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Bridges between the work of art of film & television and the work of art of teaching

This is actually a pretty interesting concept as it involved looking at items in film and television and then breaking them down into ways most viewers never would. Throughout the process of extracting the composition and details of film and television I believe I have stumbled onto something. I believe that as an instructor it would behoove me as well as other instructors to really pay attention to both their delivery as well as the layout of the classroom itself. It really seems as though we could set the tone for not just a lesson but the overall learning experiences simply by changing a few items in are classroom. I believe by changing things such as students seats as well as the area from which most of us teach could possible benefit overall learning. By this I mean we as educators must start to look at things from a holistic perspective as many it would seem to take into account that the lighting or desk locations ad unease to the process and distract not only the student but the instructor as well. Hopefully if I ever return to teaching I can harness some of these ideals and put them into practice.

Project: Compelling video and commentary

Directors Notes:

My thought process in making this video revolved around creating something that would incite a viewer to possibly want to explore the topic further. So with that in mind I chose to discuss an issue that is currently occurring in my state as well as much of the Midwest, the Emerald Ash Borer. I felt even if individuals were not exposed to this insect that is decimating trees in this area, they may have an interest in the environment as being “Green” is something of a hot button issue right now. With this in mind I set about coming up with a way to present this point in such a way that would hopefully gain some type of emotional response from the viewer. This was my reasoning for choosing to use a script that revolved around a personal story. I felt that this would help to make the message more easily felt and heard by the audience, as it represents an actual person stating how the damage has occurred and effected them directly. Instead of a “canned” speech about the damage figures and the insect itself. My hope was that presented with a personal story the viewer would pay more attention to the information being presented.

When looking at this short video from the perspective of content and imagery I decided to use still photography with simple transitions. I felt the quality of the images I attained through the use of my Nikon camera were superior to the actual video I captured with my Sony camcorder. I tried to select images that would help to convey my message. I felt using the stump that was left from one of the trees that were carnaged by this insect would be a good method of capturing attention right of the bat. I then used images of both the certificate and the property sign to add credibility to my concept as it proved my statements in the film that the family had indeed been on the property since 1879. Once I established this concept I chose to include one of the largest Ash specimens still standing that has been ravaged by this insect, as it represents an example of a tree that probably began life almost 100 years ago. I felt this would have a greater impact than displaying many of the younger trees that have shared a common fate as it adds to the seriousness of this atrocity. Eventually I come full circle and display the initial image again. I felt this would help to signify the end of the video as well as drive home that particular image as the viewer has witnessed it twice.

Looking further into the content itself, lets now look at the transitions. A viewer will notice that many of the transitions between images are simple fades. I felt this would help to limit distractions from the voice over. My hope was that it would give the viewer the idea that the message being spoken was more important than a cross screen wipe or other visual trickery. Throughout this process I also incorporated the use of zooming in and out of portions of the images that I felt would help convey my message. One such example would be on the certificate that zooms out from the 1879 date as I am mentioning it in the script of the video. Once the viewer sees this date and then is exposed to the rest of the certificate, I feel they will gather that I am focusing on the date rather than the overall document. Another way in which I use this same type of pan and zoom is on the large tree that has been destroyed again my hope was that this would help to convey its overall size. Now lets step back and look at the opening title portion of the video. Here a viewer will notice that I have placed it low and to the center of the image. I did this in the hopes that while it will catch a viewers eye that it would not distract them from the overall all imagery of that gnarled root system of a fallen tree.

So with all of that in mind it is my hope that this composition of notes and video will help to create a compelling experience. As this is one of the first times I have really edited video in a very long time I hope that it manages to at least interest viewers enough to possible do a little searching of their own on this topic. Feedback would be very welcome. Thank you

Works of art vs teaching

I find it interesting that I had never really have taken the time to truly examine my classroom delivery and design to help provide students with a more compelling experience. During the current module I have been forced to really evaluate the ways in which I develop lessons and position items in the future. Currently, as I am no longer teaching and have returned industry I think I can also take advantage of some of these aspects as well. As it has opened my eyes to simply manipulating the environment in which I am proposing a design to a customer to help dissuade any doubts and make them more enthralled in the proposal. This will be very beneficial in my process as many times I find my self having to regain their attention several times as these types of meetings are less than exciting. However, after reading about some ways in which I can improve the interest level of the viewer through techniques such as lighting and positioning of specific information I feel it will benefit the overall process greatly.

Weekly entry

Well this week has brought about some interesting points. Up until this point I have never really done any assignments like those involving images and then trying to find meaning within in them. I find it to be actually quite interesting as I have never really thought about imagery in this way and it really forces a person to understand why they like or enjoy certain things. Further more its very interesting to see how different individuals view and interpret the same images as we as a group have discovered in our 882 Facebook group. I think this helps to display why we as instructors need to be very conscious in the manner in which we display and interpret how images may impact our classrooms. Up until this point I had never truly set down and thought about this issue. I think its one in the future I will definitely be looking at a little more seriously as it really could have some very positive results not only in the classroom, but industry as well. Hopefully we continue exploring ideas that spark my imagination like these projects have as it keeps things much more interesting.

Photography Module Project

Curiosity:

Curious

Many may find this something of an odd subject for this particular project, but let me first describe some background on this particular animal and the reason for my decision to capture its image. It was born on December 10, 2011, which in an of itself is unremarkable. However, this particular animal did not arrive in a normal manner and was born breech. This normally causes major issues and the likely hood of the animal surviving is diminished greatly as human interaction with the process can be fairly damaging. While I along with other members of my family have had to deal with this sort of issue in the past no instance was quite as exciting as this particular case as in the process of helping to deliver this animal its father who happens to be something of an overly energetic 2000 pound animal made the decision that it needed to defend its fellow animal and charged my father, brother, and myself while we were trying to save this particular calf. This is something of a problem when you are in the middle of an open field while in a somewhat arduous process and the only defense you have is how loudly you can yell at the animal to startle it. While in the midst of this some what adrenaline filled moment the calf was born and then had to be hoisted several times to free its lungs of fluid. Finally it was free and breathing baby bull. So with this in mind a person may see why I have something of an attachment to how this particular animal lives and flourishes, which is why I chose it for a subject.

Now with this in mind let us look at the reasoning behind the structure of my photo, and what message I am trying to convey. First in the process of capturing this image I spent the better part of an afternoon trying to get a shot that I felt had meaning instead of some arbitrary setting. I also played around with depth of field in some of the other shots of the day, but I felt that the image you will find above that I have title curiosity seems to do this well as the edges around the subjects head have a soft focus and the old gate and the subjects head peeking around the corner gives the photo a quality that makes the calf its focal point. I am sure I will get some interesting comments about the meaning of this photo,but the message I am trying to convey is that this particular animal is very curious as to its surrounds and seemly remembers something about our previous interactions as it is much more emboldened in its curiosity towards me. As the other animals are much more flighty and typically run away when a human is that close to them. I think this image does a very good job with the way the animal appears in showing this. I find this image much more compelling from a humans perspective than the images you will find below this text as it displays looking directly at you, even though the images with the animals turned to the side would actually be more representative of how they typically view you it doesn’t add that human element of how we view each other. Another advantage to the image I chose as my compelling example is the fact that the subject is central in the image and takes up a large portion of the image in contrast with the less compelling examples which had a much greater field of view that took away and distracted from the subject itself.

Curious

Curious

Curious

CEP 882

I would just like to point out that I will be organizing previous entry’s and placing the posts needed for my CEP 882 class up. :)

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