Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Verbal landscapes



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In an attempt to keep the very small amount of anonymity I still have on the internet, I'm not going to tell you where I live. What I will say about where I live is that there you're constantly surrounded by nature. Everything is plants, plants, plants. And I think I'm the only one here who actually doesn't like it. Nature has impacted life in multiple ways. The first way that comes to mind is that it has impacted my personality. After living on a tiny island for the current extent of my existence, nature gives me a feeling of isolation, so I'm not a fan of large outside plants. That's kind of a naive thing to say because they give us oxygen, but you get my point. I do enjoy houseplants, flower gardens, and succulent terrariums. But I think the feeling of isolation it gives me is part of why I like cities and urban culture, which affects most of my personality.

If you read my first blog, which you should, you'll know that this blog is for a Gifted and Talented class. I like it though. Before I get anymore off track, I should probably write about what I was assigned to write about, shouldn't I? Anyway, our most recent project is fairly complicated, and involves a lot of filming. This isn't any old filming, though. We're filming slo-mo and timelapses. Neither of those are as easy to film as you might think. Let's first talk about camera positioning. Slow-mo's should be close up. This is because they are, hence the name, slow. If you see something slow from far away, it gets boring. If you can see details, it's much more entertaining. Time lapses should be wide angles. In some cases, such as documenting the growth of a plant, they can be close up. But most of the time they should be wide angle. This is because time lapses are used to show time and change, and that is easier to see when you can see everything and how it's all changed. Tripods should be used for time lapses , because despite the movements of the camera being quick, they are very visible. Slow-mo's can have tripods, but movement is common as well. Most things you need slow-mo for are moving things, and slow-motion video is an integral part of sports culture. Because of this, if you are filming sports, the camera has to follow the subject to see more of it and so that it gives the feeling of motion. Hopefully these tips will help you improve and find your own unique style of filming.

This project has had fun parts, and not so fun parts. Overall, this project has actually brought me new, fun experiences. Filming the slow-mo's and timelapses has been difficult, but also my favorite part so far. The hardest part overall was the filming, because I needed to make time early in the morning and late in the evening on a busy weekend to film. Filming has also been my favorite part though. I enjoy filming. For one time lapse and slow-mo, I had to get up at 4:00 AM and work at a coffee shop. But from that I got an early start on the day, and learned how to pull an espresso shot. For another video, I had  to drive to the opposite side of the island that I live on, but because of that I got to bodyboard a new beach. So overall, filming was the hardest yet my favorite part.


























The screenshots above are of the results from the classes critique of my video. I am happy with my results, although I don't think I deserved as many 2's as I got. However, I missed one day of school so I can understand if it isn't top quality. Overall, I think it was accomplished. Despite having a lot of 2's, I tied for overall best video, which is gratifying. Personally, I don't think my video was the best, but it's nice to know that some people do.




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