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Sunday, May 29, 2011

I wouldnt change much about this class.

I enjoyed Digital Media class. I wish we had more instruction on the photoshop and final cut programs. This class is definitely too few hours. More hands-on hours in the lab is what I think will help.I like the text book though I wish the tests were mostly multiple choice. I did better on the exam we had that was only multi-choice. All in all I liked this class. I'm excited to take the second one. 


If you know me, you might think it’s strange that I like a screen adaption of a graphic novel, since I have never read any of those things. When I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World I was amazed because I have never seen anything like it. The movie starts out showing the house in which the story begins by panning down from the sky to the side of the house in Canada. The clever narration and explanation of the fact that Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler, while simultaneously explaining the relationship between him and his band mates is done through close-ups and over the shoulder shots on each band mate and/or friend is cleverly labeled with: Name, Age and Rating. For example: SCOTT PILGRIM, 22 YEARS OLD, RATING: AWESOME. 

The director, Edgar Wright uses short clips to hold the attention of the young viewer and keep the flow interesting. He uses this one effect in which he elongates a room by backing up from the band and the scene ends up looking very trippy.   
Other effects included are: smoky words explaining sounds like the doorbell sound and arrows shooting out the musical instruments to accompany the sounds. Eventually he uses the effect of coins falling to the floor with every defeat of every evil ex-boy/girl friend. The director uses split screens for television conversations which falls in line with the rest of the retro feel of the film.
I love the fact that this movie feels like an old video game and a comic book. I would recommend this film to anyone who might want to watch an extremely creative and witty film.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Defining Space Final Project for Digital Media

What a fun project.
First we spent hours filming in Van Cortlandt Park, then we spent hours editing this project on Final Cut Pro. Only natural light and hand holding of the camera was used.
Thu and I hope you enjoy our little film.
PLease click on the link below to view it!!!

Also special Thanks goes out to Nelson Torres

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ideas for our Final Project

The first idea that Thu Huynh and I had was to film in VanCortlandt Park. We wanted to tell a story of a couple and their proposal. We were not settled on who was going to propose to whom, although we knew we didn’t want it to be a traditional love story. The lake and the horse stables are very beautiful at that park, so we thought there should be a lot of wide shots to show off the scenery and of course close up shots since it should feel personal.
The second idea we had was to film the 1 trains going in and out the train yard a block from my house. (not as interesting as telling a love story)      this would probably look the best with mostly wide shots.

The Museum of The Moving Image Trip 4/12/2011

                                   Game televised on June 20, 2010           
                                    Bill Webb in the Control Room

The exhibit that I found to be most interesting was The Art of Televised Baseball

From a distance I thought the exhibit was just a simple baseball game.
As I got closer, I realized the many small T.V. screens and one larger screen all on one wall.  The baseball game on the screens showed the many cameras views of the stadium taping a New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres game. The large screen shows what is actually aired. One of the other screens shows the director, (above) Bill Web sitting in a control game room watching the game and calling out screen numbers. He was directing the Technical Director through his headset. The Technical Director controls switches and the Camera Operators, Graphics Director and Audio Techs, and Video Replay crew work together to orchestrate the whole show. 
To me this was amazing! Here I was thinking that computers click back and forth and I never imagined that so many people were involved in the production.

I watched for a while. Bill Web said: “pan, ready 2, take 2 (cut to 2), roll it, play an instant replay.” The screen switched around to the different numbered screens and immediately the large screen showed what Bill said to show. It was like he was playing God to the viewer. I’ve never seen anything like it. My Dad was with me and he said, ”I didn’t realize the intricacy of the system.” Neither did I Dad, neither did I.