I enjoyed this week, as I mentioned in a previous blog post… I have often made commentary to myself while watching movies about the effects used. This weeks lesson gave those prior “effects” meaning and names. I learned about all of the different techniques that go into making a film. Prior to this week I hadn’t realized how many transitioning effects there were. I’m sure that’s something I will now pay attention to when watching films in the future. I also learned that lighting takes a huge role in presenting a picture. From reading the piece by Roger Ebert, I learned a lot about “positives and negatives” such as the positioning of individuals within a scene. While reading I caught myself reminiscing on films I watched and agreeing with a lot of what he said. The fact that the more dominant characters are often positioned to the right is something that I found to be true. In the past I’ve heard that if someone looks to the left while talking to you, that means their lying. This was something that I associated with the left side of the screen. I’m not sure what it is about the left but it apparently has negative connotations attached to it.
The look listen and analyze assignment was also something I found interesting. I chose a film I had already seen but this time I saw it from a different perspective. Watching something by separating audio from visual was unusual but it allowed different aspects and techniques to truly stand out on their own. When I watched it all together I was amazed to see how they all tied in. If there is any critique that I would have this week its about the 3 short videos I watched on different movie techniques. I wish the videos would have talked and spoken a little about each technique or when they are used as opposed to just showing examples of them. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the examples, I just wish there was a little more.
I had a lot of fun with the video assignments since they both allowed me to add a personal touch. Sign language is something that I have always been interested in but have never actually taken up. This week gave me the chance to channel some of my sign language desire. The second assignment was very personal so I figured it’d be easier. To my surprised it’s slightly difficult to find words to share with your self when you know they’ll be shared with the world. Trying not to be too personal was something I had to work on. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would say before I actually sat down to do the assignment. I also liked that these assignments allowed me to use iMovie. I had played with it in high school and never touched it again… One thing I realized is that as frustrating as editing can be, I secretly enjoyed it more than making the actual videos. I find it fun to be able to chose what I like to represent my film.
This week brought a decent amount of creativity out of me which I thoroughly enjoyed. Back when I had time for hobbies, I would always tap in to some form of art. This being required allowed me to do that all over again. The feedback on my blog is also something I look forward to. Reading the comments allows me to see something that I originally hadn’t, It also gives me good feedback on what I could do better. I am looking forward to wrapping up this class and seeing what next week has to offer. Hopefully I can use that feedback to improve my creations.
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