Thursday, August 30, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection can be used to maintain the interest of an audience in various ways. The term "Intonation" is the rise and fall of your voice as you talk or sing, and "Inflection" means to modulate or regulate "Intonation"(the rise and fall of your voice's pitch). Audiences usually tend to get bored out of their mind when the speaker speaks monotone(meaning ONE tone). That's where intonation comes in handy, It livens up the content with different pitches. For example, if you're reading a book to children or reporting a news cast, you have to have different tones so the audience doesn't get bored out of their world. It makes a difference if you say "Hello everyone! And welcome!" than "Hello everyone. And welcome." Intonation and Inflection matters, so use it! If you don't, then you'll sound very bland! In this new assignment I was volun-told to be the vocals(meaning that I'm the main speaker). It's very important in my opinion to rehearse the script many times because I have to nail it in ONE TAKE!(Or the minimal amount of takes as possible) Things that need to happen before that are, brainstorming ideas for our talk show, writing a script, rehearsing it, and ultimately, PERFORMING IT!!!

My team members and I met most of the goals for the project, and conveyed the message to the audience. I believe we could've improved on the sound quality of the project, and maybe a little more emphasis(no pun intended) on the voices. Some obstacles we faced was, the little noises we made in the background, and the monotony of our voices. We overcame the noises by cutting them out in GarageBand. We also overcame monotony by rerecording the script. If I were to do this project again with the same people I would cut some parts of the script out to save time. 

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the US Government, and was made to regulate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Copyright infringement is when someone takes and uses another person's work without the creator's permission, and claims it as their own. If you get caught infringing copyright, penalties include, $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years in prison. If you're caught more than once, then you can go to prison for 10 years. BUT! There are ways to use copyright information without asking for permission! An example of this is "Fair Use", meaning that under certain circumstances( such as criticism, news reporting, teaching and research), you are allowed to use copyrighted material without the creator's permission. Another example for using copyrighted material is "Parody". A Parody is an imitation of an original, well known piece, turned into a whole new material, and is often humorous.

"Confidentiality" is referring to keeping certain, personal information private. 3 examples of this are your Social Security Number, Your Address, and Your Phone number. You would DEFINITELY want to keep your Social Security Number private, because people can steal your identity with it and buy things in your name. Your Address should be confidential because you wouldn't want random people showing up to your house, you also wouldn't want burglars to rob you. And your phone number should be confidential because people could spam your messages with unwanted content. Censorship in my opinion is a good thing because it blocks graphic content from younger audiences, so I support it. Censorship kind of goes against the 1st amendment because it goes against freedom of speech, but, it could benefit younger audiences if it isn't overused.

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market Shifts

A market is a gathering place where people buy and sell their services and(or) products. As technology develops, markets shift to keep up to date. An example of this are camera and photography companies. These companies are releasing more higher definition and quality cameras to keep up with the improving cell phone cameras. Radio companies and stations are switching to podcasts because everyone uses a cell phone now. Another example of market shifts are newspaper companies. News papers are having to go online because people read news on their cell phones instead of the papers. Movie industries have to upgrade their technology, like cameras, microphones, computers, and other equipment to meet the demands for movies with more, and better special effects.

I would honestly like to improve on filmmaking, music production and drawing. The reason why I want to work on these things is because they influence people. Films can show people your visions, what you think, and can be used to reveal information in a way they can understand. Music can affect people's emotions and help them elaborate what the theme of the message you are trying to convey to them. For example is you make a campaign on how cigarettes are bad for you, you'd use more glum and dark music to give them the idea that cigarettes are on the bad side of the spectrum. Drawings are like films, except they aren't video segments(duh). A drawing can also be used to convey a message to people, and is useful when people don't have the time to look at a full video. All a drawing takes to convey a message is a simple glance. An example of this is the Coca Cola flyers, the drawing would show something like, a bunch of people drinking Coke on the beach, happy and stating how refreshing the drink is. This gives us the idea that Coke is a refreshing drink and is enjoyed by many people, so we should go out and buy some too. People will always want to be entertained by something, so improving and mastering these skills will benefit my future as the market shifts. Another way this can help me succeed in my future is by using it to send messages. People will always want to know what's going on in the world and what better way to convey it when a film or a drawing?

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.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Communication Strategies

 Our latest assignment is about communication strategies. There are many ways I communicate in certain areas of my life, these ways always change as the audience changes. For example, the way I talk to my friends on a regular day basis is drastically different from the way I would communicate to the Principal of my school in terms of respect, tone, or formality. I'm the most comfortable with my close friends at school, and they make me feel understood because we've gone through a lot together and know each other really well. A place I feel uncomfortable is when I'm presenting in front of lots of people I don't know. Some things I can do to improve these areas like speaking to a small audience and making my way up and getting used to it, so by the time I'm in front of a big audience, I'm comfortable speaking for any amount of time.

There's always that one question that your family pesters you about and always ask... "Do you have a girlfriend yet?"... Nah just kidding! The real question they always ask is "What are you going to do with you're life?". For the longest time I had no idea at all of what I wanted to become. Now I know I want to pursue the profession of a Lawyer or an FBI Agent because I've always wanted to do something exciting and well paid. I plan to study Criminology and Law, as well as find out more about it. A communication skill that I have to will push me to succeed in this career is the ability to negotiate.  To succeed in this field I also need to improve on the communicating with people I may not feel comfortable with.

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.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Account

Hello everyone! I'm back! Just saying, if you want more updates, go follow my music blog at this link! Thanks for the support!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Movie trailer premier

Hello It's Lucas once again, and I would like to introduce you to my latest GT project and probably the best one yet, MAKING MOVIE TRAILERS!!! Our goal is to create a quality 90-120 second Movie Trailer that captivates my audience without giving away the ending. Our movie trailer is called El Demonio Begins, and it is about a boy who becomes a masked vigilante after his friend is abducted by a gang. I have been contributing to my team by one, being the team leader, and working on the storyboard and creating a plan on what to do as well as editing the movie trailer itself.

My biggest challenge for this project was, getting my whole group to meet up in Princeville, because only one other group member lives in the North Shore, and the others lived on the East side. Other challenges we faced was, communication, decisions, and transportation. This project was very challenging, but fun and totally possible to complete. Some of my successes are, getting my whole group to meet up in Princeville, completing our filming sessions, meeting most of the requirements needed for the project, and being on track. My team put lots of hard work into this project, and hard that hard work payed off in the end.

Our critique was on Thursday, April 7th, 2017. Our team was the 7th team to be presented. Each video met the length criteria and was very interesting. After each video we graded the group who produced the video. After all the videos were played, we voted on a class winner, which happened to be my group. I was very surprised to see that my group had done so well( I guess I went hard on myself). But the audience really seemed to like our trailer. But, then again, Hard Work Pays Off. I learned that the audience seemed more attracted do humorous and Epic trailers.

Final Editing
Deciding on location
Last location

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Metamorphosis Animation

Our goal for this project is to get into groups of three and collaborate on brainstorming and producing a well composed animation video on the "metamorphosis" of a character/s that lasts 1-2 minutes, with a custom soundtrack. The animation programs we were allowed to use was, Photoshop, Stykz, Whiteboard, Stop motion, etc. We used mainly Photoshop and Stop motion. For our custom soundtrack we used garage band. When it came to final editing we used iMovie to bring all our scenes and audio together to make out movie.

Our focus statement for this animation project is "King loses royalty", which mostly focuses on a king who falls in love with a princess, who is actually a witch. Thus king is turned into a crow after he finds out that the princess is a witch and is overthrown from his crown onto the streets alone. He meets a pigeon that befriends him and asks the king to help him with a special task, which is to find nuts and food. Then after a while, the king finds a glowing nut, which he eats. The nut gives him the power to see that the beautiful princess is actually a witch. As a crow, the king and the wise pigeon regroup his knights to defeat the witch by trapping her in the dungeon. Once defeated, the pigeon turns into an even more beautiful princess and the crow turns back into the king and the rest is history.

We had our critique day and it was pretty good. I am very proud of my team for trying even though we didn't get the grade we wanted because of small flaws that made our animation not as interesting as it could've been. Our flaws came when we were final editing the scenes. The clips were really fast when played,  so our final editor needed to slow them down a little, which of course ended up in making the mistake of slowing them down too much. Another flaw we had was the lack of music that matched our story. I had originally wanted to have a smooth going music and other components of music matching scenes, but my teammates thought otherwise, which ended up as a flaw. Those two things were small, but important flaws that we now know not to make next time. But even with our grade of 2.7, I would like to thank my team for at least trying, and even if this isn't our desirable grade.

Visuals: Embed Vimeo, Storyboard & Critique Results

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection can be used to maintain the interest of an audience in various ways. The term "Intonation" is the ri...