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October 30, 2008

emily proj. 2

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October 29, 2008

Amy Project 2 Final Writeup

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The movie I chose to adapt my second project from is The Notebook. The scene of my project is the final scene from the film. In the previous scene, Noah had just had a heart attack. After his recovery, he decides to sneak into Allie's room to visit her. He feels guilty for not having been able to read to Allie from their notebook, as this is typically a daily routine. He enters her room and kneels by the side of her bed. Noah begins speaking to Allie and she wakes. In the movie, she is suffering from Alzheimer's. The notebook Noah reads to Allie consists of their story, meant to jog her memory. During the scene, Allie is able to remember and recognize her husband as the Alzheimer's momentarily recedes. The two discuss the possibility of their love, hoping their love can take them away together that night. They fall asleep holding hands. In the morning, the floor nurse comes to wake Allie. Instead, she finds Noah and Allie; they have both passed on. I chose this scene because I found the scene to be very emotional when I first watched it, even after already having read the book. Furthermore, I felt the emotions would be easy to convey as a scene by itself, with or without prior knowledge of the movie.

I approached this project deciding to parallel the movie scene as accurately as possible. I began detailing out each shot into a story board, which included notating the sound, taking snapshots of the images, notating the camera angles, and notating the camera movement. In order to imitate the scene, my parents played the roles of Noah and Allie, as they're older and would be more believable than actors my age. I played the role of the nurse. Originally, I planned to check out lights to portray the unique lighting in the scene. However, equipment checkout couldn't find any of the light kits when I went to pick them up so I had to do without. Therefore, in order to have the correct lighting, I chose to first fully light the scene while filming so the shots were clear. Then, I decided to edit in Final Cut Pro. Even though the filters made the image less clear, I ended up really liking this because the scene is quite dark and grainy in the original movie. I ended up using slight blue tinting and varying amounts of contrast to match the particular darkness in each shot. In terms of the shot location, I used the only bedroom available that had a single bed with white walls, as the room in the movie was plain. Costumes were created using things already owned, such as the robes and glasses. In terms of the process, I had the original movie up along with my story board. We shot scene by scene, attempting to mimic each shot. Finally, regarding sound, I used the original soundtrack from the movie. While the music playing during the scene was not available, I felt the track used fit well with the scene too. Additionally, due to various camera locations, I needed to adjust the sound in editing so they both could be heard. Tyler pointed out in peer critique that my mom was sometimes softer. Therefore, I played with toggling the clips so she was easier to hear.

The project was meant to obviously portray the emotions of the scene. It's a classic tear-jerking chick flick. However, one could also argue that it explores the connection sometimes created between death and romance. In other forms of media, there are examples of this connection as well. For instance, in a Death Cab for Cutie song, the message is, "Love is watching someone die." Similarly, in a previous New York Time's best seller, The Pact, the two soul-mate characters enter into a suicide pact. All of these use a rather morbid way to demonstrate the lengths someone would go for the people they love. Additionally, this scene shows how difficult it is to imagine life without someone and how in some cases, one just doesn't want to. Another prime example of this notion can be found through Winnie the Pooh when he said, "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

October 22, 2008

For this coming week

Katinka is in China

Monday, 27 October and Wednesday, 29 October

1. Monday is an open workday.

2. Wednesday you will all meet in our classroom to participate in Rough Draft Reviews. Class will begin at 10 am.

Here are your groups:

1. Dane, Amy, Tyler

2. Emily, Alex, Brett

3. Swan, Kaonhou, Lauren

4. Emmanuel, Johnathon, Jordain

Please be critical and thoughtful during your reviews. Trust your instincts and speak your mind. This process is meant to help you develop your projects, to really craft the edit and hone in on the emotive quality of your project. Remember, the ultimate goal is make us see and feel why you this scene made you cry!

When you write about your project for the day of critique, you must talk about this peer review process.

We will have critique on Monday, 11 November.

You project writing and media must be posted to the blog by critique time, 9am. Follow the same instructions as you did for project 1.

I look forward to seeing your projects!

setting up a project in FCP

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October 20, 2008


The scene I have selected is from the film, I am Legend. The film's premise revolves around a devastating viral outbreak. The scientist/savior played by Will Smith, has created an antidote and is trying to save mankind and bring them back to their original human form as the people have turned into zombies. Smith's character is isolated his only companion is his dog Sam.

The scene I have chosen is the scene where Sam takes off chasing a deer, a natural dog response, a kind pleasurable escape, as the dog forgets about the dangerous world and what grave danger lies in the wharehouse, where the zombies reside. Smith's character goes is in desperately trying to save his companion.

My character however will not be as isolated, I will have friends but I only have one sister Sam, (Samira).I will be recreating the scene with an emphasis on the notion of abandonment and the feeling of helplessness when my character tries to save someone from their own zombie state. I am Legend is a Sci-Fi ish/ horror movie but the sadness for me in the film was the intensity of fear of how close can you come to losing someone to a zombie state, and what can the fear of losing a loved one to zombie state motivate an individual to do to save them.

I will imitate the shots of looking for my loved one a flashlight exploring the sensations of darkness,fear, and unknown but assumed present dangers. Filmming at night and in darker areas, a garage, an alley, possibly a darkly lit car or bar I will work with the elements of the darkness to try to recreate forth the intensity of fear to create feelings of climaxing a possible horrible impending sadness and loss of possibly losing my sister to zombieness/death of soul.

October 18, 2008

Jordain Chinander - Visiting Artist Response

For my visiting artist assignment I have decided to write about a lecture and book reading that was given by author Neil Gaiman on October 9th at the United Church of Christ, in St. Paul. The lecture was part of a promotional book tour for Gaiman’s newest novel “The Graveyard Book.? At the event there was also a sneak-peak for the not yet released stop-motion-animation production of his well-received book “Coraline.? In addition to the typical book tour venue geared towards selling his book, Neil also spoke briefly about himself and his background as an artist. Finally, at the end of the evening, Gaiman took submitted questions from the audience including one of my own inquiries. I was very impressed with the work Neil presented, with hearing about himself, and especially having my question answered by the author.

On Wednesday October 9th I attended a lecture and reading given by author Neil Gaiman at the final stop in his book tour promoting his newest book “The Graveyard Book? as well as the production of his famed book “Coraline? into a feature film. Gaiman began by giving a short lecture about himself, his history as a writer, and finally a brief background of the book. Afterwards he read the final chapter in the book to the audience, explaining that he had read one single chapter to each city he visited beginning at the start of the book and now finishing with St. Paul.

After he read from his new book he gave us a quick history of his best-selling book Coraline, and explained how it, like “Mirror Mask? and “Stardust? before it, was going to be made into a feature-length film. We were then treated to a sneak preview of the film. The movie has been made entirely in stop-motion animation; the same director and crew who made “The Nightmare Before Christmas? created it. The movie stars Dakota Fanning as the voice of Coraline, the main character. Based on the preview I saw, this movie looks like I will be just as entertaining as “Stardust? and “Mirror Mask? were.

As an artist, Neil Gaiman is an extremely well versed creator. He is multi-talented, having worked on books geared for many audiences ranging from small children to adults. He has also worked on films, as I mentioned earlier, and he is additionally well loved in the world of comics and graphic novels.

One of Neil’s most famous works was a series he picked up from DC Comics called “The Sandman.? “The Sandman? series was originally created and introduced by the company a number of years ago, however it was unsuccessful and was eventually dropped until Gaiman reintroduced it in 1989.

Since the reintroduction and of “The Sandman,? Gaiman has worked with both of the other top Comic book companies Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics.

Similar to his re-adaptations of failed comic book series, Gaiman was also employed to adapt the concepts of Japanese legendary director Hayo Miyazaki’s drawings for “Princess Mononoke? into a script version for the feature length animated film. I think this shows the writer’s talent for being extraordinarily adaptable in his writing for not only his own works but the work of others as well.

Mr. Gaiman spoke to us briefly about himself and his history in regards to its influence on him as a writer. He is modest however about his numerous achievements. Rather than boast about himself he spoke more about his years living in London and the effects the English lifestyle had on his writing. He also mentioned that his family, especially his children, have always been an inspiration for the characters in his books.

After having spoken about his personal life, career and influences, Neil took questions from the audience. All of the questions pre-written a submitted before Mr. Gaiman took the stage. I wrote one to him asking for his advice in regards to how a young college Arts major, such as myself, might make my way into the field of Illustrating for a large comic book company such as DC, Marvel, or Dark Horse.

Gaiman’s response t my question was very inspiring and helpful. He advised me to draw often and really hone my skills once I feel confident in my talents; he suggested that I create a portfolio that is dynamic and professional. Once I have a firm portfolio in place he said that I should create numerous copies of it and send it into not only those three major comic book companies, but to news papers, magazines and any other publishing mediums that would put my name out there but also anyone who would be in contact with a comic book company.

What I took from Mr. Gaiman’s advice, as having been the most useful was the concept of submitting my work to those outside of my intended field of work to build myself a strong foundation as a versatile artist. I suppose this makes perfect sense coming from an artist who works in a multitude of mediums himself. I was also inspired by the way in which he gave me the advice. He spoke in such a manner that I felt it was as though he completer confidence in my ability to make work for myself with the employers I mentioned by putting a little effort into my portfolio and by having a little faith in myself.

The entire experience was inspiring and enriching for me, I really enjoyed attending this event. I learned a lot about what makes one of my favorite authors tick. I also received valuable advice and was treated to a free reading and preview as well. I thouroughly enjoyed the lecture and look forward to Neil Gaiman’s next visit.

October 15, 2008


The Walker Art Center's student open house is a free evening of music, a film, and art making activities for high school and college students. It is on Oct. 16th, beginning at 5pm.

The Afternoon Records label will be having a showcase of their artists, including Now Now Every Children and Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble.

The graffiti documentary Bomb It will be shown in the McGuire Cinema.

Artist Peyton will be holding a graffiti based art making activity in the Art Lab.

It should be a lot of fun, it is free, and is something artsy to do on a Thursday night.

Tyler Update to Project #2 Proposal

I have decided to go a different direction with my second project. I have decided to step away from remaking a scene from Men of Honor on the basis of not being able to find a good scene/setting as well as trying to find enough people to make my remake look like an actual courtroom. I have decided to remake a scene from the comedy, still in some theaters, Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Riley.

The scene that I will be remaking will be the scene after Dale and Brennan have gotten into a fight in front of all the neighbors on the front lawn. They are sitting in the living room watching a show on Animal Planet during Shark Week. Their parents walk in and go though a disciplining talk about them growing up and getting jobs to start supporting themselves.

I think that this scene is absolutely hilareous although it is one of many scenes in the movie that made me laugh so hard I cried. (I have already seen the movie twice in theater and of course plan on buying it the day it comes out.) I think that this remake will be a very fun project. I have chosen my living room as the scene to match up with the movie. I think that the props should be fairly easy to get as they are just typical household products.

I will enlist the help of one of my friends to play Dale and I will be playing Brennan. I have not decided whether we will also be playing the parents or if I can get two more people to help me with that.


The End of Photography: Meditations on the Birth, Death and Meaning of a Medium
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2 – 3 p.m.

Pillsbury Auditorium

Lecturer: Peter Bacon Hales

Photography as an artistic medium has eroded dramatically in recent decades. The integration of photographic materials by painters has blurred traditional lines. Simultaneously, digital photography, with its capacities for manipulation, modulation, and transformation, has converted photographs into objects taken to be objects made over.

What this means for photography’s future is a subject of intense speculation, even as photographers—or those using photography—redefine the terms of the debate. Using contemporary photographs by artists Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky, and others, and historical photographs dating back to the medium’s birth in 1826, Hales will explore the implications of crisis and promise in contemporary photography.

Peter Bacon Hales is chair and professor of the History of Art Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he is also the director emeritus of the American Studies Institute.

Co-presented by Public Programs and the Photography Curatorial Council of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Admission: $5; free to MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or register online at www.artsmia.org

At the MIA

INDIA: Public Places, Private Spaces—Contemporary Photography and Video Art
This exhibition presents contemporary Indian photography and video art of the last quarter century, ranging from straightforward photojournalism to highly contrived personal expressions. The twenty-eight artists included in this exhibition provide rich insights into the dynamics shaping the contemporary Indian psyche and social sphere, including deeply rooted cultural practices, dramatic economic and political shifts and the pervasive influence of the media. As they use their cameras to observe, analyze, interpret and subvert, these artists traverse many realms of experience, from the inescapable shared spectacle of the worlds of politics and Bollywood to the enigmatic territory of the artists' imagination. They investigate identity as a social construct, engage issues of gender and sexuality, and explore the effects of population migrations. As a result, the lens moves from the street to the home and from the body politic to the body of the artist.

Increasingly, Indian photographers and video artists insist that their work be more than simply a visual record that mirrors an easily discernable world. They have found more subjective ways to engage the Indian and global social domains, often performing for the camera and constructing narratives. With insight and poignancy, honesty and audacity, humor and irony, these artists create works with many levels of meaning. They encourage us to look beyond the surface, and to consider India anew.

Link to exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

October 8, 2008

Monday, 13 October class meets at 9:30

same place, different time.

October 7, 2008

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento Lecture at MCAD

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento

When: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1p.m.
Where: MCAD Auditorium 150

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento's futuristic constructions and images occupy a space between art and architecture that calls attention to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of forms. Their conceptual and formal investigations cross diverse fields such as philosophy, politics, economics, and history to construct platforms for discussion about the anxieties of our times, depletion of world resources, alienation, and borderlines. While balancing a practice between producing and preserving energy, clustering and knitting, elevating and suspending, Saraceno and Pesavento invite us to visualize new horizons and goals. Co-presented by the Walker Art Center and MCAD.

This event is free and open to the public. Click for directions to campus.

October 6, 2008

Brett Westgor Project 1

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As soon as I started creating my stop-motion animation project, I knew the whole story was going to flip around. At first my project was going to be about a penguin that pulled objects out of his hat hoping to find something useful to get him off an iceberg lost as sea. As time went on, I worked with my project longer and found that I wanted to create something stranger. I drew my story on a total of three different sheets of paper. I would draw a picture, take a photo, and then change the picture slightly followed by another photo.
The beginning of my story starts out the same as I intended with a penguin asleep on the ice. Soon the sun melts the ice and the penguin begins to drift out to sea. When he wakes up, he finds he is not where he wants to be. He picks up his hat and puts it on his head. Soon the hat grows bigger and he disappears inside of it as it swallows his body. The camera zooms in on the hat and the picture fades into another scene. I felt this was a great time to start another piece of paper. It also gave me a chance for a transition in the story itself.
In the next scene, the camera backs away from the center of his eye and freezes for a second showing his face in a blank stare. The lighting changes in order to suggest that he is nowhere near the time or place he was on the iceberg. Within his eye, a second penguin is shown and this penguin is colored in black. Within the second penguin’s eye, a third penguin appears that is also in white. The penguin colored in black is the original penguin while the others are colorless and almost expressionless. As the black penguin blinks, he gets rid of the smallest colorless penguin. He then looks up to realize that the biggest penguin is going to do the same to him. As he begins to scream for help, he is blinked away. The largest penguin then pours out a black blob, which is what’s left of the original penguin. The blob slides down his backside and down to the bottom end of the page. I felt it was best to start another piece of paper for the last scene.
For the last part of the story, I drew everything backwards in order to show the pencil marks disappearing instead of growing throughout the paper and movie. The penguin falls from the sky as a black blob and is pulled together again at the same point from which he started. Drawing out this project took a lot of work and time. If I had the chance to re-start, I would definitely do it a different way. I do admit though, it was fun to see my pictures in action after I had finished.

Jonathon Robbins Project 1

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Project 2 Emily Proposal

For my second project I will be reproducing a scene from the film "I am Sam." The particular scene from this movie is about mid way through the film. Sam Dawson, a mentally retarded grown man, has a daughter with a beggar woman on the street. The woman leaves him and his daughter. Sam Dawson is obsessed with The Beetles and names his daughter Lucy Diamond, after the popular song written by the Beetles. The scene where Lucy is taken away from her father Sam is the scene which I will be reproducing. The entire movie made me cry, but since I have to pick one scene, this is the one.

In the scene, Lucy has reached the age of 7. She has a birthday party and becomes very angry with her father for embarrassing her in front of her friends. She lies and tries to act tough in front of some boys in her class who keep harassing her father by calling him a "retard." Lucy ends up yelling at her father Sam and Sam does not quite understand why she is acting in such a bi-polar way suddenly. Sam only wants his daughter to be happy, but Lucy is now reaching the level of intelligence that Sam will never pass. This makes Lucy become the caretaker of her own father, rather that it being the other way around. Sam is losing control of the situation in his life, and he begins to realize, slowly, that there is more to a relationship sometimes than simply love.

Emily Project 1

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I have decided to change my initial proposal to something completely different. After a lot of thinking, I have decided to create a story using photography to display an animated dance-off between me and Jello. The series will start out with and introduction titled "dance off" "me vs. Jello" and various information to let the audience get an idea of the basic concept. I will be using stop-motion photography to display a fluid animated movement of myself and then the jello, bouncing back and forth between the two to give the illusion of a dance-off or competition. Music will change at each series change. Meaning, each time the focus switched from me to the jello, or jello to me, the music will change to create a dynamic of difficulty and competition. I will also use varied time intervals of photographs to show slow-motion and fast-motion contrasts between dance moves. This will create a matrix type of appearance at times and give the dancing dimension. Using different colors and molds of the jello, for a trick, the jello will appear to change drastically at times and take on a life of it's own.
In the end, I chase the jello and decide that eating it is a much better idea. After a Hectic chase, I finally catch the jello, and gobble it down. The final scene series will end with a happy me, and the jello saying "yay" from my belly. Which I will try to animate using a trick by holding a drawing of jello in front of my belly as if to have an inside view and to display the written word "yay" on the side like a comic book script to show the jello actually displaying an audio representation without the actual use of it's sound.

Kaonhou Project 2 Proposal

For the second project, I will be remaking a scene from the film, A Little Princess. This film based off a book by the same title was one of the first books I read as a kid, and I remember just bawling throughout the entire book. I watched the movie not long afterwards, and I cried, as well. It was one of the first films that I felt stayed true to the book.

I have chosen the scene that takes place not long after Sara discovers that her father died in the war, and to make up for the debts that she has incurred at the boarding school, she has to work there as a maid. She is lying awake in her room, and Becky, the African American slave, asks Sara from the room over to tell her about India. Sara looks at the birthday gift that Becky gave her, which is a hand sewn pillow with images of India. They fall asleep, and Sara awakens to the snow falling outside. This is when Sara regains the "magic" of her storytelling. The way it was filmed was so beautiful that I cried. I don't cry over it nowadays, but it still touches my heart.
You can find the scene I'm talking about here. It takes place 5:19 minutes into this video segment, and lasts for about 3 minutes.

My two sisters will play the parts of Sara and Becky, and I will be playing the part of the Indian guy that lives next door to the school. I will be changing the story line a little. For example, the names of all the characters will be changed, but their personalities will stay the same. Also, instead of dreaming about India, the character will be dreaming of a kingdom in China. The reason for these changes is because I want to remake the scene to fit the legend of the Hmong kingdom. Today, there still exists stories and prophecies that claim that the Hmong will get their kingdom back. Even though I don't believe in this story, there's a lot of creativity and possibilities that can be explored and captured.

Dane Thomforde - Project 1

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Lauren: Project 2 Proposal

The movie I chose for my re-enactment is Life is Beautiful. I was actually battling between Life is Beautiful and the Lion King but I felt that Life is Beautiful resonated with me more as some of my family members were lost in the Holocaust as well. But the scene that I chose from this movie is one of the final scenes where the Nazis are losing the war and trying to destroy evidence by sending away all of the prisoners in the camps. While this is happening the main character, Guido, hides his son in a small mailbox (I think that's what it is...) while he tries to find his wife Dora in another part of the camp. He tells his son not to come out until everything is quiet and no one is around. After this, as he tries to find his wife, Guido is caught by one of the Nazi soldiers and is taken off to be shot. But as he walks off he passes by the mailbox with his son in it and does a funny march for his boy. Then Guido is taken around a corner and you hear a gunshot and then the soldier walks out alone. I find this scene so sad because of what these characters endured throughout the entire movie and then at the very end when they are about to be liberated Guido dies. I also love it because throughout the entire film Guido uses humor to help keep his son and himself alive and even until the very end Guido still uses humor with his funny march.

To re-enact this scene I think that I want to do it shot by shot and storyboard it out keeping as true to the movie as possible. The only thing is that the scene is quite long and involved and I want it mainly to show the father and son so I may consider limiting the re-enactment to part of the scene. As for the setting I will have it be pretty simple to the original because the film is set in the 40's it'll be hard for me to replicate exactly. I'm planning though on having the set be relatively dark with low lighting. I also will be shooting it outdoors with a lot of buildings around. For the mailbox that the boy hides in I may also replace it with a closet that he hides in. As for the costumes they will be dark and look shabbier. For the Nazi soldier I think wearing boots, the Nazi insignia, and a squirt gun would cover it. I haven't enlisted anyone to play the parts yet but I think that I would play the part of the boy. Sound will also be important especially with the sound of the gunshot but also I'm going to try and use sound to help develop the mood. This movie was really moving for me and I think that it will be challenging to try and recreate it without it being cheesy but I'm really looking forward to it.

October 5, 2008

Jordain Chinander Project 2

ArtS 1601 Time and Interactivity
Jordain K. Chinander

Project Two Proposal

For this project I would like to re-enact a scene from the movie The Land Before Time. It was my favorite movie as a child and seems to be the modal for other movies that make me cry. I will act out the scene with my mother co-starring the scene. I will use minimal props and a suggestive but unrelated set. I will also place the theme song the movie sung by Diana Ross, softly beneath the dialogue. I do not think that this re-enactment will have the same emotional effects on the viewer that it had on me at age five, however it will still be of interest to watch no doubt.

I chose the movie The Land Before Time because as a young child I would watch the animated feature over and over yet each time I saw the early scene in the movie where the main character Little-foot’s mother dies I would cry. I usually skipped over that part because it made me so sad. I continuously had nightmares of my own mother dying based on that movie. Later I found similar situations brought me to tears as well. For instance the movie Bambi and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape both made me very emotionally distraught when the mother character dies in each of those two. Each of these movies made me fear I would lose my mother too. I believe the fear was distilled in me at an early age from watching the Land Before Time.

Because the deep-rooted fear I have of losing my mother is the real reason I believe for being so moved by this movie, I want to act out the scene with my mother. She will play the role of Little-foot’s mother and I will play Little-foot.

The scene require few props only some suggestive costuming to imply that we are dinosaurs and the set will be consisted of a bland and dark room with a plain bed to hit at the scenery in the movie.

My mother will lie on the bed and act as Little-foot’s dying mother speaking her last words to him. I will kneel beside the bed speaking with her and hearing her final instructions to me.

The scene will be either filmed from a tri-pod at various angles and positions unmanned, or I will use a family member to manually film each shot.

I know that this movie is really emotionally charged for me personally, and that I may even have difficulty re-enacting it, however I think that from the audience point of view it will be comedic. Whether the audience finds the scene sad or humorous I think that this will be a very therapeutic assignment nonetheless.

Tyler Connolly Project #2 Proposal

The scene from a movie that made me cry is the scene from Men of Honor, with Robert De Niro, as Chief Billy Sunday, and Cuba Gooding Jr., as Chief Carl Brashear, when after Chief Brashear’s leg was amputated and he is on trial to determine whether he can continue to be a Navy diver, Chief Sunday goes through the commands to prove that Chief Brashear can still with stand the physical difficulty associated with becoming a Navy diver.

I intend on approaching the remake by watching the scene multiple times and then filming the remake. This will hopefully show what parts I become most attached to emotionally and show how much the story can captivate a mind to the point that small details lay by the wayside while the impact of the moment takes control of the viewer.

I am thinking of playing all parts in the scene. This would be the easiest to not have to coordinate a large group of people to act in a courtroom setting. I think it would also show much more about the impact that the scene is having on me in how I act the parts of different characters in the scene.
For the diving suit I plan on using hunting waiters and possibly a motorcycle helmet. (I think this will look really cool!) As far as the location of the scene, I may have to shoot the scene closer to the characters in the remake than in the original film, unless I can develop a way to remake the look of a courtroom. The other thing I was thinking about doing is finding a way to reset the scene outside. It would obviously making location much easier, I would just have to find how to not make that look like a cop-out and incorporate that in some way into the remade scene.

It was originally hard to find a movie, much less a specific scene that made me cry because to be honest (no, it’s not that I don’t cry) I don’t watch all that many movies that would make someone cry (mostly action and comedy). I think I will have a lot of fun remaking the movie. I know it made my dad cry to when he first watched it. I might have to enlist him in being Chief Billy Sunday. He is a Minneapolis Fire Captain and pretty good at belting out orders…
For those of you that have never seen this movie, I found the scene on YouTube.com…


October 3, 2008

Amy: Project 2 Proposal

My scene will be based on a particular scene from the movie, The Notebook. The scene is one of the final scenes in the film. In the scene, Noah visits Allie in her nursing home room after she had a health scare. Noah begins to speak, and Allie wakes. For those few moments, her Alzheimer’s recedes, allowing her to recognize Noah as her husband. The two discuss the possibility of their love, hoping their love can take them away together. They fall asleep holding hands. In the morning, the floor nurse comes to check on Allie. Instead, she finds Noah and Allie still holding hands. They have both passed on. I chose this scene because I found the scene to be very emotional. Furthermore, I felt the emotions would be easy to convey as a scene by itself, with or without prior knowledge of the movie.

This scene will be created with the help of my family members. They will be playing the roles of Noah and Allie, while I will play the role of the nurse. Regarding my proposed technique, I will storyboard each shot during the scene. This way, I will be able to note important camera angles, camera movement, and set lighting. Furthermore, it will assist in my planning of how to pull off the angles and execute the camera movement. I plan on utilizing lights. Even though the majority of the scene is taking place in the middle of the night, adequate lighting is necessary for the scene to film clearly. Therefore, in order to have the scene appear as a night scene, I feel tinting and toning would be appropriate effects to use. In terms of the shoot location, the scene will be shot in a bedroom. However, I am unsure which bedroom to use. The room used in the film is plain and empty. Such a room might be difficult to find in order to mirror the feel of a nursing home. The props required in this scene are minimal. The most important element in terms of props is the costume element. The costumes will involve robes or pajamas to echo the costumes in The Notebook. Finally, I have not decided how to approach the sound. One option is to create my own music that will imitate the music used during the scene. The second option is to use the appropriate track from the movie soundtrack if available.

October 2, 2008

Tyler Connolly Project #1

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The stop-motion animation project for me was a little bit of a struggle. I never had a solid idea for what my project would be about when I first started shooting the images. It was much more difficult to try to input the trick and make a more interesting movie than taking pictures during a day at the University.

For my tricks I tried to incorporate the use of a normal occurrence, eating a slice of pizza, as a potential time travel activation and hazardous action. I also used the color of pictures to represent which images where the future coming back into the present and the color images acted as the present moving towards the future. It was interesting to try to make the images do as much of the talking as possible because making the movie say that the same person is moving forward and backwards at the same time can be quite difficult.

In the end, with time constraint and the inability to find a way for the images to speak for themselves, I added text to hopefully guide the viewer in the intended direction of the film, to look a little bit close at what we would call ordinary and try to think of ways that you can make your life more interesting!

October 1, 2008

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Kaonhou Project 1

In our everyday lives, we think that our lives are mundane. We do the same thing day after day after day, and we forget that each day is different from the next. Paulo Coehlo said in an interview once that there's a magic moment each day and that the magic moment occurs at different times of the day and is available for different durations. I wanted to convey that we have the power to change our lives. The chances are there everyday, and we just have to grab onto them.

This project began as a story about an overprotective girl who travels to the spiritual world to save her best friend, who had been spirited away by an evil spirit. I had planned to use cutouts that I would make myself, and designed the characters on paper. However, I quickly discovered that my vision for the project was very detailed, and therefore, too time consuming for someone like me who has no experience. I reluctantly abandoned the idea (for the time being), and let my hands decide a simple cutout design. The image of the little doll that was left behind after the battle at the village by the mountain pass in Disney's Mulan came to mind. Then I pretty much let the cutout characters create their story line. What came out of it was a short animation about two girls playing at a park and how they manipulate the objects in their surroundings to have fun.

I played a lot with the time durations of the pictures, as well as using the same pictures in different parts of the animation with different durations. Pictures that had the longest time duration were those that set up the environment for the audience because I wanted the audience to be able to "settle" onto the setting. Other pictures that had long time durations were moments where I used the object-based trick of making objects disappear or change. I also added a blinking transition in those moments to infer that an object will disappear or change.

I initially wanted to use sound for this project as well, but with the new time constraint, I discovered that I would not be able to do it. I haven't quite figured out if it's just me trying to be a perfectionist or what not, but the animation does feel incomplete to me without sound. My idea was to use onomatopoeias as the sounds in the animation. For example, to show that the characters were speaking to one another, they would both be saying, "Yakety-yak-yak," back and forth.

Overall, I enjoyed the process I went through to get this final product. I had a lot of fun and learned some new techniques and tools. With practice, experience, and a whole lot of perseverance and passion, I know that I will eventually be able to create films that reflect my visions in its entirety.

Lauren Project 1

Media Mill Video

My animation revolves around a hungry dog in search of food. Unfortunately the place he is directed to by other dogs fails to provide him with food since absolutely "no dogs" are allowed to enter the store. The structure of the story is basically the same as my original idea except for the ending. Originally I was going to have the hungry dog be successful and get his sandwich but in the end I decided that the dog would fail simply because he went into the wrong store; the free food is being given away at the store next door. I thought it would give a twist on a story that had an obvious and expected ending but also lets the viewer be on the inside while leaving the dog in the dark.

My original idea and inspiration for the story was based on Chaplin's comedy and physical humor. I hope I captured a little bit of that in this project. I intentionally used a Scottie dog because it is a littler breed and has more sympathetic qualities than other kinds of dogs that are associated with being strong or independent. I used the Scottie dog because of Chaplin's character the Tramp was a small guy who was usually pitted against the big guy and also because he was a sympathetic character even when he did 'bad' things. I also attempted to make the dog have dark eyes and a little mustache to resemble Chaplin.

After starting on my project I also changed and developed new ideas for the types of tricks I was going to use since I realized some of them didn't really help the narrative but just would be kind of cool. So, for the tricks in my animation I mostly focused on time-based tricks using the computer techniques such as dissolves and changing the duration of my images from slow to fast to create tension in the story. I also use an object-based trick where the dog enters the sandwich shop, looks around and then the shop keeper appears out of nowhere. It was a lot of fun to play around with the tricks and the duration of the images. One other technique I used was repetition of both sounds and sequences to create anticipation in the viewer of what will happen next.

Another aspect that I changed since my original idea was the use of sound in my project. I really wanted the images to stand completely on their own and be entertaining and make sense narratively. Unfortunately, some of the images I shot would only make sense if there was sound - such as sound effects for entering the shop. I started playing around with the sound effects and think the project is much better with the additions and I'm sure could be improved upon even more. The sounds helped me not only make sense of the narrative but also helped to create tension and ambience.

Overall, it took awhile but it was a fun project to put together and experiment with; I really like the stop-motion process and technique.