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Reflections on Class


This class has helped me express my creative side a lot more. I would have preferred to experiment with media a little bit more since I really enjoyed the projects we did during lab. You learn a lot about yourself  just by doing the projects and what type of work ethic you have. The work I did reflected what I was capable of, so whether it was thinking of the theme for the the postage stamp to actually making it, filming a video, taking photographs that I felt evoked some type of feeling, editing, or making a html page, I always made the smallest changes to minor details in order for the final product to come out perfect. I challenged myself with every project by always doing better no matter how grueling the process was until I was happy with the result.  This class helped me be vocal about what I wanted to show in my work and helped me discover my true potential.



My trip to the Museum of Moving Image


On a trip to the Museum of Moving Image I learned that there are three things needed in order to make a motion picture which are speed, visual break (which can come from a strobe light), and the same subject. This was demonstrated through the zoetrope, which had a man running once you spin it fast enough. They also had mutoscope’s that were very interesting to watch because it was one of the earliest forms of motion picture.

The way it worked was that a certain amount of pictures were placed on a rolodex type of cylinder and the viewer had to rotate the handle to add speed and make it an animation. It was very much similar to the flipbook which one could become involved into making in the museum. A subject stands on the screen and does any motion. The camera then gives you a countdown so you could get ready. It then captures these motions, which become a series of pictures. These pictures show a little animation of what you did, which it then makes a flipbook out of. The purpose of the flipbook is to show a continuous motion rather than many different pictures. A flipbook uses the techniques used to make a motion picture so I learned a lot along the process of making it.

Another demonstration that was a cool experience to be a part of was the ADR interactive room. They had this room in which you could record voices over dialogue from a movie. The ADR room is sound proof so actors could say their lines so the microphone could pick up the sound clearly. This is beneficial because when sound isn’t recorded clearly, which actually happens quite a lot (this happens from many factors such as ambient noise or maybe the actor didn’t talk loud enough during the film making process), actors could dub their lines in post-production.

Sound is very important to the viewer, if something can’t be understood the audience isn’t going to want to see the film. This is also done for voice over work when a film is translated into a foreign language. By having a film translated into other languages you have a wider range of audiences that could watch the film. With animations sounds are recorded first and then the animation is done after.

I ended up learning a great deal of media history from the exhibition Behind the Scene. The first television sets that came out during the 1950’s had a striking resemblance to home appliances and furniture that we have nowadays. This was initially done on purpose to appeal to the average stay at home wife. By having the television look like an appliance or furniture (radios, microwaves, washing machines, a vanity mirror etc.), women would not be intimidated by it and realize that it looked pretty as furniture. It was astonishing to realize that the marketing for television was sexist.

“What I See…”


The opening title sequence for the hit British TV show, “Skins”, is by far one of my favorites. The title sequence is different from ones I’ve seen in other T.V. shows. A good title sequence is very important for T.V shows because it effects the viewership of the show. The message the audience gets from the opening title sequence has to be clear and concise so they have a good understanding of what the show is about.

The viewer gets a sense that There is a relationship between the words and images when it comes to making movie posters. There has to be a dialogue between them and the message has to be clear for an individual to want to go see the movie.

In the title sequence for “Skins” the actor and character names aren’t displayed in the title sequence. This allows the audience to focus more on the cool graphics displayed of all the characters and the music. I think this was a good idea since the show doesn’t really have just one protagonist. Each episode deals with the point of view of a different character.

The images used in the title sequence pop with color and have a really cool collage effect given to them. This relates to the fact that these teenagers are living in a fast-paced environment. Even the the name “Skins” clues you in that it will be a racy drama about different characters.

The theme music is also another important element for T.V shows. The music gives the opening credits a playful effect. It allows the viewer to associate the music with the show even if they aren’t watching it.

The typography of “Skins” is displayed at the end of the title sequence and appears to be in Arial font.  The T.V shows logo is artsy since it is translucent and you can see different images through it. This reflects the different view points the show will capture. The typography of the show, overall, conveys the message of the show.