Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Treasure Chest- Final Project Proposal HW #12

 

For my final project I’m using seven to nine colored photos to display a cohesive theme of “Ocean Wonders”.  As a child, I was always fascinated by marine creatures and the infinite number of permutations that exist in the watery world that most of us remain blissfully unaware of. When I grew up I became increasingly aware of how my interest in this field had never dwindled and I wanted to continue my studies in the field of Shipwreck Archeology, perhaps because of the allure that the story of Titanic had for many people my age.

However, during a visit to the National Geographic magazine, I stumbled upon a collection of underwater photographs and was in awe of the sheer variety and intricacy of these beautiful creatures that I didn’t even know existed. It was then I realized that I wanted to create an underwater photo essay myself in the hope that people would appreciate the natural wonders of the ocean. Therefore when I read the guidelines of the final project, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try and create a photo essay that would hopefully have the same effect on people as it did on me. Inspired by the collection of underwater photographs that had been such an eye opener for me, the theme of “Ocean Wonders” is what I plan on illustrating.

As I was preparing for a trip to Barbados for Thanksgiving break, I thought that this would provide the perfect opportunity for research and implementation of my chosen theme. Whilst I explored the scenic island, I came across three specific areas of interest that I wanted to focus upon and share with a wider audience. One was the beautiful marine life that takes up most of the island’s surrounding ocean, the second was the chance to swim with the islands famous sea turtles and the last was the once in a lifetime opportunity to discover and explore shipwreck artifacts hidden in the turquoise sea. My plan is to illustrate what I see and share this vision with a wider audience thereby captivating them into embarking on their own journey of exploration and discovery. The main concept of the photo essay is to portray the hidden wonders of the ocean therefore I plan on focusing on detailed and focused photos of certain objects or creatures as well as wider shots.

Equipped with the main idea and certain elements that I wanted to portray in the photo essay, I arrived in Barbados with a clear mind hoping to be inspired by the actual ocean. Nevertheless, before arriving I knew for certain that I wanted to include images of the actual fish, focusing on their distinct patterns and colors, coral of some sort, the turtles and most importantly the shipwreck. However, how many pictures of each I’m going to use is something that I plan on deciding after I view all the images taken underwater and this will be determined by many factors.

With regards to the layout or format of the photos I plan on trying to cover as many elements and principles of design as possible. However, there are certain more specific elements that I am aiming to capture such as color, pattern, texture and shape. In the wide spectrum that exists within the ocean, even without the shipwreck artifacts, there is a vast variety of elements that I will endeavor to highlight in this project. Whenever I look at underwater pictures there are specific elements that usually stand out the most and in this photo essay I intend to make the viewer’s eye wander all around in search of all the obvious and not so obvious elements depicted in the image. I plan on taking full advantage of this extensive range of unusual, beautiful and unique creatures or artifacts and illustrate a combination of simple and complex images to create a flowing yet interesting visual story.

There is no specified audience for this photo essay; it is more of a general audience. The reason behind not specifying a certain demographic group is because I believe that the beauty that we have on earth is taken for granted. We live in a world where the future generation is disinterested in anything that doesn’t revolve around modern day technology, and are not inspired or motivated by what nature has to offer. Consequently, I hope that after viewing the collection of photos I’m displaying at least some of the audience will be inspired by me, in much the same manner that I was by the National Geographic, and decide to see what the earth’s natural diversity and beauty has to offer. All in all, I hope that the audience is filled with a sense of motivation and desire to explore what I have experienced in even everyday elements of nature and try to awe people with what they have learned. I want to encourage them to seek out reality and its wondrous presence all around us and that there is more to life than a computer screen. I really hope that my work inspires people from all walks of life to step out of their comfort zone and discover the world for what a truly beautiful and awe inspiring place it is.

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Final Project Ideas- HW #11

PHOTO (inspired by National Geographic’s underwater photo exhibit).

My idea continues on from the photo essay’s theme of diversity. However, instead of capturing obvious diversity such as race, different ethnicity or culture, I’ll be focusing on a specific subject, the ocean. I want to capture the diversity underwater, which includes shapes, colors and sizes, as I introduce the viewers to a “whole new world”*.

* Reference to The Little Mermaid.

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photogalleries/underwater/

MOOD PIECE 

The overall mood I want to convey in the film is awe. I plan on doing that by capturing the beautiful and unusual creatures of the ocean. My main goal is to captivate and enthrall the audience by the picturesque beauty of the ocean and the sounds of the ocean.

 ACTIVIST POSTER

Focusing on the ocean, my idea is to create a poster that raises awareness of saving the marine life. The poster would capture several marine animals dried up on land (almost dead) with a caption that sends out a message of “look at what you have done” (in different words).

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The Tale of Macky the Mouse-Extra Credit Cover

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The Tale of Macky the Mouse- HW #10

 

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Lumiere Movie Response-HW #9

To begin with, we had two ideas. The first was to somehow capture the shadows of the architecture of the mosque and the people congregating around it. This religious place is an important symbol of both our cultures and is instantly identifiable with Islamic architecture and therefore culture. The second idea was to film a man creating large “bubble” art at one of the local parks. The purpose behind this specific idea was to capture the colors and the reflection that the sun created through the movement of the liquid bubble. However, we eventually ended up capturing several elements and principles of design as we filmed everyday routines through a storm.

We were very pleased with our results especially because our endeavor  hadn’t been planned and was hence very unintentional. The angle from such a high building and the composition was very captivating and hard to ignore.

If we could have done it differently I would have liked to show more of the view that we actually saw, which wasn’t as clear on camera as we had hoped. Looking out the window, a sense of calmness was evident in the air. However, as the rain got stronger my eye kept on wandering from side to side trying to take in the movement of the rain, cars and flag as well as trying to look for more surprises. I had hoped that the audience would react the same way, instead of it being a still shot of a typical everyday routine. I wanted the viewers to feel the same rush that I did as they tried to take in everything that was going on in the short movie. Rewardingly, when most of the students responded in the manner we wanted them to, (asides from the criticism of one student) our fear of showing this clip without any prior film experience went away when we get positive feedback.

One movie that stood out for me (although the idea was made into more than one movie) was the soccer Lumiere film made by Anna and Sofia. What made it stand out was the angle that they filmed it from. The way the light shone through the goal post created an unusual yet exciting perspective. However, what I didn’t like about it was that there was no tangible “mood” achieved. Nevertheless, I felt slight suspense as to what was going to emerge from behind the bright light. All in all, I think they did a very good job with following the restrictions of the Lumiere film.

Although there wasn’t a specific movie that I didn’t like, there was one that I thought was lacking in quality. The idea of filming behind the water fountain as people came to drink was very creative, but the execution of the movie was poor. Due to the random movement and shakiness of the actual camera, this Luimere film didn’t follow the set requirements and I believe that because of this the movie wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been. I also agree with a comment made by one of the students in class, that rather than just capturing a typical angle, I would have preferred to see the water coming out of that fountain rather than the girl’s hair that was covering it. Whilst watching it, I believed that the group wanted the audience to view what goes on from a certain angle of the object as if the camera was unseen and the people in the movie wouldn’t notice that they were being filmed. However, a girl hiding behind a small water fountain would be hard to ignore! I think that they could have put more planning into filming the movie, in order to effectively portray the “mood” they wanted to achieve.

In conclusion, all the movies were very well executed and inspired me to watch more of what was going to happen after the one minute. After this movie task, I have taken an interest in Lumiere films and plan on filming more for my own amusement!


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Blown Away-HW #8

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TArdQYlv-qY&feature=youtu.be

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Lumiere Movie Critique-HW#8

 

At first, when the concept of a Lumiere movie was explained to me in class, I thought of it as pointless and irrelevant. However, as I read the manifesto and the filmmaker’s motivation to make these movies, I developed a new appreciation towards the genre of the short film. We live in a world where mostly everything can be changed and fabricated through technology. A world where the lines between what’s real and fake are almost invisible. In modern day filmmaking, the element of fabrication forms a common trend. With technological progress and advancement, the ability to tamper with special effects in order to create somewhat of a majestic or better than life scene is easier than ever, thereby straying away from life’s natural beauty. However, with Lumiere movies the element of real and raw beauty is the focal point and the main purpose of production. As the manifesto states, Lumiere filmmakers “destroy important viewpoints through unnecessary editing” and I firmly believe that the essence of a Lumiere film revolves around that belief.

In a way, I agree with the postulation. Lumiere movies act as a refresher or a reminder of beauty that has not been fabricated, stressing on appreciating the beauty surrounding us as it is. The strict restrictions that go into creating a Lumiere movie such as no effects, zoom or sound might seem like a barrier to imagination, but they actually act as the complete opposite. These stringent requirements in fact stop relying on short cuts and figure out a way to capture everyday life routines. These rules challenge the human mind and incite you to think outside of the box seeing that the films “require no explanation and are accessible to any audience with patience”.

Referring to the rules of making a Lumiere movie that the manifesto stated, I noticed a distinct difference between current day films and Lumiere films. An example of how modern day movies differ from the Lumiere films would be the simple aspect of sound. In a modern day film, although lots of effort is put into production, a movie would be lost without the sound effects. The simple element of instrumental or narrative sounds is the key factor that creates a certain mood in movies. Where as in Lumiere films, more effort and thought goes into creating the short movie because all the “sound” that creates a mood comes from a single and silent shot.

Lastly, I firmly believe that Lumiere movies act as reality check because they remind you of the simplicity in life as they capture daily routines without them being planned. It shows you the emotion and thoughts that is going through the filmmaker’s head at that moment.  Filming without prior planning and writing a script adds a sense of mystery to the film and leaves you curious to see what happens after it ends. All in all, Lumiere movies remind you of the ease and calmness of life, portraying a single incident of random behavior that makes the viewer appreciate what surrounds them.

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