Week 16: Semester Recap

I definitely learned a ton in this class.  I had basic Photoshop skills beforehand, but no experience with the current suite of Adobe Products / Photoshop CS6.  It was hard to learn the new layout but I got used to it and learned a bunch of new features I was never able to do before.

I also enjoyed using Final Cut.  I only have iMovie on my laptop, so I am limited.  I like to see all the features it can do, for example, layering videos, like we are doing in our final project.

I’ll still be here for another year and a half, as I plan to graduate with two bachelor’s degrees.  I will continue taking theatre courses (with a design emphasis) and my business classes for my other degree.

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Week 15: Final Project Research

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgnf_zC8lag

The performance I chose was the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary U.S. Tour.  It’s hard to see a lot of the things from the video, so I’ll have to explain a lot here.  Projections and multimedia are heavily used in the production.  There are no traditional “backdrops”; all backgrounds are projected.  Near the beginning, there is a projection on a scrim in front of the actors rowing in the boat; the projection is of water splashing.  It makes it look like they are actually rowing through water.  In one scene, inside the sewers, the background moves to make it look like the actors are walking through the sewers of Paris.  One of the best parts is Javert’s Suicide, where he jumps off of a bridge – he is suspended in air, and as the bridge falls away, the background makes it look as if he is falling closer and closer to the water.  It is a really neat effect.

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We decided to do a skit with our multimedia that includes an artist drawing doodles that come to life, with actors interacting in the scene.  There will be special lighting effects and music throughout.  It follows the story of two lovers going through each of the four seasons.

Week 14: Video Experience

After completing my 30-second spot in Final Cut, and viewing other people’s videos, there are definitely a few things I would change about mine.  First off, I’d film MUCH MORE! And better quality video.  I liked Patrick’s idea of zooming out on the eyes opening up in the mask.  And Stan’s recommendation to take photos out and use more video of people in the costumes.  I think it would have made it more dynamic, but it would take more time and people to help model the costumes.  Also I don’t own half my costumes; they have been sold or given away, so I’d only have a few to work with.  But they were good things to think about for a future commercial or promotional video that I could make.

Week 13: Networking

http://arielizdance.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/photoshop-resources-blog-6/

I chose Arie’s post about the tips she found in Photoshop.  I used this blur effect tip in my Phantom of the Opera promotional poster.  It made blurring things (making things look like they are in motion) so easy.  It’d take hours for me to try and get this effect with a simple smudge tool, and it probably wouldn’t look half as good.  This was a simple tip that with a few settings, could be tweaked… and it looked so professional.  It could be used for a lot of different motion effects.

Week 10: Final Project Research

I still have no idea what to do for my final project.  I have the technical abilities to do quite a bit, I think, but am lacking a really good, creative idea.

I looked through the other blog posts and it seems like everyone else is having a hard time coming up with an idea too.  I guess we all have similar thoughts in a way, then 😉

I’m not sure what else to put here except, if anyone’s reading this and perhaps has a good idea for something? I’ll point out my strengths and maybe someone will get an idea of how I could help their group or come up with an idea. I sew and work on costumes a lot.  I don’t have too many on hand (maybe ~10 finished costumes) because I sell them.  But I also have some unique hats and stuff.  Also, if it would be cheap and everyone could chip in, I can create a custom costume if anyone has an idea where you could utilize it.

My other strengths besides being tech-savvy and sewing would include stage makeup – fantasy, special effects, anything.  Also I paint and draw.  I did have one idea in my head of having an actor “paint” or draw a scene that is digitally projected.  Like draw a cartoon world around them, ala “Harold and the Purple Crayon”.  Although that would involve animation… while I can draw, I don’t know much about animation – I suppose video screen captures of drawing digitally could work quite well.  Like, white drawing on a black background.

Anyhoo if anyone thinks this is a cool idea let me know.  We could use multiple projectors and have an actor draw on the walls and even on the floor.  And if we have time or ability to, maybe these objects can even start moving and come alive around the actor. (Sound can be utilized too, like a cartoon lion coming to life and roaring).  And now suddenly, the reference in my head has switched from Harold & the Purple Crayon to the episode of Spongebob, where he finds a magic pencil / draws things / and they come alive.  I swear I’m an adult, I just have a lot of pop culture references in my head!!

Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about the project any time, including Spring Break.  You can e-mail me through my UA e-mail – my id is KLH80.

Week 9: 30-Second Spot Research

 

This commercial has always been one that I remembered and laughed at – my family even quotes it sometimes for a laugh.  It’s a Reebok commercial.  The comedy is what drew me to it.  As for what the commercial was trying to convey, I’m still unsure – I believe just having something super funny and remembering it’s tied to Reebok? Anyhow…

As for the production elements of the video… There wasn’t much music (some very faint in the background), because there was a lot of dialogue that needed to be focused on.  The contrast of the calmness of the C.E.O. and the anger of Terry Tate lends itself to the comedy of the commercial.  There are enough little “scenes” that keep the action going and the viewer’s attention, but they are all tied together, too (By Terry Tate attacking everyone misbehaving in the office).  The transitions are just basic cuts to the next shot – no fades or other special effects.

The simpleness of the transitions work well to keep the interest, since it is a fast-paced, action-packed commercial.  The visual and audio elements, as stated before, achieve the goal of making the viewer laugh.