Blog Post #13: Stick a Fork in it

For your final blog post (due 4/15), I’d like you to look back at the semester and take stock of the wonderful work you did, as well as the work we did together. Think of your audience for your post as yourself, with the rest of us (and, of course, the entire Web) listening in. That is, you should write the post to be useful to a current and future you, rather than a text that might be useful to someone else (although it might be, incidentally). You might think about: a review of ideas and themes from the course; directions for future making and thinking; comments on readings you found useful for your thinking, etc. Since you all have widely varying interests and writing styles, I’m not placing a word guideline on this final post. I assume we’ll see a wide variety of responses here, from the creative to essayistic to scattered notes, etc. No need for anything fancy. Looking forward to hearing from you, as always!

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Late Blog 10 Post

Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time) is a documentary about a hardworking Indian boy. The film is mostly without dialogue and simply uses ambient sounds for the soundtrack. This technique gives the film a very natural feel as if the viewer is actually there watching the scenes unfold. This effect is also brought out because there is no narrator making a strong attempt at convincing the audience of some point. The boy’s actions in the film speak for themselves, and need no narrator to emphasize them. However, the time of day appearing periodically on the screen is essential to the story. The time puts the story in the context of just one day, which is vital to showing that this boy has a wide range of tasks to complete in twenty four hours. Also, the displayed time allows the viewer to relate to the boy’s life. Some times that stood out to me were: the very early time that he woke up, the very late time that he went to bed, and the fact that he is just starting school in the afternoon because he has to work in the morning. Another technique of the producers was the style of shooting that they employed. The shots are long and fluid, but the cuts jump and change subject rapidly at times. The quick cuts and rapid subject changes work with the film because the boy is nearly always in the shot, and we are guided by the displayed times, so the context of the story is not lost. The long, fluid shots again lend themselves to the natural voyeur style of the film. These types of shot more closely resemble how an observer would see the events unfold and thereby give this more realistic and tangible element to the film that would have otherwise been lost by a more classical, scripted cinematic approach.

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The Future Is A Remix Of The Past

The future is a remix of the past. You may ask “what the hell does that mean?” First, let’s take a step backwards and take a more holistic approach. Let’s begin by defining the terms past and future. The past is defined as a period of time before the moment of speaking or writing; whereas, on the other hand, the future is defined as a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing. One might say that the past is “known” because it has already occurred but the future is “unknown” because it hasn’t happened yet. I would like to say that I strongly disagree, I believe the future is “known” because it is simply a remix of the past. Nowadays, it is nearly impossible to create digital content that is “new”. Billions of people have inhabited our planet and have created digital content before we were ever born. With so many people inhabiting such a vast planet, how can we every truly be the first person to create something “new”, in other words make something that hasn’t been made before? Simply put, we can’t. It would be absolutely preposterous in this day and age to assume that we are the first person to create a new invention. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but someone has done it before you (they just may not have broadcasted it to the rest of the world). As a result, we live in a digital age where term “new” refers to a remixing of the past. In other words, in today’s age, when we want to create something that is “new”, we take an already existing medium, and modify it to give it a “new” life. We have lived on Earth long enough to know that life itself follows a rhythm. With such a vast past, we should be able to modify the current time period, enabling us to remix the future.

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Three Way Color Corrector, The “+” Button, and The “-” Button

The three way color corrector effect was redesigned to allow for easy color correction within film clips, especially the secondary color correction. The three way color corrector allows the user to easily change the intensity of a color within a film clip.

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To use this feature simply grab one of the “line draggers” from a color wheel and move it around. You will notice that as your drag the “line dragger” around within the color wheel, the clip will begin to change color. The color of the clip attempts to mirror the corresponding “line dragger’s” color. When moving the “line dragger”, you will notice the whole image changes. In order to change a single selection of a clip, simply specify a range that you would like to have adjusted. This will instead adjust the color within a specific range of values instead of the entire clip. The color corrector can be used by both basic and advanced users. The three way color corrector will allow you to adjust the color, hue, saturation, contrast, and brightness. If you are looking for a much more in depth and advanced use of the three way color corrector, please refer to this video tutorial http://www.video2brain.com/en/lessons/using-the-three-way-color-corrector.

There are two other things I would like to briefly mention for my DIY blog. These are random tidbits, but they were my favorite shortcuts to use while editing film clips in Adobe Premier Pro. Sadly, zooming is not as intuitive as one might expect for such an expensive program. Clicking on the timeline and pressing the “+” button will or “-” button will zoom in and zoom out on the time line respectively. These became a life saver for me while working in Adobe Premier Pro. Enjoy!

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Blog 7

In  the article “Challenging Theories of Knowing,” Patricia Dunn defines composition primarily as writing.   Our class defines composition as an arrangement of information in a way that convey a message, done through sound, video, pictures, and written word. When we conflate writing with knowing, it causes a biasism to knowledge. It says that one can only know something if it were able to be written. One can know something from other ways that from reading/writing.  There are other types of knowing, such as intuition. Humans have a natural instinct and a predisposed to know certain information. This type of knowledge is gained mostly by experience and not by any sort of writing. This type of knowledge is also hard to document, its not talked about, its just “done” or  “known”.  There is a common belief that language is the primary form of conveying a thought. Our class challenges this theory by doing just the opposite, we have conveyed messages and thoughts through other mediums in an effective way.

“A medium of communication is not merely a passive conduit for the transmission of information but rather an active force in creating new social patterns and new perceptual realities. A person who is literate has a different worldview than one who receives information exclusively through oral communication.”

– Leonard Shlain “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess”

My belief is that no way of knowing is more important than the other. Each way of knowing adds a new perspective and by combining all of these ways of knowing, we can benefit.

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Blog 5

Watching a full featured film entails you using your sight to see the visual element of the story and your hearing to understand the language element. When watching a foreign film especially in a language you do not understand, your sight is used to comprehend the visual element, which now includes both the language and the images. Your hearing is now used to hear a language that means nothing in a direct understanding of the language. These voices being heard, while the language can not be understood directly, can add to the overall understanding and the enjoyment of the movie as a  whole. While you can read the words and comprehend the story line through its  symbols and the scenes on the screen will show you the descriptive elements, the voice, no matter the language, can set the mood. Words can mean different things and have different extremes, depenending on the emotional context. Even when the words cannot be understood, the way they are being spoken is something that can transend the language barrier. Throughout my college experience, I have had the chance to watch films containing many, many languages that I have never had any sort of contact with. I was still able to enjoy the films to the fullest. The words that i was hearing, even if the seem like the furthest things from words, still served part of their  purpose as their inflection and tone were still telling the story. The fact that this non-traditional way to experience a film still lead to the same understanding result as the traditional way is very interesting. the quote from “Show and Tell,” “And indeed, words and pictures have great powers to tell stories when creators fully exploit them both.”  I feel, definitely speaks to this point.  Using words as a visual  aid and allowing the emotions of the dialogue can be , in some cases but not all, the best way to get to this great power.

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Love Comes With a Little Jealousy

Being an artist, the first thing I learned in most of my early classes was a lesson on composition. Sure it may have been worded in different ways like creating an “edge of the frame assignment” or simply reminding everyone to think of where we want our drawing (or what not) to sit on the page. For one I believe that pencils usually come in handy to sketch out what you want to draw before you crop someone’s head off r something like that. However, at first I found accomplishing this task of creating a good composition on a webpage virtually impossible. So I searched and searched for that one little thing that might make my job a little easier. So this is the time I tell you all of my love affair for z-index. Simply put z-index allows you to overlap things and assign different numbers to divs to tell them which one should be behind the other. You can use negative numbers and positive numbers, the smaller number is the one that goes behind, the larger in front.

An example of css using  this….

            .header

{

            width: 100%;

            height: 200px;

            background-color: #E4E4E4;

            z-index: -1;

}

 

.navbut1

{

            height: 30px;

            width: 200px;

            color: #fff;

            position: absolute;

            left: 175px;

            top: 15px;

            z-index: 3;

}

 

In this case the navigation button would be on top of the header picture. This may seem very simple, well it is, but there are two things that I have found that could end up being a problem. Onr, sometime sometimes my divs get jealous of others with a higher number z-index, they won’t let believe me that I don’t choose favorites. Two, if a link is under something there is a very good possibility that the link won’t be able to work. This could be due to the fact that the links get jealous and refuse to work, or that you can’t click on them if they are covered, even if they are covered by something that is a PNG and does not look like it’s covering it. So, if you’d like to experiment with z-index to get those compositions perfect, treat her nice, and have fun

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Premier IS AWESOME! – Dylan Mercer Blog11

Well, I’m not sure I have anything new to share concerning Adobe Premiere, but I did try to hit the gamit. And Gosh this is a fun program. Incredibly intuitive and if you don’t know how to do something…. google it. Might take all of 20 seconds to come up with a complete and awesome answer. In all this is an awesome program, I totally bought it and excited to use it in the future.

My favorite feature by far is putting media over media and resizing them or overlapping them so that they both play simultaneously. This was so simple it hurt. Put one media over the other media and resize it! Done! I got this idea from the youTube PBS Idea Channel and the idea is this…. one piece of media at a time isn’t enough. Our generations attention span is obliterated and our media needs to represent that. I want movies, dialogue, music, pictures flashing and all of it at once!

The issue now is formatting all this media to work together. Even though the idea is overload, this is not the same as chaos. Premiere has a lot of excellent tool for formatting and editing, in fact that’s the name of the game. Drop the music down here, need it a bit louder here, it doesn’t work at all at this spot, etc. I got incredibly familiar with the setting of time markers for audio. Time Markers also came in handy with moving pictures and objects around the screen.

This isn’t terribly helpful, but I’m not sure I used techniques that don’t just fall intuitively from Premiere. Watching the tutorial videos literally took me more time then figuring out a given effect I wanted to apply by play. This is a testament to how awesome the program is.

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