Erin Cooper

Hello! I'm Erin and I'm a senior in the Digital Technologies and Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. I enjoy creating and editing content.

The Final Mashup

This assignment is my final piece for digital cinema. I wanted to create a mashup that demonstrated how metric montage techniques combined with video essay can be used to create a juxtaposition of images that provide visual evidence for a film thesis. The concept for this project stems from being a graduating senior myself. I’m all to familiar with the interview process, and I’ve experienced some disastrous interviews myself. I wanted to do something light hearted and satirical but informative so individuals (myself included) are aware of the most common job interview faux pas and learn how to avoid them.

The above piece uses quick video clips of popular interview scenes in movies and television mashed together. This is meant to introduce the viewer to the interview blunder and demonstrate what to avoid. The stock images I animated using an effect in Adobe Premier Pro are from Pexels (a company that provides free stock photos for commercial use, no attribution required). The stock photos and the voiceover are intended to inform the viewer of the correct techniques to use during a job interview. While providing visual evidence to substantiate my thesis.

In order to bring this project to life, I used Adobe Premier Pro. The stock images are from Pexels. The voiceover I recorded using the microphone on my iPhone. The movies and television clips are from the following listed in the order they appear:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Taken

Me Before You

Mrs. Doubtfire

Big

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 11 Episode 14 “The Distance”

Get A Job

The Big Lebowski

The Wedding Singer

Enjoy!

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Interview Tips – Final Mashup

This assignment is my final piece for digital cinema. I wanted to create a mashup and use the concept of montage to create a juxtaposition of images that provide visual evidence combined with a video essay. The concept for this project stems from being a graduating senior myself. I’m all to familiar with the interview process, and I’ve experienced some disastrous interviews myself. I wanted to do something light hearted and satirical but informative to encourage people like myself to relax and not take everything so seriously.

The above piece uses quick video clips of popular interview scenes in movies that demonstrate what to avoid during a job interview. The stock images that I animated from Pexels and the voiceover inform the viewer of the correct techniques to use during a job interview.

Enjoy!

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Video Essay

The purpose of this assignment was to choose a module already discussed in class and create a video essay distilling my thoughts on a specific topic. I chose to create a mashup of videos that demonstrate the various techniques used to create hybrid cinema. In the video you will see some of my own work as well as several other pieces from other videos. I chose to focus on the techniques of composite, green screen, and the use of new media (html) for this project. I created a one minute voiceover condensing the main points in Lev Manovich’s “What is Digital Cinema?”

I wanted to show how animation and special effects can be used to alter and manipulate the indexicality of classic cinema. This video essay explores how hybrid cinema is used in modern day film making.

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Interactive Video

http://dtc-wsuv.org/ecooper16/interactive-video/

Here is my interactive video. The purpose of this assignment was to create a multilinear narrative through hyperlinks. I opted to use the html template provided. I wanted to explore the seasons. When you click on one of the squares it takes you to a new season. Enjoy.

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Video Essay Blog and Final Project Proposal

“Words are the most common way to generate thought in a film, as they comment on what is being seen and heard” (Lee). I think the use of language combined with image adds depth to the rhetoric of a composition, if done correctly. The intermixing of image, sound, and words are all brought together in the editing process to explore two directions at once in a video essay (Puschak). The first direction being the exploration of the subject which can be enhanced by images as well as sound and words in the form of video and voiceover. The second direction is how the audience sees the subject. The use of text and graphics has the potential to strengthen the argument being made about the subject.

I would first pick a topic that I felt was interesting. From there I would use image, sound, and words to substantiate my argument and add depth to my subject. I would also use a combination of hyper narration and supercuts (Lee).

For my final project I want to do a video mashup that focuses specifically on the modules of montage and continuity. It will take the form of a 2-3 minute video. I would like to specifically focus on match on action in this montage and explore indexicality through compositing, continuity edits, and sound edits. The only thing I haven’t made a decision on is the subject or the topic of this MOA montage.

 

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Interactive Cinema

“Many new media objects do not tell stories; they do not have a beginning or end; in fact, they do not have any development, thematically, formally, or otherwise that would organize their elements into a sequence. Instead they are collections of individual items, with every item possessing the same significance as any other”  (Manovich, 218).

The interactive work Whale Hunt by Jonathon Harris, is a series of image stills that are pieced together to tell the story of a traditional whale hunt. They are strung together in chronological order and once clicked on the photos start a slide show. That being said the viewer also has the option to skip ahead to any part of the story they want to. The viewer has the option of jumping around, and as a result this work is considered both a narrative and a database. This is narrative because of the “cause and effect trajectory of seemingly unordered items (events)” (Manovich, 225).  This work is also considered a database in the sense that the photos represent the whale hunt as a list of items, that are and are not ordered. (Manovich, 225).

“Therefore, database and narrative are natural enemies. Competing for the same territory of human culture, each claims an exclusive right to make meaning out of the world” (Manovich, 225). In the case of Whale Hunt, there is no competition for the same territory because both aspects of interactive cinema are present.

 

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Successful Web Series

With new content being constantly uploaded on YouTube ever second of every day, it can be difficult if not impossible to create a successful web series. Thankfully the creative strategists at YouTube have provided some tips and tricks to increase eyeballs and attention to any YouTube channel.

One of the biggest take aways is to find your niche. What is something that you are passionate about? What is a favorite hobby of yours? What are some of your personal pet peeves that others might relate to? It’s good to have a creative strategy in place when coming up with a creative concept for a web series. It’s important to find some aspect that speaks not only to you but to your potential viewers as well.

This brings me to my next take away, how to grow your audience. One of the ways to do this is by optimizing your video within your channel. You should make your videos public to increase traffic and figure out a compelling thumbnail that will attract viewers. A nice pithy description of your videos is also a good way to draw in new viewers while keeping your faithful ones interested.

The strategists also emphasized the 10 Fundamentals for a good creative strategy. They are in order shareability, conversation, interactivity, consistency, targeting, sustainability, discoverability, accessibility, collaboration, and inspiration. These fundamentals are important to consider when looking to create a successful series.

One series that I watch that encompasses most of these fundamentals is Convos with My 2 Year Old created by Matthew Clarke. This web series is based on conversations that Matthew had with his 2 year old daughter Coco. These conversation are then re-enacted by a full grown man. This series is consistent, with a targeted audience, its sustainable because as Coco grows there will be more conversations to be had, there is collaboration, and its easily shareable because almost everyone can relate to the concept of kids saying the darnedest things.

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Job Profile

For my job profile I chose to interview my mom. She is a case manager for aging and long term care in Pierce County. I obtained special permission to film from the director of the aging and long term care program. I followed my mom to work one morning and shot my interview and my b-roll as she was going about her daily routine in the office. I was only able to film her while she was in the office making phone calls, typing assessments, and setting up appointments for drop by visits and full assessments for clients. I was unable to follow her to any of the visits or assessments with clients, because it is a HIPAA violation for me to know or share any information regarding her clients.

For my interview questions I asked what her official title was. I asked her for specifics on what a case manager does and I asked her to list some of her duties and responsibilities. The tasks she preforms are done both in the office and in the homes of her 98 clients.

The b-roll was filmed using a Canon PowerShot and the actual interview was shot with an iPhone. All edits and cuts were made using Adobe Premier Pro.

The music track I selected was an artist I found on Creative Commons, I obtained permission to use the track as long as I provided proper credit. Below is the information on the track.

The music track is “Inspiring and Upbeat” by Scott Holmes
http://www.scottholmesmusic.uk

 

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Hybrid Cinema

This is my hybrid cinema video. I used a friends 4th of July videos of fireworks to create this piece. There were three videos altogether that I edited. I layered several videos on top of each other and started adding keystones  for special effects. I added several twirl effects both twirl in and out. I also played with the color in a lot of the frames. Enjoy!

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Blog Post 5, Hybrid Cinema

The article by Manovich discusses not only the differences between traditional cinema and digital cinema, but also the genres return to “pre-cinematic moving images techniques” from the early 20th century (20). The kinds of spaces that were portrayed in the works Light Is Waiting by Michael Robinson and StarWarsWars.com are an example of this shift in technique. The idea that video can be juxtaposed with art to create a new subgenera.

The indexicality of traditional cinema is challenged, because, in traditional cinema there is no obvious “traces of its own production process” (6). In contrast, the entire idea behind digital/hybrid cinema is to emphasis the use of animation and special effects because it has become the “foundation of digital filmmaking” (20). The image processing techniques used to edit digital film have digitized footage, and as a result the truthfulness of the relationship between images and the three dimensional world has lost its indexicality (7).

The kind of spaces that these shifts have created are graphic collages (13). Separate image layers are created and pieced together to form the illusion of special effects. A good example of this is with the Light Is Waiting video. An episode of Full House is playing in the background along with the sound but the images and the sound have both been “painted” over and altered in such a way as to create the illusion of a three dimensional world. The starwarswars.com episode was an example of how “images do not replace each other…each new image is juxtaposed not just with the one image which preceded it, but with all the other images present on the screen” (19).

After watching the videos, I am a little inspired to create my own hybrid cinema. Where “unmodified photographic recordings” (3) can be layered with special effects to create my own digital cinema hybrid.

Manovich, Lev. “What is Digital Cinema?”. 2005. Manovich. 4 October 2017 <http://manovich.net/index.php/projects/what-is-digital-cinema>.

 

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Visual Evidence

I would start out with interviewing some of the hikers that were stuck so that I could get their point of view regarding the situation. I have several friends that wanted to go for hikes in the area during the fires as well and they were unable to hike due the amount of smoke that was in the area. I would also interview some the volunteers and firefighters that were working to contain the fire. Also some of the individuals that were displaced and some of the reactions that the community had as a result of the fire. I like to play devils advocate so I would also attempt to interview the children that started the fire as well as their parents, so that their point of view is also expressed.

The B-roll footage I would use is a pan of the damage that the fire caused. I would film firefighters in their gear running into the blaze. I would also include footage of animals fleeing for their lives.  Videos of people packing up belongings to evacuate. The reason being “B-roll merely illustrates what is being said, while visual evidence works to tell your story in visual images” (Hampe). I want my b roll to tell the story of how these people have been impacted by the devastation.

The visual evidence for my story will tell about the devastation of the fire and the communities reaction, I also want to tell the story from the perspective of the boys that started the fire to demonstrate the dichotomy between the two story lines.

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Time Loop GIFs

The purpose the GIFS is to demonstrate the complexity of time. The GIFS I chose all give the illusion of time passing, when in reality its a single moment. Like the reading says there are intervals between the stillness and the motion. A single image that encompasses several moments within a sequence.

via GIPHY

Time is passing in this GIF when the milk shoots out of the guys nose and mouth but at the same time nothing else in the frame is moving.

via GIPHY

This one is similar to the first GIF in the sense that the illusion of time passing is present when they jump but everything else is time.

via GIPHY

In this last GIF you get the impression that in addition to Winston dancing he is starting to move closer to the camera, this again demonstrates the intervals of time and space within a moving sequence.

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Favorite Movie Framing

I chose Cameron Crowe’s 2001 Golden Globe winner Almost Famous for this project. In this scene the main character William Miller (an aspiring rock journalist for Cream magazine) doesn’t have the credentials he needs to gain back stage access so he can write his article. The bouncer tells him to “go to the top of the ramp with the other girls”, there he is introduced to Penny Lane for the first time. By using a wide range of shots and different framing techniques, director Cameron Crowe, is able to capture the wonder on Williams face at having met the women he will soon fall in love with.

Medium close up

Here William is staring at the top of the ramp having a conversation with one of the lesser known “band aides” and is first introduced to Penny Lane.

Medium close up

Enter Penny Lane for the first time.

Wide angle

William is introduced to Penny by Astria Star.

Medium

Penny is explaining to William that she is not a groupie, but a band aide, she inspires the music.

Wide angle, long shot

After Penny’s explanation, a new band aide approaches. Pelexia is introduced.

Wide angle, long shot, high

Suddenly a limo appears that has Black Sabbath inside.

High, wide angle

The limo disappears behind the garage door.

Telephoto/zoom

A close up of someone opening the door from back stage.

Medium, low

It’s Sapphire with extra back stage passes.

Wide angle, low

The girls run down the ramp to get their passes.

Wide angle

Penny grabs William and drags him down the ramp.

Medium

The girls hug Sapphire and get passes.

Telephoto/zoom

The bouncer still won’t let William backstage.

Medium Close Up

Penny tells William she “will fix this, if I can.” Before disappearing behind the door.

Medium, wide angle

The bouncer closes the door on William.

Each shot adds to the story line and the question remains. Did William get backstage? I guess you will have to watch the movie to find out.

 

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Who Dunnit? A Homecoming Story

For this who dunnit I decided to frame a typical homecoming. I used my roommates 30 pound monster of a Siamese cat as the culprit. His name is Joey and every day I come home to a mess that he has created. Some examples of his passive aggressive behaviors are books knocked off shelves, drawers in the kitchen open with the contents strewn across the floor, and every last one of his toys in the walk way. On this particular day he knocked books off the bookshelf and the second I walked in the door there he was acting like it wasn’t his fault. The mystery of the who dunnit continues, was it Joey or something else?

 

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What Was Cinema Blog Post

Erin Cooper

DTC 338

8/31/17

Blog Post 1

 

What Was Cinema?

In chapter two of the book The Virtual Life of Film, author Rodowick addresses several of the issues regarding cinema and film studies; including automatisms and how we as a culture define and use digital video in our everyday lives. Some of the automatisms that are most prominent in today’s culture are the “mechanical reproducibility in photography and film” (Rodowick, 47). Through the use of digital technology, its easier than ever to reproduce an image or film because the media and medium have both changed so dramatically in the last few decades. Something that was once physically tangible is now completely numerical (Rodowick, 26). In addition to the way “film” presents itself, there is also an immense difference in the way that we use digital technology to connect with each other that has also changed the conditions in which we choose to make and view media. According to the chapter, it’s no longer just about capturing movement and light, it’s about “digital synthesis, [how] physical reality has entirely yielded to the imagination” (Rodowick, 28). The medium is defined by “the range of effects that accord with the special limitations and possibilities”, as well as “numerical manipulations” (Rodowick, 34 & 31). In terms of digital video being an expressive art form, Rodowick lists five criteria in the article that attempt to define the medium of digital film (38), while also stating what digital video and motion pictures are not (39). Throughout the chapter Rodowick attempts to define and label the concepts of cinema through the scope of digital video.

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Erin Cooper Introduction

Hi Will,

I have some experience with video and editing software from 201 with Brenda. I don’t have access to my own camera but I do have access to Premier Pro to edit.

 

Erin Cooper

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