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Hybrid Assignments – Ed Hanson

I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and I came up with this video. I experimented with a lot of the effects on Premiere that I would otherwise not touch. I added an eerie track to add to the unusual vibe. I guess I will call this one “Lake Eerie”.

The original plan was to fill the frame with just guitars, but then I remembered the early DIY music videos and the karaoke videos on YouTube and wanted to make one of my own. I used an average point and shoot digital camera to add to the low-quality feel of the video. After being asked to include the audio in my previous guitar videos, I decided to include six guitars and their distinct sounds.

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Interview Draft – Ed Hanson

I have a lot of footage and audio to compile. We shot in several locations over the course of a few days. I have a lot of work left to do before I am happy with the finished product.

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Hybrid Cinema – Ed Hanson

Light is Waiting:

It took a lot of effort for me to watch this one all the way through. This video reminds me of these meme-fest videos that have flooded YouTube in recent years. Honestly, I cant get into it. I don’t find it interesting or humorous in any way. I understand that the video is using hybrid cinema (maybe in the worst way possible?), but it is an epileptic nightmare. I have never been a fan of avant-garde, and I’ve always considered it bad art that people are too stubborn to admit is bad. This video is no exception, I really disliked it. “Found footage at it’s best”, in my opinion, it is far from it.

Immobilité:

Unlike “Light is Waiting” this video was enticing and entertaining at least to some degree. I guess it could be compared to early cinema loops, but it takes a form of it’s own. The use of empty frames with text is reminiscent of silent films, and added to the other worldly vibe of the video. In no way did I enjoy watching this video, but it was definitely better than the previous video. I wouldn’t consider this video a compilation of bad memes or a perpetuated pop-culture mashup like most ridiculous bad jokes on the internet seem to be.

Neither of these videos have made me become interested in hybrid cinema. They only further exaggerated my disdain toward avant-garde and experimental art. I’m going to keep an open mind when filming and editing for my project, and who knows? It may be what drives me into the universe of bad jokes and I could possibly become a Meme Lord.

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  1. I should have explored my options more. The two videos that I chose for this blog post were not as interesting as the other videos–and I really enjoyed them. The Star Wars Wars and Play Damage were very entertaining and right up my alley. I wish that I had viewed them before writing my scathing review of Light is Waiting.

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SKAM – Ed Hanson

“SKAM Austin” is an awesome social media series. It reminds me a lot of Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women, and Children”. SKAM, like “Men, Women, and Children” uses social media as a narrative; the information, communication and borderline obsession with social media platforms is played out in both films. SKAM also reminds me of the Pocket Camera blog from earlier in the semester. The series reminds me of a musician releasing music unannounced, or mini-webisodes being released on Hulu. It also reminds me of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The show is sporadically released much like the unpredictable nature of social media. The social media interaction with the audience, in my opinion, creates a connection between the creator and the viewer. Instead of watching the series on your couch at 7 PM every Tuesday, you’re drawn into it through the same methods you’re drawn into your friends’ lives.

If I had the resources, I would like to do an interactive choose your own story series. I think that the social media interaction would draw in viewers as well as create fresh and exciting content. Much like “Twitch Plays Pokemon”, I think that my series could get out of hand quickly—but the chaos would be entertaining and enjoyable. A social media influence would be incredible, it would be like the product reviews utilized by companies—making sure that what you’re releasing is going to be enjoyable.

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Visual Evidence – Ed Hanson

For an assignment about the Eagle Creek Fire, I would interview the owners of the homes that were lost, a handful of individuals who were evacuated, and outdoor enthusiasts about how the fire has affected their lives. For these interviews, it would be important to “film the behavior” of these people because “the testimony of eyewitnesses is important and may be the only evidence available in some cases.” The b-roll for this assignment would consist of the fire damage off of I-84, at Multnomah Falls, and Historic Columbia River Highway. I would also utilize shots of individuals enjoying recreation near Multnomah Falls, hiking, and fishing in areas around the Columbia river–these shots would be used to symbolize the progress of the people in the region and their love for the area.

“As a documentarian, your job is to find, record, and organize visual evidence to make a powerful, dramatic statement on screen. Evidence shows the audience something both real and true”. I could try to imagine the visual evidence of my story, but it could drastically change during the research, recording, and organization of the story. I would do my best to evoke the feelings of the victims of the Eagle Creek Fire while downplaying the role of the origin of the fire to hopefully prevent influencing others. “In a documentary interview, you have to probe for the full story, not just the favorable parts.” To capture the damaging effects of the Eagle Creek Fire, I would focus on the lives of those who were greatly affected.

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Montage & Movie Trailer – Ed Hanson

Songwriting Montage:

Jane Bond Movie Trailer:

Trailers used: Skyfall, Spectre, Magic Mike, Layer Cake and a Daniel Craig commercial.

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Times Frames – Ed Hanson

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  1. Really interesting clips you have made. The first two where intriguing though similar granted there is some good shots as if trying to be some type of online tutorial. The third one seemed like it was just the continuity project again though with less shots. I liked the basket ball one. The continuous tension it build for me somehow kept me overly focused on it until it re-looped back to the start.

  2. Your loops are great! I especially like that third one, it reminds me of that moment when you think you’ve forgotten something so you go back inside to get it and then you realize it was in your hand the entire time. The guitar loops are definitely an interesting idea I hadn’t thought of, might be even more interesting to include the audio!

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Cinema in the Digital Age – Ed Hanson

Run Lola Run uses a variety of cinematic and narrative techniques which give the film a very unique digital aesthetic. The film utilized various shots, it altered the speed/duration of shots and used distinct colors to connect several objects to portray time in a variety of formats. The use of close-up shots and quick editing cuts were used at the beginning of the film to portray the emotions of the two main characters. This established the narrative of the story as well as provided the audience with an understanding of the fragility of their situation. The opening scenes were shot and edited in a way to allow the audience to empathize with the characters as well as understand the importance of time to the film’s narrative.

The film uses multi-form and multi-strand narratives (Lola runs into various characters whose lives are altered by her interactions with them, the film shows the audience the future of these characters through quick montage sequences) structures. After the introduction of the two main characters, the film splits into three sections with separate arrangements with unique and discernable story elements—the film provides the audience with three distinct variations of the same story. This method of storytelling alludes to the idea that Lola’s actions from each previous story are not forgotten, and that the disparity of the first two endings allowed Lola to reset the temporal arrangement of the story while retaining the knowledge of the failed attempts, allowing her to make more effective decisions. The scene in which Lola runs down the staircase plays out much like a video game, further emphasizing the video game-esque decision making made by her character.

Films like Groundhog Day, Jacob’s Ladder, The Jacket and Edge of Tomorrow feature time-loops like “Run Lola Run”. In Run Lola Run, the director emphasizes the importance of time while simultaneously demonstrating the fragility of actions. The characters’ dependence on time is portrayed by the use of visual techniques that manipulated, stretched and compressed time. Lola’s running sequences were stretched out (which also allowed the audience to make distinctions between the three stories), slow-motion shots were used to emphasize on emotional moments, and the differences between the stories through Lola’s decisions changed the speed of which previous scenes played out. Split-screen shots showed the differences in Lola and Mani’s perception of time; Mani’s actions were gradually picking up the pace, while Lola’s actions were quick from the start, only slowing down at the Casino where she collected herself and made the final decisions to save herself and Mani. The three stories were of the equal time, but through the use of time manipulation and editing—the stories began to progress faster in correspondence with the more that Lola learned through the earlier failures.

The film is drastically different from most conventional Hollywood narratives. Run Lola Run is similar to the interactive Choose Your Own Adventure books, allowing the audience the opportunity to visualize the “what if” scenarios. The film is also similar to video games like the Fallout series, Grand Theft Auto and old-school video games with a reset button. Most films in Hollywood follow similar storytelling formats which adhere to the traditional rules created through cinema over several decades. The traditional way of telling a story in Hollywood allows the audience to predict the ending of the film, due to the structured storytelling format popularized in films (films like the Sixth Sense, Memento, and the Truman Show are quite unique). Run Lola Run follows a spatial approach through linear storytelling that compresses the traditional rules of Hollywood to execute the distinction between three stories by using rapid camera cuts and excellent continuity manipulation. Run Lola Run is very different, widely entertaining and influential.

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Project 02 – Ed Hanson

For the continuity project, I chose to document the process of making an espresso. The assignment’s time constraints presented a unique challenge during the editing process. There were a few parts that I had to cut extremely short and other parts that I had to discard; if a barista watches this video, they will notice that I did not include the heating of the cup as well as the tamping of the espresso grounds. This was not the intended plan, but during the editing process, I realized that I was not going to be able to fit all of the shots into the 30-second time requirement. But, it allowed me to be creative with continuity editing to create a seamless flow of actions without having to reshoot any of the processes. Overall (after the completion of the editing process), I enjoyed the 30-second time requirement because it required me to make continuity editing decisions that challenged me, as well as taught me that you can do more with less, depending on how you work with it.

The video was shot with a 50mm lens, with no color correction. The lens allowed me to make personal framing decisions by shooting the majority of the video with close-up shots and using the actor’s hands to drive the narrative of the story. It is important to consider your options when shooting in a small space like a kitchen, so the decision to use a 50mm lens and shoot the sequence close-up gave the video an uninterrupted, non-jarring perspective.

If I were to shoot this video again, I would request for an additional 15-seconds to allow for smooth shots that aren’t rushed during the editing process. Unlike the first project, I would choose this location again as it is imperative to the narrative of the story.

Things I learned:

Speed/Duration of clips can be altered in Premiere, to help stay within time requirements without compromising your shot.

Certain shots can be excluded during the editing process because the overall sequence is able to maintain its effectiveness.

Time requirements can help you achieve your overall goal, changing your original intentions, and produce a more efficient product.

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  1. After reading the prompt a second time, I now realize that I had up to 60-seconds for the project.

    Additional things I learned:

    Follow instructions.

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Time Frames – Ed Hanson

Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead, utilized quick zooming close-up shots to create a refreshing take on the cinematic montage sequences. These shots resemble the montage sequences in comic panels by quickly establishing the actions taken by the character.

Anne Hathaway’s character in the Devil Wears Prada transforms from an uptight and unfashionable woman into a fierce and confident woman and this shot takes advantage of the pillar to demonstrate her seamless transition into a fashionista. This shot resembles a super hero’s transformation from an average joe into somebody more powerful, much like Superman and the phone booth.

In this scene, Quicksilver’s speed is easily demonstrated by the use of incredible CGI work; the comic book representation of Quicksilver utilizes similar methods, but ultimately, the movie adaption provides proper representation of Quicksilver’s abilities.

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Project 01 – Ed Hanson

In my video, I chose to reveal “whodunnit” in the opening scenes and then follow with the aftermath of the destruction of several toys. I chose this approach because it was incredibly realistic: there have been several times that I have come home to a mess with my dog being the obvious culprit, but I chose to let my mind wander and believe that there was something else to blame. My video opens up with a remorseful dog surrounded by her mangled toys and then follows her as she regretfully looks at the mess she’s made. The last scene in the video uses a wide-angle shot and the use of depth of field to separate the mess from the dog and highlight her guilty face.

I used a 50mm, an 85mm, and a 35mm to film the video. The 50mm and the 85mm were crucial at capturing the close up shots because they created a depth of field which drew the focus on the destruction of the toys. While the 35mm helped capture wide angles and panning shots. If I were to shoot this video again, I would have chosen a larger location to utilize long shots as well as several diverse wide angle shots. In my living room, I was confined to a small space and had to rely on the use of multiple close-ups. Overall, I learned that a location can ultimately determine the narrative of a video, which I believe will help me with my future projects.

 

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Framing – Ed Hanson

Film: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson uses a medium close-up shot here to show the audience that the characters are helpless and no longer in control of their ship.

The overhead shot of Owen Wilson’s character while he lays unconscious drives the narrative further by creating a distance between him and his father.

After Bill Murray’s character realizes that his son is unconscious the camera focuses on him with the other characters used as borders with the background washed out.  This close-up shot is used to show that his character’s mind is racing and he is considering taking drastic measures to save his son.

This extreme close-up during a clip sequence while the character begins to become angry references a previous scene where Bill Murray’s character lost his best friend and became manic. This shot was only a fraction of a second, to demonstrate the character’s decision-making process and the origins of his anger.

Another close-up is used when his character begins to remove his constraints; his character is taking actions to escape while his counterparts are used to border the shot to show the extreme measures that he is taking.

The wide-angle framing used in this shot shows Bill Murray’s character take out one of the pirates and includes his team tied up, to show the severity of the situation and the risks that he is taking. From this angle, Bill Murray’s character is still in control of the situation.

The long shot used here switches the perspective of the audience to that of the pirates, as Bill Murray’s character is climbing the stairs he becomes a bigger embodiment of anger and the pirates see him as invincible as he evades every gunshot.

Another wide-angle shot is used to show the audience everything that Bill Murray’s character is up against as well as include the open ocean, symbolizing that the character is on his own in this battle.

This close-up shot from a lower angle drives the narrative that Bill Murray’s character has become something bigger than himself. The perspective of the shot makes the viewer look up to the character.

The distance in this long shot is used to show that the pirates have failed at their attempt to take over the ship and are abandoning their kidnapping mission. The length is used to demonstrate the separation between them and Bill Murray’s character who has taken control of the heist.

The extreme long shot here further shows that these individuals are out in the middle of nowhere as well as giving the audience a view of all of the destruction brought on by the pirates.

These two medium close-ups utilize depth of field to create a further separation between the character and the pirates. This distance is executed by focusing on the character while the pirates disappear into the horizon. The close-up captures Bill Murray’s character’s relief that the pirates have surrendered and chosen to leave them alone.

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In-Class Exercise 01

In this exercise, I wanted to use continuity editing to change the narrative of the story. I chose to make decisive cuts and realign the video to retell the story to have James Bond portrayed as the villain and show the woman in the car work together with the man on top of the train. In the original the shot was unintentional, and I used continuity editing to change that.

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Pocket Camera – Ed Hanson

After reading “How your smartphone is changing cinema”, I upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus because it has 4K capabilities as well as the option to shoot at 120 frames per second. While I knew that there were a lot of advancements in smart phones for cinematic-esque filmmaking, I did not realize that the overall product was comparable to DSLR and large format film cameras. The new methods of filmmaking have allowed prosumers and hobbyists to create high quality content which helps them drive their narrative. I also believe that these handheld cameras (Blackmagic Pocket Camera, Canon Powershot Series and Smartphones) will replace industry standard equipment that is usually heavy and time consuming to set up.

Detour was a great short film that demonstrates that the new advancements in technology have allowed amateur filmmakers to create works that can stand up to their counterparts. Detour is one of many short films on YouTube and Vimeo that show that modern day filmmaking has evolved and will continue to utilize easily assessable equipment like handheld cameras. These handheld devices have inspired new methods of shooting video, and have allowed filmmakers to do things that could never have been done with large format film cameras. Also, the emergence of these new technologies have increased the amount of low-budget and no-budget films that have reached a large public audience through social media platforms.

The digital video world has allowed filmmakers to be increasingly more expressive with each new development in smart phone and affordable small cameras (mirrorless and crop censor digital cameras).

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Ed Hanson – Introduction

Introduction:

My name is Edmund Hanson. From 2009 to 2012, I helped film and produce music videos, interviews and live music performances for Hopecore Magazine & Facedown Records. I was a part of a small team that travelled the country with bands. We would capture candid moments as well as planned video shoots. The work that I did for these two companies is the only time I’ve worked with digital media on a professional level. Now, I use my camera equipment for my own band.

My current equipment: 

Canon 5D MK II

Canon 35mm f/2, Canon 50mm f/1.8 & Lightdow 85mm f/1.8

Zacuto Z-Finder

Manfrotto Monopod & Sony Mini-Tripod

Class goals:

My goals in this class are to improve my ability to tell a story with digital video and to improve my camera knowledge and technique. I have always struggled with telling a story and developing a narrative. I hope to improve my abilities in developing stories as well as hone other techniques and abilities.

Professional goals:

I am a Public Affairs Major scheduled to graduate in Spring of 2019. After I graduate I am going to apply to graduate schools throughout the country and pursue a degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Management. The overall goal is to work in local government and have a career dedicated to public servitude.

The style I’m pursuing: 

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