Sophronia will follow the 5-7pm exhibit opening of
Signs & Wonders by Jim Klueg and Fatih Benzer
Don't miss both events!
The Sophronia Project is a digital media installation and interactive performance by artist Joellyn Rock, multimedia composer Kathy McTavish, netprov creator Rob Wittig and a gang of collaborators. Electronic music by Tobin Dack. The collaborative project offers both physical and virtual space where participants may spin their own stories of Sophronia. On the walls, the graffiti angel mixes text and digital imagery gleaned from the project database... In a glowing tent, the audience can play along with projected video and digital animations to become part of the carnival... Come see what is illuminated when these two half-cities collide!
THANKS: Sophronia was first presented at Northern Spark 2014 with the support of Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center. Special thanks to the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at University of Minnesota Duluth. Joellyn Rock is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (www.aracouncil.org) which is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Minnesota State Legislature, and The McKnight Foundation.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515379808673708/
More info at http://robwit.net/sophronia/
Film Noir (literally 'black film or cinema') was coined by French film critics (first by Nino Frank in 1946) who noticed the trend of how 'dark', downbeat and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France to theatres following the war, such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), Murder, My Sweet (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), The Woman in the Window (1944), and Laura (1944). A wide range of films reflected the resultant tensions and insecurities of the time period, and counter-balanced the optimism of Hollywood's musicals and comedies. Fear, mistrust, bleakness, loss of innocence, despair and paranoia are readily evident in noir, reflecting the 'chilly' Cold War period when the threat of nuclear annihilation was ever-present. The criminal, violent, misogynistic, hard-boiled, or greedy perspectives of anti-heroes in film noir were a metaphoric symptom of society's evils, with a strong undercurrent of moral conflict, purposelessness and sense of injustice. There were rarely happy or optimistic endings in noirs.
Here is their list of Film Noir films:
The females in film noir were either of two types (or archetypes) - dutiful, reliable, trustworthy and loving women; or femmes fatales - mysterious, duplicitous, double-crossing, gorgeous, unloving, predatory, tough-sweet, unreliable, irresponsible, manipulative and desperate women.
See this site's special tribute to Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir
Film Noir links
Roger Ebert's guide to Film Noir
RULES OF THE 1940'S AND 50'S OF AMERICAN FILM NOIR. BBC DOCUMENTARY.
The Basics of Lighting for Film Noir
three point lighting and some of the tools for shooting Film Noir
Watch Mojo.com top 10 film noir list:
"experts fail to agree on a standard definition for the genre, we're limiting our choices to gritty, cynical thrillers and crime dramas from the early-'40s to late-'50s that are shot in black-and-white."
What new thing have you recently noticed in Digital Culture? It could be a trend in social media, a special effect in film making, a behavior with digital devices, a new technology for creativity, a digital work of art you saw in a museum... or on the internet...or on the street. It should be something that ignites your curiosity about how humans and digital media interact...
Please post the short description of what you have recently noticed in Digital Culture... as a comment to this blog entry. In class I will show you how to post to the blog. (I need to approve your posts, so it's best to do it first in class) Tell us what you have noticed and credit your source...write about 200 words including what it is, who made it, and what you think about it. Include the entire URL address at the end of your post. (http...)
Here are some new developments in digital culture and media tools I've noticed recently:
Instagram's Hyperlapse App:
Hyperlapse from Instagram is an app designed to help you capture hyper-fast, ultra-smooth timelapse videos
Nearables are sticker devices that help apps "see" their surroundings via motion and temperature sensors that communicate with nearby devices via Bluetooth...
Drone Tours Over Duluth, MN
A local aerial photography and cinematography company in Duluth, Minnesota has shared a "Duluth Drone Experience" video that goes all around the city of Duluth.
This spring, UMD Acting for the Camera students and Visual Narratives filmmakers collaborated to create short video projects, each integrating a glass from this set. Scenerios were brainstormed, locations scouted, characters invented, scripts developed. Six teams went into production, shooting 6 different scripts, each featuring at least 2 actors in speaking roles. Each story varied in choice of setting, character conflicts, mood and genre. Each filmmaker edited a unique cut of their project. Music students created original compositions used in sound tracks for many of these shorts. Duluth locations included the Glensheen Mansion, the Duluth Depot, and the Tweed Museum of Art.
Links to the SET of SIX shorts on Vimeo can be posted here:
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
covers the history of world cinema, from the 19th century into the digital age.
Select an Episode and watch on Netflix streaming
1Birth of the Cinema2The Hollywood Dream3The Golden Age of World Cinema4The Arrival of Sound5Post-War Cinema6Sex & Melodrama7European New Wave8New Directors, New Form9American Cinema of the 70's10Movies to Change the World11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream12Fight the Power: Protest in Film13New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution15Cinema Today and the Future
Some TED talks about cinematic storytelling
Playlist: The power of film
12 talks · 3h 12m · Curated by TED
The clues to a great story
TED2012 · 19:16 · Filmed Feb 2012
The White Balance, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons are located on the handle, as is the front dial, which is used to navigate through menu features and select exposure parameters. When you select any of the three buttons, you can either navigate by using the touch screen or the dials atop or on the back of the camera.
Hint: To quickly select white balance, choose one of the manual WB settings, aim at a pure white, grey or black object in the scene, and press Select White Set on screen. Then hit the Menu/OK button, and your white balance is set.
Manual Video with GH3 camera
More GH3 video tips
One of the most enduring tools to measure Hollywood's gender bias is a test originally promoted by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her "Dykes To Watch Out For" series. Bechdel said that if a movie can satisfy three criteria -- there are at least two named women in the picture, they have a conversation with each other at some point, and that conversation isn't about a male character -- then it passes "The Rule," whereby female characters are allocated a bare minimum of depth...
Alison Bechdel's 1985 'The Rule' comicstrip
The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women
By WALT HICKEY
Attention aspiring filmmakers:
Here's a chance to make a short film about people overcoming poverty.
5 entries will be featured at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: http://b-gat.es/1gfJ29x
Create a unique, compelling, and personal Short Film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.Your Short Film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple -- the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities.
Editing & Music: An Interview with Three Editors at the Sundance Film Festival
What is the future of film?
...a master of picture editing and sound design, Murch has worked with, among others, director Francis Ford Coppola on such cinematic milestones as The Conversation, The Godfather I, II and III, and Apocalypse Now.
"Walter Murch: From The Godfather to the God Particle"
Walter Murch on Editing:
There is so much good support for your learning online.
Please make sure to do at least 8 hours of Lynda.com training over the semester.
UMD users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on lynda.umn.edu. Lynda.com's vast library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade Windows and Mac video tutorials.
Use your UMD log in to Lynda training tutorials:
Video Tutorials > Learn about videography and motion graphics, including tutorials on storyboarding, color correction, lighting, and video editing in After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro.
Project Imaginat10n launched with a photo contest, inviting the masses to interpret 10 storytelling themes through photography. After receiving tens of thousands of submissions, the 91 winning photos were announced. Then, the 5 Celebrity Directors and 5 Film Contest Winners each chose 10 photographs, one from each theme, to inspire their films. Watch them all here...
Movie List: Must-Watch Films You Might Have Missed
by BLOUIN ARTINFO 01/01/14 7:59 AM EST
"Frances Ha" - Directed by Noah Baumbach
"To the Wonder" - Directed by Terrence Malick
"Something in the Air" - Directed by Olivier Assayas
Short films and online posting / film festival eligibility...
and more interesting stuff on Short of the Week
THE RED PARASOL PROJECT
University of Minnesota Duluth digital art students collaborated with acting students in Spring 2013. The unifying constraint: each short video project needed to integrate a Red Parasol. Five project storylines went into production, each featuring 2-3 student actors from UMD's Acting for the Camera class. Each production team also included 3 students from our Digital Filmmaking class. Each small crew needed to cover all the pre-production concept development and location camerawork for their production. Students took turns directing shots and covering various tasks on location in Duluth. Each filmmaking student edited their own version of the Red Parasol Project, using the characters, settings, storyline and video captured by their small team. The resulting 15 short films were screened at our final exam.
More RED PARASOL PROJECTS ON VIMEO
April by Kendra Jaeger
April by Missy Smetana
April by Bethany Bourgoin
Anamnesis by Ryan Holmquist
Anamnesis by Sam Hagen
Anamnesis by Vivian Otoo
The Mystery Man by Brady Roy
The Mystery Man by Marissa Murdy
Mystery Man by Kate Bendel
Daydream by Keri Koskiniemi
Daydream by Sarah Heil
Daydream by Emyli Gudmundson
CRIMSON AND CERULEAN
Crimson and Cerulean by Rick McLean
Red + Blue by Brittany V. Hecker
more about cast + crew of Red Parasol Project...
Bordwell and Thompson's textbook, Film Art: An Introduction explores key concepts in cinema--mise-en-scène, lighting, cinematography, sound, and editing--through examples. Their examples are short and to the point, here is one showing elliptical editing in Agnes Varda's Vagabond ...
More about filmmaker Agnes Varda
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Anyone interested in cinematography and video editing should see this film from director Benh Zeitlin. It took home the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Expected to win some oscars next.
This is a good list!
There are some big differences between the CS5 and CS6 versions of Premiere.
Make sure you do tutorials that match with the version you are using.
Help with Adobe Premiere Pro
Please set up your own vimeo account (free) to share your short digital video project.
More info here:
Vimeo Help Center / Frequently Asked Questions
Vimeo Video School
Blog by Maria Popova
Operating Manual / Download here:
Quick Menu tutorial
Examples of shots, angles and lighting:
Vocabulary Camera Angles:
Not Quite Stills?
Submissions to the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are now open.
Celebrating the best in online video, the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are jam-packed with new judges, new categories, and new monies -- $5,000 grants for category winners and one $25,000 grand prize.