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Patriot Guard Riders – Final Project

For my final, I interviewed my father about his role with the Patriot Guard Riders. Originally, he thought it would be best to interview the district captain in southwest Washington. Since I had already done that for the interview project, my dad agreed to be interviewed as well. Some of the footage I acquired in addition to the original footage was from a mission to honor 32 vets who passed away in the last six months at the VA hospital. I noticed while I was there that not all the vests the Patriot Guard was wearing had the same patches or words on the back, or front. So, I tried to incorporate that into my video through montage. Other than the tiny details that I captured there, I tried to capture Dan leading the mission, since he was leading it this time as well. I wanted to capture all the different flags, but was unable to. It’s also illegal to film patients, so I was only permitted to film the PGR outside, not inside. I got the idea for the bagpipes when I couldn’t capture them when they were played at the VA. At the end of this mission, some of the PGR members met up at a bar which is where I interviewed Brett. I wasn’t planning on interviewing anybody in an environment where a lot of clanking would ensue, but due to the turnout of events that day, that is how it happened. There is also a piece where I filmed my father, and my mother was doing dishes in the other room. I guess my phone captured it well, some of it I was unable to edit out completely. I tried my best to tone it down. Overall, I aimed to capture what it is PGR stands for and their mission.

Here’s the video:

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Final Project Rough Cut

There are still a couple things I am planning to do with it that I
just hadn’t gotten to tonight. I plan on adding some subtitles for the
parts of the video where the surrounding noise in the room is loud.
There are a couple sentences where the support guy speaks and you
can’t understand what he is saying. I do believe this would be where a
mic would have came in handy. Filming his interview was sort of last
minute and unplanned. Aside from that, since my father and the support
guy didn’t name themselves, I was planning on just putting their names
in text and just a description of what they do in the corner of the video.

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  1. This video was really interesting, I liked how it was the same topic as your interview, which I was interested in back then. This gave me more information about it. Good job

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Video Essay – Extra Credit : Continuity Mistakes

I did my video essay on continuity mistakes in television:

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Job Profile Assignment

For starters, I just wanted to say that my family was moving amongst the duration of this project. So I had less time than normal to prepare and work on it. Since we moved, I have been out of internet and will be for a few more days. Which also affected the project. I wasn’t able to come to class during the final cut and also wasn’t able to look up the noise reduction. So, there is still a plane sound at the end I wanted to take out, but couldn’t.

That said, I really enjoyed making this project. I hope it didn’t turn out too bad.
Here’s the video:

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Hydrid Cinema Post

In Immobilite and Light is Waiting, both use a noise like image to transition between the film images where the back and forth, up and down motion is used to present the film. This provides a more smoother transition between the different images, when the scenes are really chaotic. If this wasn’t in the film, it would be a really rough transition and it would be jarring to the viewer.

In Yorgo Alexopoulos No Feeling is Final; In Five Chapters, 2010, the aesthetic used is the boxing of the images. Even when there are several images on the frame, they are all separated, and even the images themselves are separated. This makes it possible to provide some sort of montage and also some abstract cinema. Manovich says that “Even for Andrei Tarkovsky, film-painter par excellence, cinema’s identity lay in its ability to record reality….For Tarkovsky, an abstract cinema is thus impossible.” This proves that Tarkovsky is wrong. You can create something abstract, even when using his super-genre – where there is film of what is going on in front of the camera. But it brings digital technology into play as well.

Yorgo Alexopoulos did inspire me to create my own hybrid cinema. I loved the montage in it, it was very aesthetically appealing.

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Trailer Remix Project

I used quite a few scenes off of YouTube. I couldn’t find the trailer for this in high quality, so I just worked with scenes I found in HD. I feel like it could use more dialogue, but I was trying to go for the creepy horror vibe, not sure I succeeded much, it doesn’t have much of a narrative to it either.

Here’s my video:

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  1. I kind of see what you were going for here. This makes me want to watch the original trailer which I think was more upbeat, even though the title has the word “devil” in it. I like what you did to make a comedy seem suspenseful using music and slower movement. I hope this class makes more creepy/unusual stuff.

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Visual Evidence Post

I would probably shoot the damage done by the fire as my visual evidence. Also, when evacuations come up, I’d film people leaving their homes. The person I would interview… actually, the people I would interview are the people that had to evacuate. Not just them, but also the people that lost their homes from the fires. As Barry Hampe outlines, “getting it shot is not all there is to making a documentary-not even when you are shooting events as they actually happen in the real world. Because it is not what you see happening that counts. It’s not even what you aim the camera at that matters. It is the actual scene as it’s recorded on film or video that provides the visual evidence for the audience.” So, I probably would record as much as I could of anything that I was able to get my hands on. Interview multiple people and get as much information on camera as possible. Then I would review all my footage and see what kind the best kind of story I can make out of it is. And double check what it message the audience is getting. Hampe suggest in an example that the audience would believe the statement is a lie based on the way the footage is represented. So, I would make sure that the message being presented isn’t coming across like that.

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Run Lola Run Blog Post

Well, one cinema and narrative technique that is used is repetition. Nicholas Rombes outlines the idea and fact that “digital media – ranging from music to video – can be copied with no weakening of sound or image” in his text Cinema in the Digital Age. He tells us that “digital data can be copied with 100 percent accuracy,” which is something that Tom Tykwer used to his advantage in Run Lola Run. Many of the scenes throughout the film are the same with slight variations between them. Even though the three subplots throughout the movie have different ending’s, and also change in certain aspects, there are many clips that most likely didn’t have to be re-filmed at all. However, it doesn’t seem like they are being rehashed to the viewer, because of the scenes that had changes made to them. For instance, the scene where Lola meets up with Meier leaving the garage. First, after she leaves the shot the car collides with one passing. Second, she jumps over his car and just when we think she might have kept him from an accident, the other car collides with him again, just at a different part of the car. Third, she jumps on his car and stays there until the car passes so that there is no collision. Each one of these scenes had to be filmed differently. But a lot of the running throughout the film was consistent, even though the narrative changed. This is something that Tykwer and other directors would not have been able to do in the past without filming the scene over again. The use of this advantage in Run Lola Run is different from conventional movies because usually when scenes are repeated, they are some sort of flashback. Many movies are linear in presentation. Event A happened before Event B, B lead to C. And after C, D happened. Then the situation is resolved and the credits play. However, this was not the case for Run Lola Run, After A, B and C went through… The outcome wasn’t ideal, so a restart was in order. So, it turned out to be A, B, C, A, B, C, then A, B, C again. The film was nonlinear because of this.

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Time Frames/Looping Assignment

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  1. These loops have a great atmosphere, but only the cat one tells a mini-story by using montage and continuity. The over the shoulder showing the empty bowl and the montage between cat and rain on empty streets sets up a cat perhaps alone. Well done.

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Continuity Assignment – Dog Walk

I did my video on walking my sisters dog. It was difficult because I couldn’t get him to do the same thing twice. He is the worst actor ever. My camera wouldn’t work, so I used my phone. It’s also a silent film. I was originally planning on doing this assignment with my mom being the dog-walker, but she had to work during the only time I had available to film this. So, I was the one doing the walking and the taping. I did use a tripod, but I didn’t have a way to attach my phone, so I just sort of found a way to balance it against the maneuver thing when filming. In my head, I was just going to walk him around the corner, and I imagined him actually going to the bathroom. But since I was doing both the filming and the acting, I wasn’t able to bring the camera over to film when he did actually stop to use the restroom. He also kept wanting to bark at everything, which is typical of my sister’s dog to do. Because of it, I ended up repeating the same scene over and over. I think that worked in my favor though, because there were parts that I filmed that I didn’t plan on filming that I could put into the video as well. It turned into me walking him around the complex and filming that too. So towards the end, I struggled to maintain the continuity. That’s where the jump shots came up. The other part that I found difficult was editing it. I only had two hours to edit it, and so I was trying to figure out the best way to condense it without taking too much away from the clips, because if I took too much away, then it wouldn’t actually work and make sense.

Here is my video:

 

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  1. Paige, This quite good with continuity editing – paying attention to screen direction, varying the camera distance and angle. When editing on action, it is best to jump a few frames ahead. It seems like some of the cuts could use some refining. I can show you if we have time.

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Screenshots/Framing – Favorite Movie Scene

Although it’s not exactly my favorite movie, I do enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean series and knew that I would be able to find something on YouTube with it. I actually have more than one favorite movie and quite a few of them are actually foreign films and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find a scene cut from one of them on YouTube. Regardless, this is one of my favorite scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean because I think it’s clever how Sparrow went about manipulating everybody into rocking the ship with him and I admire how much the crew trusts/has faith in Jack Sparrow that they follow his lead without understanding what is going on.


Medium Close Up – This shot introduces the character (Captain Jack Sparrow) as he thinks about what it is that they are supposed to do and brainstorms ideas.


Close Up – This shot shows what it is that the main character is looking at, so that we as an audience can be in on it.


Extreme Close Up – This shot shows the realization in Sparrow’s eyes. The change in expression not in his face, but through his eyes, when he discovers the key factor they need to continue their journey.


Medium Shot – This shot is intended to follow Jack Sparrow when he stands up to carry out his idea.


Medium Long Shot/Long Shot – This shot proceeds to follow Sparrow as he carries out his idea to rock the ship.


Medium Close Up – This shot shows other people responding to Jack when he gasps to get other people to the side of the ship with him.


Long Shot – This scene shows Jack Sparrow turning around when he knows he’s gotten people’s attention, and he proceeds to draw it elsewhere.


Medium Long Shot/Long Shot – This shot shows Jack bringing their attention to the other side. Starting the process of getting them to go back and forth.


Medium Close Up/Medium Shot – This shot shows that more people are catching wind that something is going on. Although, everybody – including the few people that joined Sparrow already – don’t understand what.


Medium Close Up – This shot shows everybody finally reaching the side Jack is on just before he decides to head back to the other side.


Medium Close Up – This shot also shows that more attention is being brought to Sparrow and the others moving back and forth.


Close Up – This shot is intended to show that the boat is already being rocked enough that the wooden eye is rolling around.


Long Shot – This shot shows that many of the others are already moving back and forth with Sparrow, and Tia trying to piece together what is going on while joining in.


Medium Close Up – This shot is intended to show many of the crew looking out into the ocean to figure out what it is that Jack Sparrow see’s, not knowing that he doesn’t see anything, and getting anxious to know what is going on.


Medium Shot – This shot both establishes the boat is rocking, while letting the rest of the crew in on it, because Pintel has discovered what is going on and tells everybody.


Extreme Long Shot/Wide Angle – This shot is intended to show us (the audience) that the ship is indeed being rocked.


Extreme Close Up – This scene is intended to show the why in the matter. Why it is that Sparrow has decided that they need to rock the ship. It is a Point of View scene.


Medium Close Up – This shot shows who’s POV it is. And that he has discovered why Sparrow wants to rock the ship.


Extreme Long Shot/Wide Angle – This shot is to show the ship itself being rocked.


High Angle/Birdseye Shot – This shot shows that the crew on the top is moving in unison back and forth on the ship, and also shows just how much the ship is swaying now.


Extreme Long Shot/Canted – This shot shows the side of the ship as it’s turning and how much the ship is now turning on it’s own while the crew members are keeping themselves steady without falling off.


Canted/Medium Shot – This shot is intended to show them running up the ship floor, because now the ship is tilted so much that it’s become a hill they have to climb up.


Close Up/Canted – This shot establishes that they have now reached a point where they have to hang on to the edge, the ship is now about to capsize.


Extreme Long Shot – This shot shows the ship is in the process of capsizing.


Low Angle/Long Shot – This shot shows the bottom of the ship as it is keeling over.

This video is the scene I used. I will note, that I skipped through the middle where they were releasing all the items underneath the deck, since there were just so many shots throughout it.

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Who Dunnit?

Here’s my Who Dunnit video:

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What Was Cinema?

I use digital video today for some random stuff. If my cat is doing something funny, I’ll film it with my phone. Or just a week and a half ago, I went to a concert where I filmed the concert as best as I could from where I was sitting. When I first got my driver’s license, I filmed the route home from work to show my friend who I hadn’t seen in fourteen years. Aside from me filming, I watch videos on youtube and I watch TV online all the time. That’s quite a bit different from what D.N. Rodowick was saying when he mentioned that five years earlier, [he] might have prioritized [his] life around a trip to New York to fill in the one or two Pasolini films [he] hadn’t seen, or to review en bloc a group of his films.” I think that when we videotape the random stuff in our lives, we don’t really think too much about how unthinkable that kind of act would have been many years ago. Today, we can drive across town to watch something, whereas Rodowick may have had to travel many miles. I think that digital video would want to be more accessible today. Rather than having a whole climactic plot, it would be showing shorter, more real, parts of life today.

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Introducing Paige Halle

Well, I am not new to video. In high school, I took Video Production my Junior year. That was from 2011-2012. We did short video projects that were supposed to follow some sort of assignment. Such as a silent film, a short video that’s in black and white, etc.

A favorite video… I’m not really sure I have one that is related to what I want to pursue in this class… However, there is a video I really like and maybe some of you guys have seen it through facebook. I looked it up the second time it went through mine and saved it. Here it is:

I chose this video because it has meaning to it. It’s hit a person right in their heart. I think it would be cool to make stuff like this.

 

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