Category Archives: FILMMAKING 2011-12

Assorted Reflections

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OBJECTIVE:

Throughout the course of the entire class, we are sometimes given movies to watch on a wide array of subjects. Our job is to provide a three page reflection for each film that describes the cinematography in great detail.

ARTIFACTS:

REFLECTION:

I really think that writing a reflection on reflections is redundant so I’ll just cut this short.


Media Arts Festival Production- PSA

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OBJECTIVE:

We, in a group hand-selected by our own will, were to forcibly enter in a contest we were not ready to participate in. We were rushed all the way through but we all attempted to create a video of our own devisings that would inform the general public about earthquake safety.

ARTIFACTS:

PRE-PRODUCTION PHASE:

Pre-Production Packet

-composed of storyboard, shot list, shooting schedule, props, make up, costume, location shot list, and character/actor breakdowns.

POST-PRODUCTION:

Video (hosted on Google Docs)

REFLECTION:

They were other topics  besides earthquake safety of course, which now sound much more appealing, but my group and I had a great deal of fun while filming so I can’t complain. There was a point whilst shooting in which I stopped trying due to looming due dates that were far too demanding to complete such a gargantuan film. I know I could have done far better if given the appropriate amount of time. I am shrugging as I am typing this. I felt like you should know.

La Vie En Rose Reflection

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OBJECTIVE:

The task given to us after a month-long vacation (in which I’m very sure my mind has completely run off to some undisclosed location of which I’m unaware of) was to watch a movie and write a reflection detailing its cinematography. The paper was to be three to five pages long.

ARTIFACT:

La Vie En Rose Reflection


REFLECTION:

The inner sloth in me rejoiced in viewing such a movie so early in the semester but having realized that Edith Piaf would be discussed throughout most of the film, I flailed my limbs in a truly unnecessary fashion before gluing my eyes to the screen, never blinking until it was absolutely vital to my health. Piaf has been one of my favorite performers for quite a while and I was delighted to spend instruction time learning about her origins. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien has been my ringtone for three years I believe and I was humming like a loon the entire time. The paper itself was tricky and, if I had not been giving other tasks by other classes, I would’ve been more coherent. I wrote this at around 3 AM and some of the wording may be awkwardly phrased and perhaps that is the one thing that I regret doing. 

Resume and Other Nonsensical Things

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OBJECTIVE:

We were instructed to compose a resume and curriculum vitae for acquiring a job listed on any website. The one I have chosen to apply is this one. Ultimately, it does not matter whether or not I am hired but what does matter is that I know the steps required to pursue such a career.

ARTIFACT:

Headshot

Resume (.doc)

Curriculum Vitae

REFLECTION:

This self-centric escapade successfully opened my eyes to how incompetent my skill set is. I must go on to improve myself by taking internships and job opportunities in the near future. Resumes are entirely fun to write and in a sense, it is gratifying to write a detailed expose on oneself to truly understand how pompous I am. It’s also a frightening realization that I will be writing these resumes in the near future for authentic job opportunities, competing with a good number of other people for the chance of employment. Now I deeply sympathize with my mother for having endured such a tiresome tirade. I had originally put off this assignment, thinking it would be a horrible plight and all together useless. But I must admit it was a breeze and dare I say it, FUN to do.

Previous Work That I Am Particularly Proud Of

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OBJECTIVE:

We were instructed to pick a product and shoot a commercial for it while on school grounds. We also had to create a catchy slogan and an interesting plot.

ARTIFACT:

Baskin Robbins Commercial (Vimeo)

REFLECTION:

This assignment occurred while I was still in the 10th grade so my recollection of events might be a bit fuzzy. I remember the obstacles we had to overcome. We had to go through the shooting process in a quite rapid amount of time, mostly due to the weakness all ice creams share….melting! It was awkward to have sloppy makeouts with an ice cream cone too but I had lots of laughs and it was enjoyable. I also spent a great deal editing, playing around with the saturation to make the fantasy scene more vibrant. The music was also a tricky issue, I was much too picky with songs!

Detention Hall Script

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OBJECTIVE:

When this semester began, a shrill substitute teacher barked at us to complete work. She instructed us on one particularly horrible day to write a ten-page short story set ONLY in a detention hall. Our hands suffered but we ultimately completed our task. When our regular teacher returned once more, we had long forgotten this strenuous assignment, treating it as  disparaging nothing long buried in our respective pasts. Oh, how wrong we were. Soon afterwards, we had to have finished a lengthy script based on this short story using the program Celtx.

ARTIFACT:

Detention Hall (.celtx file)

Detention Hall (.pdf file)

REFLECTION:

Did I already mention that the permanent callous located on my right ring finger was left aching for a day or so? Normally I do not regard writing as a chore but my hands are but weak creatures and they are pampered as say, a Persian prince. Overall, I took delight in creating my own characters but I felt that the setting was far too constricting and it was difficult to stray from the cliches that the “high-school-detention-oh-lord” genre had set long before I was born. (I’m looking at you, Breakfast Club) I also did not include nearly as much characterization as I wanted to come into light, seeing as I killed off most of the cast due to laziness. I also felt that my dialogue was far off the mark in perfectly capturing the strange dialect that is the teenage drawl.

Camera Movements Lab

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OBJECTIVE:

This assignment was one of the first that actually involved filmmaking rather than still images. We were instructed to shoot a short film that illustrated a person walking into a classroom. We were to use our creative liberties to make the film far more interesting. My group’s first shooting was lost so we performed this task two times which was strenuous on our morale. The finished outcome is somewhat decent but I felt that our creativity wasn’t necessarily used to its fullest potential. Once we were done filming, we were responsible for editing it and posting it on multiple sites. (ex. vimeo, schooltube)

ARTIFACT:

Watch on Vimeo

 


REFLECTION:

The first shooting I did with my initial group was pretty fast-paced, seeing as other groups were right on our heels, demanding their turn with the dolly. I was given the task of camera woman (by force actually) and I proceeded to yell at 3 guys to do my bidding. But, I was also working on another project at the time and may I remind you that it was entirely rushed. When I was ready to edit the film, I discovered that my group (nor I) took a mental note as to where we placed the disk containing all our work. So it goes. I joined another group and assisted them with their shooting. I believe my lap top was stepped on during shooting but otherwise, there were no further complications. Currently, I am in midst of the editing process which is proving quite easy.

Light on the Human Face Assignment

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OBJECTIVE:

Equipped with expensive cameras hanging on our necks, we were ordered to select one of our school chums and proceed to make them uncomfortable by taking close-ups shots of their nose or something. We had to follow the set guidelines listed on the ol.lausd.net site and we also were ordered to set-up the lighting ourselves. We were responsible for researching lighting techniques with the material also listed on the ol.site. I took it in my own hands to move the lighting fixtures about to illuminate our model’s face. We had 19 shots in total to do.

  1. 90 degrees keylight
  2. 90 degrees keylight with diffusion
  3.  90 degrees keylight with fill light
  4.  90 degrees key light with negative light
  5.  45 degrees key light
  6.  45 degrees key light with fill light
  7.  45 degrees key light with diffusion
  8.  45 degrees key light with negative fill
  9.  0 degrees key light
  10.  0 degrees key light with diffusion
  11.  0 degrees key light with negative fill
  12.  above the eye level key light
  13.  above the eye level key light with diffusion
  14.  above the eye level key light with negative fill light
  15.  below the eye level with key light
  16.  below the eye level key light with diffusion
  17.  below the eye level key light with negative fill
  18.  backlight iso below 800 ie 200
  19.  back light iso 800 and above

 

ARTIFACT

Light on the Human Face (.pdf)

REFLECTION

I was extremely uncomfortable at times having to exploit our model by zooming in really awkwardly on her face. At times, I would make eye contact and it’s sort of like when hunter’s look into the eyes of the deer they were stalking for weeks. And that made me all the more nervous. But I attempted to make sure I got all the shots down. Key word- attempted. At times, I was unsure if I performed the right shot correctly but this was met with a passive shrug before moving on to the next shot. I’m pretty alright with this assignment, and I’m extremely envious of the capabilities presented on our $500 cameras that far surpass my scrawny digital camera.

Fourteen Shots List

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OBJECTIVE:

We were given the task of carrying around pricy cameras whilst taking images of anything we saw fit, as long as they were included in the given list. The list shall be displayed by the end of this sentence.

  1. Establishing Shot
  2. Centered shot
  3. Rule of Thirds
  4. Wide angle
  5. Medium shot
  6. Close up
  7. Extreme close up
  8. Headroom
  9. Nose room
  10. Lead room
  11. Pan (slow & smooth)
  12. High Angle Shot
  13. Low Angle Shot
  14. Point of View Shot

ARTIFACT:

Fourteen Shots (.pdf)

REFLECTION:

I’m not necessarily happy with the results on this project. If given more time, perhaps my partner and I wouldn’t have felt inclined to take pictures of random objects in a rushed frenzy. There are only two images I like out of the bunch and that, in itself, is sad. Very sad. My partner and I also had multiple issues of retaining a good camera, seeing as they were only a few to spare of a group of over 40 students. We had also lost our footage from another camera as well. I am honestly embarrassed to post this junk here so I apologize beforehand for any damage to your corneas.