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Final Reflection: The Movie, The Ghosts, The Semester

One of my favorite things to do during the open house on Thursday was watch visitors’ reaction to The Hunted Movie Trailer. People would spook just from watching it, which was definitely the intention. It was definitely an experience taking something sugary sappy sweet–like children playing–and changing it into something horrifying. Overall, I think the final product came out well. Though the movie wasn’t in the time limit, I found that most movie trailers–even teaser trailers–last only 30 to 60 seconds; I believe that I was well within the means of my genre.

As for the ghosts, I really which that I had more time to work on this project. I really wanted to hand draw the images like Naka, but knowing my personal and time limitations, I had to redirect my process. The ghosts communicated as they intended; they are haunting, daunting, but passive unless approached. They are not necessarily friendly, but also not necessarily harmful. These in-betweens–just like the use of opacity and lighting–I think is what makes this final composition work. Had I had more time with them, I would have wanted to add more to the series. However, as of now I think that the four images look great together.

The course–Art 250 that is–proved to be a learning experience in a variety of ways. First, it confirmed that I definitely have a passion for digital design and that I could actually have a future in the digital design industry. The course also confirmed that I have a long way to go. There is so much that I have to learn before probably even qualifying for grad school. I am always really nervous about my artwork, so the positive feedback from the class about both my creativity and for the final products meant the world to me. The constructive criticism and work of others led me to alter my work to be more aesthetically pleasing and strategically deep. I wish that I could have more time to build my portfolio. As of now, I am hoping for year five to do so.

 

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MOVIE PROJECT: Am I done?

All, I know it’s been a long, rough road on this movie project. However, I must say that I’m pretty content with this version, though I’ve learned by now to never call anything a “Final Version.” I recommend turning the sound up.

How did I add text? LiveType of course! Mia was incredibly helpful in showing me how to change the type, texture, and effects using the various tabs on the right-hand toolbar. Also, I gave space between the two sections (“The Hunted” and “2010”) so that I could cut the new film to fit with the audio on Final Cut Express. Onwards!

Proposal for How to End the Year

The end of the year project is going to be a lot of fun I think. First I want to finish my short film by the end of Thanksgiving break, preferably before then. Though I’ve made a lot of progress, I’ve thought of new ideas and now have a genuine vision for how I want my movie to look.

For a final project, I want to explore Naka’s work, which I have previously listed in “Interesting Finds.” I love his use of the sublime; it really reminds me of the kind of imagery that Wordsworth tries to convey in his poetry. I would love to do something fantastical like the imagery he uses with his stag and whale, but make it my own. I will start this project by hunting down the scenery that I’m most interested in–Atlanta in the fall doesn’t make this difficult. Then I will work with Mia and Nell to break down how he makes his animals. I may end up having to hand-draw them. Either way, I will definitely learn by doing, which has, in the past, been the most effective way of learning for me.

Depending on how difficult it is to make one image, I would prefer to have a series, but would be contented with one final piece as well.

 


Scratching the video project… again

So I decided to go in another direction with Auggie and MJ. I like this movie better, but I still don’t feel like it’s “done.” As of now I don’t know what else to do with it… I’m letting it rest for a day. All said, I think it’s significantly better than the first video.

Finally done editing my video

I am officially never going into video editing. There is so much that I could say to critique this video (it feels like two parts, it’s unoriginal, it doesn’t have any real point), which makes it so difficult to turn into class tomorrow. I have spent about 16 hours on these two minutes of film, and even now I think it’s crap. Part of the problem is that I scrapped my original storyboard idea (with good reason), so I filmed without purpose, leaving me with some unusable scraps of film. Lesson learned: have a concept before shooting!

Anyways, no super heros, crying kids, corniness, and a soundtrack. Here goes:

 

Storyboard Critique

I came out of my critique today feeling a little shaky. I had written a story for A, but in doing so removed the abstractness that the assignment was shooting for (and making this movie a whole lot harder on me as well). Here were some suggestions that I got:

  • Do not have A act, just have him do
  • Create a sense of smallness artificially, be it through set or through movie manipulation
  • Use an adult’s voice to mask A’s
  • Interview A to have him talk about being a superhero, how big he is, and everything else that the film focuses on
  • Ask A to “act like a superhero.” Interpret at will

I really loved all of these suggestions. It takes a lot of the burden off filming, but creates a lot more editing work. We will see how Sunday goes!

Storyboard

Well, I wrote out the storyboard for my project, but then Corel crashed and I lost all of them. Boo! So I’m going to rewrite them on here and then draw it again tomorrow.

My design idea is living big as someone small.

Hopefully this kid I babysit for will be willing to do this!

– A flexing in front of mirror, in pajamas
– A getting dressed in superhero gear
– A eating cereal
– A leaving the house
– A walking up sidewalk, trying to wave at strangers
– A giving money to a homeless man
– Zoom in on homeless man’s soft smile
– A continues to walk
– Quick zoom in on A
– Sees man run away with a woman’s purse
– Woman shrieking
– A catches up with perp
– A points finger, looks very angry
– Perp slouches
– Perp walks back to woman
– Perp gives woman back her purse
– Woman gives A a hug
– Zoom in on A, who has lipstick smeared on his forehead
– Big grin
– Walks away flexing, like the beginning
– The end

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