Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story

We chose our interviewee based on what story we think we could tell. We ended up choosing me and the story was how working as a high school student encourages responsibility. I was the producer, interviewee and Writer. We chose Ethan as the editor, reporter and the voice over because we thought that's what he would be best at and Kyler was the director, camera and audio with some help from Ricky. if someone was absent we picked up the slack to keep on track and get the job done instead of waiting for the person absent to come back. This helped get it done on time and correctly.

Safety is the most important thing when it comes to the production process. The 3 things everyone should know is identify all the hazards, evaluate the risks and identify measures to control the risks. For the crituque we got some good feedback. Just make sure the B-roll is good and looks how we want it. Also make sure that we fix the editing and make sure it flows well. Other than that it went pretty good.

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Interview Composition


The difference between a host shot and an interview shot is that in an interview you don't look directly at the camera. You're looking at the person who is interviewing you. Your face is looking a little to ones side. In a host shot you're looking at the camera or your audience. The background of an interview shouldn't be flat it should be able to show depth. It also helps a lot to compress the background too. There should also be look room. Look room is space between the subject and the edge of the screen. Make sure there is enough that the screen isn't filled up with only the subject and also not too much so that you get distracted from other things going on in the background.

I believe the most important part of shooting an interview is being a good director. Being a good director could mean a lot of things. A good director makes sure the subject is comfortable and everything is set up for a good shot. You want to make your subject look good too. Testing the recording and everything is important too because if you mess that up than you'll have to try again. making sure you have good questions could also keep the interview interesting and you could get some good information out of it. In my opinion getting the shot is still most important though. Even if you get really good information nobody is going to want to watch it if it looks bad. To make the process easier you could talk story to the subject before the interview. Make them comfortable so that they won't be as nervous during interview.

ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

The savages are directors and producers. They make movies and they also do Bank of Hawaii commercials. There jobs are to convey there vision to the crew and to the actors so that they can be on the same page. They also plan everything and story board and make the big decisions. They're also responsible for getting the movie out there and getting a budget for the film. The movie was about a young japanese boy and what happens to him during the bombing of pearl harbor. He faces discrimination and bullying. His father and grandpa gets arested and he has to be the an of the house.

The first question I asked was how much did it take to make the movie. It took about $500,000 to make and it also took a little more to distribute. Then I asked about if they had any trouble finding places to film. I also asked what challenges did they face when filming which I got a similar answer to. There wasnt much places to film and they had to move from place to place a lot. It was hard to make it look authenticly old and there was noise in a lot of places. They also didnt really have as much money as they would like and so they couldn't create some of the scenes that they wouldv'e liked. I asked if they ever thought about making a sequel and they said they would love to but that the first movie didn't break even and they don't think a sequel would be a good investment financially. They are thinking about doing a movie by the same author though. I also asked for some tips for beginner film makers and they said to practice. Also read and write. He said if you learn how to tell a story well that would help a lot.

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.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Public Service Announcement

A good PSA could have a massive impact on an audience. It could make them feel emotion and change what they do or think. It can bring awareness to a certain issue. It lets people know about a problem and what they can do to help with it. I'm hoping to bring awareness to ocean safety. I want people to be safe and have fun while playing in the ocean. I think its a very important issue especially on the islands.

Ole lo youth xchange encourages kids and youth to participate in making media. They host a competition with prizes so that people are able to have fun and maybe even get rewarded for it. Some important contest rules are it has to be 30 seconds long, the deadline is February 28th, must be informative and concise. I think there are so many opportunities for media students is because there is a lot of jobs in media. There's always going to be a need for someone that knows there way around a camera. The competitions help encourage students and give them confidence to pursue this. I think everyone benefits. the organization gets content and publicity. The students get experience and confidence and a chance to win prizes for their work. Then the audience gets entertainment and in the case of the PSA gets awareness out of it. It's truly a win-win situation.

Our PSA changed a lot since I first started working on it. We followed the storyboard pretty closely but we made a few changes based on the footage we were able to get. It was lacking a little in the rough draft. There was also a few things that could be better as far as quality. We took some better shots and used more to make it better. We got some suggestions about how we could make it a little scarier with the waves and so we got some better wave shots. We also got better sign and life guard shots. We also fixed the music to not be as calm and peaceful. It was worth it. I think it added more to it and made it a better product overall. I think its good. If we had better weather or maybe time to improve it I think it could have been better but theres always room for improvement. I think the best compliment we recieved was about the voice over. They said it was timed and spread out nicely.

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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


A cinemagraph is a video where you take a video and make part of it loop and part of it a still frame. It ends up looking like a still picture with one moving part. The first step is to take a video of something you can easily loop. Make sure to use a stable camera. The second step is to get your video int final cut pro.  You open finder and move it from downloads into documents. After that you have to mask it. You do that by first dragging your video to your index. Then you take a still image by going to edit. Move it to the top of the other video. After that you go to effects browser and look for the mask you want to use. You apply it to the part of the screen you want to move and check the invert mask box.

For step 3 you need to create a transition. First you cut your video in half by blading it.After that you have to move the beginning of the video to the end or visa versa. It doesn't really matter which one. Go to your transitions browser and drag the transition that you want over the video. Adjust the size you want the transition and make sure it looks good then press done. Step 4 is taking the video and making it a Gif. First you select the video with "I" and "O". Then you go to file and then to share and select "drop to gif".

Move it to your desired folder and from there a drop video square should appear. Move the video into that and your new gif should be created! From there you can upload it to your blog, social media, etc. In class we filmed the flag pole. we used a stable camera and looped the wind and froze a runner. Then we learned how to make that into a cinemagraph in final cut pro.

As for the second cinemagraph I plan on accomplishing Filming a nice, stable, easily loopable video. I will use me bike wheel as the movement. I will drop something like a wrench to show movement frozen. The wheel will be spinning in a constant motion. It turned out pretty well. For the third cinemagraph I can make sure the transition looks good. I plan on using 2 sources of fire. I will freeze one and have the other flame still moving.

I think my third cinemagraph tured out well. The frozen movement is good. The movement of the flame is pretty subtle but that can be good or bad. I think the purpose of a cinemagraph could be to emphasize a certain aspect of the picture. It focuses on one movement. It could also be used for symbolism. Unlike videos cinemagraphs are pretty repedative and dont tell alot about whats going on. Thats good though because it allows you to think for yourself and make your own assumptions. Cinemagraphs also allow for a smooth interesting loop of a video that you can watch over and over. I got a score of 3.1 for my best. I think it was pretty fair. I think I could have edited them better.

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.