Friday, December 21, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Photo Challenge

Day 1: Flowing, High Angle
Day 2: Eyes, Rule of Thirds Macro
Day 3: Tree, Ants Eye
Day 4: School, POV
Day 5: Light, Ground Level
Day 6: Activity, Unusual Angle
Day 7: Living Creature, Birds Eye
Day 8: Bubbles, Forced Foreground
Day 9: Laughing, Eye Level
Day 10: Power, Framing
ACO 4.1 Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2 Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3 Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Image Compositing

Image Compositing is combining two separate images into one image with editing software, making the final image look like the elements of both images are part of the same scene. It can enhance composition by making the image more artistically focused and unique. Rule of thirds is an important part of photography but when it is using incorrectly it can ruin the final product of the image. An example of this is if you were to make the focal point of the image somewhere near the edge of the screen or in the center of the image and have empty space everywhere else. Sometimes this works for cinematography, but when there is no movement in a still image and the focal point is somewhere by the edge of the screen and you have the other 90% percent of the screen with nothing on it. Then it really messes up the balance of the image. But this doesn't always apply, some photographers go out of their way to break the rule of thirds and still create great photos. The rule of thirds isn't universal and can't apply to everything. When taking a picture photographer think about a multitude of things. Things like lighting, rule of thirds, the focal point, and background distractions. All fo these things can ruin the photo in the end and have to be controlled to create great photos. Not all photos shouldn't be edited. Some photos can be enhanced by compositing two images or fixing little things in the background. But not all photos should be edited. If the original intent of a picture would be to focus on the sunset then they shouldn't edit the photo to make the sky a brighter color or something. It ruins the original value of the picture by making the image artificial.

One of the concepts I had for the composite photo project was to combine the photo of my cat with a photo of the mountain range near my house. But I scrapped this idea and instead put my cats head on the alien statue in my house. Not literally. I don't really know what that would mean. Maybe that even though we're all from Earth we're all aliens no matter what. Having a cats head on an aliens body probably wouldn't communicate it that well. It'd most likely work better if I had put a humans head on the alien statue. The angles I used in the composite image were Ground level and Unusual Angle, but it was more like ground level than unusual. If anyone sees the composite image that I made their eyes would probably be drawn to the cat head that I Skewed on top of the aliens head. Their eyes would be drawn there because of how out of place it is in the rest of the image. The only other possible focal point would be the crystal light that is used for the orange lighting in the room so their eyes might be drawn to that as well because of how bright it is.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

The topic and message of our video was about drug abuse and the effects of it on your body and the relationships of the people around you. It's important to me and my partners because there's a lot of drug abuse and addiction on Kauai and in Kapaa high school. It affects us personally because many of the people we interact with on a daily basis on the island use drugs. The goal for this project was to create a visual statement about some issue that we are passionate about. We had four people on our team we were supposed to only have three but, I was put on the team because there were two people left over and the teacher partnered us with one of the teams of three. The people on the team were Amine, Lauren, Angela. Amine was the camera man and did the filming, Lauren did the writing on the script and AV log, Angela did the editing on the final product and footage, and I was the support person that just kinda helped with whatever they told me to do. I also made the music soundtrack.

Some Final Cut Pro tricks that I've learned are, to label and categorize everything so that you don't get all of your work mixed up, to add natural sounds in the audio, and to use the shortcut commands so that you don't waste time opening the menu to use the tools. When using final cut pro it's really important to use Events and Projects properly because if you were looking for a specific clip but you have all of your other clips labeled in confusing text and scattered haphazardly all over the place then, it'll ruin your productivity because you're wasting time looking for that one clip that you can't find. A lot of professionals use final cut pro for their work but they have deadlines so if they have to keep their clips and videos organized as to not mix up their projects and videos from separate work together and ruin it. In some audio clips the audio level can vary drastically from one to another. It's really important to level your audio because if you don't you might break someones speaker or eardrums with your extremely poorly leveled audio. In some clips you might have an explosion thats way louder than the dialogue or narration in the background and in the final video you can't even hear the person talking because your explosion is way too loud. In the video that my team made I think that narration was the best part, the visuals are pretty good but, I think that our lack of props and locations to film limited the overall quality of the video. Also I think the audio is the best part because the music soundtrack is pretty good.

The biggest challenge for me was communicating with my team about things to improve the video. I was the support but I was really bad at telling them things. What helped with that was that they were the ones to talk to me instead of the other way around. Also I didn't have much to tell them in the first place and if there was something that needed improvement they already saw that it needed to be changed and changed it without my input. So I didn't find much to say about it. Lauren was the person helping the most during the filming and writing process. She helped by telling Amine how to properly do a scene while he was joking around the whole time. She also wrote most the script for the voiceover and the visuals. The most enjoyable part of this project was the filming process. Mostly because it was funny watching them argue about how to do a scene or what to do to make it better. During the filming process I was playing the part of the "Drug Dealer", which I thought was funny considering how I actually look like a drug dealer most of the time. Which I'm not.

In the critique results we tied for third place for best visual statement. I thought that our visual statement was pretty good and I thought we might have gotten First or at least second but I guess there were better ones than the one we made. We got voted expert 14 times. But we also got voted 6 times for amateur so I think that's why we only got third. I agree with that because in some of the scenes we didn't get the right footage and in one of the scenes I completely changed hoodies because we combined 2 clips from different days when I was wearing different clothes. But considering how professional the other visual statements were I'm surprised we even got third. Our highest voted things were the 2-3 minute mark, the relevant issue, and the music soundtrack. We just made the 2-3 minute mark by a few seconds. While writing the script I noticed how the timestamps were a little off and the goal was a 2-3 minute video but on the AV log the final scene ended on 2 minutes but I guess we actually made it. Drug abuse and addiction is a really relevant issue in Hawaii so that wasn't very surprising. But the music soundtrack was the best part I think. It really set the seriously tone and made the video a lot more emotional. Overall I agree all of the results.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Friday, November 2, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

In this Group Project me and my partner had to make a presentation about Modern Art Movements. The art movement and my team chose was Kinetic Art. Our Art movement influenced the arts and communications industry by giving rise to Optical Art and Moving Structures. It spawned the idea of illusional paintings, art that seems to move in front of your eyes and Structures that move with wind power and electricity. The work Artist do for society depends on their choice of subject matter and personality. Art is considered an extension of an artist's personality and subconscious thoughts so it depends on whether they want to help people and uplift people with their art or project some other emotion like sadness or anger. Some artists contribute to societal needs by making Art to raise awareness to certain environmental issues or social problems.

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Title: Vega-Nor
Artist: Victor Vasarely
Year: 1969

We chose the artist Victor Vasarely, he was a famous artist in the 1960s that is considered the Grandfather of Optical Art. He made a lot of well-known paintings that consisted of three dimensional shapes and lines to make the painting look like its moving or popping off the canvas. I think he was trying to communicate that art isn't just some still image that doesn't have any dimension. And he wanted to make something different from the usual Bob Ross looking paintings that you see everywhere. I think that a single artist can change someones perception or opinion on something. Because it just depends on the person and how strong their belief is on that thing or how open they are to other peoples opinions but, I do think that if the right person sees the art that the artist can change their view and opinion on something. I think art in our modern age is really easy to start and easier to do than a few decades ago. Because nowadays you can learn to do art entirely paper free and just use your phone or computer to make digital art. With digital art it's also really useful for sharing your art online and make more professional art than traditional art with cleaner lines and coloring than if you were to ink and color them on paper.

ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Monday, October 22, 2018

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

The goal for this video project was to make a Workplace Safety video. We were in groups of three and we got to choose the topic of the safety video. My group chose Proper "Handling of Tools and Equipment". Basically we had to tell people how not to break expensive stuff. I filmed and edited the video and audio. I also did some voice over stuff. Triton did voice over and most of the acting stuff on camera. Triton deserves special recognition for compensating for my monotone voice almost ruining the voice over. He did most of the on camera stuff as well. I was in some of the scenes doing horrible acting but he was actually pretty good at it. He also worked on the music for the video and made it a little more lively.

The biggest takeaway for me in this project would be that I have terrible social skills. Also that video production is hard and that I probably shouldn't ever be camera man again. During the Filming process we used the AC Core laptop, the Camera Bag, hall pass camera and the entire video was filmed in the AC Core classroom. If I hadn't missed the first few days of the project we wouldn't have been so rushed on the final day of production. I would also try to film with a more steady hand and not shake the camera as much because, I had to redo a few scenes because they were too shake-y which really set back our productivity.

In the critique results our highest score was relevance of visuals. I don't really agree with that because we didn't have enough footage to fill the entire 60 second minimum. So some of the visuals were out of place and weren't timed well with the audio. Our second highest score was overall quality. I think we communicated the goal of the video pretty well but again, we didn't get enough footage to cover the whole video. Our lowest score was clarity of audio and entertainment value. I think our video was pretty boring and during the voice over recording I tried to talk with a little more enthusiasm but when I heard the final recording I was speaking in the most monotone voice of all time. So I agree with those results. Also in the 3 things to improve critique results, I see a lot of "Steady shots" or "Smoother shots". I was the camera man and I don't use my camera ever so I am a terrible at filming and kept shaking the camera all over the place. The biggest word is "Audio" so i'm going to assume that means it was the most suggested word. I think they were talking about the voice over that I butchered.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Monday, October 1, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding will be an important skill in the future because of the way technology is developing you might have to learn coding in order to repair your autonomous car or fixing your other devices without having to pay someone a lot of money to do it for you. Also if you learn how to code you could create websites and make businesses online. Challenge #1 was trying to code an autonomous car to do a figure 8 around two boxes 1ft apart. The commands we used were "Go, Steering, and Delay" Go turns on the engines and makes the car move forward. Steering, is the cars steering and combined with Go will make the car move in whichever direction you want. And Delay, is used to time how long the previous two commands stay active.

Our logic statement was to do a figure 8 we have to turn 4 times each circle and stop on the tape. During the figure 8 challenge it was frustrating because, our car was in the 150cc or 1000 speed bracket. So our car was moving really fast and if we tried to turn the car in one direction it'd smash right into the box. I was the one doing most of the coding and it was really tedious because our speed was so high that in order to complete one circle around the box, I had to add around 30 lines of code. We ended up just settling on one circle because, we had spent so much time trying to finish the first circle that we didn't have enough time to finish the second one.

I didn't do much of the coding on the second project because I couldn't understand any of the code that we were using or what to do. During the second Challenge we used the codes While loop, Array, Display Line, and Sound. While loop lets you be loop lines of code for a certain amount of time. I don't know what Array is for because the description is really confusing. Display Line controls the LED lights on the front of the car and lets you display whatever you want. Sound is pretty self explanatory, it lets you play sound through the speakers in the car. I wouldn't trust an autonomous car to drive me anywhere. I wouldn't put my life in the hands of an AI controlling a moving weapon that might try to kill me. Although, I think autonomous cars will be a thing in the future but, I think that only rich lazy people will own them. In the future I think technology will advance to the point where AI can simulate human reflexes and thinking in order to do tasks like driving an Ambulance, controlling the world, or performing surgery. So I bet becoming a programmer will be a high paying job in the future.

Photo credit: Triton and Amine
 TAGS:ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

In my sill life drawing, I used Value, Line, and Texture. I used Line to outline my still life image and recreate the form of the image. I then, used Value and Texture to create the darkness of the shadows and give the image a 3Dimensional look. When making the cross-hatching texture. I had to change between brush sizes of 5 and 3 and use pressure sensitivity to make the variety of color to make the shadows. My favorite part of the drawing process was the texturing. I really like texturing because it was fun to use value to recreate the shadows and experimenting with the textures. I thought the line art was the most monotonous because, I wasn't used to using a drawing tablet so I kept using Command Z over and over again to get the line perfect and it was kind of irritating.

My landscape photo was taken on the lookout near Ho'opi'i Falls down the road from my house. I drive past it a lot when going to school so I thought it'd be a good spot to take a picture. In the finished image it resembles a paper sketch but my still life actually looks like I drew it from hand. I used the advanced filter tutorial for the pencil sketch look. I think I messed up on a step or just took a bad picture but the finished image doesn't look like how everyone else's turned out. I got a little lost near the end so I could have missed something important to make it look right. I think that I took a picture with too much detail so the finished image looks like an altered picture.

The portrait image I used is a picture of my sister, Rainbow. The picture was in front of my house. The picture doesn't mean anything to me, it's just a picture. My image uses all of the elements of art except Color. Because it uses only black and white. It uses line for the outline of the original image and the outline creates form and shape of the person in the picture. It uses Texture and value to make recreate the shadows and textures of the hair and shirt. I couldn't finish the mixed portrait image in time, so the background is only half done.

The highest score I got was on my still life, fourteen people voted expert on my still life. I agree with that because I had spent a lot of time working on it and compared to the other still images I think mine was the most detailed and complete. Some people voted my still life an amateur which I can understand, because the background and horizon line was a little rushed and I put a lot less effort into it. My second highest score was on my mixed image. The lowest score I got was on my landscape image. I put the glowing edges and I followed the tutorial the best I could but I think the image was a little too detailed so you weren't able to see the glowing edges that easily. I messed up on the tutorial so it didn't turn out as good as everybody else's. Overall, I didn't expect to get such high scores on the critique because I saw everyone else's images and mine didn't look as good.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)