This is the End – My Week in Review

Hello, everyone! Well, we’re finally here: we’ve finally reached the end of our DS106 class. I’ve really enjoyed this one–this course has opened my eyes to all the different ways of telling a story, as well as shown me how I can improve, creatively. Down below is a broad summary of this past week, for me, in video-form:

This week, I worked tirelessly on my final trans-media narrative, “The Book of Prim,” the story of a young witch who loses an ornate spell book to a mischievous goblin, and has to fight to get it back. The project spanned over most of the various social media platforms we’ve used during this class–Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram–and utilized all of the different mediums for telling a story–audio, video, design and photography–to tell one broad, cohesive narrative. Making the entire thing mostly required me sitting in my room as I edited everything together, but the photography portion did require me to run outside; it literally rained on and off again for half of the entire week, so I had to move quickly for fear of being soaked, or worse, struck by lightening!

Like I said in my video, I’m probably the most proud of the photography portion of my narrative; this course made me more conscious of how to take well-composed photographs, and I feel like they would’ve likely come out looking a lot more flat and boring if I hadn’t learned what I had, during the photography unit of this course, or at the very least I wouldn’t have fully understood why they might look as good or as bad as they would’ve, otherwise, since I had never really put that much thought into the composition of my photographs, up to this point.

I also mentioned that I’m the least proud of the design portion of my narrative; while I do like how the drawing itself turned out, I would’ve liked to have been able to make the colors more vibrant and make the picture look “cleaner,” for lack of a better word, which I think would’ve been helped if I had colored the image in digitally, but I felt that I didn’t have enough time to do that on top of everything else I needed to do. If I could re-do this week, one thing I would do is do a better job of spacing out my work load so that I could at least try to find time to make my design closer to what I really wanted.

I edited the video using the pre-installed video editing software on my computer, and the photos I used were the ones I had taken for my final project. I wanted a more serene, contemplative, almost melancholic track for the background music, so I went with one of the software’s preset tracks, “Reflecting Pool.”

Here is a link to my digital narrative, and a more in-depth look at my overall process of making it: The Book of Prim

In that post, I also posted about the three Daily Creates I had done, in addition to my narrative, and I described my process for creating them; I did, however, complete one final Daily Create yesterday:

For Saturday’s Daily Create, we were asked to create a campaign button for anyone we wanted. I made a button for the Steven Universe character Amethyst, one of my favorite characters in the series; I find her to be, for the most part, a pretty fun character and her arc, especially most recently, has been incredibly engaging, for me.

I couldn’t find a good template for a button from Pixabay or Google, so I used MediBang to draw the button, using the shape and gradient tools and then adding the text, and then I used Autodesk Sketchbook to draw in the stars.

Definitely my two biggest weaknesses, both regarding this course and in general, have been time management and attentiveness. I mentioned in my video that properly balancing out my work load, especially a heavier work load, has never been a strong suit of mine, which is why I turned in my third week summary a few minutes late, and why I feel like I didn’t get to make the design for the final project as good as I had wanted it, but I also sometimes breeze over certain details when it comes to assignments, like with my cover design assignment, but I tried to learn from that experience and pay more attention to the prompts for the other assignments I did, but I admit that I still dropped the ball when it came to this final post.

Still, I deeply enjoyed this class; I was pleasantly surprised by what I learned over these five weeks, and I’ll be sure to apply them whenever I get the chance, in the future. Thank you very much for everything, and I hope y’all have a great rest of your summer!

The Book of Prim

#ds106 #ds106final The cover design for my final assignment.

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#ds106 #ds106final The photography portion of my final.

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The Book of Prim

Goblins like shiny objects; this is pretty old news to most people. So it’s no wonder that a goblin, who had somehow managed to sneak its way inside the grand gray house from the impending rain, thirsted for the bright blue gemstone jutting out from the dark, leather-bound book that was being carefully examined by one of the residents of that grand, gray house, a young witch named Prim Harper.

The goblin, creeping silently through the house and up the stairs, poked its small, dark head into Prim’s room, and no sooner had it peered into the witch’s room, its gaze was drawn to the beautiful gemstone embedded into the old book’s cover. It flashed its razor-sharp teeth in anticipation and snickered; the soft but raspy sound caught Prim’s attention.

“A goblin,” she gasped as soon as she saw the goblin, lingering in her doorway. “Hey! How did you get in here?” she asked the little creature (though she wasn’t really expecting an answer), letting the book drop to her side. The goblin suddenly charged at her, and though it was small–not much larger than a rabbit–it let out a harsh, menacing hiss, its claws and fangs bared and ready to attack, and attack it did; it leaped up and sank its teeth into Prim’s book.

“Get off that!” Prim cried, trying to shake the little beast loose. The weight of the old book and her flailing caused her to lose her grip, sending the book flying. The goblin, still clinging tightly to the book, darted off.

“Oh no! Get back here!” Prim called out. She could feel a lump forming in her chest, but only for a moment; that lump was soon replaced by determination, for she was going to get that book back, no matter what!

The goblin had managed to carry the book all the way down the stairs, and, nestling itself in a remote part of the  living room, it sat back and admired its newly-acquired booty. Soon enough, however, Prim was on its trail:

“Now, where did that thing go?” she muttered to herself, looking around the room. She looked under chairs and on top of shelves until she found the goblin perched on the very top of the tallest bookcase. “There you are, you little bastard!” she cried, and raising her hand, she let loose a beam of light. The goblin leaped down, still clinging desperately to the book, and skittered away as odds and ends came crashing down behind it, laughing smugly. “Dammit!” Prim cursed through gritted teeth; but she wasn’t about to give up so easily. She continued chasing the goblin into the library, shooting beams of magic in hopes of at the very least getting it to drop the book. She could tell the goblin was beginning to run out of stamina (as was she–it had been way too long since she had gone to the gym last!), but it wouldn’t let go of the book. “Almost there,” Prim hissed to herself. She then drew a deep breath and concentrated all of her might to summon a brilliant ray of white light that finally knocked the goblin away with a weak shriek. The book dropped to the floor as the goblin darted off into some small hole where it was certain Prim couldn’t follow.

With a satisfied grin, Prim walked over to the book and picked it up off the ground. “I’ll be taking this, thank you.” she said as she dusted off the jewel-encrusted cover. Well, she then thought as she made her way back upstairs to her room, that’s one helluva way to start your day.

The Story behind the story

Hello, everyone! That was my final story for this class!

The overall structure of the final is as follows:

  • The “cover art” for the entire piece (the design portion)
  • A series of photographs serving as establishing shots (the photography portion)
  • The prologue/first chapter of the story (the video portion)
  • Prim chasing the goblin through the house, trying to get her book back (the audio portion)
  • And the written narrative to tie everything together (the written portion)!

I discussed how I did the design, the video, and the photography portions of the narrative in previous posts, but here is how I put together the audio portion:

For the audio portion of the story, I used sound effects, music cues, and my own voice-over to help tell the story and create immersion, like what we discussed regarding audio narratives during our third week of class. I thought about what I did when making my sound effects story and my alternate history audio story, that same week, while recording and editing together this assignment.

Like with the video portion of the assignment, I recorded my own voice using an external microphone and the voice recording software already installed in my computer; I also downloaded and used various sound effects from freesound.org. However, while I used music cues from filmstro.com for the video portion, I used cues from incompetech.com for the audio–specifically the tracks “Scheming Weasel (fast version)” for the opening cue, (which I know I’ve heard in various other comedy videos on YouTube, in the past), “Long Time Coming” for when Prim is chasing the goblin through the house, and “Carpe Diem” for when Prim gets her book back, all by Kevin MacLeod. I edited all of the music, sound effects, and voice clips together in Audacity.

I played around with amplification for many of the tracks, reverb on a couple–e.g. the footsteps and the objects dropping to the ground–and I even messed around with the tempo of some tracks, the magic blast that knocks out the goblin in the end; speaking of, I only ended up using two different sound effects for the magic blast, but copied and pasted one of them over and over again.

Daily Creates

Finally, I’d like to include the three daily creates I did, over the past few days:

This one was made in mazegenerator.net. It’s a 25 cells diameter theta maze. The website says you can make your maze up to 200 cells in diameter, but I didn’t want to do anything nearly that complicated. I downloaded the pdf from the website, and then took a screenshot of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to print it out and try to solve it, myself.

I have a lot of ideas for what I want, for a tattoo; a flower with stars was just the one I went with, for this one. This design was made in the Tattoo Font Maker, using its preset assets.

And finally, an instructional guide on how to make and use a Daruma doll! The idea of the doll is to write down a wish or goal you want to accomplish within a year, and the doll will help encourage you to do what you need to do to fulfill that goal, and also bring you good luck and fortune. My godfather got this doll for me and a similar one for my sister while he was in Japan, last year (the goal on its back was for last semester).

That’s all for now, I think. Thank you all so much for a great semester! I hope you all have a great rest of your summer!

Final Countdown – part 3

Hello, everyone! Continuing on with my final assignment, I would like to share what I’ve taken for the photography portion of my trans-media narrative:

The photography portion of the narrative serves to provide establishing shots for the story-proper, to help set the stage for where the story will take place. The protagonist is a witch, and so I wanted to take pictures that reflected the mystery and intrigue that often springs to mind when thinking of witches; the fact that it was cloudy and rainy when I took the exterior photos helps add to that aura.

I took pictures of the outside of our house, and close-up photos of the potted roses and one of the plants in my mother’s garden for the exterior shots. Like I mentioned, they serve as establishing shots (the shot of our house, in particular), but they also give a peek into some of what the protagonist might be up to, as the photos of the plants imply that she makes potions, at least from time to time.

I tried to pay attention to the various tips and tricks about photography that we learned about, the first week of class, such as the rule of threes, depth, and contrast, and I kept what I learned from the photoblitz we did, earlier in the semester, too. The photo of the garden features depth, with the plant in the foreground and the stone head under the glass dome in the background and out of focus; the house, garden, and roses are examples of contrast, with the dark house against the light sky, the light plant against the dark background, and the bright pink petals against the dark green leaves; I also tried to arrange my gemstones evenly so that there would be a sense of balance, in each photo.

I also took pictures of the rocks on my bedside table that I’ve collected over the past couple of years; I mentioned in a previous post that gemstones are often associated with magic and witchcraft, so I figured that the photos of my gemstones would help to drive that point a bit further–plus, the fact that the gemstone on the cover of the spell book is cut and faceted while the stones on my bedside table are raw makes the former appear more special and unique, at least in the eyes of the creature tries to steal it.

I probably won’t use every single photo I took, in this set, for my final project–I will be including the photos of the outside of our house and the garden, but I’ll most likely pick the best photo I took of the roses and of my gemstones, out of the several I took.

Final Countdown – part 1

Hello, everyone!

I’ve begun working on my DS 106 final project. So far, I’ve completed a rough outline of what I want to do with my story, and how I want to tell it, and I’ve completed the cover design of the story.

I drew the cover and colored it in with colored pencils. Afterwards, I scanned the drawing onto my computer and changed the saturation and brightness in MediBang, and then added the text and “sparkle effects” in Autodesk Sketchbook. The cover embodies the design aspect of the multi-media assignment, and in designing it, I’ve attempted to capture the principles of balance, repetition, hierarchy, and color. The pictures shown above show my process in drawing and coloring the cover, excluding the final cover featuring the text and sparkle effects.

At first, I wanted to draw the cover and then color it in digitally, but I figured that that would take too long and I would run out of time to do everything else I needed to do, for this assignment. Then I thought about coloring in everything with colored pencils and then adding in a background digitally, but then I figured that that would look too sloppy, since traditional and digital art don’t normally mix that well together.

I didn’t know what exactly to draw on the cover of the book featured in the story (shown near the bottom of the design)–the book in question is a spell book, and I wanted its cover to reflect that, but I knew that I wanted to do more than just write “Spell Book” or just draw a moon or a star on the cover, so in the end I went with a gemstone. Gemstones tend to be associated with the mystical, so I felt that it was a good fit for a spell book.

The mist that is rising from the central character is also meant to be a magic aura of sorts, as a way of adding more to the background than just an empty, blue space and to add a sense of balance to the overall design, as well as to help reflect the fantasy nature of the story, as a whole. As it stands, it looks like regular mist, but like I mentioned before, the final cover design features a subtle sparkle-effect (which is really just small, white dots) that I added later in Autodesk Sketchbook.

I wanted the cover of the story reflect the general gist of it, while still providing some intrigue as to specific details about the story–i.e. that the story will involve a girl, a book, magic, and an imp-like being. I think I did a fairly good job of that.

Anyway, I look forward to showing you the final product (along with the rest of my project)!

Entering the Home-Stretch

Hello, everyone! Believe it or not, we’re nearly there–we’re almost in our final week of the semester! I hope you’ve been enjoying yourselves as much as I have.

I completed the daily creates for both Saturday and Sunday:

For Saturday’s daily create, I drew the deer, the bunny, and the butterfly on the digital whiteboard linked on the daily create page, for that day. I decided to draw them in since deer, bunnies and butterflies are a pretty big part of my real world, and I’ve always been fond of them, deer in particular (even if they eat all of my mother’s plants!).

I think this image goes to show that I’m a bit rusty when it comes to drawing on the computer without any reference.

I mentioned this before, but my cat Jasmine has a very strange personality, so for Sunday’s daily create, I decided to give her a medal for it. I downloaded the image of the medal from Pixabay, wrote the text on the medal’s face in MediBang, and then combined it with an old photo of my cat that was on my phone in Autodesk Sketchbook, where I transformed the medal to look like Jasmine was wearing it (kind of).

Then, I completed three video assignments–the Your Dream as a Movie Trailer assignment, the Public Service Announcement assignment, and the A Word… A Picture… A Story assignment–all three of which I discussed in previous posts: Fashion Dreams, Everything You Know is a Lie!, and Pretty Words.

I also commented on three different posts: Lowlights – Wow Look a Website; My Dream Trip to Finland – Issie Griffith; and We All Have a Dream – Pixeltale.

Lowlights – Wow Look a Website
My Dream Trip to Finland – Issie Griffith
We All Have a Dream – Pixeltale

I decided I wanted to talk a bit more about my PSA video:

The Story

A crack team of historians and folklorists discovers that the real origins of the nursery rhyme, “Ring Around the Rosie,” isn’t anywhere near as grim as once believed, and is, in fact, related to people keeping their clothes smelling fresh and flowery with potpourri. After compiling all of the data they could find, the team relays the story to a news outlet, who then posts a breaking-news bulletin to reveal the truth to the masses.

The More In-Depth Look

I was originally planning on doing the vintage educational video assignment, to complete the nursery rhyme prompt from my mid-week post, but I realized that that probably wouldn’t work since that assignment was more about making a vintage educational video about a modern topic, and nursery rhymes really aren’t that modern. So, after doing a bit more searching, I decided to make a short psa about “Ring Around the Rosie,” instead.

Like I mentioned in my post regarding the video, I had a surprisingly hard time finding certain images and clips to illustrate what I wanted, like the strong smell of the potpourri or the fact that it would make people dizzy. In the end, I just used the image of a woman smelling a flower, which I found while Googling “bad smell” and picking one of the first royalty-free images I found to go with both points about the strong smell and how it made people dizzy.

The method I used for my voice-over narration was pretty much identical to how I recorded my narration for my alternate history audio assignment, last week. The only real differences between the two were, 1) the fact that there were visuals to go with my audio, this time around; and 2) doing the voice-over for this assignment was less, for lack of a better term, labor-intensive than for the audio assignment. A large part of that was the fact that the audio track for the video assignment didn’t require nearly as many additional sound effects or music as the audio assignment did, but also I felt that I didn’t require as many takes, when recording my audio for this assignment than when I recorded the last one (that’s not to say I didn’t need to re-record certain lines because I stumbled over them or paused for too long, of course).

I didn’t use photos or clips of children in my video, but in retrospect it might’ve helped drive home the fact that “Ring Around the Rosie” is a nursery rhyme sung by children. I had downloaded clips of children playing from Pixabay, as well as a child holding his nose to help illustrate the point about the potpourri smelling strongly, but I second-guessed myself before I uploaded the video, and so I went back and edited it; although now, like I said, it most likely would’ve been fine to leave them in. I have a habit of being indecisive about certain things, which is something I hope to break, in the future.

Anyway, that’s about it from me for this week. Until next time.

Fashion Dreams

Hello, everyone! Here is my third video assignment, the Your Dream as a Movie Trailer assignment:

I decided to make a 30 second trailer about my childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. I used clips I found from Pixabay and Pexels and edited them together in the video editing app on my computer; the music I used to score the trailer was also a preset tune in the app.

I tended to change my mind constantly, when it came to my dreams–at one point I wanted to be a fashion designer, a graphic novelist, a video game designer, a character designer, and probably so many more that I can’t remember, off the top of my head (it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I decided that I really wanted to be an author)! I decided to make a trailer based on my dreams of becoming a fashion designer simply because I thought that it would make for more interesting visuals than, perhaps, a trailer based on my dream of becoming an author, which would mostly just consist of clips of people writing or reading. With fashion design, I could include clips of drawing, sewing, applying makeup, modeling, and so on.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to add in all of the things I wanted to add, such as models putting on makeup or women looking at clothes, in order to maintain the 30 second limit, for this assignment, but I feel like what I was able to use was sufficient enough to get the point across. It was also a bit tricky trying to trim the clips used to be just the right length that the video as a whole didn’t go over 30 seconds. Another thing I wanted to do but wasn’t able to was transitions between the clips and the text bumpers, but the app I had on my computer didn’t have transitions. Luckily, the app is able to automatically sync the video with the soundtrack (at least with the preset soundtracks) to make each shift from clip to text to clip more smooth.

I also added a filter over the clips in the video editor app, just to add a little something extra; the filter I used was called “Pearl,” and I picked it out of the others because of how much I really liked the subtle, pale, silvery quality of it. I think it adds a slight dream-like quality to the video.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Everything You Know is a Lie!

Hello, everyone! For my next video assignment, I made a psa about the “true” origin of the nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie:”

This video is based on the question of the week I answered in my midweek post on Wednesday, wherein I reimagined the fairly grim “Ring Around the Rosie” as having a more light-hearted origin–i.e. it being about strongly-scented potpourri.

Like my last video, I edited this one in the video editor on my computer; however, unlike my last video, this one features both pictures and free stock footage, most of which I took from Pixabay,  Flickr, and WikiCommons. I used a news jingle at the very beginning and the very end of the video, and I recorded myself for the voice-over narration, and I edited them both together in Audacity.

One thing I’m particularly proud of is the transition from the image related to the Plague to the first image of potpourri, which happens just as I first say the word, “potpourri;” that was just something I found really satisfying. One thing I found particularly frustrating (as well as a little surprising), however, was the fact that I found it impossible to find any free images or video to represent dizziness or falling over, so I had to leave them out.

I added both the jingle and the clip of the spinning globe to add a sense of authenticity to my video, as if it were a clip from an actual news source–even if the story itself is pretty silly. I might’ve video of myself to add some extra authenticity, but a) I don’t really have a good green-screen, b) I don’t really think my cell-phone or laptop cameras are that good, and c) I don’t think the video editing software on my computer is capable of that kind of editing.

Even so, I think this video turned out pretty good. I hope you enjoy this one, too.

Pretty Words

Hello, everyone! I would like to share with you the video I made based on one of our class’s video assignments, “A Word… A Picture… A Story…”:

The assignment asked that the student pick 5-10 words at random, find a picture to go with each word, and then put them all together in a video to tell a short story.

I went with the words “cat,” “teapot,” “beach,” “scooter,” “bird,” “tree,” and “music;” I searched each word on Pixabay and downloaded all of the pictures used in the video from there; then I edited them all together in the video editing app on my computer, adding the stock music already installed in the software. The only images that were modified in anyway were the very first and last two images–I changed the levels and added a blur filter over them. I had a bit of a hard time trying to figure out what music to score the video with, but I think the track I went with, “Rose Petals,” suits the overall tone of the story quite well.

The assignment also allowed the student to either write one sentence for each image/word, or to try to tell the story without any sentences–I decided to go with the former option, since I thought it would be easier to follow the story I was trying to tell, rather than make anyone try to glean anything based on the images, alone. I also thought that the story ended pretty abruptly, so I added the “It was a very good day” bit at the very end, to help wrap things up a bit more smoothly.

I decided that a little story about a cat going out would go best with the words I went with; I also thought it would be a bit more interesting and more fun to put a more, for lack of a better word, fantastical spin on an otherwise mundane story–i.e. having anthropomorphic animals as the main characters as opposed to regular humans.

Some might wonder why or how a bird and a cat are friends, when cats normally like to eat birds (even in fiction, cats and birds are often portrayed as being enemies), but I kind of like playing with expectations, plus I feel like making the cat and the bird enemies might break the relaxed, low-key tone of the story.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Coming Up Roses: Week 4 Midweek Sum-Up

Hello, everyone! We’re about to enter the home-stretch, for the semester. I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have.

So far this week, I’ve completed the daily creates for Tuesday and Wednesday:

For Tuesday’s daily create, I decided to make a poster advertising the “Try Not to Laugh Challenge” as an Olympic sport. I watch quite a bit of Markiplier on YouTube, and he’s done several videos on the “Try Not to Laugh Challenge,” where he watches a collection of videos from either Vine or YouTube or other sources and tries not to laugh, and eventually laughs anyway. I got the picture of the laughing smiley face from Pixabay, and edited it in MediBang (where I made the canvas bigger) and Autodesk Sketchbook (where I added the line down the middle, the text, and the circle with a slash around the smiley face).

If I were to enter a try not to laugh competition, I would definitely lose!

I went with a map of Dublin, Ireland, for Wednesday’s daily create. Ireland has kind of a special place in my heart, since for one, I’m part Irish, and also I was a big fan of the Artemis Fowl book series, when I was younger. I looked up Dublin in Google Maps and then took a picture of it with the screen capture software on my computer; I found the images of Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Pixabay; then I edited them all together in Autodesk Sketchbook.

Film Reading and Film Making

Earlier, I also discussed an article written by Roger Ebert, How to Read a Movie, where he discussed how a scene can be “weighted” in a way that affects how audiences might read a scene, and then I watched four videos about various tricks and techniques of film making. Both the article and the videos went over different ways in which scene composition can affect the overall tone of a scene. Because I tend to take the films I watch at face-value, at least on the first couple of viewings, these kinds of minute details about composition tend to slip past me; but since we’ll be making our own videos later on this week, I’ll be sure to keep these little things in mind, when making mine.

Question of the Week: Nursery Rhymes

Old Mother Hubbard

When I was a little kid, “Ring Around the Rosie” was a song I would sing with friends all the time, and it wasn’t until much, much later that I found out that it was about the Black Death (imagine my shock!). Like with film making and composition, I pretty much took it at face-value and saw it as a rather meaningless rhyme about flowers, with its mention of roses and posies. So, if I were to write a story to change the meaning of the poem, it might go something like this:

The American version of “Ring Around the Rosie” is about potpourri. People would sometimes use small sacks of potpourri, often containing roses and posies, to help their clothes smell nicer, but there were times when the scent would be so overpowering that it would make some people feel rather dizzy. Children then decided to make a game of sorts out of it; they would spin in a circle, singing the song, and then fall to the ground. The “ashes, ashes” part of the song is derived from how the dried-up petals and fruit slices making up the potpourri become ashy, over time.

That’s about it for now. I hope y’all have a good rest of your week! Until next time.

Videos about Videos

Hello, everyone! In addition to reading Roger Ebert’s article about reading and analyzing movie scenes, I also looked at several short videos about various filming techniques, which I’ve listed below:

This video is a collage of all of the zooms–both zoom-ins and zoom-outs–used in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

This video displays many different well-executed techniques in film making, from various types of zooms to camera angles to long takes and more.

In this video, director Alfred Hitchcock demonstrates how context can affect the way audience members can interpret a character’s behavior or reaction to something–e.g. a man smiling at a woman holding a baby, vs. a man smiling at a woman in a bikini.

And finally, this video shows how various camera angles and techniques (sometimes with the help of special effects) can be used to enhance a scene.

All of these techniques help to establish a scene or character, or to set or enhance the overall tone of a scene. In some cases, like with Mr. Hitchcock’s demonstration regarding context, certain creative decisions can take something mundane and give it a rather unsettling vibe; or various different types of zooms or camera angles can take something mundane and make it vastly more interesting, like with the rapid-fire cuts and zooms in the example from Shaun of the Dead shown in the “Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques” video.

Unlike the concept of “intrinsic weighting” described in Roger Ebert’s article, How to Read a Movie, I was aware of several of the various types of zooms, camera angles, and other techniques and tricks highlighted in these videos, and how they affected a scene’s atmosphere or tone, but I wasn’t quite as aware of the distinctions between some of these techniques, and how these distinctions can generate different types of affects. It certainly is fascinating to learn the names of all of these techniques, and how they can be applied in various different ways.

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