Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story

The interviewee for this story was chosen after all group members thought of a story worth making. In the end we chose me and we discussed music production. With that out of the way, we fit each team member with tasks that best fit their personality, and then we got to work. Everyone stayed committed to the task even with the absences of various members at various times. Despite all of this we still managed to create a solid video which was short and to the point. To make our video more interesting we even included music from me which gave an answer to having to watch me make a beat. In the end this helped hold the attention of the viewer which is the goal for all films.

Safety is very important during the production process because without a healthy crew your product will be unfinished. The three vital safety concerns for production are as follows: identify all hazards, evaluate all risks, and identify measures to control the risks. Risk mitigation is crucial when avoiding hazards such as injury, death, and sickness.
The amount of effort put into the practice story was reflected in the critique. 75% of our peers felt that our project was prepared to work with PBS Hawaii and I would have to agree with them. We still aren't ready for millions of viewers as there are things to improve upon such as natural sounds and interesting B-Roll sequencing. The three biggest things that the class thought we needed approval on are B-Roll, location, and more beats which all help a story flow much better and make it interesting.

ALD 6.1: Anticipate potential health and wellness concerns while operating computing devices in order to enhance workplace safety.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Interview Composition

Knowing the difference between a host shot and an interview shot can make or break your video. A host shot is taken where the subject is centered and looks directly into the camera. This method is used when the host is speaking to the audience which is quite different from an interview shot. In an interview the interviewee is positioned at a slight angle to either the right or left as if the interviewer is on either side of the camera. Never shoot in front of poles or straight lines as they distract the viewer  and always try to look for a frame to place the interviewees head in. You must also record zoomed all the way in to give the background more depth which is why you should not record in front of flat walls.
An important part about of shooting a successful interview is making the interviewee comfortable while maintaining consistent and quality audio. Many other factors come into play when creating quality interviews such as asking god questions and keeping the audience engaged but the most import part of all is a correct interview composition.
 In this photo the background is not out of focus and proves to be distracting as you can see people behind the subject.
 Another example of poor background selective exposes the amateur tendencies of the photographer
The problem with this photo is that the subject should take up more of the picture and should be placed closer to the right.

ALD 5.1, ALD 5.2, ALD 5.3

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

Mr. Tim Savage and Mrs. Mardi Savage are a producer and assistant director duo who had a big hand in the filming of "Under the Blood Red Sun" They both had big roles in the outcome of the movie and contribute many ideas and directions. The movie "Under the Blood Red Sun" is about a Japanese boy who must step up to the plate when his father is taken to an internment camp. Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, so every Japanese family was under suspicion. The boy must fill the void that his father left and while doing so he faces many challenges.

The first question asked was "Why did you choose a visual filter for the movie?" and he spoke on how changing the color settings he could show how the movie was set in another era. He also said that a program called Resolve was used for the color grading. Another question was How do you make a story that flows well and does not become stagnant? and he told some very valuable information. Mr. Savage suggested to be a good storyteller. Take up reading, and study other films, and study the flow of films and books to get a idea of how to transition from one scene to the next.
TAGS: ALD 3.1, ALD 3.2

Monday, February 5, 2018

Public Service Announcement

My PSA is about Driving Safety, and I personally think that my topic is very impactful and powerful because everyone knows someone or was effected by a car accident. I really hope my PSA can snap people out of it because even when they know distracted driving kills, they do it anyway. Without bringing focus off of the topic of distracted driving, I will make people see the reality of their actions.

Hiki No is a great example of cooperation between students and business. The partnership that began February 2011 with 54 schools participating now has 80 schools submitting their PSA videos every year. The three main rules of the contest are; Register for your submission to be accepted, submit your video by 11:59 p.m. HST on Wednesday,  February 28, 2018, and the video must be no more than 30s long. These videos are a great way to send a message to the public. We must bring awareness to all these topics being overlooked. The incentive was a good idea because people need a fire under them and with thousands on the line these students will go the extra mile and most definitely be putting their best foot forward. This is a way for the students and Hiki No to thrive.

In the end our group chose ocean safety since we are in the middle of the Pacific. We started with a lot of random clips from our phones showing scenes of the ocean and decided that we needed more. We checked out a camera and I began shooting. I went to the beach for some shots and things seemed to fall together. Our PSA evolved smoothly through the help of our team and instructor. Given the chance one would notice many differences between the rough and final cut. Our peers seemed to enjoy the video but let us know that we need a few more shots before we were ready for the world. This PSA had a great message and I hope for it to reach the masses. We can only improve from this point and spreading this message is a great starting point.

ALD 2.1 Assess the evolution of digital media as it affects and is affected by society.
ALD 2.2 Assess changes in technology and markets as it affects digital media designs.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Our first project in Digital Media is creating a series of 3 Cinemagraphs. In order to make a successful moving still image you must record a very still video with at least one thing moving in a fluid motion. Then in your editing software choose a freeze frame and place it above the original video. Once completed choose a good loop point that will loop smoothly and add a mask to cut out the non movement.

Step 1: Film video with some loop-able motion in it such as a wheel spinning, or water running
Step 2: Place video in editor. Cut freeze frame, Place freeze frame above original
Step 3: Add dissolve transitions to make video loop and trim excess
Step 4: Draw mask to freeze the motion you want still, and then invert mask. once finished export

Objective: Create a cinemagraph using Final Cut Pro

Cinemagraph 2: My goal for this cinemagraph is to create a clip of my frozen in the air and a basketball spinning, and since a basketball has easily recognizable loop points it will not be difficult to create.

In my opinion my second cinemagraph was a success in relation to editing. The resolution of the gif could have been higher and the lighting could have been better, but it was a success nonetheless.

Cinemagraph 3: My final cinemagraph will be me using a can of air freshener to spray fire. I am a self proclaimed pyromaniac and am fascinated with fire, so this will be fun. My 3rd and final cinemagraph was a success and I captured exactly what I wanted to. Fire is most definitely a great way to make a good cinemagraph because the way it flows makes it easy to loop.

I feel I have progressed as shown in my results. A constant increase in the quality of work is always good because it puts words into a graph. Instead of seeing a paragraph on how I have progressed, the graph merely showed an increase in skill level. At first these cinemagraphs posed a challenge as I am not familiar with such software, however once instructed on how to make the cinemagraphs it became easy.

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.