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This still is from the movie Harry Potter. This scene is during the great feast in the great hall. The depth is very well established in this scene. There is a very wide angle to show all of the image in focus. The depth is established through several elements, through the students, plates, candles, and building decor. The student body is diverse, including caucasians and students of color with an arrangement of different facial expressions and hair length. The plates are carefully placed so that on the closest table the further plates are clearly visible all the way until the end of the table.The candles hanging above are purposely made hard to distinguish where they are located to exaggerate the depth of the hall. The massive flame holders/wall ornaments contrast the candles as they help establish a conceivable depth. Overall, the different elements come together well to intensify the depth of the scene.

Color - Sin City

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This still is from the movie Sin City. The movie is shot almost in completely black and white except a few exceptions. One of the colors that is used is yellow. The character above is The Yellow Bastard, a villain in Sin City. While the color is yellow often has very positive connotations and symbolic meaning, The Yellow Bastard is portrayed with the darker meanings of yellow. The color is symbolic for the cowardice and illness of The Yellow Bastard. The black and white used in Sin City helps emphasize the importance of these select colors. While most films use subtle color placement, the contrast in Sin City truly exaggerates the dark symbolic meaning of yellow for The Yellow Bastard.

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Overall, I think my work has improved so much since production one in so many ways, especially my knowledge in filmmaking. Over the course I learned lots of new vocabulary and filming techniques so by the time project 3 came around I was able to do a lot more in than the first. One way is the sound design. In my first production there were just a few short little sounds used. By production 2 and 3 there was music and more sounds, even during the credits. I thought lighting improved a lot too. The first production was very dark and hard to see. Also I thought by production 3 we were able to get full use of the set, we were able to create a scene that seemed like it was being filmed in two different places. I thought shot composition improved too, by production 3 we were using a variety of shots such as trucking and even punch ins. By the time production 3 came along everyone had a great understanding of each role so it was able to go very smoothly and people were able to help each other if need be. I think also our creativity as a class and the creativity we had in each production got better each time. By the final production we were able to write our own scripts and basically do what we want with it making really great productions. One piece of advice would be that it is a lot to take in at first and can be hard to understand all this new information but stay positive and keep trying and things will only get easier. Also, don't wait until the last minute to do the assignments, they take a while.
My parting words for the 3201-ers is that I had a great time working with everyone and getting to know everyone! Good luck with the rest of your college careers and hopefully we will have more classes together!

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Looking back at the growth from Production One and Production Three, I think we came a very long way in aspects to being able to focus less on the basic of how to do things. We focused more on executing things creatively and with more precision. We began to set production more efficiently and were able to work cohesively.

I believe that communication is the most important aspect of a production team. When Kelsey and I were running into issues, it only took a few seconds of communication to bring us to the same page to continue the production smoothly.

My advice to future 3201 kids is to be proactive in your production groups and to communicate efficiently and work together on productions rather than leaving it to a few people.

To my classmates, thank you for being so friendly and easy to work with. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and if you run into problems, don't worry bout it.

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I feel the biggest improvement we had between project one and three is our lighting design, while the third was not perfect it was better executed and motivated. We understood reasonings for blocking and better communicated to our talent what we wanted them to portray the character as.
Communication between project one and project three was a BIG difference, we had many forms of communication and each fulfilled the role we had to.
The advice I would give a beginning 3201 is RULES, SAFTEY, and COMMUNICATION.

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I think our class improved greatly. While it is hard to take comprehensive look at the improvement regarding the finished products, the production that went into the projects definitely improved with each new assignment. Because we switched roles, it was difficult to improve individually at the task at hand. That said, it was beneficial as time went on to piggy back off of one another's knowledge from their work in the past projects. But static components like lighting and sound improved after seeing what worked and what didn't. Another key element was the class environment that really enhanced the cohesiveness of our projects. We were able to get to know each other and use that to our advantage in our projects. This was the first class i had taken that focused so greatly and put such a high emphasis on group work and I can happily say, everyone did a really great job together. I learned a lot in this class about the technical aspects that go into a production. Admittedly, i took this class mistaking it for social media, and obviously knew nothing about electronic media. Learning about the cameras, the monitors, the lighting boards, the switch boards, audio- all of it was new. I loved the first assignment, purely for getting the vague understanding of how much work goes into a short 2 minute production. A production book is no joke. Overall i learned so much, and feel confident that if a situation arose where a director was needed, i could hop in the chair.

Advice to future 3201 kids, be prepared to work hard, but go in with an open mind. YOU WILL HAVE TO BE TALENT. But it will be okay, i had fun with it. Do your readings. Do not wait for the last minute to do things. They really can't be done in a time crunch. Get to know your classmates. This is not a class you can take without working with others.

Thanks so much to everyone. I had a blast in the class, and though it was stressful and tedious at times, the class environment made it that much more fun. Peace.

Parody

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I thought this was the perfect parody because The Vow was one of the best selling books and movies this year. The girl playing Rachel Mcadams is a youtube sensation and makes a ton of hilarious videos. In this video they use a few sexual references to make fun of the movie. It is almost disrespectful to the movie but I find it rather funny. The actors don't really take their roles seriously and they are very sarcastic which makes it funny and obviously a joke. They use many of the lines from the vow but reverse them. For example, instead of saying "I hope one day I can love you the way you love you" like they say in the vow. Kelsey rephrases it to " I hope one day you will leave me alone."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sei_MEK2BI

#parody

reminder- Allyson posting blog late

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I see improvement all around. The lighting has improves dramatically, the range of camera motion has increased. Our first production was simple and it was pretty clean. It was at least cleaner than out production 3s because we had so much going on by production 3. The less elements in film making we had to apply the easier and more amateur the production was. By the 3rd production, we were trying out new elements such as the fly key, punch ins, z axis, etc. This is also why we had to make each shot count and with a purpose. There is definitely a visible difference in the quality between the first production and the last. Another interesting thing that took place is that by production 3, we had everything in our control. We went from a script where we had little control over, where everyone's production seem similar to a script where we controlled everything, where we saw variety. The productions has also become more entertaining, which is the main point when it comes to filming. In terms of materials learned in class and it;s applications, that is a definite answer, it is also very obvious. However, some other improvements are not as obvious. For example, the way we conduct ourselves around each other and around the tech. We know we need to follow safety instructions, it's some serious matter. Did you know each of those cameras cost $50,000 each! Not only has out production and course work improved, our friendship in the class improved as well. I see growth in everyone, from strangers who knew nothing of what we were doing to friends who would help and call out advice.

As for last words, I would like to thank everyone, especially if you were ever in my group. This class is all about team work and non of us could have done it with out each other. Have a great summer, follow your own intuition.

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From productions one to three, I think everyone improved quite a bit. Production books became easier to make (although in the first production, we had to do the entire thing). We came to understand lighting a little bit more and how important it really is (not enough lighting in production one), whether it's how many lights are on or not, and where they're positioned (how bright the scene is, and controlling fall off), and how color gels affect the mood of the scene. It was also nice to see more shot variety as we learned more about them and I think it really improved the entire composition. Compared to when we first started class, everyone now has gotten to know each other and everyone seems to get along pretty well, which also makes it easier to work together. We were able to set up and strike the set much quicker.

Advice for the next 3201-ers. Hmm...read the book. It really helps. And get to know your fellow classmates as well because the more comfortable you are with each other, the less stressful it becomes during pre-production and production.
Good luck to everyone in this class. It's been a pleasure working with and getting to know all of you. Maybe I'll see some of you around next year.

Wrap Up

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I believe that everyone overall, progressed very well, from production one to production three. I do think that it is a little harder to measure progression in this particular class because each of us had a new role for each production, not allowing us to use what we had learned in those roles for the following production. That being said, I still say that the overall progression of everyone's abilities and comfort in the studio, especially during pre-production days and production days, was very good. By the pre-production day of Production Three, everyone had less questions to ask and there was a lot more of actual "production". On a more specific note, what I believe really had improved from the first production to the third was the types of shots used. Since shots were used in each production (obviously), unlike a punch in the third or a shot utilizing secondary motion in the second, I could see a very visible difference in the quality and smoothness of shots in general in each of the Production Threes. Another aspect of film that I believe everyone improved on was the ability to be flexible and innovative during shooting days.
If I were to give advice to someone starting out in 3201 I would have to say that since the class requires a lot more out-of-class time, you really have to be careful when managing your time, or maybe even just say that make sure you manage your time in general. Since you will be working with many others you will also have to always keep on open mind and be able to solve differences and disputes responsibly and maturely, for the rest of your group's sake. Other than that, make sure that you really wrap your head around what you are studying or designing. The material of the class is much more enjoyable (at least to me) than Calculus or any of the above, so why not take advantage of the fact that you are taking a class that can really be enjoyable.
Best wishes to everybody from class! It was a pleasure working with all of you and I'll never forget everything I learned with all of you guys! Also, thanks to Allyson, Raven, and Tim because if i was in their spot i would have snapped ASAP haha. Hopefully some of you are taking the advanced course next fall and have a good summer!

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.As far as improving production-wise it was hard to make huge strides in specific roles from production to production because we had different roles to focus on each time. I'm not sure that my TD skills were any better during the second production than the TD during my first production. That being said I think we improved on creating production books that brought out our vision for the actual production. I think we really improved on shot variety, incorporating close ups and long shots, tertiary and primary and secondary motion. I also think that our lighting and sound designs became more intentional although the execution may not have improved much. All in all I feel like what this added up to was a large improvement in everybody's ability and confidence when faced with new challenges and responsibilities. The main difference I saw from production one to production three was the attitude of everyone present on the day of the shoot. I think everybody felt a lot more comfortable in their new roles during production three, maybe even too comfortable actually, but comfortable nonetheless which I think allowed for us to adjust to difficulties we experienced during the shoot and therefore leading to a more enjoyable experience while creating a better product.

I'd also like to give a shout out to everybody that made this class a wonderful learning experience for myself and everybody else in the class (who I'm sure feel the same). Especially to Allyson for teaching me more than I've ever learned in an intro to media production course. Ever.

Hope to see you guys in Adv. Media Production next semester.

Course Wrap Up

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I think that everyone has improved a great deal from Production One to Production Three. Our first production was a bit rocky since we were getting to know each other, getting used to the equipment in the studios as well as adjusting to our roles as ATL and BTL. In addition we found lighting to be a challenge and as a result our scene was a lot darker than we had intended for it to be. However, I think it was a really good learning experience for not only my group but the other groups as well. When it came time for Production Three we were all more familiar with each other, the studio, and responsibilities that came with each of the different roles. I think that since we all were comfortable with each other and got along so well was reflected in our group work. We were all able to offer advice and suggestions for improvement where we thought were needed and open to constructive criticism which made it easy for us to improve and work with each other.

Advice to future 3201-ers: Really pay attention in class to the examples that you are shown.. they were really helpful! When it comes time for production use your time in the studio wisely and get your Production Book work done on time so you have plenty of time to make changes if they are needed!

Fellow 3201-ers: It was really great getting to know all of you! I enjoyed this class so much more because of the people that made it awesome every day! I hope we stay in touch and that I run into you all in the future!

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For our production one, we were group one and I think we did pretty good job in the setting, the audio control and the lighting. The setting in production one is a pretty dark technique control room. However, I think it is kind of too dark somehow. The control of the voice of the actress is fine and the sound cue of the door opening matches the actions not bad.
In production three, we can see our skills are improved a lot from the context we designed. For example, we add more related visualized picture in production three to help to promote the products. The setting of the production three is better I think. We had green milk served with the cup and broccoli sandwiches to the advertisement. We seem to be more practical in production shooting. We also insert some more music into dialogues. The lighting in production three is also better than the one in production one. We had lightings more even distributed in production three. And we used floor light to reflect green light on the character`s face for the ironic effect. The control of the voice of the characters is very continues and well balanced. In the production three, I think not only the quality of the production is better but also the collaboration of our group is better. We had more tacit agreement on the production illustration and we are more practical in the production.
The advice I would give is that audio people have to make sure to put mic properly on character`s body to avoid the noises during the shooting. And lighting director has to make sure that the power is down before they take off the lights.
Finally, I would like to say that I am very glad to work with my fellow 3201-ers. All the things you guys teach me and help me during the production appreciate me. I am very impressed by your responsibility and hard-working.

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For our production one, we were group one and I think we did pretty good job in the setting, the audio control and the lighting. The setting in production one is a pretty dark technique control room. However, I think it is kind of too dark somehow. The control of the voice of the actress is fine and the sound cue of the door opening matches the actions not bad.
In production three, we can see our skills are improved a lot from the context we designed. For example, we add more related visualized picture in production three to help to promote the products. The setting of the production three is better I think. We had green milk served with the cup and broccoli sandwiches to the advertisement. We seem to be more practical in production shooting. We also insert some more music into dialogues. The lighting in production three is also better than the one in production one. We had lightings more even distributed in production three. And we used floor light to reflect green light on the character`s face for the ironic effect. The control of the voice of the characters is very continues and well balanced. In the production three, I think not only the quality of the production is better but also the collaboration of our group is better. We had more tacit agreement on the production illustration and we are more practical in the production.
The advice I would give is that audio people have to make sure to put mic properly on character`s body to avoid the noises during the shooting. And lighting director has to make sure that the power is down before they take off the lights.
Finally, I would like to say that I am very glad to work with my fellow 3201-ers. All the things you guys teach me and help me during the production appreciate me. I am very impressed by your responsibility and hard-working.

Wrap-up of 3201

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I believe that the projects from Production One to Production Three have improved tremendously. First off, in Production One the lighting is very dark in certain areas and had a lot of unwanted shadows. You can consistently see a progression in the quality of lighting as the class continues. Production two and three had more lighting effects and not as much shadowy areas as the first production. The first production had a lot of empty space when it came to sound. Once viewing the project our group decided to play around with sound more for the next projects and keep a track constantly going in the background to fill up that empty space. When it came to set design each production's set fit the scene well but as we got farther into the class there was a progression of knowledge on how set design can effect lighting and camera placement. As the productions went on you can see the camera shots get better and the camera placement improve as well. Lastly, the productions as a whole became more artistic and challenging. Whether it was different aspects of set design, fun camera shots like a zolly, or a flash of lighting using a floor lamp, the exploration of these different aspects helped the productions overall.

Some advice I would give to someone starting 3201 is to have fun, be artistic, and listen to your classmates. Try new things and keep in mind other group members' ideas because they may not sound like a good idea but once you try it you could be extremely thankful you did.

Fellow 3201-ers it was great working with all of you and I had a lot of fun in this class. Hope to see you all more in the future.

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After reviewing production one and production three I could tell that everyone was way more confident. The set designs started to come together and preparing the production books became a breeze. For production one on production day we had many issues with our master shot sheet and had to change it on production day. Production three was a lot smoother because we were all confident with our roles and our groups. Our lighting became a bit more fancy and we were able to add gels with the amount of time we had.
Our class was pretty special. Everyone seemed to click and get a long very well. I think that helped with our productions because throughout the course we gained friendships with each other and could put our trust in our group members.
The advice I would give to incoming students would be to make a connection with your class because it made coming to class fun and you gain new friendships!

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From project one to project three, I believe we improve a lot. Personally, I think I learn a lot from the class about how to make a good project. At the beginning of this semester, I did not know a lot about lighting and sound. I still remember that the first production, there are some shots that are so dark that audience cannot see the talents well. Now, I know the importance of light, so after production one, we will carefully think about lighting when writing production book. We also think about color of background and costume because some colors reflect too much light while some colors absorb too much light. In addition, I start to use light cue to indicate something. For example, a beam of light can indicate a door is opened. Also, I start to attach importance to audio as well because audio can strengthen the atmosphere in the video. For instance, my second production is a comedy. In truth, the audio plays an important role since the laugher sound effect can relax the atmosphere in the video, and make people feel easy and funny, making audience laugh.
Finally, the team work is really important. I always thought video production is a person's job, but after I take this class, I notice that everyone in the group is equally important. That's because when we shoot the production in the studio, different people have different job. Also, everyone's contributions to the production can make the production easy and less time consuming.
I have two pieces of advice for new 3201ers. The first one is reading book. As long as you understand some concept in the text book, students are more likely to produce a successful production. The second one is having a good attitude towards team work. That is sticking together with their group member so that their work will be easily done.

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I think we have all come a really long way from production one. I almost feel that production two was probably our most complicated, as in it required a lot more than 1 and 3. From the first production, we used very simple key lighting while with the other two productions, we learned how to use lighting that would change the feel of the scene. I think in our class, our production designs have always been consistent. We worked with what we had, and more. Working as a team has always been easy. We all get along really well and I think it showed in our work.
For anyone who is going to take this class, I would tell them to get to know your classmates because they will be working really close with them in class and outside of class.

I really enjoyed working with everyone. It was great getting to know everyone and I think we all have some friendships that are going to last past this class.


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