Wednesday, July 19, 2006

This is my still shot narrative movie. I wanted to do something a little different, so I chose to talk about the night. Most of the photos are my own. Some are grainy and/or blurry because they were shot in nearly complete darkness. I had to do long exposures with no tripod. Most of them were shot in Minnesota a few years ago, but there are some more recent ones. The footage at the end of the movie was shot at 4 am in Minnesota in March! That's why I don't live there anymore. I added sound effects to give it a mysterious feel. The music was composed by me. It's actually just a loop of a 10 second or so cut I did. I also did the voice over. I decided to use an accent (not sure what it is) and speak in a calm voice to add to the effect. It was a tedious process. I did enjoy doing it. Hope you enjoy watching it.

Monday, July 17, 2006

During the last class I put together the majority of my narrative. I have the timeline finished with all my still images. I timed the pictures so that they transisted to the next according to my voice-over. I have also included some sound effects, which I may or may not use, depending on what soundtrack I am including. I am thinking about using some of my own music (acoustic guitar recorded with the camera) depending on how it sounds and fits with the story. Otherwise I may create something with Garage Band or stick with sound effects and movie music from iTunes (on iMovie). I think it is coming along pretty well. I've never used iMovie before, but I picked it up fairly easily. I have used other editing software, but iMovie is very easy to learn and use. I have a few ideas for the final project, but I'll have to see where it takes me with a group. I may elect to do it on my own. We'll see. I enjoyed the clips on Some were more inspirational than others, but it was all good information nevertheless. Up to this point, I am really enjoying this class. I'm sure that it will be great from here on out. I'm looking forward to seeing other people's projects as well. It's fun to see what other people can come up with. There is always a wide variety of ideas and concepts. Until next time...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

This is a little piece I did; really fast. This is a romantic comedy/melodrama. I wanted to try and make the trailer lean toward a horror or suspense film. I call it The Chair from Hell. The movie is called The Puffy Chair. Check out the real trailer and compare it to mine. Tell me what you think. There is more I could do with this 45 second trailer mashup, but time
wouldn't permit. I might play with it later and add some
transitions or effects. Who knows? Enjoy!
I just wanted to say a few words regarding the assigned readings from the links posted on Blackboard. It seems that video blogging is gaining much attention as mentioned in class. It is even getting popular with big artists that are encouraging people to mashup their music and video content. There is money to be made with this form of expression. It also gives artists free advertising. Fans respect the fact that some artists are promoting experimentation of their content. The links to various mashups were very entertaining. They give you an idea of what is going on, and what can be done. They offered network of ideas for mashup projects, and show that just about anything has potential if you put some thought into it.
Hello fellow students! I am looking forward to this class. I think it will be a great learning experience, as well as, a good time. Although I am a journalism major, I ultimately want to pursue a career in film making. I think this class will be a great tool for the future, given its fast pace and agenda. It will also give me a better understanding of how to publish things on the web, and enhance my editing and creative thinking skills. So, let's get started... Cheers!