This week went a lot better than last week. I’ve gotten the a lot better at managing my time without being at school. I had a lot of fun again doing the video assignments. They take a lot of time but they’re fun so it makes it feel worth it to spend all the time editing and creating the videos.
My favorite thing I did this week was make a video documentary about a football recruit. I live in a house with a few of my friends and and we had all been stuck inside for awhile. I had been brainstorming ideas for a documentary all day, and when I finally figured out what I wanted to do, I gathered my roomates together and I explained the premise and what I wanted each of them to do. I felt like a director in a way. Splicing all the clips together and adding effects had gotten easy by the time I got around to it.
The daily creates this time were more of a breeze than usual. I created a reminder on my phone to tell me to check the twitter account to see if it was something that I felt like I wanted to do.
All in all this was one of my favorite weeks. I hope I can carry the momentum I had this week over into next week!
Reading Professor Bond’s ideas on our projects really helped me shape what I was thinking about more. At first, I was dead set on doing the project by myself, but after reading some of the other students ideas, and reading what Professor Bond said about physical distancing but still being socially connected, I am having second thoughts. I think that it might be kind of nice to connect with some people online, as I have been in the same house with the same people for 3 weeks.
I saw an idea about creating a board game, and that really got me thinking. I don’t think that I would create a board game, but some type of game would be fun to make.
This was by far my favorite assignment that i’ve ever done. It was fun to get outside and get other people involved in an assignment. It took a little bit to get ahold of the video editing software, but once I got the hang of it, it was game over! I had to be create while also using some of the filming techniques that we had read about. I kept the more negative characters on the left as much as I could
I had some of these clips I filmed last year when I had hip surgery. I decided to finally turn it into a video. I made a highlight tape of tricks I was able to learn while I was on crutches. It was fun splicing all of these clips in to make a little bit of a story.
Crazy week that it has been. I decided to take the second option for the weekly assignments. I felt like with everyone not being on campus, it would be too hard to coordinate everything via texts and canvas messages. The two 5 star assignments that I did were a lot of fun. The first one I did, which was me talking to myself, was pretty hard to figure out. I liked the assignment but it was very tricky figuring out how to make the actual video. In the end I was able to figure it out and I was able to create a pretty cool video. The next assignment I did was to make an advertisement. I made an advertisement for JIF peanut butter. I based the advertisement off of the old chef boyardee advertisement where the can follows the kid out of the supermarket.
The Video Essay was awesome. Reading the articles and watching the videos in preparation taught me so much about how movies are made and the thought that goes into them. The clip I found at first was the perfect clip to use because it followed a lot of the rules that were listed in the article we read.
As always the daily creates just keep coming. All in all this was a great week. I finally got adjusted to the new schedule and the new workspaces I have. I hope next week brings the same!
For my second weekly video assignment, I decided to make a commercial. I love JIF peanut butter so I thought I should make it on JIF! I tried to squeeze the video into a 15 second window because I feel like that is a pretty standard window for an ad. This assignment was more fun than the other one and If I had more resources I feel like I could have made this ad a lot better!
I decided to do choice two. It has me doing two weekly assignments from the video bank. I chose this one because I thought that it would be a lot of fun. It got pretty frustrating but in the end I was able to get the clips together.
For my video essay I decided to analyze a scene from the Wolf of Wall Street.
One of the first things I noticed about his scene was the composition of the scene. In the article “How to read a movie”, the rule of thirds is discussed. This scene shows a perfect example of that. In the main shot in the beginning when Belfort is greeting the two FBI agents. from the article, “A person to the right of that position will seem more positive; to the left, more negative” Belfort and his girls are on the right side of the screen, and the FBI agents on the left are seen as more negative. Belfort is also in much brighter clothes, with lighter hair, and is usually shown with the sun shining on him. According to the article, lighter colors are usually seen as dominant over darker colors. The FBI agents are in black suits so it becomes very apparent that Belfort is the dominant character.
This clip from later in the scene is a great example of a tilt shot. Showing the favorable character (Belfort) from below gives the character a more godly presence than if the camera was over his eye line,
As The FBI agents are walking up, they are already scene as the bad guys and as lesser before they get a chance to talk. This is an extreme high angle shot. This makes the FBI agents seem like pons and the character at the right angle seem like he is over them.
This was such a crazy week. It was tough with school but also with adjusting to everything. Moving to learning everything through facetime has been tricky but I have been able to prevail. This week in this class was a good one. The connected daily creates added a bit more spice to it. I had to think through more on what I was doing and be thoughtful about posts. For an example, I would be about to post something but then I would realize that it did not connect to what I had previously done.
Listening to the radio stations was also really cool. I loved hearing how other groups approached the same project. Everyone was so creative it blew my mind. It was also cool that it was broadcasting like a regular radio station.
Reworking the old assignments was also so cool. It was nice looking through all my old ones and seeing how I would have approached them differently if I were to complete them now. I liked improving on things that I could have done better from the beginning. I also liked adding a current twist to the assignments I revamped.
Overall, this was a hectic week, school and no school , but it was nice having this class as something of a constant.
I struggled a little bit finding ways to make my daily creates connect. I think I finly got the hang of it a little bit but im not sure if its what the assignment wanted me to do.
This daily create was asking to share a picture of public art. My mom is incharge of the public art in my town so this topic hit close to home. I was able to find this picture of the new big mural in Vienna, where I live
This daily create was about happiness. This is a place in vienna that makes me happy and has a lot of public art.
I based these daily crates around where i’m from, Vienna. I don’t know if that’s what the goal of this was but I think that this worked out pretty well.