Friday, November 30, 2018

Q2: ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

First, explain your topic & message... Why it's important to you and your partners? Then put the project goal into your own words, detailing the project requirements. Link to your partners' digital portfolios and describe their roles on the team and how they contributed to the production of your visual statement. (6 sentence minimum)

The topic for our visual statement was that video games can be beneficial, and help people in lots of ways. This is very important to our group because we all play video games daily. We think it's important that people are educated on the effects of gaming, and I think the negatives are covered in the media enough already, and it's also defined as a mental illness now. Basically we made a presentation on the positives of video games because we're tired of hearing nothing but the negatives.
Dreyden Iwamoto was our lead camera, he helped us get the shots and contributed to the writing portion. Jesse Ornellas was our lead Editor, he helped us with a lot of the shots, contributed to the writing portion, and helped a lot with editing. Cameron Booth was another lead editor according to the document, but I would say he was the lead camera man, he took almost every single shot in our video.

Then, tell us about the Final Cut Pro editing tips and tricks you've learned and how you incorporated them in your video. Why is it important to use FCPX Libraries, Events and Projects properly? Explain why audio levels in different clips can vary drastically and how to correctly balance what your audience will hear. Which part of your video do you think displays higher quality... the audio or the video and why? (6 sentence minimum)

I learned that you can make audio fade in and out by moving a handle on the side of each audio clip. Libraries, events, and projects are important because if you don't use them then the different projects and things that you work on will all get mixed up. In our video our music soundtrack faded in and out depending on if the voice over was playing, i think the audio is much higher quality than the video, as we didn't have much time to record.

Finally, describe your biggest challenges during this project and what you did to help overcome them. Explain your group dynamic... who was the driving force toward attaining the project goal and how did the other person help or hinder that progress? Explain the most enjoyable part of this project and conclude with a reflection of your critique results... explain why you agree or disagree with them. (6 sentence minimum)

Our biggest challenge was getting motivated, our project was on video games, so a lot of our shots included us playing video games, and in order to get them we had to play video games. The only problem with that was that it took us a bit too long to get off the video games after we finished shooting. I would say Jesse and i were the main driving forces behind the project, we did the most out of anyone and did pretty much all of the editing. I think my team all contributed its just that we all didn't contribute at much as we should have, we spent a lot of our time just sitting around playing video games. I think the most fun part of the project was all the games we got to play.

1) Embed your Visual Statement video from Google Drive at the top
2) Include 2 screenshots showcasing FCPX editing skills below first paragraph
3) Insert a screenshot your Audio/Video log after the second paragraph
4) Add your results from the class critique before the tags

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Q2: ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

Minimalist art was created as an opposite to the abstract expressionist artworks which were popular at the time, Which they believe had stagnated to the point of being uninteresting and boring. the artists helped to show that basically anything can be art. They also rejected the notion that in order to be art the piece had to express something about the artist or their surrounding, instead choosing to express abstract concepts. I personally really like this art movement and believe that some amazing pieces came from it.

The piece above, labeled "Die Fahne Hoch!" was made by Frank Stella, the name is the first 3 lines of the nazi anthem, and also translates to "Raise the Flag!". It could be trying to communicate how the idea of meaning itself is absurd, the title is highly provocative, however it has no relation whatsoever to the actual piece. In person, the piece is said to draw in the viewer to understand the lines and patterns of the image. As you can see, it's hard to connect that to the words "raise the flag" or anything nazi related. This artist and this piece did bring into question what meaning really means, and it's probably one of the most famous minimalist pieces for that reason, and could change and have a large impact on a person who thinks about the piece a lot. I personally believe that technology advancing has allowed for new art forms to develop which are simply better than older ones or just as good but easier to make once you understand what it is you want to so. For example, I think that art still takes just as much skill, just not as much time to make.

ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Q2: ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

Edouard was our main editor and took most of the shots for the filming, as well as acted in the shots. Seth worked on the blog, acted in some of the shots, and contributed to the script. And Victor acted, contributed to the script, and helped us brainstorm ideas for what we were going to do. I think Edouard deserves special recognition for this project, he did a lot of editing and helped a lot with keeping us on task, as well as took a lot of good shots for our video.

During this project I learned a lot about shooting stable videos, I think I will take those skills with me for the rest of my life, as I can now shoot a stable shot in basically any environment. I also learned how easy it is to trip on something even if you know where it is. I fell onto a couple chairs i just positioned a second ago. The biggest improvements we could have done with our videos is to make what we are saying in the video sync up with the audio playing. What we are saying in the video doesn't sync up with the audio, and it really decreases the production value.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

ACO 5.0 Coding Altino Cars

Coding is a very important skill to learn, the future will be full of it. Technology is evolving very fast, and coding is a big part of it, there are many inventions that use it, for example, all of the artificial intelligences that you know, are made from coding, Alexa, Google Home, Siri, all of them. To control our car, we used the 'Go', 'Steering', and 'delay' commands. The go command was used to control the motors, to move the car. The steering command was used to steer the car to the left, straight, and right. The third command, delay, was used to holdup other commands. For the figure 8 course we petitioned for the 150cc speed bracket, we used the maximum speed which is 1000 on the motors, we used steering to drive around the obstacles and delay to time our commands. The trial and error process was very useful, me and my friend were set up to do it fast, one on the computer, the other placing the car, so we did it very efficiently.

In the 2nd challenge, we had to use new commands, such as, the While Loop, Array, Display Line, and Sound, We used all of them except array. The while loop was to loop commands so we did not have to type a lot of code. The display line was to control the dot matrix of the altino car, and the sound command was for changing the frequency of the soundboard, to make a siren. I would definitely trust a vehicle to give me an autonomous ride, I support new technology and that would be groundbreaking. I would be amazed by it, why would they put it out to the public if it's not safe? I do not think that autonomous vehicles will be used for emergencies, I think that the civilian autonomous vehicles will be programmed to avoid the path of the emergency car. I think it would be easier for ambulances and other emergency cars to get through.


ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACO 3.0 Art and Design

In my digital still life painting I used line, texture, and value. I used line in order to get a proper outline of the mouse and make it look like an actual mouse. I used texture to make the mouse appear smooth, or to show the small bumps on the mouse wheel. I used value to display shadows around the mouse and make it appear more three dimensional instead of just a drawing. I really enjoyed drawing the little details and shadows because while it looked ok when zoomed in, when I zoomed out it added so much to the drawing. The part I didn't like doing was the initial outline, it took a long time and I had to undo a lot because I kept messing up in the middle of a line and overall it was just really time time consuming.

My landscape image was taken outside of my house early in the morning, the sun was barely starting to rise and the street lights were still on. It looked really nice so I decided to take a picture of it and use it for my landscape picture. both my still image and landscape were black and white and looked like they could be pencil drawings. The still life image has more lines and clearly defined form, while this image has more texture and detail, (obviously because its a photo). As far as shadows and value go, I feel like I could have done more with the line drawing, but this landscape image has some really nice looking shadows which emphasize the shape of some objects. When making the landscape image I stuck with the tutorial. I missed the day we spent all day making it so I had to do it in like 20 mins, although I feel like it came out pretty well for only taking 20 minutes to make.

The portrait photo I'm using was taken of Edouard in the classroom. I took this photo at the last minute because I forgot to get one at home. I really enjoyed drawing it even if my drawing skills aren't that good; Hoodies are fun to draw because of the shadows around the head, and I really don't like drawing hair. This final project uses all 7 elements of design. It uses line to outline important parts, shape to make parts of him stand out, such as his eyes, form to put emphasis on his face, value to show where the shadows are, space to clearly define that he is the center of the image, texture to show his hoodie, and color to clearly define the spaces between his skin and hoodie. My critique results were mostly amateur with my best one being on my mix, which got 1 expert rating and 11 professional ratings. I think I got these ratings because of my attention to what little details there are in this image, and the shadows around his hood.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Friday, September 7, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection can keep the attention of the audience by adding some variation in the sound of the video. People tend to filter out repetitive sounds, so changing your words up can help hold the audience's attention. In this assignment I was the vocal talent, so I led the radio and had to use intonation and inflection to try and keep my audiences interest. If you want to record the entire script in one take, my most helpful piece of advice is, don't, you will end up spending more time re recording and editing. But if you just do 3 or 4 lines at a time, or keep going until you mess up, you can easily edit it later and make it sound like it was all done in one take.

I think my team did really well in meeting the goals. We got some pretty high scores and managed to produce a high quality product even though we had two different members absent on two different days. We used intonation and inflection pretty well and used the ad breaks to break up the segments of us just talking (which would get boring after a while) but also used the ads efficiently to convey more information about the topic of our project. If we had to do this again I would probably make multiple recordings of each line and picked the best sounding one, and cut out more of the stutters, we also would have made more sound effects for our project.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

Photo taken by Mr. Sanderl

The FCC or Federal Communications Commission, is the United States' primary authority when it comes to communication and regulates communication through radio, satellite, television, wire and cable. Copyright infringement is when someone takes something that someone else made and uses it/reproduces it without permission. You can get permission to use copyrighted materials by identifying the owner, identifying the rights you need, planning ahead for permission, negotiating whether payment is required, and then getting permission in writing from the copyright holder. downloading music illegally is a violation of copyright laws, and so is taking artwork someone else did and claiming that you made it.

Confidentiality is information that is meant to be kept secret or private, such as your social security number, your credit card details, and your passwords for online accounts. confidential information can accidentally be shared on social media in the background of a picture or accidentally through a text post. I feel like censorship should be kept to a minimum and any media that is not meant for younger audiences should be optional to see, like a setting you can toggle. I think that anyone that is voicing an opinion should be allowed to say whatever they want as long as the way they are voicing their opinion doesn't disturb people around them or otherwise negatively impact their day in a major way. I also think that revealing any information that is confidential or private without the permission of the person or group it relates to should not be allowed.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.