Author: rupertoliverwilson

ADV Assignment 2: AND AR

 

ADV Reflection Essay:

Introduction:

My contribution to this project was co-writer, co-storyboard artist, lighting, actor, editor. Over this last semester I have been very busy with my final major assignment so I found it very hard to make time for both the planning and post production phases of this production but I did try my best to stay involved in the production as much as I could. This involved taking

 

Description of shot requirements:

We had a lot of closeup and tight shots in our film and this meant ensuring that focus and stability was perfect in order to get shots that were usable. We also had to replicate the drap lighting of a tired workspace throughout all the shots. In order to achieve this, we used a lot more downlight that would probably usually be used to make faces look drab and lifeless.

 

Analysis of learning:

One of the most important lessons I learnt was about the difficulty of shooting between two different camera types. Even though the go pro and the canon where both 1080p the difference in the quality and overall look of the footage was quite jarring when cutting between them. It took a lot of work in order to make it look less jarring. Another important thing is continuity in respect to the environment. As you change shots and shot sizes and have to adjust various props and lighting it can be easy to lose track of what was originally where and this can become very evident when in the editing process. It creates more work for the editor and runs the risk of destroying the viewers emersion.

Reflections:

I think the most strikingly obvious thing that I would do differently next time is make the crosses on things we plan to track a lot smaller. For some reason we all got it in our heads that the crosses needed to be nice and big when in reality this just caused us to spend far more time in post-production trying to find out cover-ups and work arounds. Another thing that proved an issue with our shots was the fact that on many occasions camera and lighting gear was clearly visible in our shots. Although I was completely unaware of this at the time because I wasn’t on camera, I think in the future I would be much more careful to check the camera operators shot whilst setting up lighting because that is a quicker and more efficient way of setting up lighting. Also not having other actors and just casting the crew was another thing that I would not like to do again. It just caused unnecessary stress on the group and especially because one of the days where almost all of us were on camera was quite a long day of filming for various reasons, moral and energy started to run very low. We also had big continuity issues where shots didn’t match up at all in a sequence like they were supposed to.

 

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Blue and Black -Short Film by Rupert Wilson

A). My inspiration for the video was the inevitable heat death of the universe. This inevitability of death in relation to humans is an idea that i decided to deconstruct as modern humans, so often we try so hard to fight death off for as long as possible, but in the end, no matter how hard you fight, death always wins.

B). My use of blue, black, and white in my film was used symbolically throughout all of my compositions. this allowed for snappy cuts on the white and on the black. Also, by allowing the boxer to leave and enter frame, it help further the representation that the boxer is not an individual but instead a symbol for human life itself. This was also developed through the use of composition by trying to keep the boxer’s eyes out of the frame. This reduces the ability of the audience to connect with the boxer as an individual.

C). The equipment I used to capture this film was the canon 550D, the tripod and three LED fresnels.

D). I shot around 10GB worth of footage including photographs.

E). When I was going through my footage I grouped it into footage that is mostly bathed in light, and footage that mostly consists of black. this gave me good in points and out points to combine and link shots.

F). When editing, the first thing I did was to find a song that i thought helped to represent the theme and message of the narrative. I then searched for stock footage that incorporated the theme and also because i planned to integrate it with my footage, and knowing what stock footage I had to work with would have made that process a lot easier.

G). Initially I planned to use a mixture of atmos sound, music and sound effects. However, once I started I realized that this was very distracting and too ‘busy’, therefore distracting from the narrative and the tone that I was trying to create.

H). If I had the chance to do it again I would definitely shoot with a subject instead of myself. Shooting by myself was extremely time consuming and resulted in less dynamic footage, and reduced my ability to be creative with lighting as I had to use one of the lighting stands as a surrogate for me to which I would frame up and focus shots. It would have also gave me a lot more time to focus on editing and have finished a more polished piece.

The Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx2Ca-XsAK8&feature=youtu.be

Assets used:

San Bartolomeo Milky Way. Daduxio. (2012). Retrieved from: https://www.videvo.net/video/san-bartolomeo-milky-way/2661

Sun animation. Flamboyant. (2013). Retrieved from: https://www.videvo.net/video/sun-animation/4669

Satellite Nighttime Flyby. NASA. (2011). Retrieved from: https://www.videvo.net/video/satellite-nighttime-flyby/128

 

 

References

All of the following images have substantial differences from the images that I have created and used in my composition. However, I thought that just to be safe I would reference the creative commons images that I used to help me create the outlines of my objects.

References:

Figure 1. FallInLoveWithPicCollection. (2011). dragon eats. From flickr. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/70504908@N04/6394160329/

Figure 2. Anton Brand. (2013). Royalty Free Stock Photography: Cartoon Knight in armour with spear. From dreamstime. Retrieved from: http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-cartoon-knight-armour-spear-image19118297

Figure 3. Herndao David Perez Sanchez’s photostream. (2010). Princess. From flickr. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nanozim/4594273886/

Figure 4. Sergey Siz’kov. (2009). Money icon with bag, color vector. From dreamstime. Retrieved from: http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-money-icon-bag-color-vector-image32693230#res1008018

Summary: And we’re outta here

The reason for creating this infographic was to clearly and interestingly represent the process of the hero’s journey. Firstly, I attempted to help portray the progression of the hero’s journey through the use of colour. I started with grey for the first step because it represents the the ordinary world is dull and boring. Then, as the process progresses the colour blue is introduced to represent a vibrancy and change from the status quo. In the special world segment of the image the colours change from softer and cooler colours of green and blue to colours that have connotations of danger and fear. The yellow used in the ‘Test, Allies, Enemies’ phase is used to represent a hazard because this is the first step in the narrative where the hero is faced with the challenges of the special world. I used increasingly darker shades of orange for the rest of the special world segment to convey tension and danger of these phases. From the ‘Road Back’ onward, I used the more purple tones to represent how the events experienced within the special world have changed the ordinary world as the purple is a sort of mix between the cooler and hotter colour tones. From what i had learned in my research, I found that because I had used such a wide range of colours throughout my image I had to stick to shades rather than colours for the rest of it so that it doesn’t appear too busy.

In order to clearly show the starting point of the process I applied several different techniques. Firstly, I made the title box come down to a point so that it would be pointing at the ordinary world stage. Because I learnt that people will often immediatley either look at the centre of an image or the top, I also applied a similar shade of grey to the ordinary world inner ring. Also with the repetition of the text in both the inner circle and the outer circle I thought this would also help to make it clearer.

Because of the ‘leave and return’ nature of the hero’s journey I thought it would be right to visually present it this way too. In order to make sure people got the order of events correct I lay it out in the clockwise direction as this is the way that many of us are trained to ‘read’ circles. To help this further I added curvatures to point the eye in the correct direction. Another visual technique I employed was the use of a connecting line between the title, the subject and the bottom information to help lead the eye sequentially through the composition. The size and shape of the bottom box was also used to help provide balance to the image so that either side of the process wheel there was visually similar features to help frame it. I also a few different objects such as the lance and the dragon’s tail to point to the objects that were most important within the image.

 

Comments and Laments

Angela Go

I think that you’ve done some really great research here and I think the colours that you are planning to use really help to present the elvish race. A colour I think you should try to incorporate into your image is light blue. I think this colour could be used very effectively within your composition because it is a visually pleasant and they reflect the colours of the Elves surrounding waterfalls that always seem to be elaborately intertwined with elvish architecture. The blue could be used effectively, almost like a river and direct the viewer’s eye through the key areas of your image. I think the colour silver would be effective as well because both the elvish costumes and buildings are both made out of similar shades of silver. Low level tones such as silver work great as background colours in infographics. Also I think you should try to incorporate elvish architecture into your image too. I think some of those fancy elvish designs would look awesome in the corners of the image or something like that. Anyway, keep up to good work kiddo! Make papa proud!

https://angelagviscomm.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/research-post-2-colour/

Emily Fly

I think the first concept is pretty nice and conveys the subject matter quite well. I like the simplicity of using the cats very recognisable facial outline as the boarder containing the person and relevant information. I think if you used a warm ‘Garfield’ orange for the fill of the cat boarder that would be visually pleasing. You could also put one of those circle things on its head that doctors wear in cartoons or maybe a stethoscope coming out of its ears to make appear like a doctor. Doctor Cat. Which actually seems like a kickass idea for a TV show. I can just see it now…

Chief Doctor (A native american doctor):”Doctor Cat! Get in my office right meow! You’ve cat to be kitten me! There was a claws in your doctoring contract that says you cant operate on dolphins. We could get sued for millions. It’s the purrfect storm!

Doctor cat: “hey chief calm down aye.”

Chief Doctor (Still a native american doctor): ” Quit the catitude Cat-herine Zeta Jones! We could both go away fur a long time if the truth ever comes out.”

Doctor Cat: “So lets make sure the truth never comes out then. Lets give Dolphin Daniel a nice looooooong nap.”

Chief Doctor (I think he’s turning Chinese): “That would be a cat-astrophe! He’s going to be my son in law! Why this!? Why now? I had a bad feline about you when I first saw your resumè…”

Doctor Cat: “We’re in this together now whether you like it or not! YOU’RE the one that cleared ME to graft the laser cannon implants to his back. Lets try and stay pawsitive!”

Chief Doctor: “Okay okay. But we can’t kill him. But maybe we could ‘purr-suade’ him to not take his story to the press.”

Doctor Cat: “I like your thinking Chief Doctor. That idea might just be, the cats pajamas.”

Chief Doctor: “Goooooooood. gooooooooooooooood. Hey, by the way have you seen that mouse intern around lately? I haven’t seen head or tail of him in about three weeks.”

Doctor Cat: “Not at all chief. Not. At. All. *He licks at the segment of tail pocking out of the corner of his mouth and then slowly turns towards the camera and winks*

Roll Credits

I think in terms of typography, for the title of your image you should use something that is reminiscent of a hospital font to help to convey the ideas of health. Maybe put a little red + somewhere too. If you were to use orange as the colour for the cat then I think it would be a good idea to use a light blue as the background colour to make your image visually striking.

https://flyemily.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/concept-sketches/comment-page-1/#comment-29

Riley Martinez

Hey man i think you’re process you have selected is awesome. An idea i had reading through your post was that you could possible divide the infographic into two sections. The first showing the body movements for each step within the ollie and another set of pictures, perhaps top down, showing the movement of the feet in each step with arrows showing the movements. I think in terms of font and typography you should really draw upon the well-grounded culture associated with skateboarding. All the best man!

https://riley6martinez.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/research-2-theme-how-to-pop-an-ollie/comment-page-1/#comment-16

Natsuki Arai

Hey I think your work in progress is looking great so far Natsuki! I think you’re choice to use just one finger rather than an entire hand was a great choice as it still creates the same effect but reduces the clutter that a whole hand could cause. The feedback I would give is that I think you should make it clearer which step goes after the other. This could be as simple as having arrows pointing from each step to the other or even using a little circle with a number in it beside each image. Another thing I thought of is making the “what you need” box a little more visually appealing by putting the manicure tools inside a ‘tool box’ or whatever the manicure equivalent is. I think perhaps adding some shadow from the fingers and tools onto the background to give your image some nice depth. One thing that I also realised when I was making my image is that everything looks way better and way more ‘infographicy’ when you remove black borders from objects and shapes. I can see you’ve done it with the nail clippers and it looks very good so I say you just continue with that for all of your objects. If u do dat it shuld b mean as geeh. piece.

https://natsukiarai.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/work-in-progress/comment-page-1/#comment-23

Hamish Nixon

Hey man I reckon your chosen process has the opportunity to be crack up and also really interesting too. To help with conveying the ‘process’ side of the how to, I think it might be a good idea to perhaps start out with a normal looking girl on the left side, the popstar looking girl on the right and maybe a factory or mechanical looking machine in the middle where you can base all of your information about how someone becomes a mainstream popstar in the modern world. to continue that ‘factory’ theme would could have the girl on a conveyor belt both going into, and out of the machine. You could also use industrial styled font and typography too and effectively use colours such as the aforementioned yellow which works in both the representation of the pop star and the industrial way that the mainstream music industry now operates. Anyway, hope it all goes well for you and how knows, maybe i’ll be able to follow your guide and become a STAR! But don’t worry, when I hit the big time I wont forget about the man that single-handedly showed me the way to the top! Thanks in advance man 🙂

https://haimnixon.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/infographic-idea/comment-page-1/#comment-21