November 25, 2007

Project 4 Proposal

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November 20, 2007

On a Run

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November 5, 2007

Project 3 Proposal

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October 22, 2007

Nikki S. Lee 18 October 2007

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Final Video

My vision for this project was to create a stop motion video of a lunch that makes itself. Surprisingly, making a stop motion film was much easier than I had ever expected it would be. However, this is not to say it was not time consuming. When I was finished with the project I had taken over a thousand pictures and my video is only three and half minutes long. Doing this project did teach me a lot of things about the genre of stop motion. There are several lessons that I will take from what I learned. The first thing is to plan out your scene ahead of time. This way you don’t get to a point where you have object in the scene that are not meant to be there, and then you must start over. If you think a person was in the clip and not supposed to be take another picture, memory is free. It might seem obvious but try really hard not to bump the tripod. Even the smallest moves are obvious when all the pictures are added together in the video. Be conscious of your light source. This way you are not casting your own shadow into the picture. Lastly, plan on spending a lot of time taking pictures, because it takes longer than expected. In the end, I feel my project is what I set out to accomplish. I would like to have made some things more advanced but this was my first stop motion, and I hope to improve on my next.

October 16, 2007

Video Rough Cut

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October 7, 2007

P2 prop

The initial idea that I have is a how to video for how to party like rock star. It would have a comedic feel to it, and if it works out it will be funny. My initial idea is to have steps that lead to final goal. Some initial ideas for steps: take only the minimal about of credits possible, have no concern about what day of the week it is, show that schedule for the night (in that it is not just the bar/party, it is the pregaming, bar/party, and after bar/party), have no worry about whether or not you are good singer (karaoke at Blarney), and I would like to get some guitar hero footage in there as well but I am not sure how I want to incorporate that part yet. My target audience would be college students. This seems like kind of a no-brainer for the audience because this video will essentially be about the college experience.

I would utilize several different locations for my video. There would be a portion of the video that would take place in my apartment. This would be things in the video when we were pregaming or taking about the evening. Then I would shoot video at the bar or at a party. I would also incorporate comical pictures into the video set to music probably. I also had some thoughts on the soundtrack as well. Some songs that came to mind right away were: “Superstar? by Cypress Hill and “Rockstar? by Nickelback. I am not sure how I would physically shoot the scenes, but I would figure that out as I got more experience with shooting digital video. My subjects for the video would be mainly my friends and myself. This will make it easier to get the shots and the dialog that I want.

Some of the ideas I have thought out in more detail. For instance, the taking the minimal amount of credits. I would have someone registering for classes and the classes would all be things like physical education classes or freshman level courses. For the showing no concern for what day of the week it is I would have two people on the phone and one would propose that they go to the bar and the other friend would remind him that it is Tuesday. Then the other friend would respond that he knew that and it’s the perfect night for going to Big Ten. Then once each scene is completed I am picturing a green check mark and a dinging sounds to show that step to be a rockstar is complete.

September 30, 2007

Sound Mapping

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September 23, 2007

Lowery Stokes Sims Artist Visit

Artist Visit: Lowery Stokes Sims
September 19th, 2007

Lowery Stokes Sims talked mainly about the culture in the United States and the great amount of time and energy we spend thinking about color and races of people. One comment that impacted me was when she said people take “on a desirable ‘covering’ and jettison it when it is convenient.? I agree with Miss Sims on this issue whole-heartedly. I have seen this numerous times in my life. Mostly I have seen this in social situation where someone will act a certain way to assimilate to one group of people and then when they need to change for the next situation. This is simply a way top appease more people without ever fully embracing their our personality.

Another of Miss Sims comments that was interesting was that the world is “flattening economically but not interpersonally.? This was referring to the book The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. His main focus was on the progression of the world economy. Miss Stokes’ theory is that the world is “flattening? economically but we still have work to do when it comes to interpersonal issues. In my eyes this makes perfect sense. It is clear from the ease of international business that we have flattened the world in the economic sense. However, we have not done as well when we look at social issues. Until there is no longer racism and bigotry among people our society will not progress. For instance, there are still people that see someone from the Middle East and think they are a terrorist. This kind of narrow-mindedness will continue to hold back our society.

September 12, 2007

Sunday Drive