Thursday, May 24, 2018

Digital Manipulation

During our final days of Digital Media we began to go into photo manipulation and surrealism. Surrealism is very interesting and got its fame from its bizarre pictures.

RGB uses red, green and blue pixel to create color. There is no limit to the amount of colors it can make which is why it is widely used in screens. CMYK is cyan, magenta, yellow and black which is what ink cartridges are made from. OGG, MP4 and MP3 are lossy in audio and GIF and JPEG formats are lossy for images and . PNG, BMP and Raw are loss less for images and  ALAC, FLAC and WAV are all lossless for audio. Lossy takes less space than lossless. In vectors the colors are separated farther. In raster they lend into each other a lot more, the gradient is less defined. Rasters are pixelated while vectors aren't. Dithering uses two colors to simulate the shade of a third color by placing dots of the two colors close together. Dithering is a way many get creative when composing.

ALD 1.1 
ALD 1.2 

Final Video Project

My final video is a music video which I do NOT take much pride in however I spent a long time filming and maybe in the future I will put more effort into recording a good song. This reflects some Digital Media skills as the editing is not bad but I do need to work on not making meme music. I do plan to take what I have been taught in Digital Media with me for the rest of my life. Even things past cameras and stuff. I plan to take learned planning skills and work ethic which I have picked up since I've been here.

The most challenging part about making a video is filming. Finding places and having your subjects do things is quite difficult but once the ball starts rolling things get much easier. My biggest roadblock was actually recording since I have work and not much time off.

ALD 5.1, ALD 5.2, ALD 5.3

Monday, May 7, 2018

Photo Challenge

Light: Eye Level
A simplistic photograph of a pair of headphones.
Energy: Framing
Josiah Williams in action, launching a discus into the atmosphere.
Eating: Point of View
Two breath savers lightly touching
Sound: Low Angle
Red headphone cord
Hydration: High Angle
A bottle of Smart Water distorted with special effects
Floral: Macro
A bunch a flowers are depicted with a blurry bee teasing the eye
Sound: Low Angle
A pair of hands ripping apart a sheet of paper
Creating: Birds Eye
Hand depicted creating a black figure on a laptop
Fear: Leading Lines
A camera tripod is shown with a frightened cat emoji in the focal point
Adventure: Focal Point
A gas level meter in a car is shown with with a healthy amount of gas in the tank
Rejected: Unusual Angle
The faint outline of a human walking away 
Trust: Ants Eye
A leaf is depicted with water droplets on top
Beach: Ground Level
A beautiful beach is shown with the sun in the bottom right corner giving miles of look space on the left

Throughout the process of this photo challenge I have finally learned how to compose decent pictures. I still have a lot to learn but I am most definitely better than I was before I started this challenge. The photo challenge was entertaining and has taught me the importance of dedication and effort. Maybe in the future I will continue the challenge to push myself because I am left disappointed at the quality of my work. Not because of skill but effort as I can do much better when I utilize all time given.

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.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hiki No Cell Phone Addiction

Cellphone addiction is the topic of our news story. The goal is to inform the audience about frequent cellphone use and how cellphones can be both positive and negative. Everyone has a cellphone and becoming sucked into the void of social media is very easy. Hopefully we can bring awareness to our audience about the addiction.

The purpose of the Digital Millennium Copyright act, passed by Bill Clinton in 1998, which increased the penalty for copyright infringement. The DMCA protects companies that provide internet and the act is not focused on the users of its system who infringe copyright.

The steps for using copyrighted materials are as follows:
  • Determine if permission is needed.
  • Identify the owner.
  • Identify the rights needed.
  • Plan Ahead for Permission.
  • Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required.
  • Get your permission agreement in writing.
Getting permission before filming on private locations is crucial because of liability and respect. Someone must always be aware of the actions taken on their property to mitigate any type of incident.Video release forms are also important because of the need to cover your bases before getting into anything that could bring harm to the participants.

In our journey to completion we ran into few problems. B roll was the most challenging part due to repetitiveness. It was difficult to keep the b roll authentic and serious but in the end we brought it all together.
Final Critique

Rough Critique
ALD 3.1 Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.

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