I really enjoyed this weeks work! I honestly thought video was going to be the most dreaded week. I learned that the emotion evoked from watching something comes from a combination of minuscule details involving camera angles and audio. My favorite part of this week was creating a digital assignment. The most disliked portion was having to make a tutorial. I am terrible at giving directions in general, but then make it involve technology and that is a whole other story. I made it through it though and am pleased with the outcome. I even got ahead of myself this week if you can call it that. I did two daily creates even though we were not required to do any this week. I took note of this at the beginning of week four, but still ended up doing a couple anyways! I believe those things are becoming a habit. Still up in the air about if that is good or bad! Think I will go with good for the time being. Now on to Week 5!
Look. Listen. Analyze.
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Have you ever wanted to travel, but do not have the time and money? Or maybe you are a world traveler and think you have seen it all. Spend some time and find at least four places to visit that are near you. It is amazing all the things that we miss and take for granted near our own homes. Make a picture collage of the places you would be interested in visiting and then add text to the picture. Between the inspiring pictures and the text so you do not forget the location, you’re bound to discover new things near you!
For the “Look, Listen, Analyze” part of this week, I chose Rocky Balboa – The Final Word. The reason I chose this movie was because I figured it would be easier and more fun to break down since I enjoyed watching this movie a while ago. The way I picked apart this video clip was first with no audio, second with only audio, and third film and audio together.
This movie in general is filled with intensity. The camera angles are fairly steady in the beginning and end of the clip, but were all over the place in the middle during the “flashbacks.” The camera angles flashed back and forth from up close to far away and lower and higher. Just the rapid change in camera angles gave this scene a feeling of deep restlessness. Then take the audio out and the amount of restlessness and chaos heightens.
If I had not seen this movie and only listened to the audio, there would have been some weird things running through my head trying to figure out what was going on. However, listening to just the audio did confirm that the music in this case is what really made the scene. Without the audio, the scene would have been boring and not evoked any emotion.
Watching this particular scene separately with only audio and only film made me appreciate watching the two work together to evoke the feeling that it did. Without the camera angles, the scene would be boring and seem calm and casual. Without the audio would make the scene to overwhelming for the viewer. However, both combined create a balanced scene that evokes the appropriate amount of intensity.
“How To Read A Movie” by Roger Ebert is an article that explains the various camera angles that appear on screen. Since I knew absolutely nothing about the meaning behind camera angles, I was not one-hundred percent sure what exactly I was reading. Finally, it began to sink in and then it was like a light bulb went off. I never knew how much the angle of a camera could effect the viewers take on the shot or scene. Needless to say, I will never watch another movie the same way without trying to figure out why I am seeing things the way that I am! Personally, I feel as if camera angles can relate to music when it comes to the audience’s perception of what they are viewing. Just like how music can encourage certain emotions, camera angles can give off a particular illusion. Both of these give the creator some control of their audience by potentially influencing their perception.
On top of gaining insight from Ebert’s article, I gained some knowledge from three videos. The three videos I chose to watch were Camera Angles and Techniques, Top 20 Cinematic Techniques, and the Examples of Editing Techniques. These three videos all demonstrated the use of different camera angles. I believe my favorite was the Top 20 Cinematic Techniques because it showed twenty different camera angles. I still cannot believe there are twenty and even more than that! Between “How To Read A Movie” and the three videos, I am not only amazed that that there are so many camera angles and techniques, but that something so little as a different angle can have so much influence on the human mind.
This week I listened to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad give their perspectives on the art of audio storytelling. Ira Glass pointed out that audio storytelling is not just a topic sentence followed by a series of facts, like we learn in high school. Instead, broadcasting has two main building blocks. The first building block is the anecdote or a sequence of actions. The sequence of actions keeps momentum even if it is boring. This can happen because the way the sequence of events proceed allow you to feel like there is a destination. The sequence of actions act like bait to keep the audience curious. Another important part, of the first building block, is that the broadcaster needs to frequently remind the audience why they are listening to the story.
The second building block, according to Glass, is the amount of time is takes to find a good story. Glass points out that is takes longer to find a worthy story than it does to produce the story. The broadcaster needs to feel proud of the material they are producing and understand that it is completely acceptable to admit something is crap and abandon it. The tougher you are, the easier it will be to kill the boring parts of a story or the whole story. I really loved how Glass goes on to point out that failing is not a bad thing. The more you fail allows you to create a situation to get lucky and find that phenomenal story.
Jad Abumrad went about his discussion on broadcasting a little differently than Ira Glass. Instead of talking about the proper route to take to find a good story, Abumrad talks about his appreciation for broadcasting. I thought this approach was great because it provided me different reasons as to why broadcasting should be admired and respected. Abumrad mentioned that the absence of pictures allow the mind to wonder and create its own images. He also pointed out that the radio connects people through broadcaster and listener because the broadcaster allows listener to co-imagine creating a connection.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both of these men speak about their craft. Obviously, they both were really well spoken and I liked the examples they came up with to demonstrate their points. Glass gave me insight on the toughness it takes to broadcast a good story. Abumrad provided me with different perspectives on broadcasting that have never crossed my mind. Thanks to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad, I now have more respect and appreciation for broadcasters and their work!
Let me first start this off by saying I did not realize how much there was too graphic design. I knew many computer related things were involved, but all of the detailed thought that is dedicated to the process is absolutely incredible. Vignelli goes about explaining the processes behind this detailed thought from a designer point of view. Vignelli has plenty of experience on this end. Especially since he and his wife work together in graphic design. The first major point that was made clear to me was that the designer must have meaning or semantics. If not, then the audience will not understand what they are looking at.
Since the audience understanding the designer’s semantics is so important, there are two factors that the designer must think about: input and output. If the input is not correct, the output will not make sense. There are also several other details I learned about from reading this short book! These newly learned ideas (to me) include: pragmatics, discipline, appropriateness and visual power, timelessness, and responsibility. Pragmatics is the efficiency of the design and making sure the intent of the designer is clear. Discipline is the attention to detail, which requires boundaries and rules. Appropriateness and visual power is the importance of portraying appropriate images to highly influence the viewer in the correct manner. Timelessness is the idea that certain images and designs are a part of society and that changing something all of a sudden is not always beneficial. Responsibility involves the designer holding him or herself responsible for the work they have created. All of these thoughts and ideas are included in the first part of the book called “The Intangibles.”
The second part of the book known as “The Tangibles,” takes pragmatics, discipline, appropriateness and visual power, timelessness, and responsibility and ties it all together. Vignelli goes on to explain the use of layouts, grids, as well as many other tools used in graphic design. This part of the book explains the graphic design process all the way to the printing process.
Overall, this book was an eye opener to a world I knew nothing about! Vignelli did an excellent job at explaining the details of the graphic design process in a simple and respectable manner.
This photo safari was done at the barn I work (ride horses) at! The reason this location was chosen was because I spend all my time there and therefore it was convenient. However, I thought I could get some pretty cool shots around the barn and while riding. I enjoyed the experience and the photos that worked best for me were the ones I took while riding. The beautiful scenery obviously is a huge plus as well! Since, my creative side is lacking, I was pretty pleased with the fact I even came up with the idea to do this assignment while riding. Therefore, I think the overall idea was inventive. I think due to my overwhelming excitement over the fact that I truly believed I may have come up with a somewhat creative idea for once, caused me to forgot about taking a picture of a clock after the fifteen minutes. Of course, I completed this assignment the one day I wasn’t wearing my watch (I was using my phone). Luckily I remembered, but had to scramble back to barn, jump off horse, turn the clock back, then take a picture! Overall, a great and hilarious experience!
Hi everyone! Not a big fan of social media because I find it to much to keep up with, but I am hoping I will manage to become more tech savvy by the end of this ds106 course. Looking forward to meeting all of you via the web!