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Digital Cinema Final

Finally finished a full final version. Please let me know how I can improve in comments below! There was a lot that I could not fit into this so please let me know if there was anything more you wish you would have seen! Thanks!

 

-Nate

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Extra Credit — Better Things Essay

This a video essay I made about the visual evidence used in FX’s Better Things. I am pretty happy with it, but there is a lot more polish I wish I could have put on it. I think it was a good experience to try these video essay techniques though.

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Final Project and Cinema Essay Blog Post

I am planning on doing a documentary/ video essay for my final on the competitive smash bros scene in Portland, Oregon. This is an international e-sports movement and has a lot of visual evidence. I will be profiling my friend Josh who is currently on the PR (power ranking) for the Portland Smash Scene. This will allow me to educate the audience and tell a story as well.

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Cinema writing is a fascinating form. I should qualify this by stating the fact that I watch a lot of video essays. I often find that film and video can really explain things in an effective and relevant way. I have always loved the way film can communicate. I think that for many topics, a film can provide the form that helps best explain our world. There is something reassuring about polished narration as well. It helps guide us through complex themes that at first glance may seem unapproachable. I think that this challenges conventional essay style and I really like it. I think adding a personal voice to an essay can in many cases help to strengthen an argument. I do think that there still need to be checks and balances though as not all video essays will speak the exact truth in every case. I think we already seeing a body of video essay literature forming though. I see it every time a video essayist cites another video essay. Much like traditional literature in academia, there is a conversation starting to happen. This is fascinating for me to see and I am excited to see where the medium takes us as a society.

 

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Interactive Cinema Blog Post

I chose to explore Bear 71 for my blog post on interactive cinema. This is a brilliant piece of cinema as it tells a story in a non-linear way, while also driving the plot through a narrator. The whole documentary is about bears and the effect that humans and technology have had on their lives. We take the perspective of Bear 71 and we follow her as she guides us through the story. But we aren’t limited to only her side of the story. We see other animals too. They are also being tracked and you get a sense of cohesion even if the parts seem to be separated. The only thing the animals have in common is that they are being monitored by the humans. The video footage is used in new ways as we have the option to click on the video of other subjects as they move around the park.  The thing that makes this so interesting in my opinion is the addition of choice. As the viewer of the film, we get to explore the park for ourselves and we in a sense help drive our own narratives. Meaning that repeated viewings might have different outcomes. No animal subject aside from the narrator seems to be more important than all the others. This allows the viewer to feel immersed in the story in a way that would not be possible in traditional film. This is in many ways more similar to video-games than to film. I love this style of film genre and I am excited to see where it goes in the future!

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Job Profile

This was uploaded later than I would have liked. I had some difficulties with footage corruption and sound, but overall I am happy with the final product. There is definitely room for improvement here. I would love some comments!  This is my mom by the way =)

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Networked Cinema — Youtube

I felt that the videos made by Google that showcase how to “make it” as a content creator was spot on. The central point was to find a niche in a sea of content. There is just SO MUCH NOISE in the Youtube environment that it can be very intimidating to start. Google has a vested interest though in teaching others how to do this as their business model on Youtube solely relies on content being created. They also talked about creating a series of videos to continue that content flow as being important for growing a following. One hit video will not a youtube career make. A Youtuber that I feel demonstrates these principles very well is Brotherhood Workshop. He creates lego videos that are almost exclusively Lord of the Rings related. So he is capturing essentially two niche fanbases for the price of one.  Lego and LOTR. He is pretty cool!

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Hybrid Movie Project

I chose to combine both trailers for Django Unchained and Slow West because of their similar Western themes. I think that the effect given makes for an interesting mix of action and dialogue. I chose to sync audio around gunshots as that was a common theme among both trailers.

 

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Montage Assignment — KOUG Radio DJ Life

I made this to help promote being a DJ at KOUG Radio. This is just a short montage of what doing a show is like. I personally liked the creativity that came with working in montage. This is a simple video, but I think it highlights a lot about KOUG Radio.

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Time Frames Gif Post

Gif #1 seems to show the power of the empty frame. When the subjects leaves the computer frame you really get the sense that they went  (or are going) somewhere.

 

 

Gif #2 is fairly straightforward in that it shows very well how time can appear to pass with just a short empty frame. Simple, but it works effectively to show this.

 

Gif # 3 uses the action of  the sequence to transition to the beginning of the next frame. This is either a match on action or a graphic match, but I am not sure exactly in the context of a loop. This is a bad example because they cut to the next frame too soon without leaving an empty frame, so it seems choppy.

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  1. The gifs are cool! I like how the last two take something that takes longer than a few seconds, in the case of the calendar, literally a year, and illustrate that time passing in a couple second loop. It’s interesting that our minds can associate a gif that takes only a couple seconds to watch the entire duration with the actual event that we sometimes can’t actually watch go by.

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Redefining Cinema

“Film history was a pursuit founded on scarcity” – The Virtual Life of Film by D. N. Rodowick

 For my generation, it is hard to believe there was a time when movies and television were not readily available. There was a rich history of cinema in this country, a time when going to the theaters was a distinctive and unique experience. As the author D.N. Rodowick describes “the materiality of the cinematic experience was tangible.” It was a rare and magical experience.
Then things changed with the rise of video.
Suddenly film was available everywhere. The experience changed to accommodate new and stronger capitalist forces. I like the way the article discusses this history because it really highlights that film has always been a changing idea. The mediums may change over time, but the messages they convey remain true. There is something to be said though for the choices we make as film makers in regards to the viewing medium. I think there is magic lost on certain films when the context changes. James Cameron’s Avatar, for instance, does not look the same when viewed on a small screen as opposed to a traditional theater. The experience is what remains after everything else falls.

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First Post

 

 

Hello World! I’m Nate Nienaber and I love film. I am excited to shoot my own stuff because I haven’t always had opportunities to test myself.

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