Thursday, December 21, 2017

PBA Performance Task

A PBA (Performance based assessment) is an assessment that grades a students knowledge and skills in a certain study or class. Usually this includes having the student create a product or perform a task under supervision. The PBA that me and my partner have chosen to do was to create a music video.  We chose to create this because music videos are very popular in Pop Culture and it would be a cool experience to make our own. Music videos are a big part of digital media. It includes filming and editing, something that is very important in the digital media field. Throughout this class, Mr Sanderl has made it his goal to teach us the world of digital media, and he has. Without the knowledge that has been taught to us, we wouldn't know how to create a music video for our PBA. Using FinalCutPro to edit this music video together has became more easier to use then it was to use in the beginning of the school year. Why? The skills that have been taught to us throughout this year have set us up for this moment. Our PBA is our last and final project. It shows what we have learned and what parts of digital media we have cultivated during our first semester as digital media students! For more information on music videos, CLICK HERE.

For our PBA project, I would say the hardest part was the essay. The essay was the hardest for me because we had to follow an APA format. This format is very precise on how its suppose to line up. We had to do a lot of research and for it took me about 3-4 full work days. Something in the essay that was challenging was that we had to reference every single website that we visited. Each reference had to follow the same format, it was definitely time consuming. For this project, I'd say the biggest roadblock was that I was out sick for two days. This put me 2 days behind. I had to stay up late at night to finish my essay. Even though I had to do this, it payed off because my final grade for that essay was a 4/4! I overcame that. For the class critique, our average score for the music video was a 3.  I am pretty happy with my scores. I thought our music video turned out great! The editing was done very well by kaleigh! It was a very good final project!

ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PSA - Drive Smart

For as long as I could remember, PSA's have been around. On Tv telling people what NOT to do. There are some out there that do have an impact. It can make them think about the choices that they can take to avoid making unintelligent decisions. I do believe they can persuade someone to act differently? How though? If the message behind it is deep enough, it can make them start to think? "Do I do that? Are those the effects of it?" Those are the types of questions you want the audience to think about. While filming this, my goal is to reach an audience who relates to my topic. Millions of people a day drive distracted by using their cellphones. I want to especially reach out to the teenage audience on Kauai due to many car accidents here. My overall goal is for my teams video to have a deep affect of these decisions. 

Our storyboard where we laid our ideas out.

The organization that is hosting this PSA is called Drive Smart. The Drive Smart organization is powered by Ctia Wireless Foundation. They come together to create a program to strengthen the knowledge of distracted driving to teenagers. By creating short films, young people have the opportunity to win $10,000. With this contest, comes with serious rules. The three most important rules are 1. Eligibility, 2. Competition Period and 3. How to Participate. The first, eligibility. You have to be a resident of one of the 50 U.S states and the District of Columbia. You must also be 13 years old or above. You cannot be over the age of 18 also. For the second rule, your short story must be made between the period you are given. The competition begins October 16, 2017 at 12:00 Noon and ends December 18, 2017 at 5:00pm. The competitions computer is the timekeeper for the contest. The third very important rule for the contest is knowing how to participate. You have to follow the steps and register. This includes your full name, legal guardian(s) name, full home address and etc. With all the competitions, there is many opportunities out there for digital media to win. Kids have amazing minds that can make extraordinary ideas. The people who host these competitions love to see what kids can do with their minds. They can be put to good use! Who do I think benefits from these competitions? Well in the end, the students end up benefiting the most. They get to have their ideas noticed. That can make a student feel very good. When I found out that my group was going to be featured on PBS Hawaii, it felt amazing. The feeling of being recognized for something you've worked on so hard is a feeling I can't describe. The student definitely benefits more than the audience or organization.

Recording a voiceover.

Behind the scenes of a shot.
When Kaleigh and I turned in our rough cut, the class critiqued it and we got feedback. We had lots to do to our final cut to make it perfect and the way we wanted it! The feedback that we got definitely helped us. Some of the feedback was Different music, more nat sounds & timing, expression in VO, screenshot text messages, picture on table B-Roll, AV ties & editing. As you can see, we had lots to do. The first thing we did was cut the music we had before. FinalCutPro only gives you a certain amount of music. The music they do give you is generic and has been the song in everyone else's video. Mr. Sanderl told us about a website called "Royalty Free Music". This website had thousands of songs that were interesting and were free to download. The next step was to redo my voiceover's. This did not take any time. The first time I recorded them,I was sitting down. This time Mr. Sanderl told me to stand up. This allows me to fill my lungs with more air and sound better! The goal was to also sound more enthusiastic. Something else that we had to do was take more screenshots of the text messages. The text messages were coming from 'Your Conscience' or 'DEATH'. We had to take screenshots because the lighting the first time around made the cellphone screen look really blown out and super bright. This did not work out. We decided to insert screenshots of the text messages into the PSA so you could really see them! This worked out great. From the rough cut critique to the final cut, we had 6 days I'd have to say, we accomplished a lot in those 6 days. The tiny little things did not take long to do. The big things got taken care of first. Now today is the Final cut critique. All of these changes were definitely worth it! It made our PSA 100 times better. When our class critiqued our Public Service Announcement, the best compliment we got had said that our "music was interesting, the natural sounds were also good and the clip of the pictures were also cool". This feedback felt good because these were all things that we had to change at the end of the rough cut critique. knowing that our classmates recognized the improvement that we made, felt great.

Our overall scores in three different categories.

Critique from our classmates.
ALD 2.1 Assess the evolution of digital media as it affects and is affected by society.
ALD 2.2 Assess changes in technology and markets as it affects digital media designs.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo Challenge

 In our Digital Media class, we had the opportunity to take part of a 15-Day Photo Challenge. A Photo Challenge is when you are given a Topic, Subject, Theme, and Action every single day for how long your photo challenge is. For example for one of our days, our topic was "Solitude" (Slide 9). With that topic, the picture also had to be Eye Level and Rule of Thirds. These are called "CAPS". CAPS stand for Composition/Angle/Position.  They are used to draw the eye to a particular or specific place.  From day 1 to day 15, I do believe that my pictures progressed. Starting with day 1, I didn't visually know what to do or how to do it.  Rule of thirds was a new concept to me. It definitely took time to get a good photo. After every single day of the challenge, together as a class, we went through the photos and critiqued them. Asking ourselves if they met the photo day standards. All of the students took turns critiquing the photos. Overall, this challenge was very fun and taught me a lot. I do believe that the knowledge that I learned will be used sometime in the future!

ALD 4.1 Evaluate diverse processes of forming and conveying a targeted message.
ALD 4.2 Compare and contrast how various audiences perceive digital media to

Monday, November 13, 2017

Digital Manipulation


The project that we are doing in Digital Media, has to do with Surrealism. Surrealism is an art movement that releases the creative potential of the unconscious mind. For our projects we are doing three different concepts. The first concept is a mix between two photos, the second concept is a mix between three photos and the third concept is a mix between four photos. I have only finished my first concept. The two photos that I used were me wearing glass and my eyes. I put my eyes on the glasses. I do consider this surrealism. For my second concept I plan to take a picture of a lightbulb, sunset and nature. The sunset will be inside the lightbulb. The lightbulb will be sitting in nature. I have not thought about what do to for my third concept. Presenting each of my concepts before actually creating them helps me visualize what I want my photos to look like. Where everything is going to be placed, how big an object is going to be and etc. The third concept with four images will have a clock, a person holding the umbrella, numbers falling down like water and the person will the umbrella will be blocked from the umbrellas. He will be standing in a pool of numbers. I think this represents that time is just passing by. I think the most powerful of the three is concept number three.

First surrealist image: "Big Eyes"
The "Beauty" behind an object

Second surrealist Image: "Peak into Paradise"
"Paradise" is everywhere
Hexadecimal colors use the components of red, blue and green in computer applications. One Byte can go from 00 and range up to 255. Hexadecimal colors are used in HTML, SVG, CSS and other computer applications. Color information is used in both RGB and CMYK models. CMYK, standing for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black and RGB standing for red, green and blue are both very essential to a designer. Hexadecimal colors are basically color codes. Some examples are '#FFFFFF, #0000FF and #00FF00'. These all tie in with Color Information. Lossy compression is images in GIF or JPEG and lossless compression is images in PNG, BMP and RAW. The difference between the two is whether or not the original data in a file is recoverable or not when the file is uncompressed. Complexity and digital file size matter in relation to data storage limits because the size of the file can take up lots of space. Complexity means intricate or complicated and some files can be that way. The different uses of raster and vector graphic data have to do with pixels. Raster images are created by a pixel base. They can be captured by cameras or scanners. They are used in GIF, JPEG and PNG files. They are more widely known on the web then Vector programs. Vector is commonly used more for a product. You can see the difference between raster and vector. The raster is more pixilated and home made and vector is more smoother and machine made. For example, for art tools, a raster would be a pencil and a vecoter would be a soft paintbrush.
Third surrealist Image: "Time is Crushing"
The "Valuable Time" given
The three photos I used for "Concept 3"

The relationship between productivity and photography impacts digital media because the productivity that goes into taking photos and videos does impact your digital media career. The amount of quality that you put in will effect it. If i couldn't use computers, digital cameras or photoshop to create surrealism, I would paint or draw on a big mural. I do love to draw and I think having the opportunity to use my own hand to create it, I think it would turn out really cool. The end result would end up different than the digital format because the digital format would turn out more precise. If I drew or painted it, it would look more homemade and unique. In my surrealism projects, out of the three of them I think my favorite one is my 3rd. I like the third concept the most because it shows how much I have improved from my first concept. I used the double amount of photos. For the third concept, we had to do a screencast tutorial. This was my tutorial an it was pretty fun! Whenever I watch materials like that, I always wondered how they had made it and now I do. This project was really fun and taught me a lot about photoshop. 

Class feedback from our critique...

My overall scores above.
Click on the video below to watch how I made my third surrealist concept!


ALD 1.1 Assess how mathematics is used to create and manipulate digital media.
ALD 1.2 Assess how changes in digital technology affects the creation and manipulation of media content.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hiki No Video


My team's topic is about Vietnam Veteran Mr. Paik. After being shot at war, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We think this is important to the Hiki No audience because he served his country with courage and is a fighter for dealing with this disorder. The thing that they will learn from watching this story is that Mr. Paik is a hero in many different ways. The Hiki No audience should care because the United States of America is still in progress to go to war with different countries, Like North Korea. This story just shows a slight amount of what a person goes through if they went to war, protecting our great country. Last Friday when we went over our rough cut, our story was all over the place. Our B-roll was out of sequence, our interview didn't correspond with our 5 point outline and we thought it would be best if we recorded our voiceovers over again. I am the one speaking in the voiceover and personally, I thought I sounded way to monotone. Mr. Sanderl thought the same. Our story in Final Cut Pro has all the right pieces. We have two supporting interviews, a bunch of B roll and great historical pictures of Mr. Paik in Vietnam. Our job is to fit all the key pieces together, like a puzzle. Kaleigh is in charge of the editing in Final Cut Pro and Avery and I are in charge of the writing.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act keeps people from illegally downloading videos, movies or anything digitally owned by someone else. This is the act that controls and ceases the criminal sights or people downloading the information. This law was passed in 1998 by president Bill Clinton. In 2011 cases, violators would have to pay up $2,500 per each offense. For copyright violators, they face harsher consequences, up to 5-10 years in jail and fines up to $500,000. To get the rights to claim a video, you have to go through a procedure. The first step is to contact the owner. Then after that you need to identify the rights needed, telling them what you want to claim. When contacting the owner, you need to make a legal money arrangement, if necessary. To make it final, have a written down contract. "Fair use" is a defense when they are claiming copyright infringement against you. One example of using copyrighted material without permission that is legal is on Youtube. When an artist comes out with a song, other Youtube channels will take that track but change it up. Most people with either slow down the song or speed it up faster. Another way is to put your own beat behind the background. This would be a legal thing to do. Another example of using copyrighted material legally has to do with ads. There might be a "quit smoking" ad, they might have used a quote from a medical textbook. The Fair Use doctrine allows this to be legal.

When producing a interview story, you have to do some planning ahead. If you are going to interview someone, it is essential to ask for permission prior to the day of shooting. This is so so important because if you are arranging to interview a teacher, you wouldn't jus casually walk into the middle of their period and start filming him/her. This makes the team and you look like amateurs. It is also disrespectful to the teacher and the class for cutting in on their teaching and learning time. Video release forms can be very crucial when it comes to professional video production. Big media companies and TV networks get video release forms signed so they don't get sued by someone who appears in the video. This also includes property owners. These forms will protect you from legal issues.

ALD 3.1 Evaluate the relationship between digital technology and criminal activity for its affect on the digital marketplace.
ALD 3.2 Evaluate legal and ethical behavior related to the creation, use, and distribution of digital content that minimizes the risk of legal or moral consequence.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Practice Story

In our practice story, we chose the topic to be about Kaleigh. We thought she had an interesting story that we could use. Kaleigh has moved and traveled around the world due to her dad being in the Army.  For the practice story, Kaleigh was the interviewee and editor in chief. I, Angelina was the cameraperson and also another editor. Avery was the director and Interviewer. When it was time to record the voiceovers, Mr. Sanderl thought it would be a good idea to have a male voice to balance it out between Kaleigh and him. With Avery being the interviewer he had seemed not to ask any follow up questions with Kaleigh. I think this might have weakened the interview because there was not much to work with for the script. In the beginning of planning this story, my job was to be the editor in chief. After a while, Kaleigh took charge of that. I thought this was a good thing because she has more experience using editing programs. This made the story even stronger.

Safety is my number one priority during the production process because if you are not careful enough, consequences could occur. The three safety concerns that my team and I should be aware is that one, you should always make sure all team members are safe at all times. This includes transportation. If a team member is driving the others, safety must be the top priority. The second safety concern has to do with the interviewee. It is very important to make sure that person feels comfortable and safe at all times. Something that you should never do is put the interviewee in a dangerous situation. For example, having their back face the strong ocean, having them close to any high edge or even a busy traffic spot where something could go wrong. Finally the last safety concern is making sure the camera equipment is safe. This equipment is very expensive and very important. It is a good idea to make sure there is no water and substance that could damage it. Another thing is theft. If you are in a public place, keep an eye.

ALD 6.1: Anticipate potential health and wellness concerns while operating computing devices in order to enhance workplace safety.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Interview Composition

There is a huge difference between a host/reporter and an interview shot. What is that difference? Well, a host reporter shot is a shot when the interviewee is looking exactly into the camera and The camera is center focused on their face. When I think of this type of shot, a news anchor pops into my mind. Its flat. The camera has no angle to it. To me this is boring and I have seen it a million and 1 times. Now, an interview shot is a different story. What I love about interview shots is that its something new to look at. The lighting, the background, the position that the interviewer and interviewee are in, and ALWAYS using your rule of thirds, all go into an interview shot. Something to always remember about these types of shots, is to never take it in front of a brick wall or fence. This just makes it a flat angle. The differences between these two  types shots are monumental.

In my opinion there is always more than one thing needed to get the absolute best interview shot. One of the first things is to test. Testing the camera will help you so much in the future. If you don't test something before, anything wrong could happen. Trust me, it is always good to test something. The 2nd thing is the lightning on the interviewee. It is a waste of an interview if you can't see them properly. This also applies to the audio part. The thing that makes a really good interview is having a clear sound to it. If I was to list everything that goes into the perfect interview, I would be writing for days. That's what I love about interview shots, the perfection it takes

Make sure they are not looking towards any shadows.

Do not place interviewee in the middle. 

Have interviewee be looking the correct direction.