Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story

I wasn't present for the choosing of our interviewee but, our team did come to the decision that Preston will be the one being interviewed. I can understand why our team chose Preston to be the interviewee and because he has a job we decided to revolve the story around that. It's something very relatable to everyone in high school. Whether it be the struggles or benefits of having a job as a teenager. I also wasn't there for the assigning of roles, but I can understand why our team designated certain roles to certain people. For example Preston being the interviewee because he has the story, or Maceo being the editor and camera man because he's so tech savvy, and then me having the job of doing the voiceover, because I have the voice of a angel. They settled the roles of each position based on that persons attributes and talents. Everyone, when I got back to class, stayed to their roles. They did this because it was the easiest way not to get side tracked from the project. This really helped create the final project, the practice story. When I got back from NALU, the practice story was nearly done, all there was left to do was the voice over, my role, and add the specific SOT (sound on tap) Mr. Sanderl approved and we were done.
Safety is the number one most important thing in during filming and production because a lot could go wrong. For example, time is usually never on your side during filming and production, a lot could go wrong when your'e rushing. You could stumble and fall, bump and knock over someone else, trip and drop the camera, breaking it and ultimately stopping all filming, etc. Another would be where you position your subject. You wouldn't want, lets say, your interviewee on a top of a roof because your risking them falling from a roof top for a good clip. The safety and health of you and your members is way more important than the film or clip, but if it's a really good clip make sure you take the necessary safety precautions. Lastly the safety of your equipment is very important, especially if you are handling a $2,000+ dollar camera. If it's not made to take pictures underwater, DON'T put it in water, and never leave your equipment unattended. Especially if children are present because they may break it, or if your in public it might get, or will get, stolen. I do agree with what we've gotten for the critique. There were many areas where we could've improved, the top three were: Nat sounds, Audio Visual Ties, & Focus. Nat sounds I can understand because there were many video clips where sounds, not part of the interview, were present. Audio visual ties, I agree but also disagree. Nearly all of our clips were directly, or closely related to the SOT, only one of which didn't really connect. And focus is the last large word, the video, at the end, wasn't really focused, so I can agree it's a area for improvement.

ALD 6.1: Anticipate potential health and wellness concerns while operating computing devices in order to enhance workplace safety.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interview Composition

host shot -addresses the audience, looks at camera
Reporter shots- communicates with the interview E and doesn't look @ camera
Background- relate to what the stories about (no flat surface, gives no context and is boring)
Look room - Position of the interview face, looking across and not at frame, in rule of thirds
The line- connection of the camera and the interview E right beside interviewer or behind

The difference between a host shot and a reporter shot is that the host addresses the audience and looks at the camera. A great example of this would be someone like Carl Azuz who talks to us (the audience) and never looks at anything else except the camera. The reporter shots are completely opposite of the host shot. The interviewer is outside of the cameras range.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

Mr. Tim & Mrs. Mardi Savage are producers and actors, known mostly for Under the blood red sun (2014), Lemon Tree Billiards House (1996), and Goodbye Paradise (1991). The role of an associate producer vary from project to project. Duties may include organizing production personnel, coordinating set construction, operating a teleprompter, editing scripts, etc. Directors is the person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls the films artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screen play while guiding the crew and actors to fulfill that vision.

In Under The Blood Red Sun the life of Tomikazu(Tomi) Nakaji forever changes after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His father (Papa) and grandpa are both taken away to internment camps, as they are accused of being spies for the Japanese bombers. To make maters worse the son of the wealthy caucasian family that employs and houses Tomis family bullies him relentlessly, and even more so after the bombing. This is a story of struggle, courage, loyalty, honor, and friendship.

The first question I asked to Tim Savage was "What key details did your want to stand out in your film that was very prominent in the book?". His response was that they wanted to make every scene look authentic as possible. They wanted the cars, the clothing, the sword, and everything down to the pigeons to be as accurate as possible. He also said that the most unique detail would be the whet stone, in the scene where grandpa is showing Kimi how to sharpen the knife, and he just thought that it was just so cool that he had something that was so unique to their culture.

ALD 3.1 - Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 - Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Public Service Announcement

First I would like to describe what a PSA is. A PSA or Public Service Announcement, is a video about 30 seconds long or shorter, to deliver a message to change the publics attitude and behavior towards a social issue. I believe that a PSA is the best way to pursue the public, since it quickly draws the audiences attention, and since the video is so short it doesn't loose it's audiences interest. In my PSA video I hope to encourage students to start walking, biking, skating, etc to school. My PSA, Start Living Healthy, Which is sponsored by the State of Hawaii DOH, to promote active transportation to school. Also to show that active transportation to school can be FUN, SAFE, and EASY to do. This is very important, especially to parents who send their kids on their own, to walk to school by themselves. I do believe that they have their worries on whether or not their child has made it to school or not. So this PSA, which will help guide the child and parent to safely walking to school.

The State of Hawaii Department of Health's mission is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people of Hawaii. The Department of Health was first established in April 11, 1953, also known as the health department, is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. Federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all American's  and providing essential human services. The most important contest rules are that the PSA should be no longer than 30 seconds, you meet the dead line of the video, And that it has to be about the contest your entering. I think the reason us students have so much opportunities to earn prize money, awards, and scholarships through
competitions is because it is many big sponsors love to see students participating in competitions to promote something meaningful to their generation.I think we, the students, benefit the most form these competitions because its gives us an opportunity to be as creative as possible, and gain monetary benefits as well as being part of a class grade.

So for our what we did to improve our final PSA was a complete 180 from the rough cut. In the rough cut it was all first person, and we just couldn't get the shots that we needed, or rather it was to difficult to shoot certain shots. In our improvement we decided to go with a 3rd person perspective, with every scene being changed from first person to third, everything from the person getting up from the bed, to eating breakfast, walking on the crosswalk etc. I think these changes really helped with giving more context with what we were trying show the people, the importance walking to school safely. So overall I agree with what we've gotten, because it really didn't turn out the way I wanted to. It really didn't show that oomph that I visioned in my mind, but I do agree that it was a huge improvement from the rough cut. The best compliment our teams gotten was how we used the camera as a character to add a new, and unique perspective to our video.

ALD 2.1 Assess the evolution of digital media as it affects and is affected by society.
ALD 2.2 Assess changes in technology and markets as it affects digital media designs.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Cinemagraphs are still pictures that in which a minor, small repeated movement occurs. They are usually in the format of a Gif. To create a cinemagraph you would first need to take a steady video of your target with something moving in the background. Then you would import that video into Final Cut Pro or any editing software that you have. You would then drag and edit the the video so that there will be a still image, or a freeze-frame one part of a clip such as the one above and one piece of it moving in the background, by using mask and cutting around moving target ( the flag ) then inverting that so only the flag moves. Then lastly export the file to your desired place as an image, not as a video.
In my first attempt I plan to just take a simple video, something with not much going on in it, just me just going back and forth in the water on a body board, With me being the still object and the candle moving . So for my areas of improvement, I could find something that has a more consistent or fluid motion so that way it transitions better. I could also find a target and subject with better lighting so that way it stands out. As for my strengths, I think taking the actual video was pretty simple and easy, I could maybe focus on my angles and placement of my camera.

So my second cinemagraph didn't turn out the way i wanted it to. I wish I could make the sky in the background be still as well but it wouldn't work the way I wanted it to. It would just keep cutting into the actual video itself. So in the end the only still picture is my hands. I could improve on making my video more smooth and consistent so that way only the water is moving. For my final cinemagraph I plan to use a lantern and wing in back and forth with my face being lit up as the still picture. I would probably do this in a dark empty room so the light from the lantern doesn't shine on anything except me. And I would also use a canon or a Nikon to film this since it is in the dark and my phone won't be able to catch everything that I would want.

My final attempt went exactly the way I planned it. You can still see my face being lit up by the candle, and the swaying motion of the candle is fluid and moves nicely. The only thing I wish I could have would be my face being a little more brighter, and not so faded and dark. Aside from looking cool cinemagraphs can serve other purposes. One major purpose is marketing. Cinemagraphs are often used by big brands to promote up and coming products, movies, clothing, etc. They also help deliver messages or stories to those who are viewing it. This makes cinemagraphs do way more than basic photos can every do. They can make images come to life. I do agree with these results listed below on all three of my cinemagraphs. For the first cinemagraph it was really basic and something that everyone did, and the transition in the flag was not as smooth as others presented before me. For the second one it was kind've switched on what an actual cinemagraph is, the whole background was moving and the only still picture was my hand and bodyboard, I would've also liked the sky and the clouds to be still as well, but the footage wouldn't allow it. And as for the last one I felt it could've had better lighting, and maybe have more still images in the back ground, something relating to the lantern like a someone dressed as a ghost, or monster to make it more unique and creative.


ALD 4.1: Evaluate diverse processes of forming and conveying a targeted message.

ALD 4.2: Compare and contrast how various audiences perceive digital media to anticipate desired reactions and responses.