Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

Our topic was depression, and how to cope with it. Our message was that it always better, you just have try. Even if you are down, time and activities will heal it. We showed a few ways how to feel better with natural activities. It was important to me and my partners because one of our team members actually felt this way, it was a good choice to choose the topic of depression because he knew how to explain it and told us how it felt to have it. Our goal was to make a video that showed sadness but we wanted to viewers to feel good after watching it, so we made the characters at the end hopeful and happier. Tupelo Lathrop, was our team leader, he argued so much that we agreed with his ideas, we needed a leader because all we were doing is writing and deleting infinitely.
Joshua Keale-Ho, was our main actor and Seth Warden was one of the video visual statement writers.


I've never used Final Cut Pro before this project, so this taught me so much that I would never have knew if we didn't do this. I've learned how to blade, change audio, fade, use a and b rolls, edit clips and add soundtracks. If you do not organize everything in your libraries, events and projects then some things will be messed up by the end, personally, I didn't name most of my stuff so when I tried to export it was confused with other projects. If you record in an audio room, your sound will be very clear and maybe too loud if you stand close enough to the mic, if you record your voice while making a video, your voice will be very quiet if you don't have a microphone attached. That's why you have to change the audio levels. If it's too quiet, then you put the decibel amount higher, if it's too loud, then you just put it lower. We used phone cameras for about half of our video, and the difference is high compared to the high quality cameras that we used for the other half. It's the same for our audio, we recorded most of our audio on phone cameras so it sounded very low, when we recorded in the audio room then it was really clear.

Our biggest challenge was writing the visual statement, we were very unorganized in the beginning and then we decided to make a team leader, which pretty much saved us. We all really wanted to finish our project our own ways, so we had to agree on the same things, thats why it took so long to write and record our video. The most enjoyable part was definitely filming, it's always my favorite part about making a video and it's going to stay like that. I definitely agree on the criticism that we got but I think that there were some "prankers" that gave our project bad scores, we had a music soundtrack and a relevant subject but it's fine, I'm satisfied with my score.

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

We chose the Minimalism movement for our presentation, Minimalism influenced simplicity in art. Minimalists were against abstract expressionism, they didn't like that new art favored "cool" work over dramatic work. Art influences society by putting experiences into physical space, art can maybe change opinions of debates and controversial topics. I personally like Minimalism, the simple shapes feel satisfying to me. I like how they use geometry and logic with art, makes you feel like the artist is smarter than others. I remember seeing minimalist art when I was younger and I thought it looked cool, I finally get to know what it was.

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Die (1962)

Artist: Tony Smith

Tony Smith was the creator of Die (1962), he made a piece that was comparable to the human body. He wanted the cube to be completely balanced in between being a "monument",  and a mere "object". If it was smaller, it would be a mere "object", and if it was bigger, it would be a "monument". I think artists can change a lot of bias in politics and such, they can show a lot of emotion through their art and convince people to change their minds. Well, now, anyone with a computer can make perfect art, you have way more tools and tricks that you can do. Before you couldn't undo with a command, you couldn't copy and paste stuff. I think that this advances art, people can make better art easier now so art will evolve. Art has now less meaning to it but there is more to explore...

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.

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

We chose the topic 'Preparing for high risk activity and injuries'. My teammates were useful and we worked efficiently most of the time, sometimes we slacked but we got ourselves together. It was me, Seth Warden, Victor Kohm and Nicolas Koufis. Nene and I were editing, Victor sound editing and Seth digital portfolio. I think Nene deserves recognition for being so enthusiastic and creative about our script and visuals. He had ideas for the whole project and it was nice to have a lot of choices for our video.

My biggest takeaway was learning how to shoot stable videos, I will probably use these techniques for the rest of my life. I learned how to communicate more efficiently with my team and we learned how to edit and shoot better, this was the first longer video that I made in my life and it taught me a lot of things. I think my scores are fair, I didn't expect more because of most of our voice dubbing wasn't well done and we had some small edit mistakes. We should have spent more time on making the dubbing perfect and we should have triple checked the editing. I think the critiques should have gave us a 2 on relevance of visuals because some of our examples and actions wasn't the best fitting.
Next time we will make sure everything is fine and done, we will use ADR(additional dialogue replacement).

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

Coding is a very important skill to learn, the future will be full of it. Technology is evolving very fast, and coding is a big part of it, there are many inventions that use it, for example, all of the artificial intelligences that you know, are made from coding, Alexa, Google Home, Siri, all of them. To control our car, we used the 'Go', 'Steering', and 'delay' commands. The go command was used to control the motors, to move the car.  The steering command was used to steer the car to the left, straight, and right. The third command, delay, was used to holdup other commands. For the figure 8 course we petitioned for the 150cc speed bracket, we used the maximum speed which is 1000 on the motors, we used steering to drive around the obstacles and delay to time our commands. The trial and error process was very useful, me and my friend were set up to do it fast, one on the computer, the other placing the car, so we did it very efficiently.

In the 2nd challenge, we had to use new commands, such as, the While Loop, Array, Display Line, and Sound, We used all of them except array. The while loop was to loop commands so we did not have to type a lot of code. The display line was to control the dot matrix of the altino car, and the sound command was for changing the frequency of the soundboard, to make a siren. I would definitely trust a vehicle to give me an autonomous ride, I support new technology and that would be groundbreaking. I would be amazed by it, why would they put it out to the public if it's not safe? I do not think that autonomous vehicles will be used for emergencies, I think that the civilian autonomous vehicles will be programmed to avoid the path of the emergency car. I think it would be easier for ambulances and other emergency cars to get through.

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 25, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

On my first drawing, the still image line drawing, I used line, value and texture. I used line to create the illusion of form and draw the sparkling water can, texture was used to make it seem like the can was smooth and watery, and finally, value was used to make it come to life more by using shadows and texture. The size of the brush and the value connects because it cannot be too big, shadows need to be precise so putting the brush size smaller helps with that. My favorite part about the tracing that we did was probably drawing the details of the can, there weren't many elements but seeing the finished can was pretty satisfying to my eyes. The most annoying part was probably making the shadows, to replicate real life shadows into a drawing is hard for me, it might not be the case for everyone though.

My Landscape image was taken on Hanalei bay. One difference that I noticed between the landscape image and the still image was the thickness of the line, on the landscape image there are tons of different hardnesses and sizes of brush, another difference was the value, shadows were more realistic on the landscape than the can. I looked for a minute and did not see any significant similarities. The man that made the third video was probably the one that was the most experienced, my image looked much better when I did his tutorial. The other tutorials only made my photo look like a black and white image, so I followed the hard techniques of the third tutorial. It made my photo have more of a pencil feel to it, the shadows and the details looked like they were sketched instead of blurred.

My portrait photo was taken in Mr. Sanderl's class, my friend Nene and I were in a bit of a hurry since we did not have our photos yet, so he took a photo of me, and I did the same to him. This photo shows a happy guy having fun, Nene is my friend and looking at this photo makes me smile. We joke around most of the time so it makes me think of funny times. Line was used to draw my friend's details and contours. The closing parts of the elements was the element of shape, the value and texture gave more depth and feel to the image. The white space of the image was the element of space, form made Nene look more realistic and three-dimensional, and finally, the element of color was used with the gradient of color added to the line drawing part. I think my critique results are pretty fair except for some scores that I got. For some reason gave me a one on my still life even though I was one of the few only ones that had value and texture on it. I was satisfied with the rest and the only other thing that caught my eye on the scores was the mix image. I don't know why I got so many twos, I feel like I didn't deserve nine amateur points.

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)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Q1: ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Changing your voice in ways to make it louder and clearer is inflection, if people can hear you well then they will probably listen more than if your voice was low. When you ask questions and you want people to listen, you use intonation. Raising your voice at the end of a question is what makes people listen. In this project, I was the director, I made the whole script and it was pretty hard because being the script writer, you get almost no help from team mates, excuses to not write because I am the script writer. Whatever, it's okay. Rehearsal is a very important part or recording your voice. If you do not do it then you won't be prepared, you need to know what you're going to read because you might not know what's coming and you won't be prepared. You need to read the whole thing and do a warmup.

I think we might have messed up a bit on the relevance of the answers, we could have explained it better because our examples were very basic. One of my obstacles was probably how long the script was, we didn't want to make it too long but we kinda had to with this game show genre, we couldn't add too many words in or else it would have been way too boring to go through. My team was also confused on what to do but I think it's just because of how we worked. I would try to communicate way more with my team, our communication was slow, but we figured it out in the end.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission, is an agency created by the United States government to try to regulate communication through cable, wire, radio, and television. They regulate all interstate communications. Copyright infringement is using creations protected by copyright without permission. There are consequences to doing this, if you make any profit from anything connected to the copyrighted item that you used, you will have to give it all up. There is also a fine that you will have to pay ranging from $200 to $150,000, you also pay all attorney fees and court costs. If you do not want to be hurt by these consequences, here are some few steps to know if you can use copyrighted materials. 
  • Make sure you need permission
  • Identify the owner
  • Identify the rights needed
  • Plan for permission
  • Message owner to know what is needed to use his material
  • Get a permission signature from him in writing
Fair use is something that lets you use copyrighted material without getting in any trouble, but there is some restrictions. You can only use copyrighted material for free without consequences if you are using it within these categories; criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

You should always keep your private information private, if you leak it or give it out, people can do a lot of things with it. First of all, never give your address, you never know who's out there, and it's not calming to know that people online know where you live. Another thing is your social security number, they can know tons of stuff about you like your name and addresses. Finally, your full name, if someone knows your name, they can search you up and know your social media and maybe a few more things, it's safer to put your first name only because you're probably not the only one with that name. Social media is supposed to be platforms to let you show how you are living your life, it lets you share how you did your day, if people can see that they can see where you've been, if you have a public account anyone can see it. 

I think that censorship is fine right now, but it violates the 1st amendment, we have freedom of speech. Censorship bypasses it, if you use speech to induce harm on to someone you are committing a fraud. Censorship protects people because of the 5th amendment: people's right to privacy, if you ask to be censored you cannot be shown in whatever you were in.

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.