Friday, May 29, 2015

Music Videos Rock!

My teammates are Loren and Celeste. Celeste was probably the main director of the film. She came up with the story. Loren also contributed by operating the camera. She was the one who came up with the shot types of the film. Loren also made our movie video poster. Each composition techniques added up in the end to create an awesome sequence. Me? I was the main character of the film.  We all shared rolls too, like directing, acting, editing, and operating the camera. We all contributed to make our music video rock!

I think the part that the audience will enjoy the most is the memories. I think this because we all had fun filming it and I think we captured that feeling of happiness in our memories. They are also pretty funny. My favorite memory was the one were Celeste and Loren are having a full on patty cake battle and I am supposed to keep count. Another one is a memory were

We put in a lot of our G.T. experiences in this film. Some might include creative techniques, special effects, and our editing skills. You can tell because we added in interesting angles and added special effects for our memories. Oh right, this is my last blog post of the year. So yeah, stay awesome for the summer bye! (~^3^)~

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lyrical Livelihood

Describe how your favorite song lyrics make you feel.
My favorite song is a Japanese song called Nawatobi (translated= Jump Rope). It is sung by Kubo Yurika as the character of Hanayo Koizumi from Love Live School Idol Project!. My favorite lyrics in this song is; 

"Along the great big rope, everybody jumped, playing together
But I alone was too scared to join
Hesitating like a child
I was always waiting for you

When I was about to give up, your hand reached out to support me
The warmth of your gentle hand-- I love it

My gratitude is about to overflow
Little by little, my dream draws closer
My gratitude is about to overflow...
Thank you
I'm happy, so happy that I don't know what to do
So happy that my tears come spilling out
I'm sorry"

These lyrics from Nawatobi makes me feel emotional because I had a friend that helped join in and have fun instead of sitting quietly and not interacting.

For our music video, my team picked the song "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. We chose this song because it was a song that we all connected to. My teammates are Celeste and Loren. We chose this team because we are all best friends and we thought it will be fun to film a music video together. I like the song "Welcome to the Black Parade" because it has a really nice melody.

Our story is about a boy (me) that lost his two best friends (Celeste and Loren). We are going to show this by making me look at empty places and seeing memories that was held there. Kind of like if I had amnesia and I was gaining back my memories. Then, I have back all my memories and I get all this stress because my best friends were gone. In the end, my friends come back to me in my time of distress.

More songs by Love Live School Idol Project! can be found here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Our Animation Story

Our focus statement is Cyberbullying Effects Tu. Our story is about Tu going through difficulty online. The focus statement is supposed to sum up the story in three words; noun verb noun. So we came up with Cyberbullying (noun) Effects (verb) Tu (noun). I think we did a good job coming up with it.

The audience will learn to be careful on the Internet because not everybody is trustworthy. But if something happens like this, you have to tell someone, not just hold it in. Spilling out your emotions is good otherwise you might explode. Then the audience will learn that loved ones and friends can help at times like this.

One of the best moments with our team was probably the feeling of sensation of turning in our animation. It felt awesome because all the pressure and stress we had chained on us finally had lifted. The worst moment would probably be the stress we had to turn our animation on time. But we conquered all our road blocks and we made it to the end.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Animation Outtakes

In G.T., we are doing an animation project with the theme Tell Your Story. My teammates are Tu, Tessa, Tyler, and Leilia. We are telling Tu's story for our animation. Our story is about cyberbullying. In the story the victim (Tu) is being bullied on line. In the end the victim talks to her friend and all is better.

Tu is awesome and she is SUPER photogenic! Tyler is funny and puts all his effort in his work. Leilia is always on task and knows how to stay focused. And Tessa is hard working and is fun to work with.

Stop motion animation is a type of animation where you take a lot of pictures and put them all together to get a film. Kind of like how a camera works. A GIF is another animation. GIFs are usually animated instead of taken in real life. GIF stands for graphic interchange format. Both animations are useful and easy.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Typography Images

Typography is the use of words to create a picture. Typography portraits  can be used with images to make a lasting impact because you will be attracted to the words written and will keep on reading them. Then when your satisfied with reading, you will look back on the overall image. This is cool technique for making a lasting impacted photo.

While making a typography portrait the hardest obstacle was sizing the words and deleting the spaces in-between the paragraphs. This was hard because it took a lot of work, concentration and patients. I overcame this obstacle by staying calm and reviewing the links (link1, link2 and link3) over and over again. If I were to do this project again I would breeze through this with no difficulty.

The three examples bellow is a typography portrait of a famous innovator, a typography picture of a teacher in my school and a typography portrait of me. For my innovator typography portrait I used one of the Wright Brothers, for the teacher typography portrait I used a social studies and science teacher named Mr. Newbill, and for the typography portrait of me I obviously used me as the subject.I think they are different because for each of them we had different options. For example, for the innovator typography portrait we could only use white and black and for the teacher typography portrait, we used more colors. I also think the three pictures are all different because we used different subjects for each of them. My favorite will have to be the typography portrait of me because the words I used related more to me than the rest. I used Sweater, Weeaboo and Japan. I chose these words because they all relate to me.
Innovator Typography Portrait
Teacher Typography Portrait

My Typography Portrait

Monday, February 23, 2015

Double Exposed Portraits

Double Exposure Photography is when you take a Portrait and another texture or picture. Then you combine the two. This can possibly relate to profile view and silhouetting because when you take a profile picture you are still taking a picture of someones face. If your portrait picture is silhouetted that means that the subject is so dark that it appears to be black. It is recognizable though because it looks like a face to human eyes.

How do you make a double exposure? The first step is to take a portrait picture and a picture of anything else other than your portrait. For this example I will be using three pictures. After you taken the pictures, open Photoshop. Go to File>Scripts>Load Files Into Stacks. From there, your pictures will be stacked. Locate the dodge tool and start out lining your face. Then turn all layers to the screen by double clicking on all layers, then were it says Normal, click on that then press screen. Then your done! I did this because it was a priority but it seems something fun to do overall.
1st picture. I did a guitar

2nd picture. I decided to do some telephone polls.
Final result.

Load Files into Stack

Wondering why I chose the guitar and the telephone poles? You don't have to read this part. I chose the guitar because I feel that my life is all in six strings. Anger, sorrow, joy, envy, surprise, and fear.
I chose the telephone polls because of irony. It is irony because right now I don't feel connected to my friends.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HDR Photography

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR Photo is supposed to make and image better by brightening up the shadows and darkening the bright spots. I, to be honest, do not like HDR Photography. I don't like HDR Photography because it makes the picture more embossed and less realistic. But what I do like about HDR is that it does make the picture stand out and if there is a ton of shadows and you can't see the picture, I guess it is better to see those shadows instead of a silhouette.

Steps to taking an HDR Photo. Don't use this process if you don't have photoshop.

  1. Get your equipment. You will need a Tripod and a camera that has the option exposure compensation.
  2. Find a place you would like to take the picture (also if you want someone to be in your photo find the person.)
  3. Set up your camera and tripod.
  4. From there go set your exposure compensation. -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3.
  5. When you are done, open up photoshop.
  6. Go to file>Automate>HDR Pro
  7. From there, adjust to your likings.
  8. Press save and post!

When I was taking my picture of Celeste, I wanted to show emotion. So I was going for an uncomfortable look by giving Celeste the wrong look room. When I took the picture of the forest I was thinking how I could make it great. So I decided to more of the for ground or the forest so I can boost the vibrance of the trees to make it stand out from the sky. When I was doing my superimpose Celeste's body was cut off. Thinking how to fix it, I turned Celeste over so it looked like she was looking down at the word "Silky" and that her hair looked like it was  wind-blown.