Mashup vs Remix

Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could be a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record (we do not need to hear them again). Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.

Maximus Kills Commodus Anaylsis

I chose this scene of when Maximum kills Commodus to analyze because “Gladiator” is one of my favorite movies. I love the storyline, acting, and cinematography.

Camera: In the beginning of the scene, the camera gives us a close up shot of each significant character involved in the scene, starting with Maximus grabbing a handful of sand and then the camera jumps from the General to Maximus to Lucilla to Commodus in that order. The lighting is constant throughout the scene, which eludes to most likely a moderately wide iris (exposure). At (00:34) before the fight, the camera offers a wide frame and is shot from above the action. With a bird eye’s view of this scene, the camera signifies Maximus’ ill luck to survive, because all of the soldiers appear in the frame as they are surrounding him. As Commodus is stabbed, we see a close up shot of both characters. The majority of these camera shots are close ups, because it is such a significant scene and the camera wants the viewers to see the facial expressions and emotional releases of the characters.

Audio: Given the circumstances of the scene there is very little dialogoue. The audio is of the fight, movements, and the crowd. The crowd’s “ooohs” and “aahhs” tell the story of the fight. The noise of the swords are a sharp bang every time they clash. The audio of the punches are intense, you can hear the flesh and bone crush the skin. After you hear the knife sink into Commodus, it is silent for about 20 seconds. Then in the background a singer’s voice starts and is the background audio the rest of the scene. As Maximums slowly dies, he whispers to Lucilla. The singer’ voice continues over their dialogue and for the rest of the movie.

Analysis: It is hard to capture fight scenes in a movie and make it realistic as possible. The reason it is hard is because a fight consists of rapid, erratic movements and often bad camera work can make a viewer nauseous. However, in my opinion the cameramen did a good job of relaying this duel onto the big screen. The audio was clear and added to the tension of the scene. The song in the closing minutes of the scene wraps up the movie.

“How To Read A Movie” Roger Ebert

How To Read A Movie” by Roger Ebert is an article that describes Ebert’s analysis of a film. I found many connections with this article to my athletics experiences. First, Ebert states that before a proper analysis can be conducted, it is vital to be familiar with the director and context/background of the film. This relates to my experiences of studying film against our opponent in lacrosse. Before breaking down the film, you should know what type of style a team likes to play and what their identity is. Going along in the article, Ebert preaches the importance of pausing the film occasional to break down what has happened, what is happening, and what might happen, as well as study the techniques and elements being incorporated. My lacrosse coach will stop and start clips from a lacrosse game multiple times to better describe what is on display so that I and the team can understand what a player or team is specifically doing at specific point in time.

The most intriguing part of this article is Ebert’s description of character positioning and its significance. Ebert claims that often characters positioned on the right side of the image are positive, and characters on the left are negative. I have never thought of this and have not noticed it. The next time I watch a movie, I will pay attention to this and see if it is true.

I went on to watch three additional videos of filmmaking. The video Camera Angles and Techniques” explains how to shoot deceptive camera angles, including the zolly shooting technique and why you should include multiple different angles. The zolly adds drama by creating a disorientating visual experience. Camera placement is essential when shooting action scenes. Different angles will make the video more dynamic and dramatic as well as enhance the illusion of depth. Camera angles can change the message, ideas, and emotions behind a project.

The second video I watched was “2011 A Space Odyssey – match cut“. A “match cut,” is when two shots with similar compositional elements are joined (in this case, obviously, the bone and the space station). These types of cuts are often used for simply aesthetic reasons, or, as in this case, to suggest a metaphorical or thematic connection.

The third and final video I watched was “Examples of Editing Techniques“. This video introduced and explained the multitude of editing techniques that can be used in filmmaking. My favorite techniques are flash cuts, and a slow motion/montage. A flash cut occurs when two geographically separate characters are performing an action and the camera cuts rapidly back and forth between the two to increase the tension of the scene(s). A prime example of a flash cut occurs in “Silence of the Lambs”, as the SWAT team surrounds the house.

From watching the short videos and reading Ebert’s article I learned a tremendous amount of filmmaking. There is so much that goes on behind the screen that I and the majority of the general population are unaware of. Having acquired a little knowledge of film production, I will be able to assess films more accurately and also be more appreciative of a good movie or television show.


Grumpy Desperados Radio Show

First, I want to say thank you to my group members; Sean, Kelsey, Adam, and Andrew for their hard work and contributions.

Right away my voice volume is too low in comparison to the background music. My voice could be more clear, there are a few times I stumble with my words and freeze up. This is a result of not enough practice recordings, that is my fault and my responsibility. Another thing I could have done to improve is introduce my sub sections of the history. For example I could have stated European history and then continue to elaborate.

The sounds effects are a little over the top. I noticed that during the costumes segment, I can barely hear Andrew’s voice over the the various sounds. Next time, we can keep the sounds but lower the volume and only play the sound effects for a short periods of time (time frame 17:40-21:20).

Our radio show is cohesive and stitched together. Adam introduces the topics that will covered and states the speaker of each topic in a particular order. After the completion of each topic, there is a smooth transition with an instrumental piece. There is also breaks in the short story so as to keep the listener engaged, (time frame 11:13- 11:32).

Our story is effective because it is about halloween, which is this upcoming weekend. People will be drawn into the show since almost everyone can relate to halloween. Our content applies to all ages. Little kids and college students may want to know what the trending costumes are. Adults may be interested in the history, etc.

Overall I would rate our show 4 out of 5 stars. Our content was well thought out and we definitely had plenty of information, but the presentation of that content can be improved. Thank you again to my radio team!

The Verge Radio Show Review

First, congratulations on a job well done to Stephanie King , Ashlyn Runk,  Emma Sax, Miranda Skinner, and Amanda Wassenberg on their radio show. I enjoyed listening to it, because I could relate to the theme of the show. I play lacrosse here, and love exercising. A hobby of mine is exercising. I hope to be a strength and conditioning coach for a professional or collegiate athletic program.

For the most part the audio sound remained consistent throughout in terms of volume and levels. There were a few hiccups along the way where the volume spiked or dipped, but that is to be expected from using SoundCloud and not performing in a sound proof booth. I did not hear any background noises, such as mouse clicks or chatter. The fact there is no background noise suggests the group was well-prepared and organized.

Every transition was about 10 seconds or less. It incorporated a soft instrumental that I thought fit the production perfectly. The music was soft and calm, which correlates to the voice recordings well. The edits are sharp and concise. I liked how the music background matched the tone and attitude of the radio segment. For example during the Alzheimer’s facts there is a depressing instrumental (time frame 4:28). This correlates well because Alzheimers is an unfortunate and negative condition. The music is very effective in this radio show, because it is not too loud to the point that it is distracting but loud enough for the listener to hear and it reinforces the message.

This radio show is very organized, easy to follow, and has a strict structure. The opening lists the topics that will be covered in order and the group does present each topic in the same order as they stated. Before the start of a new topic, the topic will be addressed so it is easy to follow along with the show. There is a 10 second (more or less) transition between each segment that has a music instrumental to go along with it.

This show drew me in right away when they said it is about physical and mental health. It was easy for me to pay attention because I am already interested in these topics of discussions.

Overall I rate this show 4.5 out of 5 stars. I have no significant issues with it, besides the typical nit-picky errors. My one problem or negative is that Stephanie King’s audion recording is significantly quieter than the rest of the show (time frame 10:17-10:42). Again, this production is well done, creative, informative, and most importantly captivating.




Vignelli Canon

The three primary elements of design in Vignelli’s opinion that are expressed in his book are semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic. Semantic is the meaning behind the design. Syntactics includes the overall structure, grid, typefaces, text, headlines, illustrations, etc. Pragmatics is the idea of a simple design that requires minimal explanation.

The quote “creativity needs the support of knowledge in order to perform” resonated with me. In everything I do, I need a baseline of knowledge to perform any action. The more knowledge I have, the more equipped I am to complete a task at a high level. Then once I have a knowledge of something, I can incorporate creativity to enhance the outcome. This quote relates to our week of photography. Photography requires creativity, but first you must have a knowledge of how to take a quality photo.

In addition to creating a design, discipline and appropriateness is necessary. Discipline is a set of self imposed rules or parameters that we abide to while creating works of design art. Appropriateness refers to the specifics or works for a particular problem. Ambiguity is the idea of a design having more than one meaning and being interpreted in different ways.

I learned a lot from reading his booklet. I had never read anything similar to this in terms of content and information. However Vignelli could have been more detailed in his descriptions of certain concepts and ideas. I feel as if he presumed his readers had a background knowledge of this content so as a result he did not to be super clear. There were some points in the booklet when I became lost and was not able to follow what was said.


Design Safari

This past week I took photos that represented “balance, unity, typography, and color”. This assignment “DesignBlitz” asked to take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least four of the ten concepts listed.

Balance: This photo is of me practicing a yoga pose. Balance is essential in yoga and I learned that I need to practice a lot more. I show balance in this picture by standing on leg and trying to get my limbs and torso parallel to the ground.

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Unity: I chose to take a picture of people holding wrists/hands. Holding wrists like this image is a universal symbol for unity, brotherhood, and protection. Unity means to stand as one. My lacrosse team shares a lot of unity. We look after one another and will defend one another on and off the field.

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Typography: “is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.” The text correlates to the image because it is metaphorically referencing education as a weapon and the image that is intertwined is a gun.

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Color: This could have been represented by an unlimited amount of objects, signs, etc. I chose to take a photograph of the Corona flag because it is in my house and the yellow, white, and blue mesh well together. The blue and yellow are very distinctive. The yellow crown stands out which it should because it is the logo.

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I uploaded the four photos to my flickr account and created a “DesignBlitz” album that I placed them into. I tagged each photo “designblitz”.

Photoblitz Reflection

I chose my friend’s suite in Eagle Landing as my location for this assignment. I chose Eagle Landing because It was the most convenient place at the time and I knew I needed to take a photo of someone else so I figured I would use my friend. It was a fun experience, I did not have too much time to think or try to get the perfect photo because I wanted to get as many pictures as I could in the 20 minute window. I have never done anything like this so it was new to me. I saw some great photos, some of them look like a professional took them.

Here is a flickr link to five of my “photoblitz” photos.

Below are the links to three photos that stuck out to me. These three are the best in my opinion because of the skill, creativity, and uniqueness involved in the images.

Ashlyn Runk shadow photo. I liked her image because the shadow is easily visible, at first glance it looks like a second object. She also incorporates dark and light tones between the object and the wall which enhance the image.

Ashlyn Runk odd angle photo. This angle makes it seem as if I am looking at it through the perspective of a cat, rat, or other small animal. I say this because it is low to the ground and is at eyesight to that of a small animal and the peach appears really big.

Jonathan Chile Beach. This is simply a great photo because of the context and the fact that is a beach in Chile. It is hard to mess up a photo of that context. The colors of the sunset reflecting off the water creates an array of beautiful colors.

How to be a better photographer

Blue Ridge Mountains

This photo is taken from Skyline Drive of the Shenandoah National Park. It is about one hour away from my house. The mountains are the most beautiful this time of the year because all the colors of the foliage are out and very vibrant. After paying attention to the tips of how to become a better photographer, I incorporated three tips in this photo. The tips I used were “use the best lens, put a great foreground in front of a great background, and look to the light.” I used a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens which is useful for capturing distant details. The nice part of shooting on Skyline Drive is you don’t have to worry about a great background because it naturally is already there with the mountain line. I shot this during the day with my back to the sun. At this angle I did not experience glare, but since the sun was out there was more than enough natural light for the photo. blue ridge

Best Set Reflection “Pimp up your Flickr”

Here is the link to my best set on flickr. These are various photos taken and compiled over the duration of this class to this point. These are my favorite photos because of the appearance, creativity, and good feelings that the photos elicit. The shadow picture is cool because you can see the shape of the shadow on the wall. The Wyoming picture is a great landscape and my aged editing turned out really neat. Another picture I especially like from this set was a daily create. I added halloween icons to a photo of a teammate and I.

The story I am trying to tell with the Wyoming photo is that I would love to visit the plains. I am a big outdoors guy, I enjoy spending time in nature and seeing the wonders of the wild.

The story I want to express regarding the halloween icon photo is friendship lasts a lifetime. I am lucky to have such great friends and as long as I have good friends then I will be alright.