Friday, December 15, 2017

Image Compositing

Hybrid imagery is the combination of two or more images, almost creating a collage that blends together, to send a message to your audience. To enhance the effect of the photo we can use the composition technique called rule of thirds which places our subject or subjects in our shot using imaginary lines in a way that may give them more looking room to achieve that "Getting The Whole Picture" kind of feel... But here's the thing, there are also times when rule of thirds can be used incorrectly. When the subject is out of the rule of thirds it can result in too little head room and could possible cut them off in the photo. The subject could also be put directly in the center which can be used if for a good reason. But in many cases, it is not, making the shot less interesting than it could be. When taking a picture I would think that most photographers, amateur or professional, all think of what kind of message is their photo going to give. That, in my opinion, is the key point in taking a photo. The photo should tell you a story, whether it's the beginning, middle, or end. To enhance this you could even edit your photo... As long as you took the photos yourself.

My strongest and favorite message among my composite images is my depiction of "You may as well paint the sky blue." It's a saying used when someone does something that is a waste of time. It will be conveying my message through surrealism of the sky replacing the ceiling as someone is painting it. I feel that the message and my image will be a bit contrasting because the message is directed towards someone who is wasting time while in my image, my subject is painting the sky. Painting is or should be a productive activity, so when I put my image together it may end up saying something opposing to my original message more along the lines of "It wasn't a waste of time." I'm planning to be shooting a low angle to capture the ladder I will be on. When my audience see this I'm aiming for them to immediately see me painting on the top of the ladder via leading lines.


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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Visual Statement

Hey, I didn't see you there! I'm glad you could join me in the development of our visual statement project. My partner, Michael and I, chose the intimidating topic of college, but our approach is a bit unorthodox.  We went for a kind of humorous approach to make the topic easier to digest. The topic itself is very relatable since most of us in high school need to start planning for college or other future plans. Our goal for this magnificent project is to make a two minute video that captures the audience's attention and pulls them into our story, utilizing effective use of voice overs, visuals, and other film techniques.

Everything I have learned about final cut came from our beloved teacher, Mr. Sanderl, and this wonderful link! When using FCPX, libraries, events and project play a big role in how you organize your work. Keeping your work organized allows you to keep track of what is yours and what is someone else's work. Using Libraries, events and projects inappropriately may result in a loss of information causing you to have to do more work than you set out to do. When editing there are also some circumstances when your audio drastically differentiates between clips. In order to fix that we must edit the audio portion of the clips. If we feel like being fancy, we could also make them fade into each other. In our video I think that the quality really revolves around the audio. My favorite edit is our graphic match cut shown in the screen shots above. We took some monopoly money to use as a prop and waved it in front of the camera. Then we lit in on fire and waved it in front of the camera once again. With a little editing, it now looks as if we performed some magical feat.

During this project we faced many problems of our own. Most of our problems revolved around our organizational skills. We weren't particularly prepared for this project, neither were we using our resources to our best ability. We're attempting to make our video funnier in order to compensate for lost ground. I felt that I was the driving force of the group, but Michael provided most of the materials we used in our video. I came up with the ideas and Michael created props for those scenes, I'd say we complemented one another quite well. The most enjoyable part of this project was when I went to Michael's house to record some footage. We had a lot of fun figuring out how we should shoot the next scene and executing them as best as we could. We attempted some creative depictions to put in our video and it was just overall enjoyable forming ideas together. Below are our critique results from the class. Our video did not meet the criteria of being 2-3 minutes. Though, based off the rest of the results, our video was overall satisfying and I can agree with that. What stood out to me was how depressing or heavy the other videos were. It felt a little too serious, so it was nice to have mine be a bit of a ray of sunshine to kind of ease the shoulders a bit.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Modern Art Movement

Our art movement that we delved into was Fauvism, not my first choice, but it's what the almighty random person selector destined me along with my good friend and partner in this assignment, the Prominent Preston. Fauvism was heavily influenced by a French group who called themselves the "Fauves." Even today, Fauvism is practiced as shown in our presentation. Fauvism wasn't my first choice to make a presentation on, but I don't regret learning a little more about it. It's a strange take on art, using color as a form of value, which I thought to be very interesting.
Image result for Charing Cross Bridge - André Derain

This piece was painted by André Derain, called the Charing Cross Bridge. I think that Derain was trying to portray a place that was special to him in some way. It may have been that it was an inspiring view, or he may have just created the piece in appreciation of the beauty. He could have just been taking a morning walk and decided that what he saw was worth painting. I think that an artist could persuade someone. Things like art and music affect us personally. I don't know in detail how it actually works. The advancement of technology has really changed the approach to art. Digital art is an example of a result of this. It is much more convenient than using actual materials and makes up for what ever skills the artist may be missing.

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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Workplace Safety

Oh boy, I sure love comedic videos about serious topics. We weren't sure how we wanted to portray our safety video, but our overall goal was to create a short work place safety video that clearly explain our topic (Avoiding stress and burnout) while at the same time keeping our audience's attention. I did mentally tell myself I wanted to make this funny, and that we did (WITH THE POWER OF PUNS!). We may have gotten a 3/4, but our audiences reaction to our video made up for our loss. My team consisted of the Legendary La'a and the Luminescent Loren. In our video we were all actors. We all contributed our ideas to the script and how we would get into character. Loren was our main editor, but on the last day she wasn't able to make it due to other obligations (*cough cough* band). Because of that, I became the editor for the day, thus our safety video was born. Within my team I really couldn't play favorites I really enjoyed working with them. I already knew Loren, but La'a was as good as a stranger to me. In the end we were able to break the ice and created a better working environment in the team by doing so.

This experienced introduced a few hardships of its own. We were faced with the task to film against the wind (I'd say the wind won). Our audio didn't come out so great in the end. But if we had recorded everything and put a voice over on it, I don't think we would have achieved the same effect as desired. We would have to take a different approach and maybe get rid of the whole comedic idea entirely. There were, however, areas in need of improvement. We could have used much more unique angles and shots. I feel as if we missed the opportunity to apply different filming techniques. When our project was finished we were given a critique by the class. Our highest score was our entertainment value which felt like a great accomplishment. As predicted our lowest score was on our audio which was a solid 3/4. Overall I actually really proud of our work and don't feel like I could have done much better a second time around.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.

ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Art & Design

Image from Pexels

Hello fellow user of the interwebs. Today (9/15) is the Sanderl Gods memorial date of birth. Walking into the sacred temple we call class we were immediately offered with the traditional gift of the nuts of dough. BUT THERE WAS A CATCH!!!11! We must prove ourselves academically. Recently we've been working on a Photoshop document we named Still Life. I've been able to utilize several Elements of Art. These include Line which is incorporated in a majority of my drawing and much of my other Elements of Art. For example, where the lines connected created shape for my drawing. Value and Texture was created based off the density of the amount of lines, setting tone into the drawing and a subliminal thoughts into the viewer's mind of how the items in my image would feel. Space, which was created by the areas where the different items seem to overlap and layer over one another. Looking at my drawing you may notice the tiny detail that my drawing has a different thickness in some areas. This is to help with the texture, using a variation in the brush size allowed me to control the value scale within my drawing, showing where it became lighter or darker. I must say my favorite part while working on this image was tracing the image and watching as everything slowly came together. The only drawback was when I kept getting stumped on what other shading design I should use so I ended up with very repetitive and uncreative shadowing.

Image from Pixabay

Returning to my much anticipated second period we came to find our still life drawing was not enough, and we'd be creating two more projects using the elements of art. The two new project would consist of a landscape image and a portrait image. Due to my lack of my own landscape photo, an all knowing power sent me on a journey into the mystical and magical dimension of  Pixabay. During my travels I was able to obtain an image I believed to hold enough potential for me to use. From their it was fairly easy, especially because I didn't take that extra step to use my resources and enhance my image. Unlike the still life drawing, there were few steps and no tedious hand drawing. But as the tutorial had stated my image "Looks like it was drawn by hand." In the end my image came out well and I was able to preserve most of that reflection in the water.

On to the next project, my portrait photo. It was taken of Michael by Michael, right outside of class. Not me Michael but the other Michael but taken by me. Michael Tsai (Pronounced like "Sigh") Michael. Are you confused yet?... GOOD! <--Yes I had fun doing this. This picture was taken in a bit of a rush (We only had five minutes). But I guess in order to give it some sort of meaning I could talk about what my friend is to me. In class he is my elbow partner and we usually have conversations consisting of "Hey Michael.... What's up Michael?..... Nothing much how about you Michael?... I've been good Michael." Being called on is also fun, we might have to come up with code names. BUT SECRETLY WE AND ALL MICHAEL KIND ARE PLANNING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD MUHAHAHAHA ASDFGHJKL!!!!11 ....Ahem, anyway, this last challenge consists of every Element of Art we've used and compiles it all into one final product. Remember my last paragraph about how easy my landscape project was? Well It was fun while it lasted. Since the line drawing my tracing skills and shading have not improved. So one side of my image looks bland then there's a separation of color which leads to the other side which is just too plain and simple. There's no pizzazz that I was looking for and my image just didn't give off the right vibe. I think I could really use that time manipulation device again Mr. Sanderl...

There are no words for the embarrassment I have experienced (Curse you Michael (Other Michael)). I have just gone through the trials under the judging eyes of brutally honest high school students. (I must comment about that one hater who gave me a novice on my line drawing). Other than that pessimistic vote I definitely agree with the rest of the critique. I did not perform to the best of my ability. It's actually a rarity when I do.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Audio Production

Once again, another blog post, this time on Audio Production! It's very important to incorporate intonation and inflection in your recordings in order to keep a hold of your audience. You'd be surprised how much of an impact a little change in volume can do! As fate would have it, this project offered me as sacrifice to the Sanderl God. Instead of being thrown into a boiling pit of magma at the summit of mount doom I was thrown into something much worse in comparison.... A leadership position... Not only was I responsible for my team and their actions, but I was also responsible for their quality in their performance. Being a team leader is much harder than it looks. I had to lead them through the dark forests of confusion, throwing in random ideas for them to feed off of, hoping something good would come out of it. And to top it all off, we had to conduct this recording in one take. One take!! Limited on time and talent we threw together a script, rehearsed it, and brought it up to the Sanderl God to be deemed worthy of recording.

After relentless hard work, our efforts were rewarded. Well... If you call a screen filled with dots placed based off of what might be biased votes, then yeah, we were rewarded generously. The category we scored the highest in was our relevance of answers. As it seems, the unknown powers believed our answers to their questions were well constructed. Looking back we did not exactly meet our goal to keep the ten second attention span of our audience. We didn't have the greatest acting and many mistakes were made. To be fair though, we aren't specialized in acting at all. Our most problematic issue was our lack of time. In the end we winged it and in the very end we performed to our expectations. If I possessed some sort of time manipulation device to do this over again I would. I would definitely be able to improve our work in many various ways.


ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Proprietary Information

Image from Pexels

I'm back, and with a new topic: copyright infringement! On a more serious note, copyright infringement is basically plagiarism. Those who violate copyright materials can be fined up to $150,000 plus attorney fees, court costs and can be sent to prison. If you do need to use work that is not your own you must first determine if permission from the owner is needed. If it is needed then you must identify the owner. Then negotiate with them whether they must receive payment or not. There is another way to use someone else's work without having to worry about copyright infringement. This other option is called "Fair Use." In order to work the information must be quoted and only for the purpose of criticism, teaching, news reporting, and research. The best part? You don't have to pay a single cent for it.

Sometimes there's information that shouldn't be shared. In other words, that information is confidential. When using social media you are subject to share bits of personal information whether or not you're aware of it. Some examples are your phone number, address, birthday, likes or dislikes, and most obviously, your name. In this situation we can refer to the fifth amendment: the right to privacy. There are options to not share your private information online but that doesn't guarantee that your private information will be safe. Under certain circumstances, information is censored based off of its level of unacceptability. This can be because the information is just inappropriate or is a threat to security or is liable to insult a group of people. This links into the first amendment, the freedom of speech. I believe that you should be able to share your thoughts but there are unwritten rules and lines that shouldn't be crossed for obvious reasons.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.