Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Final Video Project

My final video project is about the epidemic that phones and social medias has created. I wanted to share a semi fiction story that people are becoming trapped in their phones. I created a story of which a child begins to explore worlds from inside an instagram photo. At the end he finds himself stuck in a phone that died. the message I wanted to share is how people need to put their phone down, get up and go outside. I feel that I rushed this project and could have done a much better job. With more time I could have implemented more editing skills I have learned over the past semester.

Planing my whole video was the hardest part. I always want to just go out and film and see where I end up. However from all the past videos and tutorials on planning a successful video I have been taught that this will leave you empty handed. My biggest road block was the fact that I left for a trip, and did not have much time to film. This time crunch lessened my video quality significantly. In my critique I ended with the most popularity in my visual aspects with message, audio, and editing following in that order. I understand why I was critiqued in this way and feel I would have been able to increase my results with more time... or managing time more efficiently.

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, May 14, 2018

Digital Manipulation

The Surrealist Art movement began in 1920, and has continued to develop since. Today it is when an artist puts together multiple photos to create something different, or out of this world. In my surrealist work I did three photo 'collages'. I first portrayed the idea of a forbidden beach, then I wanted to create the idea that through dreams the mind imagines wild things, lastly I created an image that shows power. writing about my art prior to creating it was difficult, I often changed my original plan/ idea into something new that would look better. The helpful part of writing about the art first is that you will start with your message, not create it later on. My first concept had the largest message, although it was not my favorite aesthetically. This image is the most powerful because it is simple, clean but beautiful.

Hexadecimal colors are computations that represent colors when using online platforms. There are two different types of hexadecimal colors: RGB and CYKM. Typically, RGB should be used when dealing with online materials and CYKM when doing prints. File formatting is key when dealing with any type of file. Lossless files refer to files which can be directly copied to a CD without any loss in quality. Lossy files are when copies will lose quality. Examples of lossy files are: GIF, JPEG, OGG, MP4 and MP3 while lossless files include PNG, BMP, Raw, ALAC, FLAC, and Wav. Your computer may not have enough room for an abundance of a certain type of file. Raster is pixel drawing and more detailed while vector art is when you draw the outline of a shape and it fills it. Dithering can created a dotted affect over an image and also create optical illusions.

New technological developments aid digital media and all visual art majors because we can create images or videos that would be humanly impossible, or very difficult. Other ways to create surrealist art would include; painting and drawing them. With these formats the art wold not be as realistic as photoshopped surrealist images are. You would be able to tell this was made up rather then, possibly realistic. I would have liked to have more time to complete my last image. I would have like to clean up the edges and blend the images together. In my critique my best points were under image cut out. I need to work on blending and opacity and realistic accuracy.


ALD 1.1 Assess how mathematics is used to create and manipulate digital media.
ALD 1.2 Assess how changes in digital technology affects the creation and manipulation of media content.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Photo Challenge

Click HERE to view my 15 day photo challenge album

The 15 day photo challenge is a project in which you submit a photo everyday for 15 school days. However, not any photo will do.Each day has a certain topic, subject, theme, or action as well as a composition, angle or position (CAP). Each day a photo was due, a student lead a critique session for their classes photos. I lead two critiques, my first critique was on light with an eye level angle, my second critique was on sound from a low angle. The topics, light and sound, are very broad, you can do anything as long as you can connect it back to these topics. The CAPs of eye level angle and low angle were fairly simple but easily confused. Eye level is when your camera has not angle whatsoever, perpendicular to the ground, this can be at any height. Low level is when there is an angle less then 90 degrees, pointing lens down but not enough so it is parallel with the ground, that would be birds eye. I have widened my photography technique horizons, I now know how to shoot from different angles and compose photos in a strategical way, that is more appealing to viewers. Along with new techniques I found a way to make each photo of something ''random'' into something meaningful and beautiful.

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, April 24, 2018

Hiki No Personal Style


Mikela, Ella and I are doing a how-to video focusing on developing personal style. We are sharing how style is not necessarily a one word description, a personal style can be found by knowing what you love and what you are comfortable in. We hope to share this message with our audience. Our team worked together to create the best possible advice for others to want to hear and care about, so we are looking forward to explaining the tips in detail. On top of sharing how to find their personal style, the video aims at showing other how to create depth of style by adding accessories. With our rough cut critique we found there were many things to be improved upon. Our way of presenting our ideas along with the sequencing of our b-roll was a bit clashing. With the new way we arranged the b-roll our video now has a much stronger flow, we did not re film or re record and of our materials.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was created to heighten penalization for those who infringe upon copyright. DMCA combines two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Penalization involves six parts: Infringer must pay for any damage that was made, the Law provides range of $200-$150,000 for each work infringed, Infringer pays for attorney fees and court costs, the court can authorize an injunction to stop the infringing acts, the court can impound the legal works, the infringer can go to jail. In order to bypass being penalized, you must gain access. To get permission there are a few steps; first you should check if the material needs permission, then identify the owner, next you must find which rights are needed, contact the owner and negotiate whether a payment is required, lastly get the permission in writing. Fair use is a basic way of using copyrighted materials without getting permission. There are two ways that you can legally use copyrighted material through fair use, commentary and criticism or parody. An example of using commentary and criticism is quoting lines from a song in a music review. An example of parody is when you change the original copy significantly (new words over the beat).

It is important to get permission to film at certain locations because people could possibly claim your footage. Filming on private properties could cause you legal problems. Video release forms are extremely crucial in order to ensure your video is 'safe'. Without these legal contracts anyone in this video can control what is happening to the film or later say they do not agree to using that film. Our final critique results increased on a large scale. Our largest earning part was our editing techniques (3.6/4) used throughout the video. Watching our video aloud we found the sound needed some work throughout the video. We need to lower the volume of the music and limit the amount of time the music changes. Next time we will make our music a bit lower then we want in order to ensure you can fully hear the voiceovers. We can also work on keeping the same background music until the video is at a comfortably place for a change.

Rough Cut Critique
Final Cut Critique

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.

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.