typically shows the person being interviewed, with very minimal involvement from the interviewer. While a host or reporter shot has a person hosting whatever show they are recording for, or a reporter reporting on an incident. The background of an interview shot needs to reflect the story in some way, and flat angle shots prevent you from getting the entire background in the shot, also, they're just boring. The interviewee should be looking to the side of the camera, at the interviewer rather than the cameraman.
I think the most important part of a good interview shot is the questions being asked. If you don't have good questions, you don't have good information, and even if you have a bad shot at least you actually did the interview. I think that the interviewing process requires a balance of quality equipment, and making the subject comfortable. You have to have good enough equipment to get a good shot and good audio, but you cant just convert their house into a movie set. They probably wont be comfortable with that. You have to be constantly thinking about that balance in order to get a good interview.
dont cut off your subject
dont make the background distracting or irrelevant to the story
dont cut off the top of your interview subjects head
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, February 25, 2019

ALD 4.0 - Editing Practice

different editing techniques can be used to change the feel of a scene. Sometimes a cut can be used to communicate what a scene is about, to build tension, or startle the viewer. Not all cuts need to be smooth transitions, a smash cut, for example, is meant to be sudden and startling, while match cuts can be used to show the passage of time. Filmmakers could make the viewer more anxious by building tension using the cuts, making it seem like each one could end in disaster. natural sounds are used to fill the void in the movie, you need that audio so there not just nothing there. it's also important because it can build tension, or help communicate what kind of area the character is in.

1) Embedded video LastF_Editing_Examples.m4v from Google Drive at the top.
2) Embedded video LastF_Eggxample and The Road.m4v from Google Drive before tags

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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

ALD 2.0 - Public Service Announcement

A powerful PSA has the power to slightly change how someone thinks about something, or introduce new ideas, but a single video isn't going to change anyones ideas that they consciously believe, the power of a PSA is to make people think about something they previously hadn't thought about, or how they think subconsciously. My PSA is about conserving energy, and with it I hope to make people think twice before leaving various electrical appliances on when they don't need them. People should care about this because it's a stupid problem, it's not a hard problem to fix and people only waste so much energy because they don't think about it at all.
The PSA video contest I will be entering is Clean Energy Future which is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric. The video must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, and related to clean energy. I think that companies sponsoring various competitions get a lot of benefit from them, they get lots of submissions from tons of film producers, and don't have to produce anything themselves. It also helps the people who submit it, as they can win awards for their video, and it helps them to begin their career in the film industry.

My PSA changed a bit from the rough cut, it started out with really low audio levels and some unedited footage, but overall it stayed pretty much the same overall concept. We didn't get a rough cut critique because we were behind on our project. I think the critique results are a bit too high, even though they aren't that good, but maybe thats just me being too critical of things I helped make. I was surprised by the compliments because they mainly complimented the shots and the music, both things I feel i could have improved. My favorite compliment was "Really moving music, really gets the urgency through and you had some nice shots"

ALD 2.1 Assess the evolution of digital media as it affects and is affected by society.
ALD 2.2 Assess changes in technology and markets as it affects digital media designs.

Monday, January 14, 2019

ALD 4.0 - Cinemagraphs

A cinemagraph is a way in which video and photography are combined in order to make a single shot with some sort of frozen action in the background. In order to improve my first cinemagraph I should have had my own footage, I had to use footage taken my another person because I was absent. To create a cinemagraph, step one is to find an interesting subject with action that could be looped easily. Step two is to film the object with a stable camera. Step three is to loop the video and make any required adjustments to make the loop smooth and not have any sudden cuts. I plan to film something that takes a bit more effort to edit than a stationary object with my second attempt. For my second cinemagraph I plan to make a shot of me spinning the wheel of a ripstik. The ripstik is hard to do because the wheels rotate in more than one way, so I may have to adjust my mask tool while editing a few times.

My second cinemagraph turned out pretty good given the shot i had to work with, you can still see a bit of movement in the background so I could have improved the editing there. On my final attempt I could make a better loop with a more stable shot so that there is no unintended movement. with my last cinemagraph I want to make a clear and stable shot with a loop which is hard to know where it starts and ends. I originally planned to use a shot of my dog running in circles, but I wasn't able to get that shot in time, I ended up making a computer screen that infinitely scrolls, with the fingers that were scrolling being the frozen action.

My third cinemagraph turned out pretty good, although there is a bit of movement at about half way through the gif, i think overall it turned out pretty good. I think cinemagraphs can get the viewers attention somewhere it normally wouldn't be, like focused on a single action in a chaotic environment, such as a person writing in a crowded classroom. By making only one thing move at a time it makes that object grab and keep the viewers attention. I agree with my critique results, I think my second one could have been a better shot, maybe with some sort of frozen action in the background, with a more stable camera. My third one was pretty good, but I could have taken a more stable shot, and I should have taken the shot with a loop in mind, instead I ended up having to use a really short clip to make my loop so it didn't have any obvious cuts.

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.

Friday, December 21, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Image Compositing

Image compositing is combining multiple images to make another image, using parts of each one to add something new to the final product. The rule of thirds is a photography technique in which the photographer divides their photo into 9 different squares, and puts the subject onto the intersection of two lines which divide the squares. someone could use the rule of thirds to make the viewer focus on the subject of their photo, but accidentally change the focus by putting something else in another third of the photo

this image represents the difference between natural beauty and artistic beauty, where one is colorful and vibrant, the other, which is the same flower, but outlined and with the color removed, looks equally impressive. the first photo used in this image, the card with my thumb on it, was taken from a point of view perspective, and the flower was taken from a close up position, with the rule of thirds in mind. I think when my audience first views my image their eyes with go to the card, then to the flower, and they will probably look back and forth realizing that they are the same flower.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.