Monthly Archives: October 2014

360MC: Task 3 The End – For Submission

1. Character.
Create a profile for your character.
Consider; character traits, personality, profession.
What are they into, sexually?
What are their attitudes to death?
Do they like chicken?
It’s important that you understand your character’s character.
How would they react in certain situations?
The superficial stuff has relevance, but is less important (favorite colour,
favourite band, favourite food and so on).

360MC: Artefact One – For Submission

My idea for the first artefact is to create an experience video, using stop motion animation with different items.

The items I chose to use were; clay, coins, a person, pen and paper and other objects I could find around the house. I used a mixture of items, including 3D and 2D, to practise all and to discover which I preferred and found easiest to do. Also to see what worked best and looked good on camera.

Clay – Hard, fustrating. took the longest, was falling over then you had to find the same place to put it but it would ruin the video, had to do small movements, kept going out of focus

A human – I think it was the easiest, I could tell her where and when to move, I could just stay by the camera while she made the movements, we discussed what she should do before to make it easier, wasn’t as worried about shadows as i stayed in the same place and she just moved. it was the quickest

2D, pen and paper – I enjoyed it, made me feel creative. I got bored towards the end. Problems with the table moving,

Coins, food wrapper and book – I found it quite easy, the sunlight through the window kept changing the lighting on the table.

Water – I found it easier then I thought I was going to, but I think I would do it better next time by pouring the water slower while taking the frames. However, as it was my first try, I was quite happy with how it turned out.

I found that with all of the small animations I made, I would have been easier if I used a release cable. The cable release would mean I wouldn’t have to touch the camera, which made the camera slightly move and ruin the shot. It would have also meant that it would make moving the objects easier, so I would have to stand right next to the camera.

During the feedback, Mez praised me for doing an experimental video for my first artefact and she said it’s what I should be doing for my first one as animation is so hard. But she advised me to have a narrative for my next artefact, which I agree with.

The rest of the class also gave me feedback;

Good: Nice shots of the moulded man, a good experiment, original idea, interesting perspectives, good music, good range of colours, cereal bar animation worked well, technically well put together, bringing the images to life was great

Improvements: A closer frame, angles of the camera in line with the character, try not to be in the shots, Lighting needs to be more consistent, try new forms of animation and videography

Overall I am really happy with the feedback I was given. If I was to re shot, I would definitely create a narrative to run with my video. I think the experience video is quite boring without one. Also thinking up a narrative for my artefacts could help me come up with an idea for my FMP narrative.

360MC: Task 2 Chicken – For Submission

For this weeks task, I have chosen to research Australian Cinema in 1977. I selected these at random, but it will be good to learn about the Australian cinema in the year I have chosen. I will also be researching the years before and after, to find if there is a lead up to that year and the effects it could have had.

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I searched ‘Locate’ for books about the Australian cinema in 1977, but only found one, ‘Peter Weir A Creative Journey from Australia to Hollywood’. The book has a chapter about Australian production context in the 1970s and early 1980s. The book doesn’t mention 1977 much, however it does talk about the years around it and how the australian film industry developed from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.

‘At the end of the 1960s, Australia did neither yet have a national cinema, nor did it have a proper industry that could produce films aimed both at local and international audiences. Government intervention was seen as crucial for its development.’

‘Dermody and Jacka regard the period from 1975 to 1980 as the second period of the Australian film industry development’

The 1970’s saw Australia’s ‘new wave’ cinema, with many of the country’s most famed movies being produced during the period. Cinema within the New Wave broadly falls into two categories – the publically funded first phase, and privately funded second phase. The first phase was divided between what have been described as “quality”, and “ocker” cinema3. The second involves a shift towards “blockbuster” productions. Films from the first phase has an overwhelming tendency to be a critique of Australian culture, where as the second phase films have been markedly uncritical of Australian culture.

The period 1970 to the mid 1980s is often called the “Renaissance of Australian Cinema”. The Australian film renaissance, also known as the New Wave of Australian cinema, was a period in which some 400 films were produced over roughly 15 years. It was driven primarily by two government policies.

Since 1972, there have been just 6 years in which Australian films have been the top grossing movies in Australia. Those films in order were: Alvin Purple (1973),Gallipoli (1981), The Man From Snowy River (1982), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Crocodile Dundee 2 (1988) & Strictly Ballroom (1992).

Crocodile Dundee made $104 million by 2009 standards, it remains the highest grossing Australian film.

List of popular movies in the 1970’s:

Bibliography

http://www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/2245/australian-film-1900-1977-guide-feature.html

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/coventry/reader.action?docID=10635372&ppg=68

http://australianmovies.net/top-australian-movies-from-the-1970s

http://www.golgotha.com.au/2013/01/09/an-essay-on-australian-new-wave-cinema/

360MC: Task 1 – Sex – For Submission

For this task, I will be completing research on ‘How women are portrayed as sexual icons in the Media today’. This subject particularly interests me, because as a woman I am made to feel insecure due to the beautiful, half naked women you see in Page 3, on TV, in films and all over the internet.  From the 1890’s to 2014, women have changed from being sexual icons to sexual objects. Over the years, women have started to follow what they see in the media, by dressing provocatively and not leaving anything to the imagination. However, for most women, they are left to feel insecure and not good enough, as they cannot compete with these such women.

Reality TV stars; Katie Price and Jodie Marsh are ‘glamour models’, often featured in tabloid newspapers, on Page 3 of The Sun, had photoshots for FHM, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo and are seen today in the media as what could be thought as ‘sexual icons’. Comparing these women to ‘the worlds most enduring sex symbol’ Marilyn Monroe, really does show how women have changed over the years. Marilyn is a beautiful woman, who uses her beauty in a none sexual way. She covers most of her body, meaning the viewer is looking at her natural beauty, not her half naked body. Models before the 21st century were tasteful. They posed in more then their underwear, but it was always done in a classy way, not showing all of their body etc.

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XHKbCControversy started in 1992, when Kate Moss featured in an advertisement for Calvin Klein. She was picture half naked, only wearing the CK underwear. When the ad was publicised, there was mixed reaction from the audience. This was when the advertising industry started to use women as sexual objects to sell their products. Since then, Calvin Klein has continued to sell their underwear by using this technique.

‘Sex sells’ is a well known saying, thought to be true. Sex is used in advertisement to make men respond to the sexual images, leaving the men wanting more, the desired response from the advertisement.

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Bibliography

http://advertising.about.com/od/advertisingprojects/a/Sex-In-Advertising.htm

Home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodie_Marsh

http://www.biography.com/people/marilyn-monroe-9412123