Thursday, May 28, 2015

Music Videos Rock!

Embed Vimeo & Two great behind scenes pics

Each member of our group contributed, each of them making their part fit into place for our music video. Miles volunteered as the crazy one of the group for the sake of our music video (As you will see later). Seth was our main camera man and Russell portrayed as our main focus. I bet they'd be able to do everything if I weren't on their team. I tried to pitch in here and there, but their ideas just get better and better. I guess I'm kind of the glue that keeps the little things together.

I think that our audience will enjoy either the message or the humor of the music video, not just the song. I believe this because when we watched what we had so far and I saw that it was very funny and humiliating at the same time, in a good way. The message made me feel very good inside, but I did notice that the song didn't match it. Even so, I thought that our audience will enjoy what we have.

Our music video shows a few of the things we learned about during the school year such as creative shots and camera angles. It doesn't really show our full potential. I know we could have done better.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lyrical Livelihood

The songs that are the best in my opinion are Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance and Alone Together by Fallout Boy. Their song lyrics makes me feel a warm fuzzy feeling like when I was a child receiving a new toy, which I still am.

The music video song my team picked was Back in Black by AC/DC. We picked this song because we thought that we could make a funny music video with it. Also because it was a really good idea in our opinion even though it wasn't our top pick. It's a very classic rock song and the way the main singer sings the song makes it have even more potential for us to work with.

The music video will be telling the story of a group of friends who have be reunited after be separated for a long period of time. We'll start off with either the friends getting into a fight or going separate ways to start the music video. Then they start to come back together and become friends again. It's a very simple concept, but I think we can pull it off.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our Story Animation

Our focus statement is, "Noa explores imagination." It revolves around the topic of Noa's imagination obviously. We wanted to give enough information to get the audience's attention, but not enough to give to the audience a spoiler on what's going to happen. We gave out two things: Noa and his imagination, separated by a verb, "explore." So we have Noa Harrison exploring his broad imagination.

The audience will be learning multiple lessons depending on what they notice. We have the story revolve around these three morals, everyone’s mind is different and unique in their own individual way, careful who you trust, and sometimes you need to do things yourself. We want our audience to know this because we thought they were some good morals that we had in our animation story. We will be doing this by causing a conflict between Noa and his friend, Miles.

Our best moment as a team was when we finished our final cut with an animation we were proud of. Our worst moment as a team when we had to finish our rough cut. We had nothing because of how unorganized we were.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Animation Outtakes

I am grouped up with Russell Fu, Noa Harrison, and Miles Frazier. Russell used to go to my elementary school and was a big transformer fan. Noa and Miles are both new to the school, but they still fitted in just right. Noa is a very skilled drummer and Miles is bursting with ideas.

Stop-motion animation is making objects seem to move through photographs, each having the objects move a little more in the the different images. There will be an example of stop motion in our animation. A G.I.F. or graphics interchange format is an animation that is looped to seem to go on for ever, which I have an examples of below.

We are telling Noa's story of his crazy dream that had a deeper meaning than just being very interesting and most definitely weird. In the dream he is put through different tasks. We edited the story a bit more, but it still has the same meaning to it. There are a few different morals to the story. We are trying to get the audience to think about the following, everyone’s mind is different and unique in their own individual way, careful who you trust, sometimes you need to do things yourself, and what is it like to not be able to get out of your dream?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Typography Images

Typography is an image where it takes words and the image and puts them together into a totally different image. It can be used to make an impact because of the message it delivers through the words put into it and what the subject is or is doing so the picture literally says a million words, give or take a thousand.
The biggest challenge for me during this project was how to get from point A to point B. Basically how to do a certain thing to create the end product. To overcome the issue I asked for assistance from my peers who made it look easy. Then I was able to do the project myself.
My three typography images all have a different techniques if you didn't notice. We made images of innovators, teachers, and ourselves. For my innovator I chose Galileo. In the one with my chorus teacher we got a bit more colorful and used gradients. The very last one we used ourselves and got even more creative. My favorite one was the one of my teacher because I feel like it represents her well. Though I really wish I was able to finish the image of me.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Double Exposed Portraits

Portrait Photography is any image or photo of someone's face that displays expression. Portrait photography relates to profile and silhouetting because all things have to do with taking a photo of a person. Profile view is a side view of a person's face. You should only be able to see only one of their eyes. Silhouetting is like a profile, but it's like a shadow of the profile. Both of these different types of pictures are both portrait photography.

To create a double exposure in Photoshop first you need to get your desired photos. Why would you want to do this? Because it's fun and it looks awesome afterwards! Anyway, after you get you photos you load them into a stack on Photoshop. Select your profile image and using the blocking tool shade around your portrait until the background is all white. When you finish that, double click the layer and change it to screen mode. Next double click your next layer and change it to screen mode. This should make it so the both of your images are visible under your profile. Now you can select your adjustment layers and personalize your double exposure image from there.

As you can see there is a piano and guitar followed be some sheet music in my multi exposure portrait. These, of course, represent my musical orientation. Though half of the time I didn't know what I was doing, especially when I got to putting in adjustment layers. But here they are anyway.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

HDR Photography

HDR Photography, or high dynamic range, is where the camera takes a few pictures of a landscape at a different exposure and uses them to make a desired balance of the light and dark parts of the shot. A couple of things that I like about this feature of the camera is that I can customize the photo to my liking in photoshop. One thing that I didn't like about HDR is that you have to make sure that everything in your shot isn't moving so it involves a lot of patience.

To create an HDR image you first need to find a place or person who is willing to stay still for a while golden hour is a great time to take landscape photos. After finding a potential portrait or landscape you like set up your camera on your tripod. If you don't have a tripod improvise using creativity or a level surface. Next you need to take your seven photos with different exposure levels by holding down the "+/-" button and rolling the dial on your camera left or right. Your camera may be different, but it shouldn't be very different from the cameras that we used. When you take your pictures then you import them onto your computer and open them with Photoshop going to file>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro. By then you can adjust your settings to your liking and remove the ghosts if needed. You may have seen the HDR function on a device you have. The automatic HDR function you may have on a device such as your phone is fairly different from the way our class did because it's faster but you may have a bit of trouble getting an image you like. Also the way we did it enabled us to adjust a wider range of settings to enhance the image.

In my HDR portrait photo below I had to think, "Is it in the rule of thirds? Do I have an interesting background? Does the person in my shot have a good length of looking room? Is he or she not looking at the camera?" And in the HDR landscape photos I asked my self, " Is the horizon line  ordinary and exactly in the middle of the shot? Is it surreal? Does it pass the rule of thirds?" Going through the list of what was needed in my head helped me create a photo that I was proud of.