Friday, December 7, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

Our topic is drug addiction, it's meant to explain the harmfulness in a type of story of drug addiction, and how easy it is to get addicted. It follows the main character going through these bad shifts in their life because they are addicted, which is something they start in the beginning of the video. I believe it's important to me and my partners because drug addiction (to methamphetamine) is worse in the Hawaiian Islands than it is in most of the US, a big amount of drug addiction otherwise is with kids as well.

I think our goal with this video is to show the viewer how it could be easy to get into something harmful to themselves if their friends or family are doing it, or if it comes around to them in some easy and seemingly harmless way. I think the video portrays also, what most drug addicts go through when they've gotten addicted, what things they've gone through.

Angela is our groups editor, she helped me film and figure out the problems in the script as we were working. Amine was our main actor, he acted in the majority of the video because it was centered around him. Tahca was our other actor and made the background music for the video. I did the script and most of the filming.

In class we learned how to cut scenes, make magic jump cuts, to have pad before and after a cut or scene so the editor has more to deal with, and also how to layer parts of the video to show what you want for natural sound and what is wanted to be seen. FCPX Libraries are to organize separate things, like if you're making different videos and need to separate them and the cuts you want to use in those videos. The events and projects also help you organize what you're doing to not lose progress or to forget what you're doing.

Audio levels in different clips can and should vary because when you're filming you can't always control what's going on in the background if you are in natural settings: wind, rain, other people not filming, trees, waves. Anything that makes sound can mess up the audio and when you put the videos into your computer to edit. Turning down the volume and fixing up the sound to make it all flow and make the natural sound sound good with the background music and video. To fix it you just have to listen and apply your ability to change it as needed.

I think the very beginning has the best sound and video quality, because it has the natural sound of rain in the background, the music starting to come in, and the dreary, cloudy sky in the background. I think it all just flows very nicely and since I do really like aesthetic things I think it just looks and sounds really good. But overall I think the video was the best part because it was just really well thought-out, a lot of work was put into it compared to the sound production.

I think our biggest problems were filming because our main actor had a hard time not smiling during scenes. We wasted a lot of precious time on filming and getting the right cut when we could've used it on editing and getting everything we needed and had more time to do everything. I think we did overcome it through trying to get him to be serious and focus on what we had to do. I think Angela and myself did a majority of the work being as how we pushed to get everything done on time, we filmed, edited and wrote the script. The most enjoyable part of this project was probably filming and editing, I'm not sure why but it was fun for me to work on this project.

I don't really agree with most of the negative results, because in reality our project was done a lot better compared to the majority of either class, there are definitely some good other videos but ours was done just as well. We weren't the best but we at least deserved better than any no's or amateur votes. We met all the requirements and did a very good job with executing the video, we didn't have a lot of time on editing the video so when it came to figuring out very MINOR editing problems we didn't notice them in the rush. Overall I think our group did an excellent job comparatively.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

The cultural movement that got the surrealist movement going was partly WWI and then industrialism. Surrealists thought that the oppression of traditional art was dampening the creativity that was hidden deep in the artists mind. Surrealism didn't have an agenda or meaning, it just was, it wasn't used for communications or had much of an effect on the industry, the most expressionism was really just the artists expressing their unconscious mind. Surrealists contributed by expanding other artists minds in the way of expressing all the crazy and different ways to do art.

I love surrealism, I feel like the surrealism movement was special in a sense that it was psychologically based and had a huge stance in the first real visual depictions of what people thought of. It was private, those paintings ant writings were almost a private thing to the artists. It's a look into their mind and their own views of their unconscious. I think it's cool, and very special.

The Persistence of Memory (1931) Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí made the artwork above, I believe it was to communicate that time slips away, and things don't become solid anymore (like memory) with the passing of time. The Dreamer, the little white thing on the ground of the picture, is meant to represent the artist, asleep in the artwork, as if melting along with all the clocks. I believe the bugs are meant to represent the decay of life.

Yes, I believe that an artwork and and artist can change a persons perception on things, opening their eyes to other opinions and thoughts, I think it's because of their influence and maybe the way they portray the thing they are trying to convince the viewer of. I think technology has slowed down the creation of art on physical things, but I also think it helped boost and move forward the ability for people to create, recreate or to view art. Computers do a lot in terms of making art, but it also cuts back most people's attention and doesn't always help potential artists to create new art.

A/N: Sorry for not having the results of the class quiz, there was a huge mixup in when I made the quiz, I accidentally made the quiz on someone else's Kahoot account. Big mixup, but I did make the quiz and we did get a overall pretty good score. Again, sorry for the mixup.

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.

Monday, October 29, 2018

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

The project goal was to make a good quality, short, concise and informational video on our topic, which was Avoiding Stress and Burnout. We want to try and converse our understanding of stress; ways to identify it, ways to cope with it, and ways to prevent it from affecting you. My teammates in this project are Arianna and Tehinnah.

Arianna is an amazing videographer and a specialist in our group as an editor, she's a very talented teammate and makes being in front of the camera fun and not as awkward as it usually seems. She narrates the last scene of the video, which is preventing stress, as well as acts in the first scene to describe symptoms of stress or burnout. Tehinnah is a very good actor, who takes directions very well and is very fun to work with. She's very adept at making music that fits. Tehinnah narrates the second scene of the video, which is how to deal with stress and burnout, and acts in the third scene of how to prevent stress. Tehinnah also does the music for the background, which is very helpful to cancel out dead air and no sound in between cuts and scenes.

I honestly feel like all of us had key parts to play that were equally important to this project as well as we all worked very hard on our work, I think it was a very nice group, and I was happy with the end result of our project.

My biggest takeaway from this project was the fun and creativity used in this project. I learned that stress can be caused by many things in the workspace, being in a rush is very stressful. Video production is difficult, I'm not very good at it and I'm very glad Arianna was in our group to help.

Our highest scoring from the critique was clarity of audio, we did a voiceover, so it makes sense that it was good, especially since we recorded multiple times to get the best audio we could. Our lowest scoring was the relevance of visuals, again, it makes sense, because in the video we decided to take a more comedic approach to the video, one of these ways was throwing props to have an example of what things you could use to make yourself less stressed. I think overall the video was critiqued pretty accurately.

I think we could've used the props differently, and if we had more time, we could've gone over the video a few more times to correct any of the problems that popped up in the video. Overall I think we did pretty good, it may have not been super formal, but it was interesting and would've definitely made an impact on learning about stress and burnout.

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, October 1, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding can be a very important skill to learn because now a days with so much technology, it would be so helpful to learn how to speak the language of the technical world since it takes up a huge part of our economy. Basic programing can help in almost any background of work, depending on how you use it. The intention of this challenge, is to do an 8.

By going straight, going left, then taking a right, and almost completing a circle before doing it it again, but this time turning left until you this time reach the center, or where you started. Go, straight, steering (right), delay. Pause, straight, steering (left), delay. Stop.

Going through the trial and error issues was so very frustrating, I find myself running back and forth between the computer and to the track, hastily typing in a new alteration to the code, and then trying it again, hoping that it'll work this time, then get frustrated and do it all over again. At times it was fun though, I enjoyed learning code and understanding it to the point where I could easily work on it.

While loop was to continuously repeat the same code over and over in a certain set of brackets, Array was to show a specific command of lights, and sounds, display did lights, and sound was for the sound, obviously. I don't think I would really trust an automated vehicle to drive me anywhere, until it was proven with no faults, it would just be dangerous and possibly reckless.

I do believe that eventually automated vehicles will take over some things, bus drives, taxi's, personal cars, stuff like that, but I believe the human aspects of working in ambulances, police cars and other areas are very important, and I wouldn't like to believe those jobs would be taken over. It would just be inhumane, and possibly very dangerous if something were to happen to cause the code or computer a disfunction.

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

Line is the element of art in this picture. I used the Wacom tablet so graciously lent to me so I could draw the outline and then shade the picture with just lines. I used the same texture and size for my brush, although the pen would get darker with more pressure applied. The value scale was very interesting, a bit rushed since I wasn't here for the duration of the classes to finish these works. I didn't find it enjoyable how rushed any of it was, I couldn't spend time to actually make my work look the best it could be, and I know I could do better if I had been given the time. Otherwise I really enjoyed using the tablet to draw on the computer. I found it challenging learning how to use different filters and layers, but it was interesting regardless. 

This landscape picture was taken in California, along a road close to the golden gate bridge. The colors, and gradient, as well as different styles of art, the landscape looks more like it was spray painted, or possibly painted and then drawn over with pen. I think I was able to refine it thanks to one of my very amazing classmates helping me. I think it made the landscape look quite different then the original, the white space, the detain and outline is very different then the colored version. I really like how well the finished product turned out though, it looks very cool in my opinion.

--LastF_Portrait.jpg above your final paragraph--

I was planning on using a picture of my sister, in Oahu. It honestly doesn't mean a whole bunch I just think my sister is very adorable and very photogenic so it would be nice to draw her. The portraits concept was to do what we did to the landscape picture on half of the picture, the halfway mark going down the face, and the other side being a line and texture drawing. The idea and process seemed really fun and very engaging. I think the idea of drawing it out would've been relatively easy depending on the time limit, thought I know I have issues with remembering how to do the landscape effect since I wasn't present.
I agree because I was gone for 4 days of this class, and I really only had 2 days of which i was present to work on any of this. When I was here, we had only touched on the still life image. So I don't blame anyone for my grade, I wasn't here. I definitely could've done much better if I had been here in class with the same amount of work time as everyone else. Personally I feel like I could've done a lot better had I the same amount of time as everyone else. Next time, hopefully, I'd love to take part in this.

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)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection is when you make your voice louder or softer, or changing the tone of your voice to express verbally something that's going on, or something you're explaining. It makes listening to whatever you're explaining more interesting for other people to hear, it keeps them engaged in your subject.

My role in this assignment was the script writer, I wrote the story and worked on figuring out the music for the audio recording. My job required me to cut the story shorter than I really wanted to, and changing some of the wording or description to help the voice actors feel more comfortable saying them aloud.

Rehearsal is so important, because it's not common nor easy for any voice actor to just go through the script without practice or attempts to figure out how to sound and how the words flow for the voice actor. Before recording the whole script, it's important to rehearse first and get all the laughs and nervousness out before the voice actors go and start recording, it also helps if everyone on the team talks through what is supposed to be said, what needs to be changed, and how the tone should be. Then while doing the recording, it helps to quietly encourage and help the voice actors if they mess up to take a few seconds to restart.

I think I did a good job meeting the project goal, it did get a little off topic and it was very long, it may have lost their attention or focus. Overall, I think we didn't do a terrible job, at least it wasn't a carbon copy as everyone else's. It was a good project, we had a lot of fun with it, although the whole thing was a bit stressful.

 In the critique, our best is intonation and inflection, I think we did a decent job on that, though I know a LOT of people voted pretty quickly so the fact at relevance of answers is so low is probably due to that, we took a long time to get to the different 7 principles of design.

Then again it was probably my fault I wrote it the way I did, it's of a high level of reading, not a grade school level, so my bad. Maybe I should have made it easier to understand, and maybe I should've made it shorter for some people to be able to actually soak in all the information, god forbid people know how to actually read and comprehend stories and be able to take from it.

The obstacles we faced as a group was fitting the proper music to the 7 principles, as well as finding ways to make the story shorter, we did find a way to get the music working well by going over a ton of music to fit it just right, or to the best we could. If I was to do it again, but differently, I'd probably write it shorter and more to the point, so people can get it better and understand the concept.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC are a United States independent group based to regulate and censor cable, radio, television, satellite, and wire. Copyright infringement is when you use something that isn't yours, or isn't something you made without permission or recognition of the owner, so you take credit for it. Then you get caught or in trouble for using something that isn't yours.

To get permission to use a work that isn't yours, you have to first, see if permission is needed, then you contact the owner of the work, and ask what the rights needed are. After you plan ahead for the work, you talk to the owner about if you need to pay them for the use of their work, and finally get their permission on writing.

Fair Use, is basically copying of a copyrighted thing, for an certain amount of time or for transformative purpose. 

One way you can get away without having permission from the artist, and still use their work, is by citing their name and that they are the original creators of the said work. Or, you can make a parody and use the same song but make it on your own, so it isn't 100% their work anymore.

Confidentiality is basically a withholding of information that could be sensitive, important, or personal. everyone is allowed the freedom of speech and privacy, if they are unwilling to share something and it gets shared or taken without their consent than it is violating their confidentiality. 

Confidentiality with your doctor, where they are not allowed to talk about you specifically or your problems to anyone. The Government, has a lot of confidential stuff regarding the military and other resources. If you have signed a confidentiality agreement with someone, such as a movie firm, or song producer, to keep something quiet, then neither they nor you are allowed to talk about it until given the instructions that you can. 

Social media can rage over confidential things, finding out exactly what is going on, regardless of if its confidential can be fun or interesting to some people. It can be dangerous however, because some people will share their address, their name, social security, date of birth, all these different things that can make a huge and very bad impact on their lives that can be very very hazardous to their social life.

I think censorship is pretty helpful since I'm assuming you don't want underage kids to know much about drugs or how to get them, hear a large amount of swearing, or other things that are not the best influence on small kids that their parents are trying to protect. The freedom of speech isn't restricted, you're allowed to say whatever you want and express yourself, censorship just cuts off a few small things to protect certain audiences. As well as peoples right to privacy. 

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.