Friday, April 6, 2018

Practice Story

First, Preston was our interviewee and we chose him because he was telling the story. We settled on our topic because Preston was the best in the spotlight. Our interviewee was Preston Campbell and I were the cameramen the directing position was filled by Campbell and I. Preston wrote our story Maseo was doing the editing and the cameraperson was Campbell. Everyone stayed in their specific jobs committed to their task. This helped the outcome of our story because nobody changed their role and did their part we all are satisfied with the outcome.

Safety is my number one concern during the production process one because the camera costs a lot, second of all I want to stay safe and unharmed, and third is to keep the people around you safe as well as the people your filming safe. The three largest words for improvement on the critique graphic are audio visual ties and we could have improved our audio visual ties by making it so it matches Preston mouthing the words.

ALD 6.1: Anticipate potential health and wellness concerns while operating computing devices in order to enhance workplace safety.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Interview Composition

The difference between host shot and a reporter shot is that the host shot is when they address the audience (looks at camera) a reporter shot is when they don't address  the audience (not looking at the camera). The background of an interview shot should compose of something that is related to your topic. A long sided interview generally feels pleasing to the viewer’s eye. Having the interview subject look towards the long side creates a feeling of balance and comfort for the viewer. Speaking towards the long side of the frame also allows for thoughts and ideas to be communicated in a way which does not block their transmission to the interviewer. You should never shoot flat angle interviews against a wall, hedge, fence, bus or any other flat surface because when you film there will be a line cutting through the back of the interviewee and that's not really pleasing to the viewers eye. Looking Room, sometimes called Lead Room looking room is the space between the subject whether it is a football, or a face and the edge of the screen. Specifically, Looking Room is the negative space on the side the subject is looking or moving. Okay so the way that I set up the line to avoid creating a profile shot is to imagine there is a straight line coming out of the camera then you place the interviewee slightly to the left and or right of this imaginary line. Then you have the interviewer on the opposite side of the line from the interviewee closer to you whilst directing the interviewee to Engage the viewer.

I believe that the most important part of shooting a successful interview is that you need to be able to bring all of the above to the plate. Like having a great shot, making the interview comfortable, being a good director, testing and recording high quality audio, or asking follow up questions. There are about three strategies that anyone can use to make an interview easier. The first being that you need to steer the interview your way one thing to guard against is getting lured into the interviewer's game of alternative or trick questions, second strategy is that you should communicate yourself clearly and concisely Tell the truth in as positive a manner as possible, and don't discuss things or events in a negative fashion. Long answers are less effective than concise responses and tend to make interviewers suspicious. If you are talking more than 90 seconds without interaction with the interviewer, you may be providing more detail than is needed. and last but not least be the person to open the conversation After your response, ask the interviewer a tag-on question. 

ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Under The Blood Red Sun

Mr. Tim Savage is a director and actor, known for Under the Blood-Red Sun (2014), Lemon Tree Billiards House (1996) and Goodbye Paradise (1991). Mardi Savage (Producer, Under the Blood-Red Sun (2014)). A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Film producers fill a variety of roles depending upon the type of producer. Either employed by a production company or independent, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. Although Tomi feels frightened and ashamed of his native land, he is quickly forced to become the man of the family. Under the Blood-Red Sun is an tale of courage, honor, survival and friendship. A 13 yr old Japanese boy faces adversity in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.

The first question I asked Mr. Tim and Mrs. Mardi Savage was if the fighting scene between Tomi and the blonde haole kid was real or stage. The answer that Mr. Tim Savage gave me was that the scene was staged and they did practice for a couple of weeks the second question I asked was. Were the fighter jets real or cgi when the bombing on pearl harbor started The answer was that they were cgi. The third question I asked was if they did any research on the hawaiian and japanese culture in order to make the film more authentic. Mr. Tim Savage said that they took the research seriously and made sure they portrayed everything very accurately and respectfully. The fourth question I asked was did you guys encounter any writers block which I asked because I thought i heard him say that he got to write some parts. Any way the answer I got was that the writer actually encountered a point were he had to change the perspective of the story. Last but not least the my fifth question was have you guys filmed any other films besides Under The Blood Red Sun they said yes they filmed ten other films.

ALD 3.1 - Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 - Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


One of the impacts that a powerful PSA can have on an audience. Is to inform you and make you think in a different way about the topic. Yes I do think that a powerful PSA could persuade someone to think or act differently. But it all really depends on the person they have to want to change or want to learn about the topic. What I am hoping to accomplish is to persuade as many people as I can.  The PSA is about traffic safety and the audience should care because sooner or later everybody is gonna get on the road some time.

Olelo YXC is a video competition for the youth to show off their talent by creating a PSA for a company of their choice. It gives kids an opportunity to win $10,000 rule number one from the contest that I believe should not be overlooked is Mandatory: All entries must focus on an Issue that affects community, our state, or the world. Rule number two that should not be overlooked is same footage cannot be used in multiple entries. Duplication of footage or script in more than one entry may lead to disqualification. Each entry shall be submitted into one category and must represent substantially unique efforts. Last but not least the third rule that should not be overlooked is all entries should be submitted as MOV formatted files. I think that there are so many opportunities for media students to earn awards, scholarships and prize money through various competitions. So that way they can buy their own media equipment or pay to go to college for media. I think that they all benefit from it because the students get money the organization gets the PSA and the audience gets a helpful and important message in the form of a PSA.

Finally our PSA evolved in a couple different ways. For one being that we improved the audio. Also we added the scene with the texts this is how we improved from our rough cut. The suggestion that we got to improve from our rough cut were to redo the audio cause it was a little to loud also make the crash audios volume higher. Another suggestion that we got was to take the blank black screen out we turned that into the texts scene the next suggestion that we got was have more opening shot and better camera angles. The next suggestion that we got was that we can change the background of the car to show that the car was moving the next suggestion we got was that we should edit the b-roll so that we can see more than just the left hand side of her face. So the things that we did to improve the PSA were that we put the scene with the texts in and then we re recorded the audio and added the it can wait sign I do think that it was definitely worth it because it improved the production quality by a lot. The best compliment that we got was that the audio was representable and that the image that the conscience was texting was a great feature.


ALD 2.1 Assess the evolution of digital media as it affects and is affected by society.
ALD 2.2 Assess changes in technology and markets as it affects digital media designs.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


A cinemagraph is a still photograph in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. Also the type of video format that you will need is gif. The steps to creating a cinemagraph are first create a new project and import your video file next you create a freeze frame where you deem fit. Then you create a mask (DON'T FORGET TO INVERT MASK) Lastly blade the original clip (Command B) and add the cross dissolve effect.
The only thing that I can really think to improve on is making the mask look more fluent in the loop and transition. This was a class project that we all did our last two cinemagraphs we get to choose what we want to do it about. For my second cinemagraph my project partner is Campbell and we are going to be going outside of the library to setup my phone on a rock or a water bottle to record me dumping a bottle of water onto the concrete my movement is going to be the water getting dumped onto the concrete. My frozen action is going to be the bottle and my hand pouring the water out.

For my second cinemagraph project my partner was Campbell and we went out to find a nice spot and take a filled water bottle and record it getting poured onto the concrete the freeze frame is going to be my hand pouring water out of a plastic water bottle. My second cinemagraph turned out just as I expected I improved on what I wanted to from my first cinemagraph my goal was to improve on making the loop and the transition look more fluent and from the looks of it I have succeeded. What I feel I should improve on in my third cinemagraph is probably the setting because the only thing that disappointed me in the second cinemagraph was that there was a shadow from the bench. This would have been an easy fix we could have been more mindful of the shot before we recorded. My plan for my third and final cinemagraph is that I will setup my phone at the river or on the bridge stood up by a water bottle and then jump into the water my movement is going to be the flow of the river and my frozen action is going to be me in the air.

Lastly I am going to be giving my final review of my third Cinemagraph. It is everything I expected 
and more I did have a little trouble editing the spot where I jumped into the water but I got it to look smooth in the end. Aside from looking cool, what is the purpose of creating a Cinemagraph? One reason why I would make a Cinemagraph over taking a picture is that the picture is great and all but you can't tell that the water is moving in a picture or that i was once moving.  I for one know that a Cinemagraph would definitely give me more details than a picture. For example in my third Cinemagraph it is actually raining a little bit but you don't see the rain you can only really tell by looking at the water 
ALD 4.1: Evaluate diverse processes of forming and conveying a targeted message.
ALD 4.2: Compare and contrast how various audiences perceive digital media to anticipate desired reactions and responses.