Friday, March 29, 2019

ALD 6.0 - Practice Story

We chose our interviewee by seeing who accomplished or did something that was worth talking about. Our interviewee won the soccer state championships and we thought that was a big accomplishment. Everyone was assigned their roles compared to their strengths. But we all switched around doing each others job to make sure it's all what we want and to make sure it fits what we need. I believe by switching around our roles help us see each others point of views and it had a better outcome than one person doing it.

Safety is an important thing during production because we want to make sure no one gets hurt and we don't damage any of the equipment being used. You don't want to be in charge or be at fault if something does happen. Some safety concerns may be the weather, camera risks, and situational awareness. You have to be cautious about your surroundings so you don't get hurt.

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

ALD 5.0 - Interview Composition

The difference between a host or reporter shot and an interview shot is where the person on camera's eyes are looking at, a host looks right at the camera as if they were talking to the viewer, however an interviewee looks at the interviewer and the camera is positioned so that the interviewee looks at an angle the background of an interview shot should be blurred and somehow relate and engage to the story, it should never be composed of a flat angle because it doesn't add anything to the story and it.s boring, fences, hedges and other things like that are distracting and ugly. Look room is the space across the frame which the interviewee is gazing, the shot should be in rule of the thirds and the interviewee should look at the two empty thirds in the shot.

I believe that being a good director is the most important part of shooting a successful interview because he makes sure everything goes as planned, he checks the camera and mic settings and he position the interviewer and the interviewee in the right spot, he also overviews every thing from audio quality to video editing...  Making the interviewee feel comfortable is one of the most important things in an interview shot because if they are comfortable, they will talk with ease and look comfortable, which will make the video go smoothly.

 There isn't enough head space and he's too far left and the interviewee looks uncomfortable 

 The interviewee is too far right and the background is peacocking

  The interviewee is too far right and the background is peacocking behind her

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

Editing techniques can be used to create transitional elements by changing the feel of a scene, a cut could change the mood as well, as an example a scene has a calm mood and BOOM it cuts into something that has more action in it, not all cuts are intended to smoothly transitions from one clip to another, as an example jump scares and intentionally not smooth to set the scary vibe, speaking of vibes, cuts can be really impactful when it comes to building conflict, suspense, anxiety... by using J cuts, jump cut. Natural sounds are crucial in videos because it gives a sense of being there and it's just more natural.

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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ALD 2.0 - Public Service Announcement

PSAs can have a really powerful impact on audience since it goes straight to the point in a really short amount of time, there is no room to be distracted or sometimes even to blink. In my opinion, a PSA could persuade someone to act or think differently because it displays an issue or a message in a very strong and effective way, and more people are likely to watch it since it's short so they wouldn't worry about wasting time, I'm hoping that my PSA will persuade the viewer about the importance of conserving energy and it's a very relevant topic because there is a risk of losing all energy.

The PSA contest that we're entering is hosted by "Clean Energy Future, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric", The video has to be between 30s and 2 minutes and target the topic of clean energy and how conserving energy is important. I think there are a lot of opportunities for Media students to earn awards because Media is used in a lot of domains, and videos can be submitted online so it doesn't take a lot of effort from the organizers to host a competition. I think that the students are the ones that benefit the most from these competitions because it allows them to get prizes that provides them support to go forward in what they're doing and they get to discover new things and new learn new skills.

My PSA improved a little bit from the rough cut although it didn't turn out as well as it should've, we had an audio problem because it was too low so we had to turn it up a little bit by using the mouse and sliding it up, we also had to fade in the audio and then fade it out by blading the soundtrack and change the volume with the mouse, the rough cut critique definitely changed our production value and it was worth it. I think that the reflection and the critique was accurate, our highest score is the overall message which I think makes sense because the message was good however our prodcution value was the lowest because we had a really communication. I like the compliment that targeted our music and sequencing.

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

Cinemagraphs are a blend of photography and video. Cinemagraphs contain a motion that plays in a loop while the rest is perfectly still. The steps of creating a cinemagraph are: Step 1 Finding an interesting subject that can be looped, Step 2 finding a natural tripod, Step 3 record the footage, Step 4 edit the footage. When it comes to the first cinemagraph, our strength was having a tripod which allowed the camera to be as stable as it can be, we could've improved it more if we had a transition that doesn't make the loop seem so obvious. The footage of the cinemagraph I'm planning to make is at the pool, people on the deck frozen while the water is moving, and I'm using a cone as a natural tripod.

My 2nd cinemagraph turned out pretty well, it has almost everything I expected, the only issue is that there was a slight tilt of the camera and I didn't realize that while I was taking the footage. On my final attempt I'm going to make the camera more horizontal. I'm planning to create a cinemagraph of a spinning object like a coin on a table and make it spin in a perpetual motion while everybody is frozen. The spinning coin on the table will be the subject, the back of laptop will be the tripod and the background will be the classroom with students completely frozen.

My third Cinemagraph turned out well, it was quite a challenge because the coin wasn't only spinning but it was also moving from side to side so I had to find the perfect moment to loop it smoothly. The purpose of creating a cinemagraph is emphasis a subject in motion and draw the viewers attention into the subject. Cinemagraph uses less space than videos but also have motion unlike photos, and it also draws the viewer's attention to one thing. I got a 2.4 on my first cinemagraph which makes sense since there was a shadow in the background.I got a 3.3 on my second one which I think is accurate too since there was a smooth transaction but it wasn't a very creative footage, and my third cinemagraph has the highest score which makes sense since its impossible to see the transaction and it's a little bit creative and also it's hard to do since the coin was moving all over the place.

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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

Our topic was mental health, to be more precise, it was addiction. This topic is important for us because it's a big problem in the island of kauai that need to be solved and we should spread awareness about it. We showed to our audience how drug consumption and addiction can be harmful and destroys somebody's life. So it's crucial to make the right decision and not get addicted to drugs. Our team members were Lauren, Angela and Tahca, Lauren was the script writer, she made sure that the message was clear. Angela was our editor, Tahca made the soundtrack and I did the visual script and was the main character.

In class we learned how to cut scenes, make magic jump cuts, to have pad before and after a cut or scene so the editor has more to deal with, and also how to layer parts of the video to show what you want for natural sound and what is wanted to be seen. FCPX Libraries are to organize separate things, like if you're making different videos and need to separate them and the cuts you want to use in those videos. Audio levels in different clips can and should vary because when you're filming you can't always control what's going on in the background. I think that our video displays a higher quality because we invested a lot of time on it and there was a lot of dedication from the actor's side to make it as good as possible.

Our biggest challenge was agreeing on how to film a scene, because we were arguing a lot on how to shoot it and what se should do, but I think it was a good thing because we took the best idea from each person and created a video the satisfied everybody, another challenge for me was keeping a straight face, because I have the bad habit of laughing in serious situations. Lauren was definitely the one who contributed the most to the group, so we were basically following her instruction especially that she had the most knowledge for the our topic. The most enjoyable part of this project was filming.


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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

The cultural movement that influenced our style of art that we presented on, was just a few artists who had a new idea on how to present and express their art in new forms. It allowed us to view art in different forms as well, making it a prevalent movement for students in the Arts and Communication classroom. I think that Cubism is a very interesting art allowing us to see the beauty within the geometric shapes and planes. The artist fulfill the need of society because they express themselves no matter what happens, a lot of people relate to them therefore they love them and find joy in looking at their arts.

Deux Nus (1910) Jean Metzinger 

I think Jean was trying to communicate his opinion about freedom for women and expressing themselves. The painting's title is translated to "Two Nudes" it represents two nude women in painted in the cubist style and the message behind is to empower women for who they really are. I really think that an artist can change someone's opinion, because a piece of art is worth more than a thousand words.Advanced technology made it much easier for people all around the world to have access to the arts and see them which is pretty amazing and helpful because it spreads the message worldwide,


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.