Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

Our project and goal is to make a Workplace, instructional safety video. The topic that my team chose was Avoiding Stress And Burnout. My team members were Diego and Tayler. Diego played the main role in the video, and worked on the soundtrack, while Tayler worked on our blogger post. I was the leader of the group, editor, and the script writer. All team members filmed the video. I feel that Diego deserves some recognition for stepping in and getting water splashed at him for a scene, and letting us use his phone to record all of the scenes.

The biggest takeaway for this project, is that you have to be organized. If you aren't organized, then you'll end up getting overloaded, and start to rush, lowering the value of your project. If people don't pull their own weight in the group, the whole team suffers, and gets behind. I learned that avoiding stress and burnout in the workplace, is very crucial to your success and your well being at work. I also learned that stress can cause fatigue, insomnia, and anger issues. My team's highest scoring area was Entertainment value, and our lowest score was clarity of audio. As a team, to improve the quality of this production, we could've improved on the setting where we shot the film, and lip syncing the audio to the shot.

Prop credit: Ahnahi

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

With computer technologies advancing rapidly every year, I believe that learning some sort of code is pretty much essential to future jobs. Our first challenge with the Altino cars was a race around a figure 8 track. We had 3 categories to race in: 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. My team, Astrolemon, raced in the 100cc category with a speed of 500 (half of the car's max speed). Our logic statement was to get around the track with the most accuracy. Some of the essential code to this challenge were the commands:
  • Steering(); <--- Used to turn wheels
  • Go(); <--- Sets the speed
  • delay(); <---- Holds the speed for a certain amount of time
I felt that it took many attempts and adjustments to perfect the figure 8, but I enjoyed the process in general.

The new commands to the second challenge were:
  • While loop- loops the command a set amount of times
  • Array- makes a list of variables it represents
  • Display Line- displays the lights on the dot matrix
  • Sound- plays inputted notes based on frequency
Myself trusting an autonomous vehicle to drive me would be entirely based on the company that made it. If the company that produced the vehicle had lots of other models, and was more familiar with the subject of autonomous driving, then I'd be more inclined to use their models than the models from companies who have just started developing them. Autonomous vehicles should be used to carry out complex tasks like an ambulance responding to an accident when all other cars are autonomous. That way it could be more efficient and predictable for an ambulance to respond, without having to deal with human unpredictability. So in the end I think Yes, if all other cars are autonomous, and no if they are not, due to human unpredictability.


ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Monday, September 24, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

An example of an element of art that I used in this drawing is Line and Shape. I used line and organic shape to trace the image's features, such as: the skeleton on the side, the Monster Logo, the words, and the image itself. The difference between the size of your brush and controlling the value is that, controlling the value consists of making more lines to create a sense of shadow, and texture. Using a bigger brush only makes the image "Thicker", or bolder. It doesn't add any sense of texture or shade. I found that tracing the image was the most enjoyable for me because, I dislike having to think up a TOTALLY new idea or image to draw from scratch( It's real easy on the headaches).

My landscape photo was taken on the Princeville view overlooking Hanalei. The differences between the Still Life and the Landscape is that, the landscape image had more value compared to the still life. Another thing that makes the landscape image different from the still life is the texture. The Landscape image look like you could almost feel it, while the still life image didn't as much. I think that the process of creating the Landscape image was much faster compared to the still life. I thought that the 3rd editing process was the most complex compared to the first two, but also the most effective. The first two processes were faster, but didn't look much like a drawing; It looked more like a black and white photo.

Mix Photo Credit goes to: My Mother

The portrait photo that I am using is a picture of myself stuffing my face with salad at Hanalei bay. This photo reminds me that even the most serious or saturnine people can have fun :) . This Photo uses Line (in the lettering of the dinghy's brand), Organic and Geometric Shape (in, well, kind of everything), Form (in the salad and the plate), Value (the shadows on my face), Space (in the sky), Texture (in my skin and the salad), and Color (in the mountains, my hair, and the unicorn behind me). My highest and overall score of the critique was a 4 on the Landscape image. I would agree with these results because It looked pretty good compared to the other material. My Still Life image was graded a 2 because, I didn't cross hatch enough, and my Mix was graded as a 3 (also because of a lack in cross hatching). But in the end I learned that I should probably tone up my skills in some time management and cross hatching!

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)

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.

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

Our project and goal is to make a Workplace, instructional safety video. The topic that my team chose was Avoiding Stress And Burnout. M...