Thursday, December 21, 2017

Image Compositing

For our current AC Core project, we are doing something called Image Compositing or Hybrid Imagery. This is putting two photos together to make one image using a graphic design platform. The results of this can be something that may never be possible in real life. Rule of Thirds is basically breaking down an image into 9 parts and using the parts where the lines intersect as a guide for where to put the subject of your photo. It can be used in photography to enhance composition by giving a better way of viewing a photo that the audience can receive naturally. Before taking a photo, professional photographers think about the best way to composition their photo/subject and how to make the photo eye-catching and pleasing to look at. I think that editing photos is an incredible to way emphasis the subject and just make it more pleasing to look at in general. However, not all have to be edited in order to be extraordinary photos.

The strongest message that I plan to communicate in my best composite image is "Don't let your technology consume you." My composite image will communicate this by showing a person trapped inside of an iPhone. The composition, angle, and/or position, or CAP that I will use in my photo will be Flat Angle because the picture of the phone is taken against a flat angle. I think that when my audience views this image composite the first thing they will see is the phone. Then, they will realize the person inside of the phone and see the message.

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 28, 2017

Visual Statement

For our latest project, we are doing a visual statement video. Our goal for this project is to create a 2-3 minute visual statement that portrays our own opinions and views about an issue that is relevant to our target audience, which is our class and our class are teenage students. We have to have the best quality voice-over quality possible with proper visuals. My partner Cody and I decided to choose the topic of anxiety, how someone with it may feel day to day, and how it does not have to last forever despite what you may be feeling if you are suffering from it. This topic is important to us because we both have personal experiences with anxiety, so we can relate and put our own knowledge on the subject into this video. While writing the script Cody had the role of lead writer and I had the role of lead photographer, but I think that we both contributed the same amount of work into each side. We put out both of our ideas and communicated with each other to bring out a result that we both love. We also decided that the best possible result would come from her being in the visuals and me doing the voice-over.

Throughout the process of making our visual statements, our teacher showed us a a lot of editing tips and tricks to make our videos as high quality as they can possible be. For example, he showed tutorials on how to do things like speed ramping, audio mixing, and graphic match cuts. In Final Cut Pro, or FCPX, there are Libraries, Events, and Projects. These are important to keep your files and videos organized and away from any other projects in the program. Audio levels also tend to vary when filming, so leveling them while editing is very important so the audience is not distracted by the varying audio levels. In my opinion, the better part of our visual statement is the script and audio. I really enjoyed writing the script and both me and Cody were happy with the outcome.

In my opinion, the biggest challenge of this project was finding places to film that we thought would benefit our video in the best way possible. We didn't plan ahead for our filming locations which was a fault on our part. I think that Cody and I got along really well and managed to split up our work evenly, so our group dynamic was perfect. I think that I was the driving force during writing, and Cody was the driving force during filming. This worked really well for us because I can never stay fully focused while filming, but Cody always kept me on track and on schedule. For me, the most enjoyable part was editing because that's my strongest point of the process. I had a lot of fun with Cody and actually seeing our work come to life in front of our eyes. Our critique results were surprisingly pleasing. The majority of the people in my class agreed that we met the requirements of the project, while 3 people thought that out voice-overs were not high-quality. I do agree with the voice-over part because it was the weakest part of our project. I am excited that Cody and I got the second most votes from our class for Overall Best Visual Statement! This means that our video is one of the three from our class that are going to be submitted to Hiki Nō.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Modern Art Movement

For our modern art movement presentation I chose to research Impressionism with my project partner Sharon. The cultural movement that brought about Impressionism was just a change in methodology. Impressionism changed the way many artists painted since it was a drastic departure from tradition. It was a start of art becoming more based on reality and focusing on the physics of color and tone. Artists contribute to culture and society by often breaking from the norm and expressing opinions on things like change and politics. I really admire this art movement because of how much it altered how others viewed art and how many other art movements were able to branch off of it.

"Impression, Sunrise" by Claude Monet
The artist that created the example that I chose was "Impression, Sunrise" by Claude Monet. It can be considered one, if not, the first impressionist painting. I think that Monet was hoping to get the best representation of what he was seeing in front of him. I think that a single artist can sometimes have a major impact on someone's bias/opinion. Considering how most artists make their art to communicate an idea or opinion, they could possibly change what others think. Someone who does not have the same opinion can look at their art and see the idea from someone else's perspective, which can change how they think. In my opinion, advances in technology have done both to greatly aid and hinder the cultural impact of skilled art production. For example, advanced technology allows more options for artists and gives them new ways to express what they would like. However, advancement also makes certain methods of art obsolete and takes away the process that has made certain historical art pieces so famous.

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Workplace Safety

For our latest project in Arts & Communication, we were required to make an instructional/educational video about workplace safety. Our topic was Preventing Hostile Work Environments. My teammates for this project were Preston, Deejay, and Kaiana. Preston and Deejay were responsible for drawing on the whiteboard and filming, while Kaiana and I did the voice-overs. In my opinion, the teammate that deserves the most recognition is definitely Preston. He quickly took initiative and brought the whole team together to come up with ideas. He was the major part in writing the script and editing. I admire the initiative he took and how quickly he went above and beyond for our team.

My biggest "takeaway" from this project would probably be to not be afraid of putting out and presenting your ideas. Communicating with your team on what you want is also important because it is something I struggled with. Our lowest scored area from the class critique was the Entertainment Value. When making the video we thought more about the educating aspect than the entertainment, but we probably should have kept it more in mind. Our highest scored area from the critique was Relevance of Visuals. Since we did the whole video on just the whiteboard, this was a pretty important part of planning. Making sure that the visuals pertained to what was being said was a priority of ours. To increase production value, we could have planned better and communicated with each other more.

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Art & Design

Still Life

After learning about all the Elements of Art, our class had to do a project that included a few of them. We had to make Still Life paintings using our own pictures or pictures from, which is what I did. The elements that we used in our digital Still Life paintings were Line, Shape, Value, and Texture. I specifically used line and shape in my outline drawing to create the base, but value and texture were used for the darker or shaded parts of my picture. Using different sized brushes in our two different line drawing and texture value layers were very important. Using a bigger brush in our line drawing layer was important because it is the part that should stand out most, and also the part that shows the viewer what they are actually seeing. My favorite part of the digital painting process was probably putting in the shading or texture, because I was able to play with it to my own style a little bit and I was happy with what came of it. The part that was most monotonous to me was the line drawing/outlining because there wasn't much to play with and I was basically just following the picture lines.


For my landscape project, I went to a lookout on the bike path on the island and took my own image. This particular image's final product was supposed to look like a sketch or drawing, but mine did not exactly come out looking much like a drawing. The landscape project has both similar and different elements of art when compared to the still life project. They both include the elements of value and texture because you can see the different shades of light and dark. They differ when it comes to shape because the final landscape image is a little more rough than the still life. During the process, I decided to use the more advanced tutorial that our teacher provided because I felt it would help my image to look more like a line drawing. I think going the extra length to add the sandstone/canvas looking background helped my landscape to look even better than before.


This portrait photo was taken in front of one of my favorite murals at our school. The picture is of my cousin Jasmynn, she's incredibly important to me because I've spent most of my life with her and she's helped shape me as a person. This final image does use all Elements of Art. Line and shape are used similarly, the lines help form the different shapes of her face and hair, while shape is used by the outline and contouring around her. Texture and value are also used together, the more texture in a space, the more value it has. Space is used by being able to tell that her hair is in front of her shoulder and that she isn't just a flat object. Lastly, form is used by the way values are used in the pencil effect. Since I wasn't at school to finish my Mix project on time, my classmates weren't able to grade it and had to give it a 1. Though I lost out on a good score, I am happy with my other two critiques. I got what I expected considering my finished works and am most proud of my still life.

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)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Audio Production

For our latest project, intonation and inflection are very important things to keep in mind during the production stage. Intonation, being the rise and fall in someone's voice while they are speaking, along with inflection, which is the emphasis put on certain parts of speech in order to have more impact, are essential if we want to maintain the interest of our audience. Doing these things keeps the audience interested by making it clear what emotions and attitude the speaker is putting out. My role in this assignment was team leader. My job was to help my teammates with their intonation and inflection. I was also the one to record all of their parts and tell them what to keep in mind in order to improve in our next takes. The rehearsal process in one of the most important steps in audio production. It is a time to give constructive criticism and improve in order to properly ready ourselves before actually recording.

After having the rest of our class listen to the audio and having them critique it, I was pleasantly surprised with our results. We got a lot of 3's and 2's. In my opinion, we did a pretty decent job delivering the information, but we also could have done better with finding ways to engage the audience. The more attempts we made at recording our audio, the more my teammates tended to mess up or fumble with their words. This was a major obstacle we had to face and we resolved it by taking some breaks between takes and practice a little bit before moving on. If I were to do this project again with the same group, I would edit the script a bit to make each of the speakers more comfortable because some had trouble pronouncing some words while others just didn't want to read too much. I think that this would have made the process much smoother.

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Proprietary Information

I got this photo from a free stock photo website:

Copyright infringement is the act of using someone else's content, which is protected by copyright law, without permission from the copyright holder. A first time infringer can face a fine, which can be up to $250,000, and even up to five years in prison. Getting caught more than once can give you additional fines of around $250,000 and 10 years in prison. Getting permission to use copyrighted material is the most important part of avoiding a jail sentence. In order to do this, you must find the owner of whatever content you would like to use, specify the rights you need and identify your intended use, wait for permission before using it in your work, and communicate whether a purchase will be required for permission. Fair use is also a very important topic in the copyright subject. It is basically using copyrighted material in a fair way that does not require permission from the owner. One example of fair use is for commentary or criticism, like quoting lines from an article for a news report, where the public benefits from your use of the content. Another example of fair use is to parody something. This example can do things like ridicule the content or maybe even adapt it to be an educational experience.

Confidentiality means keeping something private or a secret. Examples of things that you should keep confidential are your social security #, passwords and security information for your online accounts, and your health records. Social media has had a major impact on confidential information, and continues to do so because of its constant advancement. More and more big companies are using social media as a way to reach their consumers, but they are also vulnerable to hackers. These hackers can get into the accounts and release information that was meant to be kept confidential.

In my opinion, censorship, being the prohibition or blocking of parts of media that are considered obscene or politically unacceptable, is very important for people to have unless it is taken to the extreme. In cases like parents and schools blocking certain websites online, I think that this is a good use of censorship that can keep younger people safe online. However, censorship can also be taken way to seriously and can restrict people from things that aren't necessarily dangerous or obscene. Censorship is related to, and can sometimes limit, the 1st amendment because it can censor people's opinions and views. It is also related to the 5th amendment because things like social media can open up information to others that we may not want to be open.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Market Shifts

A market is a certain area or region where items, physical or virtual, are traded. Since we are always adapting to our constantly advancing and tech-driven world, markets tend to shift and change over time. People are always seeing new types of technology being put into big stores like self-checkout lanes. Shifts can also happen in markets related to the Arts, Audio/Video, Technology and Communication industry. For example, the way media is streamed has changed drastically in the past decade alone. We have gone from big home entertainment systems with big speakers to barely using our TVs and consuming news and shows through social media. The arts has also been greatly affected by advancing technology. For example, it was much harder to be an artist and spread your name ten years ago. Now that the internet and social media is advancing, it is much easier for artists to spread their name and art pieces.

After doing the Basic Skills survey in Choices 360, I got results that were actually surprising to me. My high score was 7 for Learning Strategies and I got 6 for Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning. My lowest scores were 5 for Mathematics, 4 for Science, and 3 for Monitoring. The subject that I would like to improve on most is Science, because it has always been an incredibly interesting subject, but I've never been very good at it. I'd also like to improve on Monitoring, because something like time management is very important for the career that I'd like to pursue. I think that either Monitoring or Critical Thinking are skills that would help most with becoming successful. As markets continue to shift, Critical Thinking could be extremely helpful in cases of deciding what an effective approach to changing markets would be, and how to keep myself in business.

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Communication Strategies

As everyone grows throughout their lives, they learn the appropriate ways to talk to different people in different scenarios. For example, when communicating with your teachers or mentors, you are most likely more respectful and thoughtful with what you say compared to the way to may speak to your close friends. In certain environments like work or job interviews, people tend to be more professional: speaking formally and dressing neatly.

Personally, I feel most comfortable when I am talking to my close friends. They are very open-minded and when we are together I feel like I can say whatever I want without fear of judgment. Unlike when I am with strangers or talking to my extended family. I feel that I could improve communication with those I'm uncomfortable with if I try to find common interests or ask more about theirs. It allows me to know more about them and what they feel comfortable talking about.

After taking the career cluster survey, I realized that I was mostly recommended the career clusters that I expected. My first cluster was Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications. I expected this cluster most because it has always been a major career interest for me. I am very interested in the innovative aspect of it, especially graphic design. For this career I'd need to be able to communicate ideas with my clients to think of work that they are happy with and I am proud of.

My second recommended career cluster was Human Services. I didn't expect this one as much but I knew it was a possibility. The career that interests me most in this cluster is Counseling and Mental Health Services. I like the idea of analyzing someone and taking and using the information I find to help them with their difficulties. I would definitely need to learn more about one-on-one communication in order to do this job efficiently.

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.

Image Compositing

For our current AC Core project, we are doing something called Image Compositing  or Hybrid Imagery. This is putting two photos togeth...