Week 4 Summary

How to Read a Movie: Reading: Angles and Cuts. Ebert is clearly an expert when it comes to reading movies. Many people simply watch movies for an hour or two of entertainment. Ebert, however, shows us that there is far more to cinema than just entertainment. There is interesting effects, screen set up, lighting, transitions, length and angle of shots. I really enjoyed applying what I learned from Ebert to the car chase scene from The Matrix and from the famous shower scene from Psycho.

Look. Listen. Analyze: An Analysis on a Scene from The Matrix. This was my favorite project to work on this week. I recently took English 245: Intro to Cinema Studies. In that class I learned about many different cinema techniques and how they are used to tell a story. I had to dig up my notes from that class, but once I found them it was really fun to apply what I learned to this assignment. I always love to be able to apply knowledge obtained in one class to another class! It was interesting to see how many of the techniques we studied in English 245 were present in the scene from The Matrix. Almost all of the techniques we learned in the class were used in this one scene, so it was confirmation that the class was describing broadly used video production elements.

Assignments:

Video Project 1: How to Video Project. This assignment was the most challenging and time consuming project for week 4. Since I decided to go the extra step and make the tutorial of my original tutorial, it required extra work to line up the multiple layers. It was also difficult to explain all of the skills and knowledge of Imovie without creating a movie length tutorial. However, this was the most satisfying to produce and I am very happy with the final result. I hope that people can learn both how to juggle and how to use a green screen to digitally insert cool backdrops as well as how to use the split screen and picture in picture functionality to line up the same video shot from different cameras at different angles.

Video Project 2: My Favorite Thing to Do: When creating this assignment I quickly became nostalgic about all the great times I’ve had over the years swimming. I had to look through years and years of photos and videos to find all the material I was going to use. It was fun to watch all of the old videos even if they did not make it into the final cut. This assignment was more straight forward in that it did not require green screen or dual video sound synchronization. However, the details i.e. music levels complimented by the voice levels made the project sufficiently complex.

Daily Creates: Week 4 Daily Creates

Feedback: The feedback I am getting in this class has been the comments that are included in the weekly report of our grades on from Dr. Polack on Canvas. I have been using this feedback to the best of my ability to improve my content each week. For example, the first two weeks I was having trouble going beyond the literal interpretation of the assignments and producing more than simply what the assignment was asking. However, in week three I was able to accomplish my goal of creating more than the literal interpretation. I believe in week four I will again accomplish this goal. I would love for any and all viewers to comment on my content. Even if it is content from one of the earlier weeks, I would love to hear all of your thoughts and constructive criticisms. I have provided feedback to my classmates by providing comments on many of the stories I can find. I try to leave constructive thoughts and helpful ideas. As many of the stories are not posted until Sunday night I usually leave comments on the previous week’s content.

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