Final Project Final Cut with Artist Statement

For my final project, I wanted to explore a topic that I love: environmentalism. When I was in my environmental science class this semester, my professor, Dr. Berger, challenged us to spend 12 hours without making any unnatural emissions. Many people in my class thought this would be a tough challenge. I thought it would be a fun one. However, soon after I began planning it, I realized how difficult…

November 26, 2019
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Interactive Media Blog

I watched the Uda Atsuko flash interactive media. The works by Atsuko uses different fragments of looping video and sound to piece together a narrative. On each hover over a video, we gain a different insight into the narrative. Each hover gives us a new angle on the situation. The part about these flash works that was so revolutionary, fun, and inspiring is that at the time there was no language…

November 1, 2019
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Video Essay Blog

In video essays, spoken word, text, images, and videos can all create a language which comments on a given topic. It’s important, when crafting a video essay to remember that each thing displayed on the screen or heard by the viewer interact with each other. These sounds and images create an atmosphere and commentary on each other. For example, adding text to the Scorsese compilation gave a new life to…

October 23, 2019
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SKAM – Betsy Hanrahan

Blog: Read the article about SKAM and then skim around the Facebook video series. What are your thoughts about a networked “tv” series or “webisode” with social media interaction with the audience? What ideas do you have for such a networked interactive series? When first reading about SKAM, I am immediately interested in the series. I love series which allow viewers to communicate and be part of the plot line….

October 16, 2019
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Pixel Cinema Blog – Betsy Hanrahan

In Manovich’s book, he discusses how Andrei Tarkovsky believed that abstract cinema is impossible (Manovich, 2). However, I would argue that cinema is inherently abstract and that digital cinema has made an abstraction of reality even further possible. In all cinema, the camera does in fact capture real events happening. However, abstraction is just the lack of direct representation and the focusing on ideas rather than specifics. All cinema is…

October 5, 2019
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Visual Evidence – Blog

If I was creating a documentary about the Eagle Creek Fire, I would be most interested in pursuing the story of those directly impacted by the fire. I would want to pick two or three of the most interesting subjects who got stuck in the forest while the fire is raging. I think that this would be the most compelling because seeing a person talk about their experience of survival can…

September 27, 2019
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Montage Blog – Tonal

Search on YouTube for a Montage sequence the demonstrates one of Eisenstein’s methods of montage. Paste the video into a post and describe how the techniques in the sequence fit one or more of the methods and how you think the sequence works on the viewer’s emotional understanding.  This scene (beginning at 0:45) displays a good example of tonal montage, more specifically a “graphic montage.” In Einstein’s “Method of Montage,”…

September 18, 2019
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Run Lola Run – Blog 4

In “Run Lola Run,” The director breaks up the narrative into three acts, each section tells a different version of what could happen. In the first section, the director uses many shots of Lola running, broken up by side narratives which show photographs depicting other people’s lives. In each subsequent act, the amount of running gets shorter and the director can cut out many things which we have already seen…

September 12, 2019
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Blog 3 – Betsy Hanrahan

In McClouds “Time Frames,” he discusses how changes in the rhythm and size of panels can alter how the viewer perceives time. In essence, when the expected is broken, the viewer begins to see things in a different time frame. Although digital cinema can only capture a moment in time as it is happening, similarly one could break the traditional rules of cinema in order to alter the viewers reality….

September 5, 2019
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Sunny Disposition – Continuity Editing

For my video, I chose to film my brother watering our garden. There are a few moments in this sequence that I think are particularly successful. First, is the sequence which starts with the long shot of Ryan watering the garden bed (11 seconds) and ends with him walking away form the garden barrel (26 seconds). In the first shot in this sequence, it’s at the garden bed. The second,…

September 5, 2019
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Blog 2 – Fargo Movie Shot

Medium shot, pan on action Medium shot, following character Medium –> medium close up, pan on action Long shot Medium close up Extreme long shot Long shot, pan on action Extreme long shot, POV zoom in Long shot —> medium close up shot, pan on action Long shot Medium Shot Medium Shot Medium Shot Medium Shot Medium Shot Medium shot, cut on action cut on action, long shot Medium close…

August 28, 2019
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Blog 1 – iPhone film properties

I believe that iphone movies are creating something new, with new properties, diverging from high production cinema. Due to it’s portability, accessibility, and unique “look,” iphone movies have a different feel from that of movies shot on Red Cameras for instance. The automatisms of digital iphone video is the dynamic movements, the ability to get obscure angles easily, a deep focus, and the feel that the viewer is there. The…

August 22, 2019
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