Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Practice Story

First, explain how you chose your interviewee, settled on your topic and assigned the team roles of writer, interviewer, reporter, director, cameraperson, and editor. Discuss how everyone either stayed committed to their specific job or how they shifted as the production process progressed. Did this help or hurt the outcome of your story and why? (6 sentence minimum)

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.

Then, describe why safety is your number one priority during the production process. 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.

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, February 9, 2018

Public Service Anouncments

PSA's have the power to touch and impact lives in such a short time, making them a great way to raise awareness of a problem or cause. PSA's are more impactful than videos in some cases because they are able to present the information about the cause/issue in a simplified version that people can relate to and understand better. I feel that a good PSA has the ability to persuade its audience to think differently about an issue as long as the PSA presents the issue in the right way. Being that my PSA is on teenage vaping, I hope that my PSA will be able to relate to teenagers and make them think about the affects of vaping. The reason why I chose to do my PSA on teenage vaping, is because I know, being a teen my self, that a lot of my pears have been exposed to vaping and that a lot of kids do it. The problem with teenage vaping includes the obvious bad effects that vaping has on the lungs not to mention the multitude of random chemicals that you put into your body but also, teenage vaping in an opening to worse drugs in the future.

The Hawaii Public Health Institute(HIPHI) is hosting the NoVape PSA contest. HIPHI works to bring the community together to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i. As all competitions,  our PSA's will have to fallow certain rules and regulations. One of the most important rules is the first one that states "MANDATORY:All entries must focus on an ISSUE that affects community, our state, or the world." This means that all our PSA's have to focus on certain topics that we chose and not go off on random tangents. Another important rule is the 30 second PSA time limit, meaning that our PSA can't exceed 30 seconds, or we might be disqualified. And the final most important rules is making the submission deadline of February 28, or our videos won't be entered. I think that there are a lot of opportunities for media students to earn awards, scholarships, and prize money through various competitions because media is an important part of our community and getting students involved in things such as a  PSA, can make a big difference in the future. I feel that everyone, the students, the organizations, and the audience, benefit from these competitions, but I think that we the students benefit the most because it gives us a platform to show what we can do, and we can get something out of it.

There was a lot of changes made to out final cut from our draft. In our rough cut, the video was entirely POV shots, had empty black spaces, and had no sequences. In our final we redid almost all the film, we changed it from POV to a normal third person shot, we added sequencing, and filled in all our empty spots. There were a lot of suggestions from the rough cut that we took into consideration when working on our final. We redid the voice over for some parts that didn't sound to good, we changed the stop sign to a pedestrian stop sign, and filled in all our black spots. I think the suggestions that we got from the rough cut only reinforced the thoughts we had on for improving final. Overall I feel that we were able to make the needed changes from our draft to our final and address all the comments that we had on our rough cut. I think for the most part, the results from our critique is a pretty accurate representation of what we deserved. The only part I might disagree with from the critique is the grade we got for audience impact, I feel that we deserved a 3. I feel that we covered an important topic of safe walking that not to many people cover, and I feel that we did it in an effective way. The best complement we received from our critique was "The cutting on action shits were fantastic. The added edge of comedy really brought some personality to it". I feel that the person who left the comment really took a look at the things that we tried to do improve our final and capture our best parts.

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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


A Cinemagraph is a still picture with a small repeated movement. To create a cinemagraph, you first need to take a very steady video with a minor movement that you want to isolate. After taking the video you have to upload it to you video editing software, we use Final Cut Pro. Next you have to start editing your video. Editing involves getting a still photo from your video and making it your top layer, isolating a small movement and creating a mask/hole in your still video to add movement, and making that movement seamless using transitions. After you are done editing you have to export your video as a gif and posting it on the Internet for all to see.

There are two main things that I hope to improve on my next attempts, the first thing is having a better still subject. In my first attempt my still subject, Jordan running, was very dark and a little blurry. I would like a better, more clear still subject. The second thing I hope to improve on is having a better flowing object. In my first attempt I think I did pretty good, the transition flowed well but there are still room for improvement. For my next attempt I plan on filing someone spinning a fidget spinner. I plan on doing this in one of my class rooms and having my friend Sion hold the spinner. The moving aspect will be the fidget spinner and the non moving parts will be Sion and the background.

My second attempt at making a cinemagraph went pretty well. The film was still and the moving aspect was captured well. The one thing that I could have done better is find some better background action. When I filmed it I was thinking that the frozen fan in the background and the frozen expression on Sions face would look good, but it didn't come out the way I was expecting. To me, the frozen fan doesn't seem so noticeable and it doesn't really look like sion is frozen. One thing that I will be doing in my final attempt will be finding a better frozen action to capture. For my last cinemagraph I plan to take the video at a parking lot. The setting will be a crowded parking lot with a car moving through the frame. The frozen action will be some kind of plant or tree blowing in the wind. I would like the frozen action front and center of the shop to bring more attention that it is frozen. I would also like the tree be on either the left or right side of the screen as background movement.

I feel that my third, and last, cinemagraph turned out pretty good. When I was taking the video I didn't realize all the small things that affected my editing in Final Cut Pro. The first thing was the movement, my video had very slight movement every 5-8 seconds, giving me less video to work with. Another thing that I experienced while editing was the change in the light tone of the sky. Being in a crowded parking lot, there were a lot of moving cars and moving lights that passed through the frame and as I was editing I would notice a change it color tone of the sky and it made some parts unusable. Overall I think I did the best in my editing, I chose the best clip and had a good moving subject and a good still subject and it came out good. Apart from looking cool, cinemagraphs have a lot of useful applications in the world, especially in marketing. Online marketing is bigger now than its ever been and a big contribute to this is cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are one of the best forms of online advertisement due to its small file size, it makes it easier for web pages to load them as apposed to full blown videos. They also convey a story better than a still picture can.

I feel that the scores that I received during our critique is a good representation of what I deserve as a grade. I agree that my second cinemagraph was the best out of the three due to its creativity and uniqueness, I also think that it has the best transitions out of the three, and has more noticeable moving and frozen action then the other two.

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.