Okay I know everyone including myself is just about ready to be done with school but for the odd balls out there who want to dig deeper into their peers work I’ve got you covered. There have been some fantastic projects done so far and that will continue to be completed and I’m excited to see the rest but I want to keep this portion of the blog short because there’s some more important info and the bigger picture below. So without further or due. Take some time to sit back and enjoy my process for combining video, animation, and audio for my big final project! (end of page will include the final thoughts section)
This was an extremely complex yet rewarding project and here’s why. The first thing you must understand is how much time is required to complete such a simple animation like this, I spent roughly 20 hours editing and animating a 2min video. This is because of the process that I covered in the second video link above, and I highly encourage you to watch and listen to everything above before you continue reading……go.
Most of what I needed to cover as far the project and process goes was covered in the three videos above. However for what I did not cover I wanted to touch on here. It was hard to cover absolutely everything about this process because that would have taken hours to record and I wanted to say why that is and why I won’t be covering it here either. I think that those who appreciate this process and care to dig deeper will find very quickly that it can be and is usually a fairly complex project if done properly. That’s not to discourage you though! The outcome is definitely rewarding and worth while but it is labor some. For those of you that do end up reading this and watching/ listening to everything above and have heard about the YouTuber Joel Haver (my inspiration for this project) I would encourage you to reach out to me for more details if you want to pursue or learn more about this process. There’s just too much to cover here in a blog.
Overall I spent a lot of time on this project and it really exceeded all expectations when I saw the final, which some of you might be saying…really? exceeded? hahaha, and I know. That’s a stretch but I promise you, you’ll feel the same if you take it on. I think I expressed a lot of my feelings throughout in both of my “how to” videos/audios and there isn’t much more for me to say here
Thank you to everyone who stuck it all the way through, I really hope it was worth it and you gained some entertainment from it at a bare minimum. I’ll shut up now but remember to always try new things and have fun with it and always gain some new outlook on it after completing it! With the right attitude everything can be worth it. Have a good one y’all.
This week we were tasked with writing up an outline for what our project will be and what it will look like. I am aiming to connect THREE different streams of media for this project which I know is a bare minimum but what I have planned is going to require some work and I have been lazy this week so I’m going to really need to get going here soon.
My tentative plan is to as of 4/19/21 is to first create a short (30-45 sec) video of some one on one interaction/ conversation with a friend, yes this is the video portion of my final project. Next the animation/design of that video. I’ve recently been pointed towards a pretty cool YouTuber that creates short films and then brings them into 3 different programs (Photoshop, Premier Pro, and EBSYNTH) to animate and tell a story with them. He first creates a fill layer of whatever filter he chooses in order to give it an old and original RPG look, he then takes it and adds a background to fit the story line and uses his own steady hand to draw over top of each frame to design whatever character he desires (HAND DRAWN!). Next he takes it frame by frame and uses the last program to trace and duplicate whatever drawing he did and it duplicates it onto each frame. Lastly he takes it into premier and makes it a video. It’s a lot of work for a short bit, but it’s so rewarding he says. This will be my first time trying and I’m excited to see how it goes.
Next I plan to do my last interconnected media portion by making a podcast about the process and answering some questions from whoever I have on.
I have no team as of now, but I tried to obtain one and got no bites haha, I don’t blame em. I am late to the race so I’ll have to rapidly begin working on this and get it all on my computer very soon. Maybe even over the weekend I will begin progress. Hope it turns out!! Also definitely check out that guys channel. It’s incredible.
Okay yeah that was click bait, but for real! I wasn’t able to complete this weeks assignments on time or at all honestly. I know that this is out of character for me but after last week and my short film was finally complete and posted to YouTube I decided to chill out for a little and then on top of that I had just started a new job this past week so things have been hectic to say the least. I did however complete my TDC’s for whatever that counts towards and I did go through and look/ comment on a few classmates posts. Which were amazing. But anyway I just came on here to say that and explain why I was lazy and didn’t complete the work, but maybe I can get around to it this week? I don’t know, we’ll see!!! 🙂
Yet another week is done and for this in particular I wanted to just make this post and the idea blog post jumbled into one. I still stand by my original post and want to accomplish all of that. Which I know isn’t ideal but this week has been extremely busy. I’ve always wanted to film my own short film but this has proven to be so much more and I’ve learned so much more. It’s 11:46pm on Friday right now and my YouTube channel is processing and reviewing my upload as we speak so I can’t link it quite yet but I will soon! I promise! I wanted to use this space in the meantime to share some thoughts. As I said above this has been more challenging than expected and has reqired a lot more time than expected but I’ve had a blast and learned a lot so far. I have my original script/shot list and some screen shots of the editing process that I will now share. If it’s readable haha.
Those are the scripts/shots I took out to the location we were filming and I had to use them frequently. It is almost always recommended from all the sources I read and talked to that one should create and take out a shot list. It’s better to get your thoughts down and be able to refer to them later than just go out and shoot hoping for the best. The story in that instance almost always tend to have less coherency and isn’t tied together as well.
Here’s a early on pic of my editing screen about half way through and I didn’t take one when done because I forgot and don’t want to relaunch but when my video uploads and I have to update this I’ll be sure to include the final screen shot as well!
There’s a lot to go over here and I’m going to try my best to simplify. I shot everything with sound from my camera mic and added certain sounds in specific places to enhance the feel of the film. Some were downloaded online and some were recorded by me in the field. I simply laid out every shot I had and put it in order before taking it into post. Once in post I could drag in and clip what I didn’t want and create transitions where needed and make each shot flow as intended. Once those were in order I overlaid the sound design to each part that required it and tweaked other parts and finally I color graded each and every clip to enhance the image. This is oversimplified, but If there are any specific questions please feel free to leave them in the comments!
Lastly, I haven’t got a chance to look over everyone else project ideas and posts but I really want to and I really like collaborating with others so this is going to be exciting to see everyone’s thoughts! Oh and my Daily Creates went alright, but as I mentioned before I was very busy and didn’t have as much time as usual to put my all into them this week.
I’m super hype about this week because this is going to be right down my ally of what I want to get better at and do more of Videography! I completed 2 Daily Creates which were fun and interesting and then went straight into researching and looking over the different film techniques and how to read a movie which I found very interesting and useful, but it might end up biting me in the butt down the road when I start watching movies only to pick out and see those specific moments instead of enjoying the film. Hopefully not.
The next bit of fun I had was creating my trailer for the first week of my video assignment. This was really cool and really fun to do because I’ve been wanting to get my camera out again and film some more. I started by coming up with a concept on “my story” and then using my surroundings to get a few shots I could patch together to make what my trailer is now and I hope to continue developing the script/ shot list and carry it on into my final short film.
I commented and filled out the survey too! Doesn’t take long with all this talent in the class!
This week was not a total break but it was nice having less to do for sure, very needed break. Because this week was so light I was able to complete my daily creates and reworks relatively quickly in order to put some more time and thought into my project ideas. The radio show listen in was a fun idea as well and I was happy to see a lot of positive feedback, such a large amount of talent in this class! I mostly used this time to relax especially considering the new job I just started so having some down time was nice so that I could settle in there. Thanks prof! Good week, good times, great memories.
This week has been pretty eventful but luckily I had a great team to work with and we made it all work out in our favor and finished with a great final Show. This week we had to create a couple daily creates on our twitter accounts and so I had some fun with those and made the best of it. One of the tdc that I chose to do was the family picture reenactment. That was crazy looking back at such a time and seeing that again. WOW, such growth.
The only other major event was the actual radio show itself! Most of that is recapped in my progress report for this week, but we had a lot of fun recording and made the editing aspect really unique and interesting while keeping everyone in the loop and learning together. The final radio show was pretty good in my opinion, I really liked how we took it in the podcast direction of free talk and sort of just commenting and having fun together because it makes it feel more authentic and natural to us and the listeners. I liked the group work and I hope there can be more to come again soon!
This week has been challenging because I have this group project along with another pretty big group project that I’m working on so it gets difficult to balance everything but I managed to get done what needed to get done so far. This post will be pretty similar to and cover a lot of what my Progress Report covered, but I’m going to recap it anyway. My group has completed each of our own radio commercials, radio bumpers, and logos! We plan on meeting next week to start talking about and recording our actual stories. We anticipate that the whole process might take some time so we are hoping to hop on the mics early in the week and then start recording. But in addition to our assignments, reports, and recordings I have also completed 3 daily creates that were pretty fun too! But that’s all for now!
This week was a lot of busy work but there was also a lot of rewarding work too! It started out by asking us for our definition on what design means to us and how it can be applied and what its fundamentals are comprised of, which led to me pondering on what design can be at it’s simplest forms vs it’s most complex forms. Learning about the Stranger Things title design was also very inspiring thinking about all the old inventions or creations that we can take and make new!
We then went in to a design blitz! This was a fun challenge because we had to use design principles that we may not have been fully aware of or used to and use them to look for and capture real world examples. This taught me to look further than just the average day and really observe the environment around us and take into consideration how companies can get a hold of our attention.
Our next task was to complete 4-5 assignments in the design principles category of the assignment bank and I chose to complete 4 different assignments ONE OF WHICH I CEATED! The first assignment I went with was the create my own logo assignment which was really fun and allowed me to express my interest in minimalistic design. The second assignment I did was the Vouge Challenge assignment which allowed me to express my imagination of what I would create for a magazine cover. This was alright but I think I could do better….needs more words. The third assignment I completed was the Motivational Poster assignment where I took a generic photo online and just added a motivational quote onto it in order to create the “poster” feel. My final and most favorite assignment was created by me and aims to break out of the generic and basic list of design principles that were listed in the assignment descriptions. This assignment is called “back to basics” and is designed to be a more free and imagination based assignment for those who want to relax yet work their brain and earn credit! It’s a fun one!
The next focus that I put attention into was my Daily Creates which focused on exploring new concepts and experimenting with design in a new light. My twitter this week was filled with GIFs and fun conceptual ideas that I used to teach myself something new!
The first assignment I decided to take part in was to create a “relaxing” playlist for listeners and I did this by gathering my favorite songs and sound effects from nature and putting them together to make this relaxing playlist. It’s short because of size issues, I know we tend to see hours on hours of this usually but I didn’t want to mess with downloading and uploading something so massive.
My next assignment I chose was to create an “earr*pe” sound. This is something that is extremely painful to listen to and I don’t recommend doing it for fun! The goal of this was to take a common noise or song and make it unbearable and that’s exactly what I did.
The last assignment that I chose to take part in was the mixing and matching of a song and it’s cover. For this I went with the classic Zombie by Cranberries. During this mix-up my goal was to make them as seamless as possible and sound as if they are on the same track together. I enjoyed this project because it challenged my ability in audacity. For certain parts of the song I would drop the dbs in one area and raise them in another when the lyrics would get close to matching. It is by no means perfect but it was a fun exercise.
For the daily creates I chose to do tdc3329, tdc3331 and tdc3333. I’m not a huge fan of daily creates if I’m completely honest because I feel that they are just busy work in most cases, however I do find the occasional fun ones that I feel challenge me to be better, and those are the ones I see value in of course!
I will say that the Radio Bumper was pretty fun, it was quick and simple but still taught me some cool things about audacity. One other fun activity was the radio broadcasts that we listened in on and commented on. It was really fun to read through and see what everyone was thinking and doing during that time! Fun to listen to all the creative ideas and intros everyone had on their minds!
Most exciting aspect that I look forward to is finding out who our groups will be and what project this radio project intel’s!