Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story

Our group chose our interviewee because he had a talent that he was currently pursuing and he wanted to share his story. I volunteered to be the editor and reporter and Ricky was the director/camera person. I'd say that everyone in our group put an equal effort to do their job and did the best they could. This helped our story a lot because we were all equally invested in the project.

Safety was our number one priority because if you're not safe, you're not going to produce a good story. The three safety concerns our group was aware of was the weather because we were filming outdoors and didn't want to ruin the camera equipment if it was raining. We avoided tripping hazards by making sure the area we were filming in was a safe place. Last but not least, we made sure we weren't in a rush during the filming process.

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

An interview shot is where the subject faces the interviewer and is facing slightly to the side of the camera, not directly at it. A reporter or host shot is where a reporter faces the camera and talks directly to it. 
The background of an interview shot is supposed to give the shot some depth. Shooting flat angle interviews leaves the shot looking plain or too busy. Look room is the space between the subject and the edge of the screen, this is important if you want to insert the name of the person being interviewed at the bottom of the screen. You can set up the line by having the interviewee stand in the frame of the shot and face the interviewer, who is standing between the camera and the interviewee but slightly to the side.

The most important part of shooting a successful interview is making the interviewee comfortable. If they're not comfortable in front of the camera it ruins the whole interview. Another big part of it is recording high quality audio, audio is the most important part of a video. Getting a good shot is also very important because it makes the interview look more professional and easier to watch. All of these are crucial to shooting a good interview.

                                                                                           Make sure the camera is zoomed on the subject


                                                                                                 Make sure your subject is well lit

Put your subject in front of a backround that gives it depth

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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

Mr. Tim Savage is the Director of the movie "Under the Blood Red Sun" while his wife, Mardi Savage is the Associate Producer of the movie as well. The job of a director involves visualizing the script and guiding the technical crew and actors to fulfill that vision. An Associate Producer is in charge of editing, writing, and organizing scripts. They also take care of the budgeting of the movie. Under the Blood Red Sun is about a 13 year old boy named Tomi who witnesses the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He has to become the man of the family when is father is sent to an internment camp.

Although I didn't get to ask a question, I had questions very similar to the ones asked by others. One of my questions was "What was the biggest challenge while filming this movie?" Their response was simply, budgeting. Another question I had was "If you could go back and change anything in the film, would you?" Mr. Tim savage explained that although they were happy with the outcome if the movie, he did wish he could go back and rearrange two clips so they would be more in sequence.

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 20, 2018

Public Service Announcement

A powerful PSA can impact you in many different ways, seeing a PSA that relates to you can make a big difference in your life. I think that if a PSA is persuasive enough, it really can change the way you act. In producing my PSA I hope to persuade people to eat healthier by showing them what a healthy diet can do for you, along with what an unhealthy one can do. My audience should care about my topic because we are all teens, which means what we eat now can affect our health later in life. Hopefully, my audience will be persuaded to change their diets before any health issues are acquired! 

The organization hosting this PSA competition is called Olelo Community Media. Since 1989, Olelo has been a non-profit who's mission is to strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement. Three important rules in this contest that shouldn't be overlooked are that your PSA must focus on an issue that affects your community, state, or the world, the same footage can't be used in multiple entries, and that students can only submit and entry into their division (elementary, middle, or highschool.) I believe the reason Media students have so many opportunities to win awards and scholarships is because these non-profit organizations want our youth's voices to be heard. Especially, during this generation, where media and news is being produced mostly on the online. I think that the students, the organizations, and the audience all benefit equally from contests like these. The student's get experience with producing media, while the organization gets noticed, and the audience gets the opportunity to change their life for the better!

I'd say that my PSA evolved by adding in more clips that demonstrated what eating healthy can do for you. One suggestion in my rough cut critique was to sequence the footage to make sense. So, I started with a clip of someone going into the grocery store, picking out an apple, then showing and explaining the benefits of a healthy diet, these changes were indeed worth it for me.

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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


A Cinemagraph is a still photograph where little and repeated movements occur, like a gif. To make this, you need to take a video of some sort of movement while keeping your camera or phone completely still. Once you import your video into Final Cut Pro, you need to select a part in your video you want to keep still, and create a freeze frame. Then, you create a mask over the part of your video you want to move, like I did with the flag. After combining the clips and adding a transitional fade, you have your finished cinemagraph! I could definitely improve in my knowledge of editing in Final Cut Pro. In my second video I plan to be a little more creative when it comes to filing it. I plan to have someone jumping off a cliff into the water, but then freeze them in the air and have the water continue to move under them.

My second cinemagraph was taken of my friend jumping into the water .I'd say my second cinemagraph turned out pretty good other than the fact that the color got a little messed up in the frozen image. To improve on my final cinemagraph i'll make sure the transitional fade isn't as noticeable. For my third cinemagraph, i'll take the video of the sunset and use the waves as the movement. Doing it of a sunset will not only be more creative, it'll also make the colors stand out. 

My third cinemagraph was taken of the sunset at Hanalei Bay. I'd say this was the best out of my three cinemagraphs. The transitional fade isn't as noticeable as my last image. The purpose of a cinemagraph is to give you a sense of the setting while also capturing a movement. Cinemagraphs are a mix between a photo and a video. The diference between a cinemagraph and a photo is that the cinemagraph gives you more information about the setting than a picture. 
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.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Image Compositing

  Hybrid imagery is when you blend more than one photo together in photoshop. This is done to make the image be conceived in more than one way. The rule of thirds is made to help photographers balance their images. You break your image into thirds, then you identify four main interest points in your image to focus on. Using rule of thirds incorrectly could be done by having your focus point in the middle of your image which will set off the balance of your photo. I believe all photos should be edited, were given this amazing opportunity to make an image better. Why wouldn't we take advantage of that!

My strongest message I'm communicating through my image concept would be that perception is everything. Everyone perceives things differently, it's all about how you choose to look at things. I will communicate this by taking a picture of someone wearing glasses in an office or classroom (somewhere boring.) I will then put an image of a sunset in the glasses. The person will be positioned in rule of thirds to balance out the photo, using the sunset as the focal point. I anticipate the audience's eye will go to the sunset because it will be the brightest part of the image. 


ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.

ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Modern Art Movement

The turn of the century in Europe influenced changes in society which resulted in the start of expressionism. Expressionism showed people a way to express their feelings, which opened up many opportunities in the arts and communications industry. Expressionists give people a place to express their feelings by painting. I personally think this art movement was essential to our world. So many changes were occurring in society and some people didn't have a way to express their feelings towards them , expressionism gave them a way. Expressionism also helped others relate to each other through artwork.
This piece of art is called "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. I personally think it's showing his fear towards all the changes going on in that time. Many people in that time could look at that piece and relate to how he felt, which gave people a sense of comfort. I do think an artist can effect someones opinion through their art. For example if during the turn of the century in Europe, artists produced art showing feelings of happiness instead of fear, people viewing the art might become more inclined to be happy in the situation instead of scared. In my opinion, advances in technology have helped the cultural impact of art production by making it easier to put art out on the internet for everyone to see.

ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry. ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Practice Story

Our group chose our interviewee because he had a talent that he was currently pursuing and he wanted to share his story. I volunteered to...