Travis Jones

Travis Jones

Travis Jones – Final Hypervideo

                                                                                                                My Final Hypervideo

 

For my final project in DTC 338 (Digital Cinema) I went for trying to make a hypervideo website made entirely from using short ten to thirty second loops. The most difficult part of the assignment was that I had to show narrative or some kind of storyline. Even more difficult was trying to find ways to make the story loops branch off into a multilinear storyline. I was successful at making ten loops with narrative, all linked to the hyper template, and proper CSS. The part that I was unsuccessful about was having the storyline be multilinear. I wanted this to be a game in which the player has to start over if they don’t pick the right button from two button options. I could only get my girlfriend and myself to act in the loops so I made most of the story about her character. I wanted the website to be about a mysterious woman who seems like a normal and everyday woman running errands, but she really has a hidden agenda. I have not yet finished editing and shooting my ending to the website, but I do have an ending written shot for shot. I wanted to ask the class what they think the ending and title should be. In the loop story, my character is chasing after my girlfriend’s character and this symbolizes our education experiences because I convinced her to finish her WSU bachelor’s degree with a Geology class we took together at Clark College. If I hadn’t convinced her to finish this science class, she wouldn’t have finished school. I started college very late in life and I have found myself getting closer and closer to where she is at now with a bachelor’s degree and a good career. This is why I am seen chasing her character. In the video there are instructions to click on either a C or a T symbol. The C stands for Cara (my girlfriend) and the T stands for Travis (myself). One continues the story all the way to the end and one symbol makes the user start over at the beginning of the story. The symbols are always switching which one continues the story. Try and see if you can make it to the ending loop in one try. Also, let me know in class what you think the ending should be and we will try and work an element of your idea in the final conclusion of the story. I had a lot of fun with this assignment and I can’t wait to see the finished result.

Wayward Woman

 

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Video Essay – Extra Credit

Here is my attempt at the extra credit. I chose Interactive Cinema, but there wasn’t a lot of visual evidence available because it is such a new topic. I did my video essay in sort of the style of Ross McElwee. As I am explaining interactive cinema, I go off in another direction explaining about Universal Studios which is a place where I first got to experience the closest thing I have come to interactive cinema.

 

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Cinema Writing

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

10/31/2017

 

                                                                                                      Cinema Writing

 

After watching Evan Puschak’s TED Talk on How Youtube Changed the Essay, I see that short documentaries that are straight to the point about what they are arguing usually get the most attention. Today, if I have a question about anything information-related, I can do a Google or a Youtube search. This will help me figure out the answer by watching tutorials, reviews, and documentaries on the topic. A video essay can use more elements combined together such as voice-over, animated text, sound, graphics, and video to help the viewer understand the concept better. If I had to choose from a folded up instruction manual that only has a small image and a bunch of text to explain instruction versus a video essay with text, video, sound, and graphics, I’d probably understand the information better watching the video essay. If there is an argument about anything in the world, it helps to have as much visual and sound evidence as possible to activate the viewer’s senses. This reminds me of trying to learn 3D animation in Maya. If I hadn’t had the website Lynda.com, I would have been ten times more lost when I was supposed to attempt an animation assignment. This is because lynda.com provides a video, written, and audio explanation from tutorials. Having multiple elements of information in the form of text, audio, music, video, and graphics can help us absorb the information more vividly. This will help us remember and learn information instructions quicker and easier. If i needed to begin writing a video essay, I would start with research on the topic. I’d Google or search on Youtube for the topic. The next step would be to gather archive footage. I have found the Keepvid.com site incredibly useful because I can get a video source that is prerecorded to prove my point. Then I would use animated text along with music for mood and a voice-over to narrate the video essay. I usually use video as visual evidence and if I can’t find any footage on a particular subject then I go to a Google image search for stills that slowly move on screen with editing techniques. I watched all of the videos displayed in the lecture that worked and I agreed with most of the information except one thing. I disagree with what Kevin B. Lee says in the Fandor video when he says that the filming location doesn’t matter, only having a story matters. I believe that location along with mise en scene is EVERYTHING!

Watch a documentary called Visual Acoustics about an architect named Julius Shulman. He has made a lot of the buildings we see in films, but we don’t notice this. I know a story is important, but a lot of the films I like wouldn’t have been the same without architecture and scenery.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1233611/

 

This is also why I think that CGI is very important for scenery more so than an annoying CGI face developed on a character that obviously looks fake.

 

Final Project Idea: I want to merge ideas from loops, cinemagraphs, and the hypervideo template to tell narrative OR do one mashup from movie trailers (find the same announcer and genre) by having the announcer tell a story that I will write out and fuse together in one 3 minute narrative. I will need to use the keepvids.com site and research to find trailers from one genre that have the same announcer so it all blends together.

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Interactive Cinema

http://dtc-wsuv.org/tmjones16/hypervideo/index.html

Happy Halloween everyone!

This is my hypervideo with a total of nine mashups linked together to form a Halloween themed haunted house. I am posting this now because it’s for a Halloween show my girlfriend and I are practicing. I have been wanting to try this idea for a while now. This template worked great. Welcome to the Halloween Video Hell Tunnel!

This is a series of mashups that include horror instruments, creepy commercials, spiders, eyeballs, old Halloween favorites, and so much more!

Warning: This website is not for the faint of heart and can only be viewed on a desktop computer.

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Interactive Cinema Blog

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

10/19/2017

 

                                                          Interactive Cinema Blog

 

I selected the link to the interactive video called Seances because I know the people who made this video. This is director Guy Maddin who is married to a friend of mine, Kim Morgan. When I used to hang out with Kim she was working for the Oregonian as a film critic. She would have all the screeners of every movie before it was released into the theaters for us to watch. She later moved to Hollywood and worked for Roger Ebert and Danny Devito. Now she writes for her own website called The Sunset Gun in Hollywood. Guy Maddin has made several movies where he uses filter after filter to make a silent movie look. He has done films like The Saddest Music in the World and Sissy Boy Slap Party which are very strange and artistic.

In this video called Seances, I believe Guy is promoting his films using hypertext. If I hover over a word from these sentences provided, hold down left click, the website page will play a video clip or short video of something Guy is working on. This allows the user to explore the website while watching Guy’s latest previews. Depending on what word from the sentence the user clicks on, the user can see a different preview. To top it all off, the words in the sentence provided keep glitching out with a colorful array along with a word change as the user hovers. There is a narrative at the beginning that instructs the user to sit back, relax and watch the show. The website might be telling a narrative through the sentence structure, but I wasn’t familiar with the storyline. The shots from the playing previews are very cinematic because I’m sure Guy uses real film for his movies. I think that this website is a good way for Guy to go digital while keeping his same silent movie style of filmmaking and advertising for it at the same time. He uses quick cuts and film burns as transitions. I wasn’t sure if this was some of his current work or old films he’s done. Some of the videos look very similar to each other.

 

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Job/Hobby Profile Assignment

For this assignment I picked a friend of the family who has been working on releasing an application that he designed to help Koreans (South Korea only) improve on learning English. I am currently filming a video for John Greenhower for his WIX page that will explain how to operate the application on the Playstore. I figured, he should be the person I interview because this topic goes so well with the DTC much more than my back up idea about a pet sitter. The only downfall was that John didn’t have a lot of visual evidence, but he had a lot of pictures that he took in South Korea I could use for B-roll slides. Some of the pictures were good and some were out of focus. If I could go back, I would film more visual evidence of camera movement showing John working at the computer, but I had limited time scheduled with him.

 

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Networked Cinema Blog

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

10/05/2017

 

                                                             Networked Cinema Blog

                                                 What Makes a Successful Web Series?

 

After reviewing the readings about creating good content, growing your audience, and making money with youtube, I have realized that it takes a lot of work to find your audience. First you have to have a passion for video making or you won’t make enough videos available to gain an audience. I have friends that have always known how to put advertising on their videos, but these friends already had up to a million views. I know because I helped get their video accounts building an audience, but this didn’t help me much because it wasn’t my subscription. The reading this week states that I have to have at least 10,000 views to sign up to get advertising. I was also prompted to read the terms and conditions and go down the checklist of legal paperwork it takes to get the advertising, but my videos don’t have a big enough audience yet. This leaves me going back a few steps to “Find Your Audience”. I can start with the passion. This is making at least a video a week and posting them with tags. This can work, but it doesn’t assure that I will gain a big audience or an audience at all. A good way to generate more views is to embed or upload your video to a number of sites. The more places the video is located, the greater the chance that more people will see it. This is better that uploading it to youtube and waiting for years to come.

I have a really good idea for a web series, but I don’t want to say how it works because it is something that I am actually going to do to generate views. If someone else gets word of what piece of equipment we bought then everyone will try it making it extremely common. Two ways that I see that people are generating more views are having an instructional video linked to a popular search like yoga courses or video game tutorials. My son watches this young guy Zack Scott who has hundreds of thousands of subscribers because he does video tutorials on games that haven’t even come out yet. This is probably because he is a game critic or works for a game company. His subscribers are little kids, but the more subscribers you obtain, the more you can sell advertising and make big money.

 

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Hybrid Cinema – Halloweenscreen

My girlfriend and I just recently moved to a new place which didn’t give me much room to set up a big, green screen so I went to the store and bought big sheets of construction paper in lime green, or chroma key green. I wanted to make pumpkin heads in the oven, but I didn’t have enough light space so I went with the microwave. Either way, I just wanted a Halloween theme. I have always struggled with green screen because of space problems and lighting. We used to have a bigger basement space where we painted all the walls chroma key green. You should try it! And yes, the last pumpkin in the video is of Donald Trump.

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Blog – Digital Aesthetics

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

10/05/2017

 

                                                                  Blog: Digital Aesthetics

 

In the Light is Waiting video by Michael Robinson, we have a scene from a show called Full House. The characters in the scene have a task to bring a TV upstairs. When they carry the TV up the stairs they end up dropping it. The TV crashes to the floor and the viewer enters into a completely different, digital reality. This transition creates an entirely different space for the viewer. This gives the next portion of the video way more space. This flickering light takes us into a completely open view in anticipation of what is going to happen next. The scene is smaller before the TV hits the ground because we see a sound stage and actresses, but when the lights start flickering and the intense transition begins, we are left with unlimited possibilities of what is going to happen next. This inspired me to make videos with archive footage and transition them somehow to make the viewer see a different reality.

Under the link for The Star Wars Wars, we see a regular Star Wars logo frame that has been doubled. This kind of reminds me of someone who was new to the Premiere program and they are practicing the controls and they are scrambling everything up. This artist has taken multiple action scenes from Star Wars and overlapped them with synchronism. This reminds me of Lev Manovich explaining how, “the screen has infinite amount of space possibilities”. In this Star Wars video there seems to be condensed space which can make things seem like there is a lot going on and the video is intense. The truthfulness of the original movie is changed when extra scenes are added with chroma key and this gives the viewer more material to absorb at once. I don’t much like to add too many frames overlapping each other when I make videos unless I am chroma keying a specific task for a project. To me, if there is too much going on at once because of an increasing amount of chroma keyed frames, the viewer usually feels confused and overwhelmed with the media. This can make them lose interest quickly.

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Blog – Eagle Creek (Visual evidence, B-roll, and interviews)

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

09/29/2017

 

Eagle Creek B-roll blog:

 

If I had to tell a five-minute story about the Eagle Creek fire and it’s impact on the community using B-roll, I would start with research. I would gather any historical information about the Eagle Creek campground I could from the local records. This would be still imagery of the Eagle Creek campsite and the area that is now burned. Of course we’d have ready some video of the fires actually happening, but when asked the question of how am I going to get interviews, I would look for that within the research. Who saw who started the fire? Who started the fire? Could I get an interview from the person who started the fire? Probably not, but I could interview someone who saw them or someone who knows the fifteen year old from Vancouver. Then I would interview the forestry service and any response team who was first on the scene. I personally wouldn’t interview anyone about fire safety because this would seem obvious. I might interview local government about firework regulations.

As soon as I had the research and interviews gathered, I’d connect the subject matter in the interviews with B-roll that I captured on location of the Eagle Creek campground in combination with the research/archive footage and stills. Outside, shots of trees and sky are favored. Or any nature scene—a stream, flowers, whatever (Hampe, pg. 111). This could be 10 second pans and stationary shots of the burned areas. I would also get shots of forestry that was still in tact. If I had interviews from firemen, police, and other government organizations, I would gather B-roll of their place of work. Once I had all my B-roll shots gathered I would go to editing together a B-roll reel that was all connecting in terms of subject matter. I would try to have this connected subject matter parallel what the interviewee was talking about.

Remember to shoot people doing what they do, even if you’re mainly interested in what they have to say (Hampe, Pg.98). Next I would fake some visual evidence since the event (fire) has already taken place. I would find a similar campground to Eagle Creek and show teenagers walking along a trail. If possible I would film them goofing around. I would have already gathered archive footage of 4th of July, specifically firework activity (a close up of a teenager’s hand lighting the firework and throwing it). This could be mixed in with forestry signs that warn about not allowing fires and fireworks in certain seasons or year round.

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Cyclic, Slow, and Frantic Loops

Loops are easy for me to make, but I am new to WordPress and it won’t let anything loop. I got the videos to autoplay and loop using code in the visual preview of the WordPress post, but then when I checked the update the WordPress site didn’t return anything. This WordPress stuff is new to me, but I am familiar with Vine and how to make loops using Premiere.

Right Click and select “loop” to watch this on a loop.

Right Click and select “loop” to watch this on a loop.

Right click and select “loop” to watch this on a loop.

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Narrative Spaces – Making Something

 

For this Narrative Spaces assignment I wanted to focus on the “Making Something” subject. What we were making in this video is a crossword puzzle. I happened to get two actors, as in my girlfriend Cara and my son Reece, to participate. My son decided to add his own idea to the scene in that he is goofing off as Cara is trying to finish the crossword puzzle. I wanted to use four quick cuts in a row, but then cut to some medium length shots in between. This was my version of the editing that we saw in The Devil’s Playground. I only am allowed thirty seconds to get all the footage trimmed down to so I had to select exactly which shots would be the quickest cuts. I had a lot of different shots to choose from. I wanted to do low angle from the table and close ups of the crossword being made over time. Most of what I thought I did worked. What didn’t work was my son looking at the camera a few times. I thought his idea of trying to take over the crossword made it combine the two assignment ideas, but the focus was more on just making something over time. The frustrating thing about my camera is that I need to buy an expensive mount to be able to attach a variety of different lenses to be able to do rack focus. I attempted rack focus without an added lens and I got one shot with it that worked, but it was extremely short. I am currently looking into getting the mount so I can do extreme close ups, but I rarely use those so I have taken my time. I have recently lost my copy of Davinci 12 coloring studio so I have to upgrade that program and then this camera’s shots can look really colorful.

In the end I thought my actors did well and I showed the whole story in 30 seconds.

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Gifs and McCloud’s chapter 4

The 3rd sunset picture reminds me of McCloud’s chapter 4 pg. 107 picture of the sun rising. This is using photography to show the sun in motion.

The dog gif has a total of 23 pictures to create a more cinematic look.

The first gif is a version of where I see loops going using computer graphic imagery. Maybe comics will have gif-like holograms in the pages that will have multiple loops to explain motion instead of the use of motion lines drawn on the page.

 

 

 

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Narrative Spaces – Raising Arizona

For my narrative space blog assignment I chose one of my favorite action scenes from my current favorite movie Raising Arizona. I’m sure the Cohen brothers had a lot to do with this, but for this scene I give most credit to cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld. He is the guy who directed The Addams Family movie, Men in Black, and Get Shorty. He kind of copies Sam Raimi’s crazy shots that look like they could be fast zooms with a telephoto lens or he is on a dolly that is smoothly being pushed really fast as he stays in focus. I like how Barry does most of his shots in between. In any action sequence he uses quick cuts and a wide variety of different framing techniques to hold it all together and make the feel silly as well as intense. Along with Nick Cage’s silly reactions and physical comedy, Barry’s camera movement and tracking shots combined with a variety of camera framing techniques give this scene the number one vote of best chase/shootout in a movie ever. I have taken a total of 59 shots in this chase scene and that is only about half of what the movie delivers. The scene continues to show a cop chase Hyde through bystander’s houses and a crazy grocery store shootout with a heard of dogs. (I apologize for the amount of pictures. I have been waiting to do this for this scene because I think it is necessary to explain this quick action sequence)

1.-RA-Long-shot-full-body
1.-RA-Long-shot-full-body
2.-RA-Low-angle
3. RA – Medium close up followed by pan to the left.
4. RA – Wide angle with pan to the left
5. RA – Extremely Long shot moving on dolly to the right.
6. RA – Long shot with short pan left.
7.-RA-Low-angle
8. RA – Medium
9. RA – Low angle subjective telephoto.
10. RA – Long shot
11. RA – Tracking shot
12. RA – Medium shot
13. RA – Close up
14. RA – medium shot.
15. RA – close up
16. RA – High Angle over the shoulder
17. RA – Wide angle with short pan to the right
18. RA- Medium shot
19. RA – Medium shot long
20. RA – Telephoto zooming from long shot
21. RA- Medium close up with rule of thirds
22. RA – Medium shot
23. RA – Long shot
24. RA – High angle medium shot
25. RA – Medium from waist up
26. RA- Medium close up
27. RA – Long tracking shot with rule of thirds
28. RA – Medium long shot
29. RA – Close up subjective of driver
30. RA – Long shot
31. RA – Medium shot waist up subjective
32. RA – Close up high angle
33. RA – Medium close up
(Tag line: son you’ve got a pantie hoe on your head)
34. RA – Low angle long shot
35. RA – Extremely long tracking shot
36. RA – Long shot
37. RA – Medium shot waist up
38. RA – Extremely Long Shot
39. RA – Medium close up reaction
40. RA – Extremely long shot telephoto zoom
41. RA – Medium close up
42. RA – Extreme Long shot with telephoto zoom
43. RA – Cool glass break transition Medium shot
44. RA – Long shot telephoto zoom closer
45. RA – Medium Shot Long (knees up)
46. RA – Low angle long shot
47. Crazy candid pan to the right subjective
48. Telephoto zoom subjective
49. Medium shot
50. subjective car swerve
51. Medium close up
52. Extremely Long landscape shot high angle as the camera drops lower
53. Extremely long shot telephoto zoom
54. Medium shot
55. Long shot subjective telephoto zoom
56. Close up
57. Close up
58. Medium shot subjective of the driver
59. Long shot with short pan to the right as he hits the lawn. Then the scene continues through houses and stores. Incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Dunnit? – 30 second video framing assignment

Travis Jones

DTC 338

Professor Luers

08/29/2017

 

 Who Dunnit?

In this video I wanted to leave it up to the viewer to use their imagination and try and guess what exactly happened. The theme of the exactly 30 second video is “darts”. I recently got a hand-me-down dart board when I moved into a new place. I wanted to involve that as well as this big tree in our backyard. I shot this video with my Black Magic Cinema Pocket Camera which can sometimes have problems if it gets too hot. This camera is perfect for this class because it is really only meant for shooting short art-like shots and not long concert videos. I found this out the hard way when I used the cinema camera to film the band The Pearls for the Documentary premier for The Winding Stream which is a movie about the Carter Family. I wanted to put the footage through a coloring program called Davinci, but I have to update it. This camera rocks with Davinci.

 

DARTS

 

 

 

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What is Cinema? – Reading Response

Travis Jones

 

DTC 338

 

Professor Luers

 

8/27/2017

 

                                                        What is Cinema?

(Reading Response 1)

 

It seems like with each new, popular, social website there are automatisms that arise. Automatisms are forms, conventions, or genres that arise creatively out of existing materials and material conditions of given art practices (pg. 42).

When my Facebook feed started, the firsts posts I saw would all just be normal family pictures. Recently I have seen automatisms for different ways to post. Now most of my friends have their own way to present their media and they usually keep the same format every time. Some guys I know only post memes and are only coming up with creative ways to make a meme. I heard this guy say, “Don’t just make memes using funny pictures from the internet someone else captured. Find images throughout your day and use those to make memes.” This creates its own genre in social media. Some people on Facebook only post brutally honest paragraphs that tell about what is going wrong or right in their life. This one woman I know is an artist who only posts about her painting on masks and canvas while using her own unique style. Essentially this is her advertising her own genre of acrylic painting by using social media, but she didn’t always post that way. She used to just post about her life’s ups and downs until she found her automatic medium. She went from just painting, to finding her style, to painting the style on objects, to making shirts that displayed the style of art. This was all posted on Facebook. Now that I have discovered Instagram, I have used the editor to automatically post a unique style of colorization balance to all my photos. This is something I do without thinking. Before I knew how to use it, I would only post what the shot originally looked like.

I use digital media to share with friends on social media. I use digital media, or different digital materials like programs, to make art videos and music tracks. I just started a class at the DTC in animation. I use a digital media program like SketchUp to create 3D models which I can then animate, export, and use social media to display my own genre to share with friends.

The reason for digital media growing so rapidly is because of mobile phones. Now people can take their videos and share them to a friend while walking around town. While walking around, they may also witness an animal or happening, capture it on video right then, and spread it to a huge friends list using social media. This can help spread awareness quicker than newspapers.

Digital media is all about the knowledge people have about it, the art mediums produced with it used to connect with people, and wondering how to develope a new style, genre, or medium that maybe hasn’t been witnessed. Digital media today is all about promoting awareness on television, phones, and the internet.

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Hello my name is Travis Jones

I enjoy a lot of funny videos, but I am currently into just finding scores from films and playing a game where friends listen and try to guess what movie it is.

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