Archive for February, 2012

Project: A Tale of Two Retail Spaces

Please note that one image within this video was borrowed from the City of Alma’s site and can be located here
As this is commentary on the location itself and used for a non-profit education use, if should fall under the fair use exceptions.

Architecture & interior design and the experiences evoked by them-prt2

I found this segment of the the course to be rather interesting as I have never really delved this far into the educational benefits to architectural design from an experiential and emotional standpoint. I have been very aware of the the mood that can be created by simply changing a few items within a structure, but this has led me to some new thoughts on the subject. After actually going out to familiar surrounds for the project related to this particular module I discovered that this task may be extremely beneficial to me within future classes that involve architectural drafting. As it brings into account not only the students capabilities as a drafter, but perspectives of art and emotion into a field that is typical devoid of them( I understand architecture can be considered art, typically though it is not viewed as such from an industrial prescriptive). I believe this would add a new level to the internalization of the information I would normally present to a student on the topic of design and floor plan development. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this type of benefit in a course that doesn’t pertain directly to the field, it is a nice surprise.

Architecture & interior design and the experiences evoked by them-prt1

Well looking from the standpoint of a person who up until recently taught Architecture and some of the basic points of interior design, I found this unit rather compelling. By this I mean that it is nice to view this particular discipline from outside the “box” as we are trying to do within this module. Linking how a person views or reacts to the different aspects of architecture in relation to education is something unique that i have never really explored. My hope is that through the course of this module we will explore further how one may improve the learning experience as a whole by simply altering the color or positions of items within the classroom. I have touched upon this idea previously when discussing sets and other aspects of film. However, this particular module hits so close to home that it really resonates with my own feelings on classroom layout and interior decisions that would benefit not only instruction, but learning as well.

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.

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