How to better Watch movies by knowing the Details.

How to Read A movie well what I learned from reding this article:

I read the article by Robert Ebert: How to Read a Movie.  I never knew the details of how a movie is put together or how it was shot.  After reading this article my eyes are opened to some of the techniques that are used.  When we see a character on the right side of an individual they seem to be portrayed in a more dominant stance than that of the character on the left side.  When we look at the movement of characters in a scene Ebert states that when characters are moving to the right this is scene as being positive, but moving to the left is seen as negative. A point of view above a character’s eye line reduces him; below the eye line, enhances him. Extreme high angle shots make characters into pawns; low angles make them into gods. Brighter areas tend to be dominant over darker areas.  I never knew that this much attention to detail goes into formulating the perfect shot in a movie or show.  After reading this article I know have a better understanding of what all goes into getting that perfect shot, and how to set a scene.  I am no expert on this topic by any means now, but I can now watch a movie or show with open eyes and use some of these ideas to pick a part different scenes.

I ending up watching four videos about four different aspects of how films are shot.  The four aspects I decided to watch are located below.

Match Cut

Tarantino from Below

The Shining – Zooms

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

The First Video I watched was over the perspective “match cut”, I see this in movies all the time but never knew this was what it was called.  In this perspective a certain object or person in a movie is seen one way and then instantly seen another way.  I love Forest Gump I seen after the fact that match cuts were used quite frequently to flashback instantly from Old Gump to Young Gump.  I have watched Grease as well but never knew this flash of a scene was considered a Match Cut.

The second perspective I watched was the Tarantino scenes from below perspective.  I guess after looking at this perspective, I have watched more Tarantino movies that I thought I have.  When they are filming these scenes from below I imagine a person laying on their back on like a skateboard or something rolling with a walking individual.  This view from below I feel gives an intimidation factor, makes the character/characters seem more important.

The third perspective I watched was zooms, I see this in movies all the time, but didn’t realize that zooms were used as frequently as I had thought.  By zooming in it brings the main focus of a certain character into focus.  It brings all the attention to that person or scenario showing it’s importance within that scene.

The last perspective I learned about/ watched was one-shot perspectives in Stanley Kubrick’s films.  I don’t know what it is about the two little girls at the end of the hall, but NO THANK YOU!!!.  I love how the attention to detail to a focal point in a scene draws the viewer in.

My Video Essay

So the video I decided to do my video essay over was the movie Night of the Living Dead.  I tried to incorporate some of Ebert’s critiques of different techniques used within the clip to describe what was going on.  Here is my video essay located below:

 

 

 

 

World War Z the Revised Cover

So I decided to revised my book cover for the book World War Z  here is my original book cover I had created using GIMP.  If I recall right this was my first picture/project used on GIMP so I was learning as I went and this was the best I could do at the time. I was happy with it but felt it was kind of plain compared to others book covers.  So I figured this was the best work of mine to revise. Here is my original book cover below:

I decided to revise my book cover by making my book cover an interactive one.  I use GIF’s all the time but I have never made one, so I decided for this new revision of my book cover I would bring the book cover to life, not only using a GIPHY for the background picture, but also a GIPHY for the Text.  Here is my revised work below.  I know you can’t really put this on a hard back book, but maybe this could be used on the digital version of the book.

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

 

Here is the link for my new book cover for World War Z.

A crazy Radio night, Girls Guide and The Eagle Report aka (Joey Buckets)!!!!

 

So I decided to be wild tonight and I stayed up for not just one, but two radio broadcasts on ds106Radio, look at me go!!!! Here are my reflections for “Girls Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse” and “The Eagle Report” stated below:

“Girl’s Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse”

I really enjoyed the format of the whole show.  I like how they broke down places to eat, since Mickey D’s and Chick Fil A won’t be open.  The way they did a question and answer segment on Midwives Advice with their listeners was really creative.  When doing the radio show I wouldn’t of thought to do something like this I felt that they knocked this out of the park.  I missed about 5-10 minutes of the radio show due to putting my kids to sleep.  What I did hear was very upbeat and a good show all around.  The editing of background sounds, transitions and music choice made this show well worth the listen.

 

The Eagle Report

I liked their reporting style, and how they transitioned to different reporters throughout the radio show.  I feel that there was a strong undertone for chicken references such as Joey Buckets, and Young Gravy the show was good about informing me about %@#@!nucleitide how ever you spell it, but more than anything it made me hungry with all their KFC names for their characters.  Note to self eat before listening to radio broadcasts.  I like how they used actual commercials we hear from day to day on their radio show.  Even though the apocalypse is happening, this doesn’t mean you are allowed to have dandriff in your hair, get yourself some Head and Shoulders.  Overall I feel this group did a good job with their editing and transitioning from one reporter to the next.

Learning to be better at Design!!!!

 

After listening to the talk  by Paula Scher I’ve come to conclusion that you do not need to be a design professional to be successful in design.  I felt like at the beginning she was talking directly to me.  She said that you do not need to know what you are doing to create something wonderful.  Well I sure hope I can create something wonderful with the beginners knowledge I currently have when approaching our design assignments.  When listening to her talk she seemed to focus on working outside the box, this is where your best work will occur.   I loved how she hated a certain font, and she did everything in her power to never use it ever again.   If we step outside our boundaries or our limitations when it comes to design we will end up with better end products.

During David Carson’s I was really amused with all the different pictures of design he had taken over his many years, and his interpretation of them.  He shows that each image has a story to tell and I love how he showed this in the writing of “No Parking” on two different garage doors.  That these doors paint a picture, and each viewer will have a different interpretation.

 

Contrasting the two talks I feel that Scher’s was more serious and detailed more of her accomplishments, Carson’s was more off the cuff and more entertaining showing design he found in the world.  But I think both talks show us that even though we might not be good at design with some work we can all be design artists only if you love and enjoy doing it.  That design is everywhere and it can have a big impact on those who view it.

I’ve enjoyed using Canva and by going through these tutorials I realize I haven’t even scratched the surface in what I can do within this website. I choose to take the (Art of Alignment, Using Canva Grids, Harnessing Hierarchy, Canva Shortcuts Part 1, Designing with Shapes, Starting with Scale and Brilliant Backgrounds tutorials.)   I chose these tutorials to try to help me enhance my future products.  We were instructed to choose at least 7 tutorials that we were unfamiliar with, I will probably try out most of the tutorials due to my inexperience with this website and inexperience with design concepts. Between Canva and GIMP I definitely have a few extra tools in the toolbox to use.

 

 

 

Radio is not Dead….It is very much still Alive!!!!!!

I would say that I listen to audio almost everyday whether it be the radio, Pandora while I work out, or talk shows on the radio.  But to that extend I have very limited knowledge of what takes places behind the scences behind the microphones.  I tend to listen to more of the early morning talk shows on my way to school one because thats really the only thing on or I get tired of hearing the same playlist played at the same times each day.

When watching the two videos by Jad Abumrad I think the thing he said about the hosts being shamans to their listeners is one of the reasons that radio transmissions have been able to last as long as they have.  The radio hosts build a circle of connections and the host is the shaman in the middle of the circle, inducing a dream state or alternate reality.  These people known as radio hosts paint a picture or connect to individuals in ways in which keeps people coming back for more.

Shaman of the Radio Waves                            painting many pictures!!

Jad Abumrad also states that radio should of died about 50 or more times already.  Radio hasn’t died it has just transformed into a different form than what it used to be.  With all  the technology, all the apps we still get a portion of the radio just in a different format.  Like I stated earlier I listen to talk radio shows in the mornings on my way to work not because I enjoy that specific station, but I like the stories that are told whether it be funny or serious.  I haven’t listened to it in years and I’m not sure if you can listen to it in this area but “Bob and Tom”  on the Bob and Tom Show are what comes to mind when Jad talks about Shamans who paint a picture for you to interpret.

When listening to the Audiolab “Detective Stories”, I gained a little better understanding of what the wavelengths meant and how it was used.  You can tell that they are going to break or taking pauses and can see when they are getting louder in their presentations.  I know we downloaded audiolab the first week but was really unsure what it was or how it worked.  The Detective Labs clip paints a good picture of substance of place and what is going on and taking breaks inbetween for station ID.  I know this is just a blurb but I look forward to diving into this website.

When looking over Audicity I was glad that they broke down the tips and techniques into a tutorial.  Being that I don’t produce radio stations on the reg, or record myself ever I was glad they put this on their for someone who has no experience in this genre. Hopefully with these handful of tips I will now be able to add more cowbell into my presentations.

I made sure to take a look at some of the free audio resources and played around with a couple of the sound clips.  I’m looking forward to using some of these clips into my assignments.  Which Ones??? There are so many to choose from I can see myself playing around with these for quite sometime.  When it comes to the radio station/radio shows I look forward to trying to point out the different tools they used at different sections.

The Road And La Jetee TWO totally different Movies!!!!!!

La Jetee

My first thought of La Jetee after the first couple of minutes was that I had seen a movie like this before.  A movie where people have their dreams manipulated.  The movie I instantly thought of was the movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio.  But this is besides the point.  Throughout the early parts of the clip I seen that a war had taken place and I thought the individuals in the cots were orginally sick and or prisoners of war.  But to my amazement they were being used as test subjects by the frankensteinish  scientists who all looked the part with their freaky glasses. The subjects in the earlier part had gone mad or died due to extreme measures of the experiments being inflicted onto them.  I was really confused on what the scientists wanted the participant to find through his dreams.  We know through the film that he goes into his past meeting up with a familiar face of a woman, he maybe once knew.  I was really hoping that he would stay in this dream state and that they would live happily ever after.  But this was not the case, they kept waking him from his dreams and then would increase the dosage of medicine to make his dreams more vivid.  I feel that the museum was a set up for his future death.   I chose this picture because it was the moment I thought the man was going to escape through his dream state but instead he dies which frustrated me because he never made it to the woman who he wanted to get to the whole time.

I was really amazed  toward the end of how the producer of the clip showed movement with quick action shots, showing the man running toward the woman.  I feel the clip did a good job throughout the man’s dreams of showing the couple moving throughout the city, with out any actual movements just different still shots.  I didn’t know what to think when they film went silent was confused on what was going on at these moments, but I feel the producer of this clip over all did a good job of showing a movie with only pictures.

 

I ended up watching the movie The Road because it was a movie I hadn’t watched before and one I didn’t have to pay for.   When watching the movie I noticed that they did a lot of close ups of the characters but also showed depth of what was going on in the backgrounds, such as trees falling or the fires burning.  The movie skips back and forth between the Father and his son and the man and his wife.  In these shots of the man and his wife and then with their child it looks like the destruction had already started to take place due to their prepping of cans and other supplies.   In this movie every man is out for themselves.  Individuals are starving and will do whatever it takes to survive stealing, pilaging, and even cannibalism. The movie shows that humanity is lost. These things in the movie are considered to be normal now, if they plan on surviving. While watching this movie I couldn’t imagine trying to survive these times with my family of four.  I seen where families had taken the easy way out, rather than being killed by others it would suck for it to come to that.

I chose this GIF from the movie because it is at this point in a fathers eyes he must do everything in his power to protect his children.  The father is looking down the barrel of his gun at the person that wants to try and take his child.  In this scene the kid gets snatched up and the father instinctively shoots the man trying to take his son, which would of ate him like a snack.

I feel that this movie was pretty good based on the circumstances at hand.  I feel like we take for granted what we currently have and the lives we live that this could possibly be us in these circumstances. Towards the end we see that humanity isn’t completely lost on people that a complete stranger took in the kid. Overall a good movie definitely glad I watched it.

Short Story Reflections

 

Tupac Shakur and the End of the World

I just read  and completed both of my short stories.  The first story I read was the story by Sandra McDonald “Tupac Shakur and the End of the World”.  At first glance I thought this short story was going to be about Tupac being a zombie and leading a horde of zombie rappers including Biggie into taking over the world as zombies.  After reading the first couple paragraphs I found out quickly that this was not the case.  That the main character Susan was a book writer, who wrote a book over the life of Tupac.  That she had moved to Brooklyn from Florida to get better insight of Pac’s life.

This short story takes place on Interstate 95, with 5 individuals all heading southbound trying to survive what is known as the “Creep” another name for becoming a zombie.  I think the author did a good job giving a slight back story and skill set of each character.  Looking at the Titles of the short stories this title drew my eye in only because I used to listen to Tupac back when he was still alive, who am I fooling I have a Tupac Pandora channel on my playlist.  The author tells about how individuals get the “Creep” another word for turning in a statue or zombie.  She does a good job of describing how the body reacts to this virus.  The virus she speaks of is like a fast moving virus like the plague, that it enters the body through scraps, bruises, or extreme bruises.  I was expecting a horde of zombies to attack these people but instead these people were only effected if they were clumsy and got hurt.  I would of definitely had the creep, as I am a very clumsy.  The creep took over like arthritis a symptom I would of never thought used in a post apocalyptic scene but it worked for this story.  People effected by the Creep had their bodies shut down, and would turn into statues in a sense. It was hard to move or stay limber.  Most of the main characters die off, and we see Susan the main character get the “Creep”

which I didn’t expect to happen but it did.  I see everything coming full circle as she is now at the foot of a Tupac statue a person she had wrote about in here book.  Jack tries to console her, but in the end by the wording of the last sentence or two I think Jumping Jack pulled the trigger to end Susan’s life that how I interpreted it.  Overall a good read .

 

There Will Come Soft Rain

There Will Come Soft Rain by Ray Bradbury was the 2nd short story I read.  I was really amazed that this book was written in the 1950’s, a time where there was not automated technology as there is today.  For being written in the 50’s the author Ray Bradbury was pretty spot on with the description of todays and future technology.  Maybe this guy like Marty McFly traveled to the future and knew something we didn’t.  The author used the back drop of a nucleur blast painting a picture of what happened to the family, the house and the surrounding areas.  I think this was written in a time when nucleur war was at an all time high, where people where on edge, due to the potential of a nucleur holacaust shortly after WWII.  I feel that the author painted a detailed schedule of how the house worked day in and day out.  My main question is where is the food still coming from after all the days/months/years, the family has not been there.  I thought for a second that the house was going to keep the dog well fed with the pancakes or bacon, or eggs, but I came to the quick shock that the dog dies due to starvation.  With the people gone the house continues to go on which i find quite errie. I think the biggest thing I gained from this short story is that life still goes on with or without you or your family.  That we have created such technology that it doesn’t even need us to exist, this in a sense shows that the robots are taking over.  Overall a good read with good detailed visuals without pictures.