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Blog Post #3 – Time Manipulation

The aspects of McCloud’s visual essay makes me think of the possibilities of time manipulation in digital cinema because of the simultaneous frames and how certain panels have wider durations or longer durations. This helps the audience see the division of time and space. Digital cinema also has its own way to showing time manipulation. Time manipulation in digital cinema can either be fast-fowarded or slowed down. An example of being slowed down is watching a character struggle to diffiuse a bomb. Even if the bomb says there’s five seconds left, the audience won’t actually see it go off in five seconds since digital cinema rarely follows real time. The purpose of this is to create anxiety and suspense in the scene, making the audience wonder when the bomb is going to go off. Another way to slow a scene is by using slow motion. For example, a group of teenagers walking in slow motion down the school hallway as everyone watches. This gives time for the audience to see specific details about those characters that should be focused on. An example of being fast forwarded is using a time lapse to go into the next day or morning to night within seconds. This can be shown through the sky turning light to dark or a clock going from 3pm to 9pm.

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Blog Post #2 – 50 First Dates (frames)

This scene is from 50 First Dates. The scene starts off by showing the restaurant and the type of weather that’s happening outside. Then it shows Henry walking into the restaurant and showing his whole body before he goes to sit down. Sue comes to speak to him and it shows a medium shot. Then Lucy walks in and it shows a medium long shot because it needs to keep Henry’s face in the shot with Lucy walking into the restaurant. Then it goes to medium close up as Henry gets up to walk to Lucy. Then it goes to a close up to Henry’s face as he has a serious conversation with Lucy. I thought all of the shots and editing worked perfectly in the scene and liked how it kept getting closer and closer to the characters as the scene got more and more serious.

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Blog Post #1 – Pocket Cinema

I believe that iPhone “movies” are similar to film because they both capture and produce video, but iPhones offer a bit more such as they’re more portable and already has everything on its own. For example, a stabilizer is already included in the new iPhone and doesn’t need an attachment for it. One can also edit on the iPhone instead of transferring it onto a separate device to edit, and then post to a platform directly from the iPhone. It’s all done on the same device from where the video was taken on. 

As both the creator and consumer, I use digital video to be able to make/watch any video at any time. I believe digital video is about all three: entertainment, knowledge, and human connection. For example, social media. With Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and many more, we’re able to easily document and share our experiences with others anywhere in the world. Not only are we entertained by it, but we learn from it and by what others go through. It’s also human connection because we’re able to like, subscribe, follow, and comment on each other’s accounts. It may not be a real life interaction, but the human connection is still there. This has also become automatism for people who have social media, whether as a career or just to stay connected with friends. It doesn’t take much thinking/effort to post something now.

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About Me

Hi, my name’s Moneca and I’m majoring in DTC. I love movies and I also love making videos. The process of making a video is very fun and I hope to get more experience from this class 🙂 

A video I’m sharing is the Black Mirror Season 5 trailer because it doesn’t spoil the season as most trailers do, but it still shows enough to make you want to watch it. I also love videos that are fast-paced and quick to the point. 

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Continuity – Reading vs Netflix

For my continuity assignment, I did a video of my little brother having to do his reading homework but instead wants to watch Netflix. I did this because I also wanted to create a video that showed tension and time passage without using words. With continuity, it can help make time go by faster. For instance, the video shows that about 30 minutes have passed, when in reality, the video only lasted about 30 seconds (showing of the clock). When it comes to framing, getting closer to the subject and character can help build tension. So I made sure to focus on getting close ups at certain parts. When it comes to continuity, it’s important to make sure that when switching cuts, it’s best to keep the 180 degree rule and have the actions still match. For example, when my little brother got up and the cut switched, the action of him getting up should match up. I will admit that it didn’t match up in the video (he wasn’t feeling it today and I wasn’t going to make him do multiple takes if he didn’t want to). Also, due to lack of time, I also messed up when I let the scene go from my little brother laying on the sofa to him grabbing the remote. If I had more time, I’d have him sit down and grab the remote, and then switch to the close up of him grabbing the remote so then it switches smoothly. It would work better to tell a visual story if the action matches up, or maybe that’s just me. We both had a lot of fun filming this and I love filming these types of videos.

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