Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Interview Composition


In a host shot the person on camera addresses the audience by looking directly into the camera as if he is talking to the cameraman. In the interview shot, the interviewee does not look into the camera but rather looks at the person asking the questions, the interviewer. The background of a good interview shot should relate to what the story is about, to create depth to your shot. When setting up an interview shot you need to avoid flat angles. A flat angle is a term used for shots with bad and boring backgrounds, such as a blank wall, a hedge, or a fence. These shots are boring and don't inform the viewer about the story, it doesn't create depth. When setting up for an interview shot you have to make sure that your interviewee has look room. To create look room you should positioning your interviewee to make it look like they are looking across the space. The shot should also be in the rule of thirds, with the eyes of your interviewee in either the top left or top right intersections. When setting up for a shot you have to create "the line". The line is a term used for the way your shot should be arranged, with the camera pointed at the interviewee with the interviewer just out of the frame with the interviewee looking at the interviewer, this angles your interviewee and allows to create look room.


The interview shot is the foundation of any good profile story. There are a lot of things that go into creating your shot but I believe the most important part comes after you hit record. I believe the most important thing is to get the story you need from your interviewee. This can be done by preparing good questions that will lead to the story you want. Another thing the interviewer has to do is ask follow up questions to make sure you get the most information out of the questions you have prepared. To make the interview process easier the first thing you should do is send the list of prepared questions to the person being interviewed in advanced to let them prepare. Another thing you should do is make the interviewee more comfortable.



TAGS:
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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Final Video Project


For our final project we were given the option for choosing what type of video we want to do. For our team we decided that we wanted to do a music video. We chose to do a music video because we thought that it would be a fun time and that we had a good idea of what we wanted to do. For our song we went with Biking by Frank Ocean. The story revolves around Nigel (my character) and how he finds comfort in biking with his friends and how he uses that to get away from his problems. I think our final product was good, it showcased the different angles we learned, it conveyed the story we wanted, and it was a good show case of our editing skill by cutting on the beat.



I feel that the hardest part of this project for me was editing in post-production. For our project we had a team of three: Sion, Preston and I. We assigned certain parts of the project to each member, Sion was in charge of pre-production (writing the story), Preston was in charge of production (filming), and I was in charge of post-production (editing). We ended up with about 2 hours of film and I was in charge of cutting the best parts down into a 5 min long video. One of the biggest problem that occurred during this project was after our first day of filming. We decided to film with the go-pro to get better moving shots, but when we imported the media to start editing we noticed that all the video clips not only needed to stabilize but each of them needed to render separately, taking up to 5 min for a 30 sec clip to be edited. We were never able to figure out why this was happening or what we could do about it so we just worked around it, waiting for the videos to render probably aded about 2 hours to the editing process. As far as our critique, I think it was a pretty accurate representation of the work we put in.We scored highest in our visuals and audio, which we our main points of focus. I do feel however, that the production value of our editing should have been higher with our editing on the beat, the J and L cuts from lip syncs to B-roll, and the edited audio track. Overall I feel that we did a good job with the time we had and I was happy with our final product.




TAGS:
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.

Digital Manipulation



For our Digital Manipulation project, we were tasked with taking our pictures from our 15-day photo challenge and creating Surrealist art. Surrealism is a cultural movement that took place in the 1920s that involved artist painting unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, creating strange creatures from everyday objects, and painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and deceit. For our project we were tasked with creating three different surrealist images, the first one using 2 pics, the second one using 3 pics, and the 3rd on using 4 pics. For my first surrealist image I used one of Sion drawing and another picture of him just looking at his phone. My plan is to cut out the paper that Sion was drawing on and replace it with another picture of him. It represents how we are constantly redrawing/reinventing ourselves. For my second surrealist image I plan to use an image of a flower, an image of Cruz vacuuming, and an image of me framing the sun. I plan to cut Cruz out of his environment, make him smaller, and put move him to the flower image as if he is vacuuming the flower away. I'll finish it up by cutting out my hands framing the sun and framing the new image of Cruz. It represents how we kill the environment all the time and not enough people shine a light on it. Creating a plan for my images helped me get a good idea of what I wanted to create before I even started working. I think my first concept had the best message and presented it the best. I feel that the message I was trying to convey, how we spend a lot of time recreating ourselves to fit in better, really speaks to people my age because as teens we are under heavy pressure to fit in and be better.




Hexadecimal numbers are what are used to represent colors in coding. The bytes represent the red, green and blue components of the color. One byte represents a number in the range 00 to FF (in hexadecimal notation), or 0 to 255 in decimal notation. In images there are two types of compression lossless and lossy. Lossless format refers to Raw images. It preserves the files original data. PNG, BMP, and Raw images are types of lossless formats. ALAC, FLAC, and WAV audio files are lossless formats. Lossy formats always have some data lost in the presses of converting formats. GIF and JPEG images are in lossy format. OGG, MP4, and MP3 audio files are in lossy format. The less complex and the small size of the image, the less storage it takes up. There are two main types of image files, Vector and Raster. The type of files determine the look of the image when on the web. Raster images are made up of pixels, the smallest single element in a display device. Vector images are not created by pixels and are resolution independent. Dithering is the process of simulating a color by using two different other colors really close to each other. It is used to create texture and interesting patterns in low resolution images.



With the ever increasing advancement in technology it makes creating and working more efficient. As newer and better ways to create came out such as Final Cut and Photoshop, it has made it easier than ever for people to create. With all these new tools it's only a matter of how much work a creator wants to put into creating, that determines their success. These new advances have made old art styles easier to do such as surrealist images. Nowadays we can go outside take a couple pictures load them into to photoshop and edit it to get a cool looking surrealist image. I can only imagine how long it would take create a surrealist image without modern technologies like the digital camera and photoshop. Back then you would have to come up with what you wanted to do and spend a lot of quality time drawing and redrawing your images to make your image flow. It would probably look smoother and flow better than an image created with modern technology. As for my own surrealist images that I created I think I did pretty good for the time I had. I only worked on it for about half a day. I know I could have done better with the idea and message I wanted to convey but I there were a lot of things I could have done better. Like blending it better, trying to match the lighting in the images, and maybe even retaking one or two of the images.





Monday, May 7, 2018

Photo Challenge


For our digital media class we were tasked with a 15-Day photo challenge. For our photo challenge we had to take one photo everyday for 15 school days. Each photo was given a different topic, subject, theme, or action and was assigned a specific Composition Angle Position (CAP's). Then each student was tasked with critiquing a certain day. I was in charge of day 11 which had the theme of exercise with its CAP being Contrast in Content. Contrast in content, is the using of colors, objects, shapes, or directions that differ to draw the eye to the subject. I think my photo taking skills have improved from doing this photo challenge. It challenged us to figure out how to incorporate a new way of composing a shot each day.


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.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hiki No Automotive Technology



For our Hiki No Story, our team has decided to do a profile video on our automotive teacher Mr. Tearo. As far as the story we are trying to tell, well it has changed a few times. We initially wanted to do a video of how the automotive industry changed his life and what it has done for him. After our fist interview with him, we relived that we did not have enough information to tell a story. We were lacking a very important part, the conflict. So we went back, listened to the audio bytes that we had got and decide to change the story to revolve around the lack of automotive teachers in Hawaii. The new story will revolve around the importance of a class like auto in a high school education and describe why we need more. We realized we needed this change to our story when we did our rough cut critique, at the time all that we had were our edited down interview shots. So after our critique we went back and changed up our 5 point plan and our overall message.


In 1998, the US implemented two copyright treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA criminalizes production and distribution of copyrighted works. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. The DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of online services for copyright infringement by their users. Copyright infringement is the act of using someone else's intellectual property rights without getting permission. Copyright laws are in place to protect the creators and their work. There are many and various consequences of using material without permission and breacking copyright laws. Violators of copyright law can lead to substantial monetary penalties, defendants can be charged up to $250,000 for each offense committed. First-time offenders can serve up to five years in prison, while repeat violators can face an additional 10 years. Victims of copyright infringement can sue violators in civil court. An injunction can be placed on the violator. An injunction serves as an official court order to stop performing any act, failure to comply with an injunction can result in the arrest of copyright violators, as well as additional charges for contempt of court. In general, the permissions process involves 5-steps; Determine if permission is needed, Identify the owner, Identify the rights needed, Plan Ahead for Permission, Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required, and Get your permission agreement in writing. After completing those five steps you are free to use a copyrighted item. Fair use is  the term for the copying of copyrighted material done with a limited and “transformative” purpose. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an infringement. Most fair use analysis fall into two categories: commentary and criticism, or parody.


  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)


When you are out filming, it is essential to get permission to film when you are on private property. If you are filming on private property without permission the owner or manager of the property can kick you off the property without warning, and that can cut your filming session short and hurt the story. Another thing that can happen is if you publish film of someones private property without permission, you may be sued by the owner in some way. Another thing that needs to be taken into account when you are out filming is getting video release forms from those on camera. Media companies and TV networks get a video release form signed so they will not be sued by someone who appears in a video. On some television networks you may see a face that has been blurred, this is done because the person did not sign a release form and the network does not want to risk getting a lawsuit. As far as our Hiki No Project, I feel that the grade we got from our critique is pretty accurate.







TAGS:
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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Practice Story



At the start of the project the only people from our team were me and Preston. We didn't really have any story right away but we decided that we would do a story on working as a teen, and at the time, Preston was the only one here who had a job. After agreeing on our story topic we split up the team rolls. Being that Preston was the person being interviewed we also gave hime the role of Writer and Producer. I was assigned the rolls of Camera men, Editor, and Audio, largely because Ive had the most experience working with the camera and final cut pro.


One thing that you need to make sure when you are out and filming is safety. Putting yourself in dangerous positions just to get a scene is extremely irresponsible. 


 . What 3 safety concerns should your entire team be aware of while filming? Conclude with a reflection of your critique results. Please address the three largest words for improvement on the critique graphic. Provide specific examples of what you could do to create a more compelling story, both written and visually. (6 sentence minimum)




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Under the Blood Red Sun


On March 6, our digital media class was fortunate enough to be visited by Mr. and Mrs. Savage. Mr. Tim Savage is an award winning director, having directed multiple movies and short films such as Under the Blood-Red SunDriving HomeCutback, and Lemon Tree Billiards House. Mrs. Mardi Savage is an associate producer on films including Under the Blood-Red Sun, Driving Home, and Cutback. By definition "A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision." As Mr.Savage told us there are two things all good directors must have, creative vision and the ability to communicate it. The job of the director is to be as prepared as possible so that when they filming starts they are able to be flexible with the shots and can get the best shots that they can. Generally the Associate Producer assists the producer in putting a film together. some roles for the job include writing, editing, organizing scripts, or helping the editor by making beat calls. Associate Producers need to be good writers and great editors. The movie that our class watched was Under the Blood Red Sun. The movie depicts the life of a Japanese-American family living on Oahu following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. It tells the story of a young boy, Tomi, and his struggle with racism and discrimination of his Japanese heritage.

The only question I had asked Mr. Savage when he was here was what was next for Tim in his directing career. I was happy to hear that he had already started to look into the idea of his next film. He hopes to make a movie of an unreleased novel by Graham Salisbury, the same author of Under the Blood Red Sun. The story revolves around a high school paddling crew and there journey to get to states. In trying to bring more attention to this new movie, he hopes to cast Auli'i Cravalho, the voice of Moana, as a major role. He hopes to start filming as soon as possible. All the other questions I had were answered indirectly or by other people.  Two of my other questions revolved around the changes made and the difference between the book and the movie. It was cool to here that they tried to keep it as close to the book as possible. They hired Graham Salisbury, the author, to be the screen writer and had him present at every filming to add his input. It was really cool to get a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Savage and get some insight into a filming career.


TAGS:
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.