Friday, November 30, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

Our topic in this project was about how depression looks like in the life of a person and the process of getting better. Our message in this video was to show our viewers that there are always people you can talk to or ask for help when you need it. No matter how difficult it may be to ask for help, they will do it. This subject is important to my partners and me because depression is pretty common in the high school setting. We as teens are growing up emotionally and physically, we are getting prepared for the oncoming future. Getting ready for adulthood and be stressful and scary. The goal we wanted to achieve in this project was to really show how depressed people feel and how they can get better. We were required to produce a two to three video on depression in a relevance that connects with our audience. We were allowed to create our own sound effects and produce a soundtrack on Garage Band. We would edit our footage on Final Cut Pro. My partners were Arianna, Carina, and Triton. Arianna was the editor; she compiled all of the footage together. She added effects, jump cuts, and made the whole video run smoothly. She was also the main actor in our video. Carina was the head camera person; her job was to shoot all of the main shots in the video. Triton was our support; he gave us advice and he helped us with our jobs when we needed it. My job was to write the script. I mainly wrote all of what we did and said as a group in the video.

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For this project, our team had to learn how to use Final Cut Pro since we were new to the software. With that, we learned many tips and tricks to make our editing segment in this project easier. We learned how to use the different types of playheads and what they are. We learned how to cut and paste our footage, how to make the clips shorter, and how to layer clips. Most importantly, we were reminded how to film and make our shots look clean and stable. We used these types of tips when we had extra footage that we didn't need or want. It is important to use FCPX Libraries, Events and Projects properly because it can help with being organized and overall have a faster production. When our audience is watching our video it's important to make sure the audio and the footage line up nicely. It's also important to make sure the audio is always at the same volume. You don't want the audio to be all quiet and then all of a sudden it's blasting your eardrums. To make sure you don't do that, the audio should always be hitting above 12 and below 6. My team and I all agree that in our video, the audio sounds more professional. When we recorded our voiceover, we were using a professional microphone. It was meant to be a high-quality audio recording if we produced it correctly. We like our video footage, but not a much as our audio.

I think the greatest challenge for my team was filming. Our video was about the daily life and perspective of a depressed person. We wanted to show time passing so we had our actor wear different clothes in the different scenes. Because of the details we wanted to show in our video, like the change of clothes, the process of making our video became a long time. Our group got along really well and we had the best communication skills. Whenever one of us had something on our mind, we always shared with the group. I wouldn't say that only one person held this group up because we were linked together to help each other. I think the most enjoyable part of this project was seeing the finished product. All of our hard work was put together and we got to see the final piece. I am so happy with our critique, we got the highest voted critique for two classes. From all of our hard work and dedication, I think we really deserved it.

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

Art Deco started in Paris in the 1920s. It was an architectural movement for the rich people who loved clean geometrical shapes and lines. Art Deco influenced many artists and the arts and communication industry. It communicated to people that it was a very modern and wealthy looking movement. It was meant to represent a fun and opulent time. Artists always have a different type of style that they are devoted to producing. The type of artists who devote their work to a certain art movement means commitment. Art movements are not known to stay for a long time. For example, Art Deco was only popular for about 27 years. What I'm trying to say is that when you make your style of work a certain style, you would generally want to make a lot of product. You never know when a movement can lose its popularity. In my opinion, Art Deco was a very modern movement for the art world. I think people liked it because of how it made a person look and feel rich.

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The Young Lady In Gloves (1930) Tamara De Lempicka
This painting is called The Young Lady In Gloves. It was made by a Polish painter named Tamara De Lempicka. She mainly produced her paintings in France and the United States. I think Lempicka was trying to show the mysteriousness and alluring side of some women. She gave the lady the impression of being soft but sharp at the same time. It may show a personality of what she gives the woman. She painted all of her portraits in this style. There is a type of elegance in this painting that not many artists can capture in portraits. I believe that if an artist has a powerful enough imagination and creative mind, they may have the power to change a persons opinion/perception on things. It can be hard to do, and it's rare when it does happen. But nothing is impossible. In my eyes, technology has both aided and hindered the impact of skilled art production. There are many artists who depend on technology to produce their artwork. For example, artists who produce the visuals in video games, producers of digital art, animators, and even people who work with photoshop. And of course, there are artists who advertise their work to acquire more admirers. There are ways that it has aided artists too. There are artists who still make paintings, ceramics, and hands-on products. In my opinion, not many people appreciate or notice the work that goes into product anymore. There are more and more people that get things handed to them, for that can decrease the admiration in their things, or in this case, art. Because of how many people who are accustomed to technology, they don't go to museums to admire art anymore.

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

Our class was assigned to break into a team of 3 and create a short clip of instructions that address workplace safety topics. My team including Angela, Lei, and myself chose the topic of preventing a hostile work environment. I enjoyed working with my teammates because each of them were very productive. Each of us had our own roles so that we could get work done faster and more efficient. Angela was in charge of sound design and Lei was in charge of completing the digital portfolio. My job was editing the final video clip. Throughout filming both Lei and I were the actors and Angela was the director. Angela did the voiceover in the final clip. In my opinion I feel that we all put in our best efforts into the project equally. I think Lei was the most help because she was always there when we needed her help. She gave Angela feed back when she was writing the script, and gave me criticism about editing the video. Most importantly, she produced the base of this post and as well as Angelas. 

What I learned from this project was that there always are a lot of solutions to a lot of problems. You can always try to work things out with the person. In our production we displayed different scenarios with multiple solutions. I would say that I was disappointed with our critique. I think we should have gotten a higher score in entertainment, for that was our lowest score. Our highest was overall quality, and I agree with that. When we shot the footage for this video we were very fortunate to have an available empty classroom on hand. My phone was used to shoot the video; I think having an iPhone was a big help for the overall quality of the video. On the days we were filming, we were lucky to not have a windy forecast. When it came to editing the footage we were bestowed Mac Books, for it helped with the overall quality of the video. If I tried to cut some footage out of the final video, I think that would've improved it more. If we also tried to find a more quiet environment to shoot the footage where we weren't speaking in audio, that would be better too. But in general, I am very proud of our video.

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, October 5, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

One reason to learn to code even if you don't plan to be a programmer is that it will look good on your resume. It's also a good way of exercising critical thinking in your brain. You can also build a website from coding if you know how to use it in the correct way. My partner and I had a difficult time trying to figure out how we were going to tackle this figure eight. The logic statement we used to find out the way we wanted our car to go was to literally walk around the “obstacle course”. The commands we used to create the figure eight were Go, Steering, and Delay. Go was for how fast we wanted our car to go. We originally chose 50 cc so we had to the numbers 400,400. The command Steering was for which direction we wanted the direction of the car to go. Our choices were either straight, left, right, or reverse. My partner and I decided to use all of them except reverse. The way I felt about the process of trial and error was complete frustration. I had the hardest time trying to get the right second in the delay or just trying to find where the problem was. In the end, we did not succeed, for we had only made 1.25 of a figure eight.

When my partner and I started challenge number two the first coding commands we put into our car was the ambulance sounds. These commands were new because they required sound and a visual code. The visual code was for the little screen on our car to show blinking lights and it was called display line. In the future, when I have a chance to ride it in an autonomous vehicle I will choose not to. The thought of the car crashing into something or someone because of some technical difficulty makes me uncomfortable. I would rather get into a car crash with me driving rather than no one driving. I find that it would be easier to blame myself than something or someone else. I would rather be disappointed with myself than to be thwarted with a car or the originator. In my opinion, I hope autonomous vehicles will not carry out carry complex tasks like an ambulance responding to accidents in the future. I say this because I do not believe any robot can have the same reflex skills as a human being.

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

The Elements of Art that are used in my digital Still Life paintings are line, texture, shape and value. Line is easily explained as a moving dot. I used line to outline my object and to create the cross hatching (the shadowing). Texture is how you make a drawing look, if it looks smooth, rough or has raised areas. I used texture to show smoothness of the baby's body. Value is the degree of lightness or darkness and I used it in the baby dolls eyeballs to show different colors in black and white. Shape is a flat object that is enclosed; I used it to make the form of the baby dolls limbs, head and body. I was required to use a size ten pixel brush for outlining, and size 5 for texture. When I was making the textures, it was better to use a size five brush because it allowed me to make a finer detail than what the size 10 brush would allow me to make. I found that drawing the cross hatching was the most enjoyable part because I could easily follow where the shadows where in the original photo. Making the outline of the baby doll was difficult because it was hard to make lines that weren't wobbly.

This photograph was taken at the top of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Oahu. My landscape painting contains a lot more texture because it has a city, a mountain and trees in it, while my still picture just has a baby doll. My still life image has less value than the landscape image because all of the buildings have different shades of black or gray. I was shown three different ways to execute this look; the first one was the least appealing, the second one had more detail and the third tutorial looked like it had the highest quality. Of course the third way had more steps involved than the first and second one, but the end result is better. I used the third tutorial because it obviously had more detail and it looked more like a drawing than the other lessons.

This is a photograph of me at my grandpa's wedding. It was taken at Baby Beach in Poipu. I wanted to use a picture of myself so I could get to know what my face structure looks like. For example, when I'm drawing a self portrait, I would be familiar drawing and knowing how to draw my face. This image uses all the Elements of Art. The background represents the element space. In the image my skin looks smooth, which I also portrayed in the drawing as texture. The flowers on my head resemble form, for they are three-dimensional. Value is shown by the different parts of my skin; how it's darker in other parts. Color is shown in the reflection in the water. Shape is shown as the shape of my face, and line is in the stripes in my shirt. My critique results were not what I was I expecting. My highest scored image was my still image, for I had thought it would be my lowest. I think it was my highest because it has more cross hatching and details than the others. My landscape image was my lowest score, in my opinion, I thought it would be my second best scored image. I think it was my lowest scored image because it didn't have the pronounced black outlines and it had the random palm leaf that looked like an afterthought. My mixed image was voted second best. I think it was voted like that because of the rocks in the background. I admit the cross hatching in the rocks in the background of the image looks a bit sloppy. But overall, I am proud of the way it turned out.

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)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection is very important when you are trying to get your audiences attention. Intonation is the rise and fall of the voice when a person is talking. Intonation is the rhythm, tone, and emphasis in someone's voice. When you talk, you don't want to bore your audience with a monotone voice, that's why it's important to know these things. In this assignment I was the script writer. I also did some of the voices in the audio recording. The job required me to know how to incorporate the 7 Principles of Design into the Newscast. The rehearsal part of the project is very important because it's always good to practice and know what you are going to say before you record it so you're ready. Since we are recording it in one take, it's vital to know how to pronounce everything, and also know where your lines are.

Our results from the class critique were more positive than what I was expecting. I am very happy with the audio we have produced. Clarity of speaker's voices was the highest score, although someone said that the audience impact was low. Our lowest score was relevance of answers; to improve, I think that we could emphasis more about examples of the terms. To keep our audience engaged, we tried to keep our voices full of intonation and inflection. We also tried to keep the script interesting enough so our listeners wouldn't get bored. When it came time to choose what type of audio style we wanted to record, we originally wanted to make it into a podcast. But it was soon taken up by other people. So we said our second choice, a newscast. I am very happy we chose to do a newscast because it ended up so well. If I had to do this project again with the same group of people I would improve putting more accentuation in the examples for the terms.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

ACO 6.0 Proprietary Information

The FCC is an independent agency of the United States that watches over television, radio, wire, satellite, and cable. FCC stands for Federal Communications Commission. Copyright infringement is a protected law on someones work, like music, movies, plays or artwork so no one can reproduce and display the person's work without permission. If a person breaks this law, they would have to pay the owner up to $250,000 with 5 years in prison. If you would were caught doing it again you would get another fine and 10 years in prison. If you are planning on using copyrighted material contact the owner to get their permission and work out if payment is required. If they agree for you to use it, get the permission in writing. Fair Use is being able to use the copyrighted material without the need of the owners permission. For example one way to use fair use correctly is when you are critiquing or commenting a song. You are allowed to quote a few lines from the song. Another example of fair use is making a parody of something, like taking a popular picture or video and making it into something humorous.

Confidentiality is privacy. Everyone knows it's vital to keep certain things private from strangers and the internet. For example you obviously want to keep your social security card away from people you don't trust or know. Another example is your credit card number, someone could steal the number and have a shopping spree and you would be paying for it. Last but not least, your phone number. It may not seem as threatening as credit card numbers and social security cards' but it can be. When you give your phone number out you can get a lot of spam phone calls and advertising calls. The impact that social media has on confidential information can depend on what the person is posting on the internet, it's their choice. My take on censorship is being mature and old enough to view, see, or hear certain things. Censorship relates to the 1st Amendment by freedom of speech, in other words, people are allowed to say whatever they want and the 1st Amendment protects that. When people can view what a person is doing on the internet, many think that that's invading privacy, and I agree. At a certain point in where a person gains maturity, they should be able to look at whatever they want without being watched.

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.