Evan Cottle

Final Project: The Low Season

Band: The Low Season

This is a short documentary about how this band writes their music and how their ideas work together to become the songs that they preform.

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Final Rough Cut – The Low Season

Rough cut of the band The Low Season that I documented. Main focus is talking about their process of writing music.

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Interactive Cinema

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I created a website that is about exploring a space. Set within a hallway you can walk down and out the end door, or go into doors along the way.

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Blog Post Interactive media

I listened, watched, and interacted with Bear 71. Which was one of the coolest and most heartbreaking pieces of new media to explore. Bear 71 was set in the Colorado woods, the exact location was not told. While the story started with a video the main pieces of the story was an audio narrative about a bear that was tagged as Bear 71. The amazing thing about the environment that is set up is that it isn’t that detailed. But the interactivity and ability to follow around the main character allows a sense of being in the story yourself. This story mixed interactivity beautifully with the narrative, how the environment gives visual evidence of what the narrator is saying in the story. This acts as a visual/audio/and interactive database full of pictures, video, and audio that ties the story together. The database also brings in a real life aspect, which brings the viewer into the story. It blends the line between real life and the story that is being told allowing the viewer to believe that the story is real life.

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Job Profile

I did a job profile of my co-worker, talking about what she loves about her job and how it has impacted her life.

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Networked Cinema blog post

When creating content on youtube its best to find your niche, and then over time you can grow your audience that like or want to be a part of the niche in some way. A series is the best way to find success on youtube, because a series allow viewers to connect to your idea over a long period of time and over multiple videos. Having a creative idea, something that you can have lots of things come from is the best way to start. When a comedy channel posts multiple game plays of a new or popular video game then there is a lot of things people can draw from and relate to and it keeps people coming back as well as sharing your videos to their friends and families. Being able to be discovered, catchy thumbnails, and collaborating with other youtubers often help with growing and audience. Finding an idea that is relate-able and sharable will help you grow and keep an audience. When you grow an audience then you begin to make money because youtube wants you to be able to be creative as well as bring more to their website. Gaining followers and getting people involved with your channel and your ideas brings together a tight knit group of people. Merchandise is one way of letting people connect with you and your channel as well as each other.

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What is Digital Cinema? Blog Post

I watch some of Star Wars Wars. I believe that the ability to overlap and cause juxtapositions is a product of the newer digital age we live in. Creating spaces like these, especially in this instant, where it is the overlapping of cinema that most already know the story, it makes a different statement about the story itself and how it was produced. This type of hybrid cinema shows a manipulation of time and space within the story.

“The logic of replacement, characteristic of cinema, gives way to the logic of addition and co-
existence. Time is now spatialized, distributed over the surface of the screen. Nothing is
forgotten, nothing is erased. (pg 19)”
Digital cinema allows for the co-existence that allows the same person or object within the story to be occupying the same space. This type of spatial montage lets us take the old of cinema and collide it with the new of  the digital age. In Star Wars Wars, the cinema allowed for the story to be linear and shown within contexts of storytelling cinema. Using digital elements we have been able to create another space like reality, making 3D animation and cinema manipulation another world that can be explored through storytelling.

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Visual Evidence

I would begin with interviewing the firefighters, community service workers, police (if possible), and maybe people who hike often. These types of interviews can help tell the story from different angles. First respondents, people who are giving their time to help during the crisis, and finally individuals in the communities. The interviews would serve as good B-roll, while i show visual evidence during the interviews narrate what is being seen and I would shoot videos that are complimentary to what the respondents and community service workers are saying.

I believe it would be important to tell the story linearly, so I would start with interviews with visual evidence of the fire, both during the fire and the aftermath in the gorge. Then id tie the aftermath in the gorge with the aftermath of the burned homes. Bringing in interviews of the service workers and people of the community who was directly affected to show a close up look of the effect on the community.

“Making a documentary requires the filmmaker to go out and find something happening in front of the camera that tells the story to the audience far better than any interview with an expert.”

Using actual footage of trails and burned down homes or burned forest close to homes will tell first hand impact. Finally I would have caught video of the ash falling on Portland along with people covering their faces to avoid breathing in the smoke from the fire. I would also like to include part of the weather newscast to connect the actual direction of the smoke and ash falling on Portland and Vancouver area.

 

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Movie Trailer Remix

 

For this assignment I took one of my favorite comedies, Groundhog Day, and cut scenes together to make a teaser trailer for the same movie as a Horror film. After watching several teaser trailers for other horror movies like IT, i decided the best action to take with this trailer was to shake up the norm for horror films. In this movie the real horror is living one day over and over again, unable to escape or change the cycle. I used the clock to represent a new day and using the clock it allows as a transition from death scene to death scene. I had Bill Murray waking up in the morning while he was explaining his circumstance to another character to signify that as soon as he meets his demise he wakes up the next day and starts all over again.

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Looping Videos

It wasn’t easy doing these loops with the limited amount of time i ended up having to do them. The first loop was of a man reading next to himself and the two have to share glasses. The second loop was a girl frantically making a coffee and handing it out the window. the third is of me drinking a glass of water.

 

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30 Second Continuity Video

For this assignment I wanted to explore a narrative where someone struggles through the process of writing a song. Since 30 seconds is not enough time to accurately show how long and difficult of a process song writing is I took a few creative framing liberties. long shots and medium shots are very obvious as he enters the coffee shop. Then there is a match on action when he tosses his key’s on the chair across from him, the match on action goes from a long shot to a medium close up shot. The most difficult shots are the close up shots that are for a specific purpose, but must be captured for just a short scene, to give specific information and then move on to something else. I also found it is vital to come with a layout of how you would like to tell the story through shots because if you miss a specific shot or piece of the narrative then it is easy to forget about it and now you have to work around not having that specific scene in the story. These are all examples of what works and doesn’t work when telling a visual story. There is a trap that everyone fall into, and its time. Not giving yourself enough time to be creative with the shots your working with makes both shooting and editing difficult in the long run. My best advise to telling a visual story is being patient and be willing to go back and re-shoot or redo shots in new ways to allow the space for the story you want, otherwise you will end up with a story you may not want.

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Screen Grabs – Blog 2

Medium Close up

Extremely Long Shot

Medium shot

In this Scene of Lord Of The Rings Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli all are trying to convice the army of the dead to fight for them and fulfill an oath that they abandoned a long time ago. Aragorn went looking for the army of the dead prior to this and is caught with his companions in a situation that could turn deadly. This is a perfect scene as an example of framing a conversation, using close ups and medium close ups to keep us interested and holds our attention in what the men are saying. The extremely long shot gives us the spacial awareness to relate to the characters, showing both the size of the room and the size of the army that surrounds them. This shot establishes the next scene in which its obvious that the only way of escape is by negotiating. Then the last shot is not only medium which frames the main character and sets him apart from those behind him. This shot is taken from slightly below the character which light him as a powerful or authoritative figure in the scene. Lord of The Rings is an incredible master piece for both story telling and cinematography. Many other scenes in this trilogy play with spacial, powerful, and visibly entertaining framing devices.

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30 Second Framing “Who Dunnit?”

For this assignment I used extreme long shots, long shots, medium shots, close ups, and a extreme close up fading to long shot. When I was coming up with an idea of how to tell a story of who may have caused an event without actors I grabbed the idea that in my family everyone likes to just go and watch TV after dinner instead of cleaning up. So the aftermath is dirty dishes in the kitchen and dining room, and the event was dinner.

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Evan Cottle

Hello my name is Evan,

I have worked with video in different capacities since I was around 10. I have always loved cinematography, from how to take creative shots to editing.

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