Friday, December 7, 2012
I learned that when I want to focus and organize my ADHD thoughts, I can! I was very impressed with how all my prior work made the shoot go by rather swiftly. In addition to me having preplanned what I wanted to shoot and capture, I had arranged to have my crew fed and happy and I think that kinda gave a positive undertone to the day's work. I think I am good at brainstorming creative ideas and giving direction. I have experience acting and now of course, filming and I think I articulate a vision well so directing might be my calling but I'm not limited to that notion. I want to be able to speak film language like my second language. I wanna know terms, camera operation, lighting techniques and so on so that I can be competitive in a field that millions of people are pursuing. Having this knowledge will no only make me marketable but help me produce work that shows my skills set and creative vision. I think I crew work well together. The actors and crew got along really well and at some points I had to step in and keep everyone on task. The DP and I did not exercise good communication skills, which was evident in the final product but regardless each experience teaches you something and now I know the importance of said relationship
I think a well composed, well thought out and fashioned for whatever position a videogrpaher, editor, graphic designer, director, etc., is applying for. I think clips that show a variety of work a person can do. In a industry that is rapidly changing and requiring less people for more things, I think it is critical to have a good understanding of how to do everything. Here are some reels I thought were done really well: "> ">
For my scene assignment, I chose the T2i, which is my fellow classmate's personal DSLR. I like the cinematic look the DSLR gives so I was comfortable using this particular camera when it was suggested for class equipment distribution purposes. I think the cinematic style in a production makes it more realistic and creditable and because my scenario is serious and dramatic so I think using a camera the gives this look helps the tone of the story. DSLRs are able to give a scene a shallow depth of field and uses really awesome lenses, however it requires a lot of moving because it isn't able to zoom in, small LCD monitor on camera which makes it hard to see exactly what you're filming and you must capture something white in order to white balance it. EX3, HDV, Go Pro as well as the DSLRs have CMOS sensors which prevent the jello effect for action shots. HDV have a lower number LUX and therefore can film will in lower light. You can also use lenses with these cameras which are good with natural color. However, the workflow is difficult because you must use a capture cam.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Blogger's Note: All of my dolly examples are used effective!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The scene begins with a sudden long pan left to right.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The City at Night. I choose this because often times taking pictures at night can be hard to do because small lighting can cast shadows over things that make up the scene, however in this photo, the street lights and building lights work together to make an easily identifiable scene. It’s taken from an angle near the edge of a building so I go t the feeling that was walking into the scene and stopped to admire city that illuminates a darken sky.
Mountain Landscape. I am a sucker for the natural world. I think it’s beautifully fascinating with it’s rich greens, glorious blues, fluffy whites, etc. In this photo the photographer obviously used the lighting from the sun to capture this mountainous scene. It’s taken at an angle on a hill near a cottage like home and the position allows the photographer to look down and across the magnificent landscape that takes my breath away. Glorious! I wonder if he or she used some type of filter to make the colors so vivid or some kind of editing once the pictures were developed or uploaded. Whatever the method, this happens to be one of my favorite pictures thus far. It makes me want to go there, sit on top of the hill and watch the day turn into night.
The Tree. My next photography is a picture of a tree with a falling sun shining through the branches and leaves. If you haven’t notice yet, I’m choosing this geological collection of pictures to analyze but anyway, I like this picture because of the timing. It seems like dusk is approaching and the photographer either planned this or it just happened but everything works. He or see also used the sun to light the photo and this light has brownish glow about it as the rays with different shades running down each, create lines of light piercing the holes in the tree. It is almost magical the way it makes the tree turn into a shadow that is manipulated by the glares around it. I love it. I think about the Lion King for some strange reason even though this tree is nothing like the African ones drawn in the film!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I can remember going to the movies as a little girl, watching whatever Disney film that premiered and leaving the movies captivated like I was Mulan, Princess Jasmine, Snow White or Simba. I developed a fondness for the cinemas ability to distract me from reality and engulf me in its magic, entertainment and craft. As I got older, I found myself addicted to every movie channel on my satellite lineup and when I discovered behind the scenes shows that detailed all the elements that made a movie successful, I found my calling.
“I want to be a filmmaker!” I told my mother.
“A filmmaker,” she said reluctantly. Her reaction frightened me and her long pause didn’t make my emotions calmer. “Well,” she finally said as she loosen the muscles in her face, “you better be good damn filmmaker if you’re going to buy me a house. Spike Lee, Juile Dash, Antoine Fuqua and Gina Prince-Bythewood should be your inspiration!” With the approval from my mother, I pursued Telecommunications and film at UA with a media production track. I tried to enroll in this TCF 312 class countless times and received a lot of rejection but since I finally received the override, I hope to learn the art of cinematography. I want to make films that are beautiful, crisp, well crafted and entertaining. I believe this knowledge will help my ultimate goal of being a filmmaker that is worthy of being listed amongst the Lees, Dashs, Fuquas and Prince-Bythewoods. I want to create films that give my viewers the same impression I had leaving those Disney movies as a child and I want to, like my mama said, buy her a house with the revenue I get from executing this goal.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
"...And know that I meant something in somebody's life
The hearts I have touched,
Will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference
And this world will see..."
More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/beyonce/#share
I chose this shot from the video because the graphics behind her show a beautiful display of the cosmos. Throughout the video, there are other images of scenes from the world but this one caught my attention because I am very fascinated with our galaxy and I believe, ultimately, we were created for some unclear spectacular reason that contributes to the well-being of all that we see around us. The world is mysterious and space is even more mind bottling and humans only know so much. Therefore, I agree with Beyonce's efforts because like I ended up existing in this perfect and wondrous Milky Way of life, so has another human being and the time I'm allotted on this earth is my opportunity to help my fellow man. It would be even better if my life was a legacy to this perspective.
3. Screenshot of the clearly stated YouTube video "Cities at Night, an Orbital Tour Around the World." The video by Don Pettiti is a part of his Saturday Morning Science program and comes from the Expedition 6 to the International Space Station. He mentions that the display of lights at night illuminates the human presence all around the globe. The lights also help identify what part of the world it comes from by different colors, the location of the lights and what forms the lights make. For instance, Japan shows a bluish greenish color, the road to Meca in Saudia Arabia is traced by rivers of lights and in most US cities, gridlines show westernization. I chose to take a screenshot of Las Vegas which is the brightest place on earth at night. I think anyone would find this as interesting as I did because going through our hectic lives on earth, we seldom take the moment to look up at the amazing sky over us. And with little attention being given to such thing, we rarely consider what we look like from beyond the hemisphere. This visionary, I believe, is revolutionary because it challenges us to consider ourselves in a different light. Literally!
4. Hot Candle Wax from the movie Powder Blue (2009). Directed and Written by Timonth Linh Bui, the movie follows the lives of a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal widower ex-priest and a stripper, Rose-Johny, pictured above. Rose-Johny is addicted to cocaine, poor, lonely and has a son in a coma. Her father passed away years before the movie takes place but she often finds time to communicate with him in her mind. She tries desperately to find a companion but has trouble getting men to like her. She is struggling to pay her son's doctor's bill and is constantly pressured by the strip club owner to prostitute for more money. In this scene, she performs an extremely erotic dance in a steamy red lightening and concludes by pouring hot candle wax down her naked back. I chose this because I believe this scene illustrates the pain that she experiences through most of the movie. Nakedness reminds me of vulnerability, the red brings cautionary emotions, and the wax is self-inflicted pain. Besides her son's condition and the death of her father, most of the misfortune she is subject to is of her own doing. She makes herself vulnerable, she doesn't take heed to the mistakes she makes that can serve as warnings, and she endures the pain of both of these components for a living--stripping.
5. Tara the Vamp. HBO's True Blood, created and produced by Alan Ball, follows the lives of the supernatural world and the people that live in it. It is based of the books The Southern Vampire Mysterious series and centers around a seductive, hothead fairly named Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie's best friend, Tara Thornton, who has had many issues that made her an unforgiving, cranky and quick tempered person, is forced to become a vampire in season 5. At first she is tortured by her new identity and even tries to kill herself by using solar power to burn to death (Vampires roast in the sunlight) but eventually, she adapts to the life of a vampire and channels all that meanness she once own in her fangs. I chose this clip from the show because it shows Tara kind of emerging out of the dark and the attention is drawn to her pearly white fangs. Her character prior to becoming the blood-sucking, nightcrawler seems to be embodied in the transformation she experiences.
Monday, August 27, 2012
1. I enjoy listening to music genres like Hip-hop, Rock, R&B, Country, Pop and World Music
2. My mom was in labor with me for 49 hours and when she finally had me, a crowd of people in the waiting room cheered for my arrival
3. I am a Student Recruiter for the university!
4. I've been working on seven screenplays and haven't completed but one
5. I am an excellent dancer.
6. I own a raggedy Honda Accord that was made when I was six years old.
7. I squat 280lbs
8. My favorite place to be is a place where I can walk everywhere and never use my car.
9. I secretly wanna be an NFL player.
10. My best friend is in Georgia and I tried to teleport her back here when I was drunk two weeks ago.