This Week (2/20-2/26)

This week I attended our weekly meeting which lasted about an hour and a half. We discussed Project One and Project Two briefly, and we were luckily able to get an interview with someone at the Tech Desk despite some major setbacks. I helped come up with the interview questions, and during the interview, I recorded the audio. Later in the week, I spent about two hours transcribing the audio from the interview. I watched a short avant-garde film called Meshes in the Afternoon in an attempt to better understand the avant-garde genre and prepare from Project Two. In addition to that, I wrote up our Production Meeting blog post, as well as my individual posts. Aside from that, I spent time watching television, listened to a podcast, and watched a movie that was suggested to me by a previous professor, which I think has been beneficial to my understanding of different types of film and filmaking techniques. This will be especially useful when we go into Project Two with the intention of exploring alternative filmaking.

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Grand Piano, a Podcast, and a Netflix Original

Although I didn’t set out with this goal, I again managed another week with quite a variation in my media consumption. It all started with Grand Piano, which was one of the many movies on my “To Watch” list. If I remember correctly, it was a film that came highly recommended by one of my professors, and let me say, I was not impressed. After watching it, I completely understand why it only received a 5.9 on IMDb. Although it did have a couple of redeeming qualities like Continue reading

Production Meeting (2/23)

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In this weeks production meeting, we met at the library again. We discussed what we needed to have accomplished by Monday: a script for Project One with exact quotes, facts, and figures, as well as a solid idea of what we want to do with our Avant-Garde film for Project Two. Sadly, our contact at the library’s tech desk fractured his wrist, so our first order of business was figuring out how to move forward. Alejandro was able to talk to the woman who was working at the tech desk while we were there, and she was able to do an audio interview on the spot. At the end of the interview, we got her name and contact information in case we need anything other information or a followup interview. At the end of the meeting we decided that I (Kristina) would type up a transcription of the interview, and Alejandro would work on the script. Our meeting lasted a total of about an hour-and-a-half. I think this meeting was productive and instrumental in propelling us forward in Project One.

Variety

Somehow I managed to watch 9 movies this week, but I couldn’t decide on one to talk about. I decided, instead, to talk about all of them briefly and the importance of watching a variety of movies. I keep an ever expanding list on my phone of movies and TV shows to watch. Some are recommended by friends, some were discussed in my classes or textbooks, and others are just things that I want to see of my own volition.

Viewing movies that are diverse in genre, plot, cast, crew, views, and perspectives is incredibly important in expanding your knowledge of film as well as allow you to empathize with unique people in varying circumstances. Even movies that leave you wanting that hour-and-a-half back can teach you something. Continue reading

This Week (2/13-2/19)

This week we didn’t have a production meeting. Initially, we had planned to meet on Thursday, February 16 to film in the library. However, we received an email about getting permission before we did any filming. I got in contact with our professor first, but she redirected me to our librarian liaison who then redirected me to the Assistant Dean. I spoke with the Assistant Dean, gave her details regarding our two promotional films we are going to be making about the Maker Lab, and told her that when we had more concrete dates and times for filming, I would get back in contact with her to gain the necessary clearance. Alejandro was trying to get in contact with our potential Tech Desk interviewee. He wasn’t able to get into contact with him, so we cancelled our meeting for this week. We will be meeting up next week at some point, and hopefully we will be able to get some of our preliminary footage done.

Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren (1943)

I’m taking a class that is structured around ¬†Avant-Garde filmmakers and this is one of the films we viewed. Even though the definition of Avant-Garde often changes the general idea is that it’s experimental film making. The films we’ve watched do not have linear editing and generally have angles and concepts that are not seen in mainstream film. The idea behind this kind of filmmaking is all expressionism. I think it’s refreshing to see films that were made nearly 75 years ago still able to turn heads. This film in particular has very puzzling and eerie undertones but is still aesthetically pleasing.

This Week (2/6-2/12)

I did quite a bit this week for our production project. I did our production meeting blog post for this week. I also updated the look book for our final pitch for Project One tomorrow. This involved updating our approach to the project, as it is now two short videos instead of one. I also made sure to include what each video would accomplish. There was also the issue of ensuring that the differences between our project and the project that Film Box Features is also doing on the Maker Lab are emphasized.

In our production meeting we discussed ideas for Project Two. After our meeting, I wrote out a short screenplay we could possibly use.

Fantastic Beasts

Although I have never read the Harry Potter books,¬† nor seen the movies, I went to Prochnow to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With relatively no expectations for what I was about to see, I walked away quite pleased. Not only was the story interesting, but the characters were compelling. It wasn’t dependent on the other movies or story lines, so I was able to enjoy it as were avid HP fans.

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an English wizard, travels to New York during the 1920s with a Mary Poppins-esque suitcase full of a diverse cast of fantastic, magical beasts. An accidental suitcase switch with aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and a misunderstanding with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), a member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) leads to adventure for Newt.

The cast had great onscreen chemistry, and each delivered powerful performances. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of the endearingly awkward Newt will make audiences fall in love with his shy smile. Ezra Miller also did a fantastic job drawing viewers into the odd character of Credence Barebone.

Full of twists and turns, good humor, and memorable performances, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great adventure movie.

Production Meeting (2/9)

This week we met at the library to discuss what needs to be accomplished for Project One as well as potential ideas for Project Two. Our meeting lasted about an hour and a half. It was decided that Alejandro would be in charge of communicating with our contact at the Tech Desk and updating the “Character” slide of the look book, while Kristina would be in charge of this blog post and updating the Project One Look Book to reflect the new direction this project is taking.

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