Monday, January 14, 2019

ALD 4.0 - Cinemagraphs

GOAL: Create a series of 3 Cinemagraphs...
1) LastF_Cine1.gif Recreate a simple scene in your life
2) LastF_Cine2.gif Create a more complex & unique scenes
3) LastF_Cine3.gif Take a risk, think outside of the box!

Explain your plan for the setting, subject, equipment, composition, movement and frozen action of Cinemagraph #2. (6 sentence minimum)

Cinemagraph's are becoming more and more popular in today's world, both for advertising and to impress your friends on social media. A cinemagraph is a mixture of a video and a photo, it is a still photo that is edited to have one part of the image moving. The moving part is usually a smaller piece of the picture that loops seamlessly. Unlike a gif, you can't tell when the "video" begins and ends. In order to make a high quality cinemagraph, you need high quality video, typically 4k video exported in a way that doesn't deter from the video quality. When you are creating a cinemagraph, you need to first make sure that you have a plan to film something that would look intriguing to your audience. The next thing that you need to do is carry out your plan by getting the footage you need. After getting the footage, you need to upload it to the device that you are going to edit with. Once you've got it onto that device, open Final Cut Pro and begin editing. For our first cinemagraph, we got together in groups and did a cinemagraph together in class. We had someone in the group jump and point to the moving globe. I was the designated jumper, and the first time that I jumped I didn't jump high enough so my feet were cut off and we had to do it a second time. The second time I jumped you could see my feet, but I wasn't really pointing to the globe with the "awed" expression that I was supposed to have. I think that my group and I did really good at communicating with each other. I also think that we got good footage to use for the cinemagraph and that its going to end up looking pretty cool. For my second cinemagraph, I am planning on using my dog as a subject, chasing after a ball. I'm going to have her frozen mid motion and have the leaves on the trees in the background blowing in the wind.

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Then, tell us about how your second cinemagraph turned out. Is it everything you expected, why or why not? What can you do to improve on your third and final attempt? Describe what you plan to accomplish in your last cinemagraph. Explain your plan for the setting, subject, equipment, composition, movement and frozen action of Cinemagraph #3. (6 sentence minimum)

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Finally, give your readers a review of your third cinemagraph and how you think it turned out. Is it everything you anticipated, why or why not? Aside from looking cool, what is the purpose of creating a cinemagraph? Explain what cinemagraphs CAN do that photos and videos CANNOT do. Conclude with reflection of your critique results... Do you agree or disagree with them and why? (6 sentence minimum)

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ALD 4.1: Evaluate diverse processes of forming and conveying a targeted message.
ALD 4.2: Compare and contrast how various audiences perceive digital media to anticipate desired reactions and responses.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Image Compositing

Image Compositing is when you take multiple images and combine them in a semi-realistic way. In image compositing, you want the image to look realist, even though the concept is not realist. (Like butterfly wings where an elephants ears should be.) Rule of thirds is one of the most basic and essential composition techniques in both video and photography. By the rule of thirds you make your image more pleasing to the eye and often times draw the viewers eye to the subject. The rule of thirds can be used with pretty much any type of photo, it can be used in landscape photos, and photos with a subject (person or animal). One of the most common rule of thirds errors is making it so the person is look to the area with minimal look room. Most professional photographers will say that it is a mistake, but if the photographer has really though about it, the image sometimes works. To take a good photograph, photographers think about what they are going to do, how they are going to do it, what they want the image to look like and, why they are going to make it look that way. They then take the photo as many times as they want till it turns out perfect. I think that sometimes it is better to just leave the image alone and not edit it, sometimes the picture is perfect and editing will just make it seem super fake. I also think that if you're an over editor, you should just leave the image as it is. When an image is over edited, it doesn't look as good as the original photograph.

I think that the strongest message I am going to communicate through my best composite image is that the happiness to your life is in your hands. For this image I will be using a picture of the sunset and hands in a kind of cupped formation. I am going to take these images and place the sunset in the hand of the person. For the sunset image I am going to be using rule of thirds, the sunset will be the focal point and will be in the top left corner. For my second image I will be using a flat angle and the image will be in black and white. The viewers eyes will first go to the part of the image where the sun is. Their eyes will go there first because there will be a lot of color difference between the hands and the sun, also the sun is the brightest part. I'm hoping I will be able to portray my message well and that the images will look like I hope.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Visual Statement

Image Of Perfection from Kapaa Warriors MEDIA on Vimeo.

Everyday people think about and talk about what they believe and what's important to them. There are a lot of issues and things that I would like to fix and recently in my Arts and Communications class, I have been given a chance to make a difference. Our assignment was to take a topic or issue important to us and portray it in a visually appealing way. First, we had to come up with a topic. Upon hearing the assignment my head was reeling with ideas, we decided to combine a few of these things into one. Our topic is not only peer pressure, but it is also social anxiety, being yourself and working hard. I feel like all of these things are really relevant today to high school students. I really think that a lot of people try too hard to be like everyone else, and that cause unhappiness. As the lead writer, I am primarily responsible for what we are going to hear and essentially what you are going to feel. If I can even touch one person's heart, I think that I did my job. My partner Mazy did a really good job and helping me get my random ideas on paper and making sure that it sounded good. She also dealt with all the rehearsals and filming it a bunch of times to make sure we got it exactly right. Not only did she help with the writing, but she also filmed most of the visuals for us. I think that it is really important that we not only have audio that's going to make you feel something, but to have really good visuals. If you don't have really good visuals, you won't be able to evoke the emotions that you are hoping to.

Audio Editing 
Graphic Match Cut 

As we have begun to get all our visuals, the editing process begins, we begin by learning different tricks and how to use Final Cut Pro. One of the things we learned is called Graphic Match Cut, this is when you take two videos of the same size, or shape and cut the to make a smooth transition. We used this three times, the first time is the shot of the girls swimming by the Napali, we took a video that panned to the mountain and a shot that panned from the mountain to the girls and edited it to look like it was going back, but the girls were in a different place. In this part we also reversed a clip and made it play backwards. There is also a part in our video where we say "to flourish, to love, to laugh, to cry, to smile, and to stand out," in this part we did a graphic match cut of just a bunch of different views around the island. We also used this skill at the end when we had the shots of all the people smiling and laughing. Upon learning how to use final cut we were taught the importance of libraries, events, and projects to keep our files organized. We also learned that it is very important to do this so that the other users of our computer cannot edit or mess up our videos. We also learned about how to balance our audio even when the audio varies drastically. I think that our audio is better quality than our video because I feel that we worked a lot harder to get our audio perfect and we did a lot of editing on it to make sure that it sounded exactly the way we wanted it to.

One of our biggest challenges was finding days to film, we both have very busy schedules. We were never able to meet due to our schedules, so we had to each film separate parts at home by ourselves. Even though we had to just find time ourselves to film, it was still very hard to film. A lot of days, I leave my house when it is still dark and get home when it is dark, so it was very hard to find times when the light was good enough to film. We were able to find some footage that we had on our phones and we were able to use that, we did quite a few shots at school and we just tried to make use of all the footage we took. Even though we had these challenges I'm very happy with our final project. I think that the best part of this project was editing the end with all the graphic match cuts. Upon finishing the project, we watched them with the class and critiqued our visual statements. We got pretty much all yes's except for one no, for proprietary visuals, I'm not really sure why. Majority of our classmates gave us a 3, or professional, which I agree with. I think that we did pretty good, but toward the end we got kind of lazy and the quality just got kind of bad. Although we had some struggles and it didn't turn out as great as I was hoping, I think this was a really great project and I think that we had a good final project.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Modern Art Movement

We are surrounded by art, everywhere you look there is some type of art. Each piece of art whether it be music, paintings, photographs, plays or dances, was created for some reason and has some sort meaning to the artist or creator of that particular art. That's right, you guessed it this week in Art's and Communication we have been studying the art movements. The art movement that my partner Lani and I chose was Photorealism. Photorealism evolved from Pop Art and was used to "break down hierarchies of appropriate subject matter by including everyday scenes of commercial life." Many Photorealists just painted and sculpted from photographs because it was something they enjoyed, but there were a few artists, like Audrey Flack, who took photorealism and used it to portray wars and corruption. I think that because Photorealism uses photography it has brought the arts and communication industry into a whole new light. Now, because of photorealism, the arts and technology work together even more than they did before. Photorealism is often used for advertising and could be used as album covers, book covers, movie posters, etc. I really like Photorealism, it is amazing how an artist can take a photograph and make a painting that looks so realistic. I also really like how though provoking some of the paintings are and how they make you think more and dwell on the subject. 
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World War II by Audrey Flack; 1978
My favorite piece of art from this art movement would have to be "World War II" by Audrey Flack. I really love Audrey Flack's art and I think that this particular still life has so much meaning. The artwork takes the famous holocaust picture taken by Margaret Bourke-White, and surrounds it by emblems of loss and things like the watch and the candle to portray a passage of time. Audrey Flack once said that the red candle wax dripping reminds us that the holocaust will "burn always in the present." She also surrounds the picture with things from the Jewish religion such as the Star of David, and Jewish texts. The rainbow represents that the world will survive and represents hope. A piece of art like this that is so symbolic and provokes a lot of feeling and thought is something that can persuade someone to believe the artists view. A lot of artwork has the power to do that and it is all dependent on the artist and how heavily they want to portray their views. The advances on technology has allowed Photorealism to become more and more advanced. Since Photorealism utilizes photographs, as photography has advanced, so has photorealism. I have loved this project and really enjoyed learning about all the different art movements.

Quiz Results 
ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Workplace Safety

Everywhere around the world there are places where people go every day and work in order to provide for themselves and often times their families. In each of these workplaces there are many hazards that the employees need to be aware of. Our final assignment closing out this quarter was to address some of these things. My group was assigned to make a video on how to properly handle tools and equipment. My group, which consisted of Mazy, Lester, and Tylise, decided to center our video around an Audio/Video office. In our video I, the boss of the office, explained to Lester and Tylise, employees, how to properly use tripods, MacBooks, cellphones and wires. We had to have this meeting after Tylise and Lester misused some of the equipment. Mazy was another employee who was around during the "fight" and helped explain how to properly handle the equipment. I think the person in my team who went above and beyond was Lester, he contacted the library to see if we could film there and did a lot of the editing. He also contributed a lot to our ideas and finding ways to deal with the problems we faced.

As the project came to a close the class critiqued our projects. I believe that my group got a better critique then I thought. Our highest scoring area was "overall quality," I personally think that our overall quality wasn't very good. Our lowest scoring area was relevance of visuals, which I think was what we did the best. Although I think it is what we did best, I think that we definitely think that we could've added more B-roll. We also could've improved our shot sequencing and our audio. We had quite a few restrictions when filming this, we only had two days to film and edit, it was in a windy environment and we didn't have very many tools. Our team found ways around these restriction, we contacted the Library to film in a quiet place and we used the tools we had to the best of our abilities. I do think, however, that we should have focused more on the audio and making sure that it was even and that you could hear it all. One way we could've of fixed this is by doing voiceovers. In addition, I think that we should've done better with our time management, we spent a lot of time brainstorming and writing our script. Also, we should've focused more of our time on making sure we got quality shots rather than just trying to make it funny. I think that as a whole our team should have tried to contribute more of their ideas, rather then just having one person contribute. Overall I think this was a really good project and I learned a lot about editing on the iPad along with getting steady shots on the iPad.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Art and Design

This week in the Arts and Communication's class, we have been studying the elements of art, we have been trying to learn and understand what they are, when to use them and how to use them. The first element we were learning about is line. To understand this particular element of art, we took a still life image (an image of an inanimate object), and recreated it as a line drawing. We had two rules, the first was that the line had to enter and exit the frame, or somehow be connected to a line that enters and exits the frame. The second was that we had to use a brush size 15 with 75% hardness. With these two simple rules, off everyone went to create their line drawing. As we began to complete our line drawings we started learning about texture, the second element we were learning about. We were instructed to find different textures that would portray the difference between light and dark in the image. We did this with a smaller brush size, that way we could more accurately draw our textures. The difference in light and dark is another element, value. Another element used in this image is shape and space. For my image form was a major part, I had to portray the pages turning and show that the book was a three dimensional object. Both of these things enhance the image and allow you to know what the image is. Trying to find the right texture for the right areas of my drawing was the most challenging thing for me. I had a hard time portraying the light and the dark through my textures. Although this was the most challenging part, it was also the part that I enjoyed the most.

I took this picture during a hike I went on with my family. It is at a lookout on the Awa Awapuhi trail overlooking two of the hanging valleys in the Napali Coast. The point of this project was to take a photograph and try to make it look like it had been hand drawn using our editing skills in photoshop. The main element of art we were focusing on was value, we were using different tools in order to really make certain things stand out. Texture was also a major element we were using, in order to get the image to really look like a drawing, we had to incorporate many textures. In both my still life and my landscape, I used different textures to portray different parts of the image. I think that the landscape looks more like a picture than a drawing and the still life just looks like a very simple drawing. Even though both of these images started with a photograph, because of the editing, they look very different. I first started by using the more simple video tutorial, when the image did not look like it was drawn by hand I began using the more advanced video. Because my image had so much texture in it at the beginning, it was very hard to make it look like it had been hand drawn. I think that my image looks more like a black and white image then a drawing. I think if I had chosen a more simple image with less texture I would have been able to make it look like a more realistic "drawing."  

This is my portrait image using both of the techniques that we learned this past week. This portrait is of my little brother during a beach day. We were at Wailua River with the rest of our family and our dog Nalu. My little brother is one of my favorite people in the world, he is always ready to make you laugh. He is so funny and playful, and he can chat your ear off. He want to be friends with everyone and has the biggest heart. I think this image does a good job of portraying the happiness and "light" he brings me. This final image uses all the Elements of Art, it uses texture, value and shape in both the line portion and the photoshop effect portion. Color was used in the center, I wanted to make his eyes stand out. Following the completion of our images, the class critiqued us. I kind of agree with my results. I think that I should have gotten more amateur on the my still life and on my landscape and more professional on my mix. My mix actually got the lowest score which I think it's my best one, not my landscape. I do think that my score for my still life is accurate.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Audio Production

Today at Kapaa High School, students are rushing around the Arts and Communication classroom, voices are buzzing, keyboards are clicking, iPads are running, we are recording our audio for our scripts. This week we were separated into groups of four or five and given a set of questions. The goal of this project was to answer the questions in a creative way with smooth transitions. The first thing we had to do was choose the theme of our recording. My group, which consisted of Michael, Kyle and Courtney, chose to do a behind the scenes on a movie set. We had a journalist, Courtney, come on set and interview me, the makeup artist. We also had Kyle our main movie director, and Michael the team leader. My job was to answer the interview questions asked by the journalist and make sure that my voice had both inflection an intonation so as not to bore the audience. We had to make sure that the audience understood the points we were trying to exaggerate. In order to make this go smoothly, we had to rehearse our script many times. The goal was to try and do it perfectly in one take. This was a very difficult task, and the rehearsal portion of this assignment was very important. We each practiced our lines until we could do it perfectly, then we began recording. Sadly our first take did not work and we had to try again. After about the third take we had a perfect recording and uploaded it to our drive. Next step: The Critique. 
As teams completed their audio presentations, the class began to listen to and critique our presentations. There were four categories, Level of Completion, Relevance of Answers, Intonation and Inflection, and Clarity of Speaker's voice. The class graded our audio based on those categories. Our team's highest score was relevance of answers. I think my team did very well, we met all the criteria and we worked very well together. I never felt frustrated with anyone in my team, and we completed the project quickly and well. If I had to do this project again with the same group, I would probably try to write the script and answer the questions in a more creative way. Overall, I believe that this was a great project and I enjoyed doing it.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

ALD 4.0 - Cinemagraphs

GOAL: Create a series of 3 Cinemagraphs... 1) LastF_Cine1.gif Recreate a simple scene in your life 2) LastF_Cine2.gif Create a more comple...