Summary of MidWeek 4

So far this week, I retouched my knowledge on cinematography, and learned a little bit more about the editing and making of films from a few video clips. I also learned about a new film technique from an article by Roger Ebert.

In the editing and filmmaking reflection, I concentrated on four video clips that all focused on different angles and interpretations. If someone else in the class were to have done these videos, I am sure they would have a different opinion than me on these clips. Film always allows one to have their own opinion on their meaning, as there is always more than one option. These clips were very interesting to view, and supplemented my knowledge of techniques I had learned in my cinema studies class.

“How to Read a Movie” was an interesting piece by Roger Ebert. In my reflection on the article, I mainly state how I feel as though I am back in my English 245 class, listening to my professor talk about film and the many different techniques and messages they portray. This article had a lot of information, but lacked some important factors of film that I wish Ebert did talk about. The article was. never the less, still interesting and filled with information.

The question for this week was to pick a nursery rhyme, and change the story. I had two stories come to mind after reading this question, Old McDonald and The Three Little Pigs. I decided to go with The Three Little Pigs, as I felt Old McDonald would be a bit to gruesome of an ending. For The Three Little Pigs story, I’d have the story be the same, however the wolf never says that he wants to eat the pigs, the three little pigs just assume that. As the wolf climbs down the chimney of the brick house, the match to light the fire, breaks, and there is no other one to use. The pigs huddle together and say their goodbyes as the wolf approaches, but the wolf then says that he just wants to be friends with the pigs. The pigs look confused at first, and do not believe what the wolf is saying, but the wolf says that he is not “a big, bad wolf” but more of “a lone wolf”. He saw the three pigs building their houses, and wanted to welcome them to the neighborhood. After that they all become friends, and the wolf even helps the pigs re-build the two houses he blew down, this time around using bricks. I chose a to do a happy ending for all of the characters, as I felt the lesson was more important in this story than the first. This new story focuses on teaching a lesson to children not to jump to conclusions when seeing someone. Instead to give them a chance, as a great friendship could be the result.

Lastly, for the daily creates, I chose to do the one where you take a picture of a tree on a walk (I was in Richmond these last few days and saw a unique one at Belle Isle), and then the one where we show what beauty is. I chose to do a couple pictures with friends and my dog, as nothing is more beautiful then adventure, love, and lasting memories. I also chose a quote from one of my favorite designers, Coco Chanel, about how beauty is being yourself. This quote has always stuck with me because everyone is beautiful, and you do not need to pretend to be someone your not for others. Being happy with who YOU are is all that matters.



Reflection on Film Making Videos

The videos I focused on for film making were the “Kubrick// One-Point Perspective”, “Examples of Editing Techniques”, “Camera Angles and Techniques”, and “Hitchcock Loves Bikinis”.

“Kubrick// One-Point Perspective” was a really cool montage of all of these famous shots and clips from different films, like the hallway scenes from The Shining. These straight on camera shots always make it feel as though you are really there as a part of the scene. When seeing the scene from The Shining of the boy in the hallway, I thought back to English 245. We looked at that exact scene, and discussed that perspective of the straight shot, and the effect it can have on an audience.

“Examples of Editing Techniques” was a refresher of English 245 as well. It explained how the different cuts used to transition from scene to scene or from shot to shot. I enjoyed seeing them come to life with examples, and getting a better feel for the impact they leave on an audience. For example, a simple cut is not really noticed, however a fade in-fade out cut is noticed, because it has a bigger effect.

“Camera Angles and Techniques” focused on a few different angles used in film. However, I feel as though they mainly focused on the pull in focus shot where the background moves closer to the main focus (i.e. the diner scene with the window showing the parking lot). This video was not my favorite when seeking more information, as I felt they did not really give much insight. They mainly just showed clips from films as examples, which is still a great way to learn about the techniques, but I would have liked to know a bit more information on the different film angles.

Lastly, “Hitchock Loves Bikinis” showed how the same expression of an actor can be looked at differently if the focus point is changed. This was something new I learned, and never really noticed in cinema. I thought it was interesting to see an actor go from looking like a nice old man, to a distasteful old man, all because the focus point changed. This video was almost a life lesson as well, in terms of not being too quick to judge others, as this actor was originally looking at a mother with her child and not a woman in a bikini.

These four filmmaking videos taught me a lot of basic knowledge on cinematography, and this information will be relevant for when I watch television from now on. They changed my perspective on films, and are going to have me thinking outside the box when watching a film, instead of just relaxing and watching television.

Reflection on “How to Read a Movie”

Having taken a class in cinema studies, I felt as if I was sitting in English 245 listening to the professor’s lectures on cinema. Much of the information that Roger Ebert mentioned in “How to Read a Movie” was information that I learned in English 245, however, presented differently. It was interesting to read this article because I had a good understanding of what Ebert was talking about. However, I do wish he went into more specific details about a director’s role in cinema.

I was surprised he did not mention was the term “auteur”. In English 245, we focused on auteurs for weeks, as they are so significant to cinematography. An auteur is a director that shows a specific style or art in his work. An example of an auteur is Baz Luhrmann, who directed The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge. Each film shows a similar style of “twinkling” effects and a glamorous lifestyle.

One thing I learned from this article was the positive and negative tendencies shown within a film. I never really noticed the effect that a film shot tendency would show until reading that part of the article. I started to think of films that used positive and negative tendencies, and one film that came to mind was And Then There Were None, which had a positive and negative focus on characters throughout the whole film.

This article was a great way to reiterate many ideas I learned about in cinema studies class, but it did teach me about some new techniques as well. Since taking cinema studies, I haven’t been able to watch films the same way. This article just gave me a few more things to look out for when watching a show or film.

Summary of the End of Week 3

It’s crazy to think that we are more than half way through this class now. Time is flying by! This week, we learned about sound, and how important it is in the world of media. I got to use my imagination in a whole new perspective with the assignments this week, and had a lot of fun creating the audios for them.

The first assignment I worked on was an audio of “Taking My Dog to the Park” using only sound effects. At first, I thought this assignment was going to be very difficult, but it was surprisingly easy to find all of the sounds I needed to execute the story well enough for an audience to understand, and when listening to the end result, all I could picture was my dog Daisy chasing her tennis ball at the dog park.

I also got to revisit my reversed history on Marilyn Monroe, and bring my story to life in an audio recording. “Marilyn’s Story” was a bit more difficult to maneuver, as I could not do all three voices I had created. As a result, I asked two of my friends to help out, and they did a great job at telling the story. When creating this audio, I first wrote a script, and what sound effects I wanted to use, and then added those effects along with audio recordings. I just had to end the audio recording with one Marilyn’s most iconic song performances, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. It added so much joy to the story, and really added to the belief that she lived a long and happy life. Out of all of the assignments, this was my favorite to work on this week, as I felt I brought the story created last week to life with audio recording. It felt as though I was creating a historical fiction movie of sound.

I got to choose my last two assignments, and chose to do “My Favorite Sounds to Listen to”, and “My Least Favorite Sounds Meshed Together”. Knowing all of these sounds off the top of my head was easy, and it was great to put together my favorite sounds in an audio recording. I actually felt so relaxed when doing it. However, I when it came to my least favorite sounds, I was cringing the whole time and felt stressed out. It was during this assignment that I noticed how much of an impact sound has on us.

Lastly, I chose to do my daily creates on how to write my name in Tifinagh (and I wrote it on a patterned paper of one of my favorite fashion designers, Lily Pulitzer), and also created a graph chart on what my Summer vacation looks like.


This Sound Will Have You Cringing

To me, nothing is more cringe worthy, or annoying than the sound of a baby crying, nails scratching on a chalkboard, someone chewing food with their mouth open, a revving car engine, or a glass breaking. Just typing out these horrible sounds is causing goosebumps, but put them all together, and you have what could be the worst sound ever? It sounds like absolute chaos!

Need to listen to something a little bit softer after hearing that?! Click here to go listen to my favorite sounds.

These are a Few of My Favorite… Sounds

Some of my favorite sounds to hear is rain pattering down on the roof of my house,  walking on crunchy leaves when they all have begun to fall in Autumn, waves breaking at the shore of the beach, the wind rustling through the trees, and lastly a big splash in the pool on a hot summers day. I can picture all of these in my head, and just feel so at ease.

Check out what all of my least favorite sounds sound like when put together.

Marilyn Monroe’s Story

It is August 6, 1962. Marilyn is laying in a hospital bed, attached to a heart monitor that is finally beeping at a steady pace. She wakes up and is confused as to where she is. What happened last night? How is she alive right now?

Will Marilyn live her life, or just go back to drugs? Listen now.

Thank you to Kelly Flynn (voice of the doctor) and Tara Adkins (voice of the narrator) for helping bring this story to life.

Song: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (sung by the iconic Marilyn Monroe)

Do You Want to go to the Dog Park?

One of my favorite things to do when I’m home is spending time with my dog, Daisy. One of her favorite things to do is go to the dog park in our neighborhood. So using only sounds effects, I created a short audio of what it sounds like when taking her to the dog park.

Finding the sounds to use was not too difficult, however making sure the audio didn’t go over 90 seconds was a bit trickier, as I wanted to make this story as easy to follow as possible. I ended up trimming the end, so it ends with dogs barking in the park. Once the result was made, I was quite happy with the outcome.


The suspense of “Moon Graffiti”

“Moon Graffiti” keeps you intrigued throughout the whole audio recording. I am not the biggest fan of audio recordings, unless it is music. I don’t even like audiobooks that much, because I would much rather read a book myself and imagine my own voices for the characters, and give the book my undivided attention. I always find audio a bit of multitasking device, as I tend to listen to audio when I am already doing something. However, “Moon Graffiti” was really fascinating to listen to, and very suspenseful. It was if I were watching a moving, and imagining Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

The creator of this audio listening put a lot of work into this audio, as I could point out background music, the narrator, the voices of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and sound effects. It’s crazy to think that this sixteen minute video took most likely days to edit.

The story keeps the audience intrigued and devoted to listening, and whether one is a fan of science fiction or not, one can easily be drawn into the story. I am not a fan of science fiction, but I was very interested in hearing what happened next. It was great audio recording to listen to after learning more about them in this class, as I noticed these sounds and effects that I probably wouldn’t have noticed before.

Summary of Midweek 3

This week, we began learning about Audio Recordings. We looked at two clips by Jad Abumrad, a audio resources page that explained the editing and use of audio devices, listened to an audio story recording called “Moon Graffiti”, and created two daily creates.

In my reflection post, you can read about what I took away from the Jad Abumrad’s clips and the resources page. I stated that I never would have guessed how much work actually goes into audio recordings.

The “Moon Graffiti” post was really cool to listen to. Before learning more about audio recordings, I would not have been as impressed, but it’s clear that a lot of work went into this 16 minute recording. There is a narrator, recordings of astronauts speaking to one another (static occurs when they speak), sound effects are used, and there is background music used as well. This recording was really interesting, and although I’m not a huge science buff, I enjoyed listening to this recording, as the creator keeps the audience intrigued with all of the different sounds you hear occurring. It was really fascinating to hear an audio recording that is so in depth and detailed.

Lastly, here are my daily creates.