Monday, April 2, 2018

Practice Story

We were brainstorming ideas, and which teammates had a possible story. I was chosen as the interviewee because I had a story to tell. My story was on finding trust in new athletic coaches. This year all of the sports I participate in had new coaches. We agreed on this subject because it seemed to be our best option. The rest of the positions fell into place accordingly because our third group member was not present. Mikela took the rest of the positions (reporter, director, cameraperson) and we decided to split editor. When our third group member came to school, Ella, we gave her the job of reporter and editor. We all continued to remain in our positions but all of us decided to participate in the editing process. This definitely helped because all of our ideas were useful and no one had to burden all the hard work.

Safety is very important in order to film and create your best work without injuries and problems. When shooting, safety is the most important to keep you and your coworkers alive, and your subject comfortable and the process legal. The top three safety precautions in film making are being aware of water heights and possible flash flood or large waves, ensuring you or your subject are not putting yourselves in danger to 'get the shot' and lastly being sure that filming is not being done while multitasking. First, living on an island like Kaua'i involves a lot of unplanned weather and large waves... when filming it is crucial you watch the waves for a while to be sure they are not breaking in your planned filming area and keeping track of rainfall near water reservoirs. Second, it is important to be sure you are not risking a life or equipment when filming- the art of filmmaking is making things appear a certain way without actually having plat it out. Lastly, being sure you are not filming while hiking, driving, walking in risky areas, biking or anything that involves you having to split your attention- although many films have the feeling one is filming while driving, most large films have many people on set.

I feel I should have prepped on the answers for my questions. Although usual interviews are on the spot... I feel if I prepped the answers a bit more I would have had more powerful answers and statements. If it were possible to film off campus, I would like to have filmed some B-roll at the pool because I talked a lot on swimming throughout the interview. Another awesome b-roll would have been filming a team hangout to add an audio visual tie when talking about my team. My teams overall results leaned toward a three. I feel this was a fair result of our video... although we did have a lot of restrictions because we could only film at school during class time. Our top three areas of problem are; more audio visual ties, bump up the nat sounds and prepare the interviewee with questions before hand. Also our interview composition was almost a profile view.  Lastly we could have coordinated our script with our b-roll and interviewee answers, in order to connect the video visually and audibly

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interview Composition

A reporter shot addresses the audience. Usually the person in the shot is the host, they look directly into the camera and are usually very skilled in this. An example of this shot is the opening scene of CNN 10 with Carl Azus. An interview shot is when the person being filmed does not look at the camera, they communicate with the interviewer and look at them. Usually the interviewer is a little past 'the line'. The line is the literal line connecting the camera to the interviewee, the interviewer is a little left or right of the line depending on the filming angle. Look room is the positions of the interviewee's face, they need to look across the frame and be in the rule of thirds.

I think the most important part of shooting a successful interview is all of the above; getting a good shot, making the interviewee comfortable, being a good director, testing & recording high quality audio, or asking follow up questions. Without a good shot, this could ruin the whole video, making the interviewee uncomfortable or the people watching uncomfortable. Making the interviewee comfortable is also key to making a meaningful film... if the interviewee is uncomfortable they will not open up and share much of their story, they will feel nervous and possibly awkward. Being a good director is important because you need to be organized and operate with the best quality and least time needed. You also need to keep the vibe level positive or else people may get irritated and won't do their best work. Audio is crucial in the film making process... without good audio the whole film lessens in quality- people like clear audio. Follow up questions will help the 'interview' become a conversation, the questions will allow you to relate to the interviewee, as well as show you care about the interviewee not just their answers. You also can get the best answers from follow up questions.

She is slightly looking down and the shot is too far away. Cutting off head?

She is looking up and the shot could move over a little. Cutting off head?

She is looking down and it is too bright and not blurred enough in the background.

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, March 5, 2018

Under the Blood Red Sun

In  the film Under the Blood Red Sun, Mardi Savage is the associate producer and her husband, Tim Savage is the director. An associate producer's job is to write, edit, and organize scripts. A director is the artist behind the camera, they call the shots and organize the cast and crew. Mr and Mrs Savage have worked on many films in Hawai'i. Under the Blood Red Sun is a movie on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the aftermath towards different races at this time in Hawai'i. It is based on true events compiled into one life of a boy... the main character Tomi. It goes through the heart-brake of loss in families, and what happened to Asian families in Hawai'i and across the United States after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

In the beginning of the meeting with Mr and Mrs Savage, I had all of my questions planned, as Mr Tim Savage continued to explain his take on Under the Blood Red Sun my questions were altered and changed. (1)The first question I asked was, "How long did you have the whole crew and cast set out?" He answered by saying that they had a cast they work with regularly, a group that already planned on filming and creating this movie. After finding the hardest character, Tomi, the rest of the characters fell into place. (2) The second question I asked was, " Did you record the sound in a studio and the actors were lip syncing?" He said. that most audio was done at the location, however things happen and they had to do some in studio- which is very difficult to match up to actual lip movement. (3) I then asked, "Did you have to refilm any large amounts of film... if so, why?" He had everything planned out with a shot list so when people thought of new ideas... he knew if they would work or not immediately. They did not have to refilm any large amounts because he almost always worked with multiple cameras and a well planned out shot list. (4) I asked, " How did you direct the swimming seen... was Tomi in the ocean or in a pool?" He told us that he only had about 10 crew and cast members total on set that day... in the water he only had one camera man and himself. They filmed in the ocean, near sand island for about 30 minutes. (5) Lastly I asked, "Were there any complaints on possible racism towards ethnicities throughout the movie?" The opposite happened on reviews... many people commended their take on racism. They wanted to be anti-racist and show this in the film, many complimented and supported their way of showing this.

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 2, 2018

Public Service Announcement

Depending upon the significance, quality, and purpose; I believe a PSA can impact its audience. Public service announcements have the ability to share a relatable problem, in countless different ways. The draw back would be the PSA's ability to bring change to its viewers, PSA's often have topics that are already widely known (anti-tobacco, no underaged drinking, domestic violence, abuse). The key to creating a powerful or impactful PSA is choosing a new topic, something that has a chance of making a change. By the time people hear their fifth video on 'why tobacco is bad for you' the viewers often will stop watching or the message will not have an affect. So in conclusion, I do think a PSA can affect people and their views, but it would have to be in a way that is new, impactful and made of good quality.

I am creating a PSA on 'Fight the Bite', it serves to share the importance of protecting yourself from mosquitoes and their harmful viruses. By publishing this PSA I hope to encourage viewers to make the small changes around their home that will eliminate mosquitoes and their breeding grounds (will be shown in my video). Mosquitoes carry multiple different viruses that can have serious if not fatal repercussions to humans. This topic is important to all citizens of Hawai'i because we have an abundance of mosquitoes, and in recent years there have been over 200 cases of hospitalization stemming from mosquito bites.

The Department of Health is the host of the Fight the Bite. The Department of Health work to promote lifelong health and wellness throughout Hawai'i. The most important rules and guidelines to follow would be the time limit (30-60 seconds), the contest deadline (February 28), and the keep in mind the purpose of the contest. The first two rules are important because without following either of them you will most likely be automatically disqualified. I think there are so many PSA and video contests because companies want to see talent that will affect people of that specific age. For example when high schoolers make a PSA it will most likely be directed toward their peers. Along with a new method to reach teens they also get a free video, well mostly free (except for the contest prize). I think the contest hosts earn the most from contests because they get hundreds of videos that are at their fingertips for possible use. Only a small portion of students will actually earn something from entering.

I had high hopes for my PSA, not realizing how much work and technique it would take. At the end, with time constraints and my busy schedule I think I was able to create something that has good quality, and has an impact. On my rough cut, I got a large amount of critiques, with great solutions... with these I was able to improve my PSA. I re-shot the water pouring video, cutting it with different angles. I also incorporated mosquitos buzzing in the beginning. I also added pauses in between my voiceover, to 'let my footage breather'. I also made my natural sounds continue throughout the whole video. It was definitely worth fixing all of these problems because it made my video sufficiently better! I am happy with my results from the critique. Most of my compliments were how I improved on my scenes and replaced clips. This 'refilming' was the most work and it certainly made an impact on viewers.

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


How to create a cinemagraph (a moving picture... a GIF... with only a small part moving): 1) Use a STEADY camera to film a video that is interesting and will surprise your audience. (something with 1+ motions) 2) Create a freeze frame from your video, placing it above your clip. 3) Add a Draw-Mask to your freeze clip, edit it so the red dots surround only the area you want to move. Make sure to invert mask! 4) Split your video in the middle, drag the first part to behind the second part (making a loop). Add a small cross fade in between your cut videos. Make both your masked freeze-frame and cut video the same length.

For my second cinemagraph I am going to center my coffee maker in the shot. I plan on having a clear mason jar with hot steaming coffee falling into the jar. The stream of coffee and the steam will be the motion and the coffee in the cup will not be moving. I plan on using my camera for better quality. In this cinemagraph the picture is simple and nothing out of the ordinary is moving.

:) My camera was very steady which allowed me to create a good quality cinemagraph.
:( I hope to intensify the creativity as I continue making my second and third cinemagraphs.

:) I love the simplicity of this shot. The objects are centered and are the view point of the film.
:( This cinemagraph was a little harder to edit because the loop had to be very precise in order to make it look realistic and like a good cinemagraph.

In my third attempt I will work on making the motion long lasting and eye catching. A motion that the viewer will follow to the end, a motion that is mesmerizing. I am going to have a cup held under the stream of a kitchen sink. the cup will be overflowing with water and the stream will continue to the bottom of the screen. I plan on having the cup on the right third of the frame. The cup will be clear and held by the left hand.

:) This cinemagraph has a great loop and has a large motion that continues to the bottom of the screen.
:( Because the water size is constantly changing the transition between clips is a bit noticeable.
The purpose of cinemagraphs is the capability of creating a moving picture, that is not a video. Videos have everything moving with no main point of interest. With cinemagraphs you can have everything still, but one motion, this motion can be the point of interest or something totally unexpected. Cinemagraphs can be used in place of images, they bring a bit more detail then a picture could. Cinemagraphs also allow viewers to create a story... why is that moving... what else is happening? Basically a cinemagraph is a video in a picture... or a picture in a video, which I think is pretty awesome.
My critique results were fair. Most of my cinemagraphs are made with hard work, and are pretty unique. I could have worked harder on thinking about new out of the box ideas. Although I did not see many of my ideas before creating them... they aren't very mesmerizing. In order to get a possible four on all of my cinemagraphs I would need to use good quality and editing, as well as new exciting ideas for each cinemagraph. Another thing I could work on is the smoothness of my loops and transitions... this would also help up my score of about 3.3.
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.