Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Image Compositing

Image compositing is a way of combining two or more photos with layer masks, gradients, filters, etc. Typically, these types of images are created to create an illusion of sorts and get the viewers to think. Rule of thirds is a technique photographers used to improve composition and balance in their photos. Using rule of thirds divides your image using two vertical lines and two horizontal lines, your eyes should be drawn along those lines or where the lines meet. Before taking a photo, photographers think about things such as lighting, CAPs, and whet they can do to enhance the image in any way. I personally think that all your photos should be edited because there are always ways to improve them one way or another. For example, simple things like adjusting the contrast and brightness or even just cropping it can improve your photo greatly.

Out of my three concepts, I believe my first concept conveys the strongest message. The message my photo communicates is we are practically becoming our social media profiles. We are beginning to hide behind them and not show people who we really are. One example of this is Snapchat, the popular social media app that allows us to take and send photos to friends. The image itself is someone taking a selfie but a dog head is in place of the human head, representing the dog filter on Snapchat that almost everyone is familiar with. My image is at eye level with the subject showing two thirds of her body.I anticipate that the viewers eyes will go directly to the dog head and will understand the finished product.

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

The goal of this project was to bring some sort of awareness to anxiety and to let people with anxiety know that they are not alone. This topic was important to my partner Makena and I because we believe that anxiety in teens doesn't have enough awareness as it should. In our script we included multiple metaphors to help the viewers understand what it's like to live with anxiety. The project requirements include a 2-3 minute long visual statement that gave a direct view about an issue our targeted audience can relate to. Along with the video we also needed a powerful voiceover that successfully conveys the message to our audience.

In the process of filming and editing our video we've learned tips and tricks along the way to take it from good to great. Through demonstrations we've learned about speed ramping, color isolation, and cutting techniques such as graphic match cut and jump cut. In our video we incorporated a slow motion scene. It's important to use FCPX Libraries and Events properly so you have a safe pace to store your audio and videos without losing them. Organization is essential while dealing with projects like this, if you're not organized you could jeopardize your whole project. Audio levels can vary drastically so it's important to adjust and balance your audio levels at appropriate times. Though I do think we had good visuals, the audio did have a higher quality because it had a powerful message in it.

Personally I think the most difficult part of the project was the script writing process and trying to decide on a solid topic. This challenge was overcame by us just sitting down and discussing what we both had in mind for the visual statement and eliminating ideas. In our partnership Makena was definitely the driving force, she had the majority of the ideas while I supported her and also gave a few of my own here and there. The most enjoyable part, for me at least, was the process of filming and watching the video come together piece by piece. I do agree with the results for the most part because I believe the video did meet most/all of the requirements. We also came in second place overall which I am pleasantly surprised about.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Modern Art Movement

The topic of my project was Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau was based on many things such as the bold colors from Japanese woodcuts. But I believe that the biggest influence is the English Arts and Crafts Movement, a decorative and fine arts movement that formed in reaction to mass production. The goal of the Art Nouveau movement was to abandon the historical approach of the 19th century. Artists have impacted society in more ways than you can imagine. Art's a way of communication, it's a way to express emotions as well as show changes in society. I personally think that this art movement way important because it totally changed what people thought about art was well as ditched the traditional historical art before which was necessary.
"The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt (1907)
One example in my presentation is a painting called "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt (1907) and I think it's fairly obvious he was trying to portray intimacy and lust. I believe that an artist can definitely persuade/change someones opinion. Typically, artists try and evoke different emotions to their pieces so that others will be able to feel them as well. Art addresses many things that some people won't speak about so in a way, art is a way of communication. Advances in technology has made all kinds of art forms more accessible to people today then they would have been back in the early 1900's.

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Workplace Safety

The goal for this project was to effectively communicate the dangers of working with hazardous materials and chemicals in a workplace environment. My team covered basic safety hazards like working in a lab alone, not wearing proper protection, and overall messing around while handling hazardous chemicals. In my team there was Emma, Courtney, and Kashten. Overall, everyone contributed to this project in on way whether it be typing out the script, editing, filming, or getting the necessary props. I believe that Emma deserves recognition for her work in this project because she took initiative and came up with a lot of the ideas for the project as well as communicating the ideas well.

My biggest takeaway from this project was learning about basic safety hazards and how to avoid injury while handling chemicals. From this project, I've learned that while working in teams everyone has a part to play and it's everyones responsibility to contribute and work to the best of their ability. Another thing I've learned from this is that in any project there will definitely be obstacles along the way and you just have to find a way to deal with them. There are numerous things we could have improved, of them is time management, that is definitely something we could improve on. We also could have improved the overall quality of the video by doing voice over because the wind messed up our audio greatly.

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 18, 2017

Art and Design

During this project we used the elements of line, shape, value, and texture. Line and shape were the very base of our Still Life graphic design, I traced my image with a 15pt brush to get the basic shapes needed. I used the elements of texture and value to "shade" the original line art and give it dimension and, obviously, texture. To do this I used a 5pt brush and scribbled/colored in the shadows. We use a small brush so we have complete control over our value. Throughout this project I found the shading most enjoyable because it's simple and doesn't need to be neat and it's helped me improve my value scale. My least favorite part of the project was the contour/outline because it was difficult to make curved lines with my mouse.

I took this landscape image on Pila'a Beach in Kilauea. Though the Still Life did work with value and texture, the landscape image is more detailed and textured. The similarities between these two images include texture and, like I said, value. I was able to refine the image but there was a lot of trial and error with adjusting the contrast and shadows, brush strokes, and the background texture. I believe that the cross hatching technique improved my image greatly, giving it a more authentic look that if I were to just use the basic steps. The process as a whole was enjoyable and simple enough but if I were to do it again I'd use a higher quality photo and take my time instead of rushing through it.

The portrait I'm using is from the royalty free images website Pexels. I did not use a photo of my own simply because I procrastinated and didn't have a portrait in time. This image was chosen because I believe it has good lighting and has decently high resolution. The final product includes all the elements of art listed before, value, texture, line, shape, and now color.  For the most part, I do agree with the critiques from my peers. There are definitely numerous things i could make better, for example, using more than one shading technique. I was a bit surprised about my Mixed Image results because though I did put a considerable amount of effort into it, I personally though that it was mediocre at best.

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

Two important parts of maintaining an audience are intonation and inflection. Intonation is the rise and fall of the voice and inflection is the emotion you convey. Without these, your voice would be boring and your audience will have little to no interest in what you're saying. In my group I was the voice actor, I read the script as if I was a radio personnel, so intonation and inflection were crucial for my role in this project. I'd say that the rehearsal process was very important for this project because without practice we would be fumbling throughout the recording and not getting anything done. With that being said, I think that practice is key for this particular project.

The results of our critique showed that we had the most amount of votes in the "Clarity of Speaker's Voice" category. I believe that we successfully communicated our message in a way that kept our audience engaged throughout our "presentation". We did this by using intonation as well inflection to keep them entertained.  Our main problem was trying to record in in one take with no disturbances or mess ups. We overcame this issue by simply reading over our script before the takes. If we had to do this project again I think that we should work on our intonation and expression more.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Proprietary Information

(Original Photo from Pexels)

First of all, copyright infringement is using the work of others protected by the copyright law without permission from the owner. Breaking this law can result in a fine ranging from $200 - $150,000 as well as up to 10 years in prison. To avoid copyright infringement, if the material isn't under fair use, contact the owner and negotiate the terms and whether or not you need to pay. The final step is to get a written agreement from the owner that allows you to use the copyrighted material. Fair use is the reproduction of copyrighted material that may be used without permission from the owner. One example of fair use is a parody, which is essentially taking a song or video and recreating it in a humorous way. Another example is analyzing or commenting on copyrighted material which allows you to use part of the copyrighted material.

Something that is "confidential" is meant to be kept private/in secret. Three basic things you should keep confidential are your social security number, your credit or debit car number, and your address. Social media has a deep impact on confidential information, people post just about everything on social platforms like their current location, personal phone number, etc. Censorship is the prohibition of parts of things such as movies or news that are considered "offensive". I think that some things should be censored, but definitely not everything. Censorship is a hard topic to discuss and agree on because what some people find inappropriate and offensive, others don't. In regards to the first amendment, I believe that censorship "violates" the first amendment with good reasoning and intention, which is to protect people. But on the other hand I do think that it can go overboard at times. Now on the topic of the fifth amendment, peoples right to privacy I think that people should be able to do what you want in private.

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.

Image Compositing

Image compositing is a way of combining two or more photos with layer masks, gradients, filters, etc. Typically, these types of images ...