Final Project: The Madness

  For my final project I decided to make another video essay. The reason I decided to do this is, while indeed I do enjoy and am very proud of my video essay assignment, I felt as though that the short length video essay disallowed me to make something that had something more meaningful or personal to say. So, I decided to make a longer one focused on something that…

December 10, 2019
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Video Essays

When looking at the connection that video essays make with language and image, what comes to mind the most for me is the thought of how through the use of these two things in conjunction with one another, one’s ideas, arguments, and opinions have the chance to reach a wider audience as it combats fading interest based on different learning styles. What I mean by this is with the inclusion…

October 29, 2019
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Light is Waiting and Manovich

After reading through What is Digital Cinema by Lev Manovich, the video that stuck out to me the most was Michael Robinson’s Light is Waiting. This is mostly due to it being the most pure and easy to interpret example of a lot of what Manovich talks about throughout his essay. More specifically, it is a fine example of “cinema can no longer be clearly distinguished from animation. It is no longer an…

October 9, 2019
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Visual Evidence

If presented the task of making a short documentary about the Eagle Creek Fire. I think the story that I would pursue would be one focusing on the regrowth and gradual healing of the area years after its beginning. In the process of doing this, I would have to make careful use of B-Roll footage showing the damage caused by the fire when discussing the burn, as well as what…

October 1, 2019
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Harry Potter and Tonal Montage

In this scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, an example of tonal montage can be found. As said by Sergei Eisenstein, “In tonal montage , movement is perceived in a wider sense. The concept of movement embraces all affects of the montage piece. Here montage is based on the characteristic emotional sound of the piece-of its dominant. The general tone of the piece” (Eisenstein, 75). In Harry Potter…

September 24, 2019
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Time Manipulation and Narrative Techniques in “Run Lola Run”

When watching Run Lola Run (1998) for the first time, I have to admit I was a bit confused with the overall narrative. While I understand that films will naturally vary from country to country and what I can expect from American films may differ from films from other countries, Run Lola Run (1998) still managed to puzzle me a few times. I believe this is primarily due to how it messed…

September 17, 2019
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McCloud, Time Manipulation, and Digital Cinema

While reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics section on time and its manipulation in the medium of graphic novels, I have to admit at first I found it hard to draw lines between it and digital cinema as a medium. I believe that this disconnect is mostly due to me seeing the two mediums, at least for the most part, as opposites. By this I mean, graphic novels are a static form…

September 10, 2019
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Continuity: Leaving in the Morning

  When looking at my video from the standpoint of framing and continuity, I have to admit I feel as though I only partially realized each concept in the editing of my video. By this I mean, in the process of story boarding exactly what I wanted to film, rationalizing why, going out and filming it, and cutting it together, I only ever partially framed my scenes to assist in…

September 10, 2019
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Framing Assignment

My intent was to frame a narrative of discovering a vandalism and following the clues left behind list of shots used: low Medium Shot High Medium Long-shot Extreme Close up Long Shot Close Up “Over the Shoulder” Extreme Long Shot

September 3, 2019
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The Use of Framing in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

-Medium Close-up -Point of View Wide Angle -Medium Close-up -Low Medium Close-up -Close-up -Close-up -Close-up -Close-up -High Long-shot (full body) –> -Extreme Long-shot   The way the framing and editing of this scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou? holds the scene together as a narrative is by letting the audience know exactly how each character is responding to their currant situation by utilizing point of view angles and close-ups to…

September 3, 2019
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Blog #1

While it can’t be denied that both Gondry’s Detour and Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong’s Night Fishing contain much of what I have come to expect from modern short films with their high level of polish and craftsmanship, it can’t be ignored that the filming of each short being done on an iPhone has imbued each film with a quality that sets it apart from what others shot on more…

August 27, 2019
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Hello!

Hello, my name is Gabriel. I have a slight background in film with assorted involvement in various punk films and multimedia artwork pieces having had roles that range all the way from editor to director of photography. All of which were a joyous labor with a cathartic pay off.   The video I decided to post was one of my friend Ian’s former band “JAPANTHER” playing two of there more…

August 21, 2019
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