Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Design for Media #1

Project Ron Saks (Week 1)

Inspiration, Research, and Reference:

"A Life in a Day"


"Video Portraits"



Here are 3 examples of various videos, each with 3 different styles. I hope to take a little something from each and use all or some of them in some way as a basis for inspiration/a start for this project…


On our first meeting we sort of had a meet and greet, got to know one another and then began our plan of attack for this project.
I just so happened to have my video camera on me, so I decided to film our first ever super exciting meeting! :D

So, here’s some raw footage of how our first meeting went down!


We also figured out a schedule of sorts for each member…of when, and where we’ll be following/documenting one another, and some of the various things/activities we’ll be doing…

Here’s a list of some when’s, where’s, and what’s…

What: -cat date
Where: -my apartment
When: -Sunday, March 4th, 3:30PM-4:00PM

What: -meeting up with old war buddies/Vets.
Where: -N/A (not entirely sure yet err?)
When: -March 6th-8th

What: -D&D Campaign/Game
Where: -Crane Center on campus
When: -Friday, March 9th, 6:30PM

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Project Proposal: "A Game of Visual Telephone"

Project proposal:
"A Game of Visual Telephone" 
-telling a 3-part story in 3 weeks!
-in different ways!
-and in different mediums!
My Idea for this project:
A 3-part or 3-act story...beginning-middle-end.
Ex: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end...

I want to do a exquisite corpse of an idea...and give everyone a start with this project and see where we all eventually end up taking it.
Sorta think of it like a game of visual Telephone! :D

The only requirements for this project would be that:
A.) it has to be a 3-part story.
B.) it has to be an original story!
C.) it has to include fire and water (an everyday object/thing that is commonly used, yet abstract and open enough for a variety of interpretations.)

I want to try and propose a project that does the following 3 things:
1. everyone would enjoy doing it (despite differences in majors, and or interests in general)
2. the project itself can be approached in a variety of different ways creatively and in different mediums
3. has everyone in a group to working hand-in-hand, side by side together

My idea/inspiration for this project comes from the premise behind the "48-hr Film Festival", in that they give you a set amount of time and certain requirements that you must meet, (like a certain genre, character name, line of dialogue, or an object that must be included in the film, etc.) yet they allow you to take it in any other direction you see fit.
But instead of it being 48-hrs, we have 3 weeks to do this project! :D

Most of us tell a story with our art, we try to communicate something with each piece we create...whether it be through our films, animations, or our photographs...
We all communicate something! We all tell a story! 

What I would need:
I want to do a film/video for this project; but I want to take the same story, and like a game of telephone, tell it in different ways!
I want the same story told, but in different mediums…one part of the story told with film/video (being live action), another part told with animation, and another told with photography!
In the end I want a combination of the 3 art forms put together in creating an interesting 3-part story! 

So I would need most 9 people or so!

1. A Director
2. A Writer
3. 2 Video & Editing
4. 2 Photographers
5. 1 Audio (Person for audio/sound in all three parts)
6. 2 Animators

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Design for Media #5 (Final!)

 Project Hiroshi Hayakawa (Week 4)  

So I had to pick a final video out of the three edited ones I posted so...I figured I like round numbers and the 3rd one I guess is the one with the most yea! Lucky number 3 it is! ;D Woohoo!

-Enjoy <3

- "Figure as Landscape" (Final!) 


Design for Media #5

 Project Hiroshi Hayakawa (Week 4)

So, it's the final week for "Project Hiroshi Hayakawa"...

And I'M DONE!!! >:D

And what I have for you all this week is the end product of all my hard work and strenuous endeavors...
Here are the fruits of my labor!
A Video! >;3


I present  to you all my final film! -"Figure as Landscape".

I have posted/uploaded 3 different edited versions of my video (this is partly due to the fact that I could not make up my mind and decide which one to I'm putting them all up!)


1st -

This one is the original version and shows a before landscape/full body, and an after landscape/full body where the cityscape is shown destroyed at the end. :)



After having Charlotte take a look at what I had in my video Tuesday during class, she thought it be best to cut some things down and maybe not go with a second reveal like the cut out at the end to the full body/landscape with the destroyed city on top.



In this edited version, I cut the ending shots of the full body completely.

I don't know which one I really like out of the three, but they all seem to work differently and uniquely in their own way.

In the end...
:) I really enjoyed this project as a whole, because it gave me a bit more practice and experience both behind the camera and with editing in Final Cut Pro. It also gave me some experience thinking abstractly, and on my feet. I had to figure out a concept/idea for this project which took a lot of planning and brainstorming on my part, and also I had to figure out what to do about the lighting/silhouetted forms with the screen. 

Also, it was a test of my pre-planning and organizational skills (my very limited skills that is for the most part) in general. I had to stay on top of what I needed to do each week to progress the project. Also, I had to construct the cut-outs and small parts/segments of the project before I could even start filming. Another key part of this project I had to stay on top of was documentation, and making sure I showed each little part, and every progress  I made throughout the duration of "Figure as Landscape".

I really liked working on this project; and I really liked experimenting and trying new things. 
Overall I have to say I'm pretty satisfied and pleased with the outcome of this project. 
(The only thing that I had a problem with was Blogger being a pain in the ass not wanting to upload my videos >:L and of course being a cheap art student without internet at her apartment lol...><" therefore I'm stuck posting on the campus computers in the wee hours of the morning, and running into these problems :l...yeeppp...lesson learned never ever do this shit last minute!)

And with all this being said...I can't wait to move on to the next one! >;P

Onward to the next project, the next creation, the next Design for Media...
ADVENTURE!!! >;D lol

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Design for Media #4

 Project Hiroshi Hayakawa (Week 3)

Last week, I posted some brainstorming and composition sketches I had done for this project. After toying around with several of the compositions and some different ideas; I began making the cut-outs, and planning the set up for the final video shoot.

This week what I have for you, are some cut-outs I did for the cityscape. 


I set them up in a cute little city scene on top of Bristol board and took some pictures.

(Just so I personally could see for myself how each one of the cut-outs looked when placed together. :P )

In the end the cut-outs will be taped and placed on a human body/form and set up in a different way; but the change in the placement I hope will be a little one at the most. 

This week I just wanted to make sure I had stuff built; and began the process/set up for filming. 

Furthermore, I’m considering sticking only to the cityscape composition, due to the fact that I feel it’s the most interesting and dynamic of the three I did; though I did implement aspects of the others into it such as the trees for example.

I got together my cut-outs, my model/actress/human landscape (/poor unfortunate victim that has to lay on the floor half-naked as I tape tiny little houses, and trees to their body...); and so I got all this together and began to set up with the screen, some good 'ole fashioned duck-tape, a lamp (with some pretty extreme intense lighting), and I got down to work! >;D

Here are some photo's of my model without the cut-outs on her...sort of trying different poses for fun, and seeing the twist/turn of the the end though I thought it was better I just stick with the initial pose I had planned on.

(Though my human landscape did look pretty cool compositionally all twisty and whatnot. :3)

And here's some more for you all...

Photos of the process/set-up!

(And yes that is a duck-taped lamp on my wall >.>" yeeepp...I was trying to see/make sure the cut-out's themselves would be able to show up through the the end I did the smart thing and borrowed a high-powered desk lamp, one with a bendable neck...problem solved! And no more silly stupidity on my part! lol)

 So...I leave you with this...thank God for duck-tape, strong light bulbs in lamps with bendable necks, and gorgeous patient half-naked models! :D